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 NEWS IN THE CURRENT ISSUE

Issue 212, September 2017

Investigation uncovers accounting
irregularities at collection society

NETHERLANDS    Royalty collection society BUMA Stemra has delayed publishing its annual financial report after an investigation found figures that could not be satisfactorily explained.

CEO Wim van Limpt called in law firm NautaDutilh after he encountered difficulties obtaining details on certain aspects of the society’s annual accounting. 

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Vertigo reaches new heights 

ITALY    Pan-Europe ticketing giant CTS Eventim has acquired a 51 per cent stake in Milan-based promoter Vertigo. 

The deal provides Germany’s CTS, which owns Italian ticketing company Ticketone, with a live entertainment presence in the country. 

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Venues survive storm destruction 

UNITED STATES    The aftermath of hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida did not have as severe an impact on the live music business as some expected.

Amazingly, after dumping nearly 50 inches of rain in the Houston area, many of the city’s music clubs and venues were spared major flooding and were able to open the following week. 

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Hundreds turned away from The O2 
after resale sites ignore restrictions

UNITED KINGDOM    Around 200 fans were turned away from a Foo Fighters concert at The O2 (cap. 21,000) in London after buying tickets from resale sites. 

Prior to the 19 September show, the venue, band and promoter SJM Concerts had stipulated tickets purchased from secondary platforms would not be allowed in, with tickets personalised with the buyer’s name and ID required for entry. 

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Stage collapse charges shelved

CANADA     Long delays in bringing a case involving a fatal stage collapse to trial have resulted in the charges being shelved. 

British drum technician Scott Johnson was killed and three others injured when the outdoor stage collapsed at Toronto’s Downsview Park (cap. 40,000) during a soundcheck for a Radiohead concert in June 2012. 

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Relaunch for amphitheatre

SLOVAKIA   Open-air venue Vychonda Amphitheatre is primed to enter the festival sector as well as the European touring circuit, following a recent renovation and relaunch.

Venue operator European Leisure Management took over the amphitheatre, which can accommodate an audience of 10,000 seated, earlier this year.  

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Ticket resale at core of $97m swindle

UNITED STATES    Two businessmen accused of running a Ponzi (pyramid) scheme bulk-buying tickets for resale for shows by artistes such as Adele, Metallica and Nine Inch Nails, as well as promoter Goldenvoice’s Desert Trip festival featuring the Rolling Stones, have had their assets frozen.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has obtained a preliminary injunction against Joseph Meli and Matthew Harriton and four of their companies, for allegedly raising $97 million from at least 138 investors in 17 states, to purchase and resell tickets to high demand events.
 

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Agent Marianne Dekimpe dies

BELGIUM   Live Nation Belgium (LNB) booker Marianne Dekimpe has died at the age of 49.

Dekimpe started her career as assistant to Rock Werchter (cap. 80,000) festival founder Herman Schueremans and director Yo Van Saet. She later worked as a booking agent for Belgian and international artistes. 

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Faria defects to Live Nation

BRAZIL    As part of its expansion into the market Live Nation Entertainment has appointed former Time For Fun (T4F) artistic director Alexandre Faria as director and senior vice-president of talent buying for Live Nation Latin America (LNLA).

Faria has booked and promoted events such as festival Lollapalooza (cap. 80,000) and shows by Coldplay, U2, Metallica and Justin Bieber across South America. 

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Masters head for the Summit 

UNITED KINGDOM   LIVE UK Summit organisers have announced what they called “a triple headliner bill” for the conference and networking event’s most popular session, Masters of the Universe.

The trio of Masters comprise veteran agent Andrew Zweck of Sensible Events, whose artistes include Roger Waters and Mark Knopfler – he was also agent for Depeche Mode for 25 years; Lucy Dickins of ITB, who discovered Adele playing in a bar and thought she had potential – Dickins also represents Mumford & Sons and Hot Chip; and Primary Talent International’s Matt Bates, whose artistes include The 1975, The Libertines and Alt-J. 

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Resale sites ‘hoodwinking’ 
fans, says consumer group

AUSTRALIA    Secondary ticketing operators require urgent reform to stop fans being exploited through trickery and confusion, according to consumer group Choice. 

Along with NZ Consumer in New Zealand and the UK’s Which?, the organisation carried out a study of 1,051 people which found consumers are encountering unfair sales tactics and hidden charges when using resale sites including Viagogo, Ticketmaster-owned Ticketmaster Resale and Seatwave and Stubhub. 

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Record ticket sales boost CTS

GERMANY  Ticket sales amounting to more than 20 million worldwide contributed to CTS Eventim posting earnings of €84.4 million ($100.3m) for the first half (H1) of 2017, before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) – an increase of 3.4 per cent on the same period in the previous year. 

Revenue grew 16 per cent to €489m ($581.2m) in H1, compared to €421.8m ($501.4m) in the opening six months of 2016. The ticketing segment saw a revenue increase of 10.2 per cent year on year to €177.8m ($211.3m) from €161.3m ($191.7m), with EBITDA up 13.8 per cent to €65.6m ($77.9m). 

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Montevideo arena to 
be managed by AEG 

URUGUAY  Telecomms company Antel has appointed AEG Facilities to manage its 10,000-capacity Antel Arena in Montevideo. 

The venue is scheduled to open next year, with AEG responsible for all aspects of the venue’s operation, including booking, ticketing and event management. 

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Live Nation’s Isle of Wight 
festival deal gets go-ahead

UNITED KINGDOM    Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) has had its bid to acquire a majority stake in Isle of Wight Festival (cap. 42,000) approved by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). 

The watchdog has been investigating the takeover since April following concerns the deal, instigated by LN-Gaiety – the joint venture between LNE and Irish live music entrepreneur Denis Desmond – would result in a decrease in festival sector competition. 

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DEAG optimistic about strong H2 and beyond

GERMANY  Deutsche Entertainment AG (DEAG) CEO Prof Peter Schwenkow says he is optimistic about the company’s future, after it posted a profit for the first six months (H1) of the year.

The promoter, venue operator and record label saw turnover increase by 14.4 per cent to €90.2 million ($107.2m), compared to €78.9m ($94.1m) during the same period in 2016. 

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Richards makes LiveStyle move 

UNITED STATES      Fresh from his Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) departure in September, EDM promoter and DJ Gary Richards, founder of Hard Events and Holy Ship!, has been named president of North America at LiveStyle, joining CEO Randy Phillips. 

Richards was with LNE for the past five years after the promoter purchased his company HARD Events in 2012. Richards, who also tours as DJ Destructo, will oversee LiveStyle's US festivals, including Electric Zoo, its flagship festival in New York. 

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Fyre Festival forced into bankruptcy 

BAHAMAS/UNITED STATES   The company behind the shambolic Fyre Festival has finally collapsed.

Fyre Festival LLC has been put into chapter seven bankruptcy by New York judge Martin Glenn, following a request by three investors who are looking to claim back $530,000. 

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Riots cancel shows

UNITED STATES   Due to a spate of anti-police riots throughout St Louis, concerts by U2 and Ed Sheeran, along with a number of other events, had to be cancelled because police resources were so stretched, they could not provide the usual security backup. 

U2’s 16 September concert at the St Louis Dome at America's Center (cap. 70,000) was pulled, as was Ed Sheeran’s 17 September show at Scottrade Center (22,000). 

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Ticketmaster sued in poor sales row

UNITED STATES   Universal Attractions Agency (UAA) is suing Ticketmaster (TM) for false advertising and unfair competition, and is seeking to be compensated for their losses resulting in poor ticket sales.   

The agency is claiming the ticketing platform damaged the I Love the ‘90s tour by only showing consumers high-priced premium tickets in some markets, which led to low ticket sales and show cancellations. 

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AEG prepares for Music Hall shows

GERMANY  As it gears up for the opening of a new 4,500-capacity music venue as part of its Mercedes Platz complex in Berlin, AEG has made two key executive appointments. 

The Platz development includes bars, restaurants, a bowling alley and hotels, as well as Berlin Music Hall, due to open in November next year and located close to the AEG-owned Mercedes-Benz Arena (17,000). 

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Monterey to Paradigm

UNITED STATES   Paradigm Talent Agency has acquired booking agency Monterey International (MI), reuniting the latter with Monterey Peninsular Artists (MPA), from which it was spun off in 2004. 

MI's Chicago office will remain open, but its Carmel, California office will close and its agents will move to Paradigm's Monterey's headquarters. Fourteen agents and about 200 artistes, including Roger Daltry, Whitesnake, Buddy Guy and Joss Stone, are involved. 

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Shame tops ETEP chart in record year 

EUROPE     The European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) has produced a record-breaking 411 performances for participating artistes this year. 

ETEP, which has a showcase element at the Netherlands` Eurosonic Noorderslag conference and music festival and is in its 15th year, has helped 162 acts from 30 countries secure bookings at festivals across the continent. 

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