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Anti-tout campaigners slam Viagogo’s $4.05 billion purchase of StubHub

WORLD               
December 16, 2019
CONTROVERSIAL RESALE site Viagogo is buying eBay-owned StubHub for $4.05 billion. It brings Viagogo founder and CEO Eric Baker back to where he started in the sector, as he co-founded StubHub with Jeff Fluhr when…
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Main News

CTS takes controlling interest in Barracuda

AUSTRIA              
December 16, 2019
GERMAN PAN-Europe ticketing and promoting giant CTS Eventim has acquired a 71 per cent stake in leading concert and festival promoter Barracuda Music. Barracuda, whose festivals include Nova Rock (cap….
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MSG spin-off plans approved

UNITED STATES               
December 16, 2019
The Madison Square Garden Company (MSGC) board has approved a plan to fully spin-off its entertainment business from its sports business, because of higher than expected losses in the the…
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OVG adds Ascot to venue alliance

UNITED KINGDOM              
December 16, 2019
OAK VIEW Group (OVG), the US company formed in 2015 by former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and former Live Nation Entertainment chairman and artiste manager Irving Azoff, has added Ascot…
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Audience at 20

January 6, 2020
The following is a small selection of events, reported in Audience, that helped to shape the international live music industry over the following two decades. 
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Features

Audience at 20

January 6, 2020
The following is a small selection of events, reported in Audience, that helped to shape the international live music industry over the following two decades. 
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The Czech Republic

December 16, 2019
With rising wages and low unemployment, the Czech Republic is in good shape economically and its music fans are sustaining a rise in show numbers, primarily in Prague; the country’s dominant market … but there are challenges. Christopher Barrett reports     O n 17 November 1989, eight days after…
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Festival News

Nos Alive adds fourth day

PORTUGAL
December 16, 2019
LISBON’S 50,000-capacity Nos ALive festival is expanding to four days for its 2020 event to mark the numbers in the calendar year adding up to four. Next year’s edition will take place at Passeio Marítimo de Algés and commence a day earlier, running from 8 to 11 July. Among artistes…
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Festival X celebrates 100,000 in Year 1

AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND
December 16, 2019
AFTER A successful inaugural year, touring event Festival X will expand to two weekends and visit new cities with its 2020 edition. The first events took place between 28 November and 1 December at Auckland’s Spark Arena (cap. 12,000) in New Zealand, Brisbane Showgrounds (25,490), Sydney Showgrounds (10,000) and Melbourne…
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Production News

It’s all about the bass for Balvin

NORTH AMERICA      
December 16, 2019
Accuracy, coverage and power in the lower frequencies were John Buitrago’s priorities when specifying the audio system for the Arcoiris Tour by Colombian singer J Balvin. The front-of-house engineer, who has worked with the reggaeton artiste for 11 years, chose a Meyer Sound Leo Family line array system, provided by…
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Esprites add oomph to AMF

December 16, 2019
A series of large crosses and geometrically-shaped video screens dominated the performance area at the Johan Cruijff ArenA when it welcomed 40,000 electronic music fans for the Amsterdam Music Festival (AMF). Production designer Maarten Hoogland of event organiser ALDA and Andre Beekmans of visual design specialist The Art of Light…
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