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Coronavirus devastates the live music industry

WORLD
March 30, 2020
AS THE worldwide death toll for Coronavirus continues to rise, governments have attempted to control the spread with quarantines, travel bans and restrictions on public gatherings. Consequently, the live entertainment industry has ground to a…
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Main News

ICM Partners acquires UK’s Primary Talent

WORLD
March 30, 2020
THE LAST of America’s Big 4 booking agencies has established a major presence in the UK, with the acquisition of Primary Talent International (PTI). Founded 30 years ago by the…
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Live Nation Norway takes majority stake in Bergen Live

NORWAY
March 30, 2020
OLSO-BASED Live Nation Norway (LNN) has acquired a 51 per cent stake in west coast concert and festival promoter Bergen Live. The companies have been working together in the country’s…
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Ticket fraudsters jailed after FBI investigation

UNITED STATES
March 30, 2020
TWO NEW York-based members of a counterfeiting ring have been jailed in prison for trading in fake concert tickets and Super Bowl tickets. Damon Daniels was sentenced to 24 months…
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BDKV’s court triumph against resale rip-offs

GERMANY
March 30, 2020
PROMOTERS AND agents organisation BDKV (the Federal Association of Concert and Event Management) is celebrating a landmark victory against the secondary ticketing sector, after a court ruled that primary ticketing…
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Features

Staging a comeback

March 30, 2020
Coronavirus may have brought the live music industry to a virtual standstill and all companies are facing unprecedented challenges over the next few months, but here we focus on the sector’s achievement and vision for the future, post COVID-19. Christopher Barrett reports The demand for more complex, unique and ultimately…
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Japan

March 30, 2020
As with almost every other live music market around the world, the live entertainment sector has been seriously hit by the Corvid-19 epidemic, but promoters and venue operators are philosophical about the situation and deal with it as best they can. Lisa Henderson reports Boasting the world’s third largest economy…
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Festival News

Montreux Jazz Festival comes to people’s homes

SWITZERLAND
March 30, 2020
MONTREUX JAZZ Festival (cap. 20,000) is giving fans the opportunity to stream more than 50 legendary performances from the event’s history in the comfort of their own homes. For the first time, the festival is digitally releasing concerts from its archives, including performances from Quincy Jones, James Brown and Nina…
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Lowlands festival positively electric

NETHERLANDS
March 30, 2020
ORGANISERS OF the 55,000-capacity Lowlands Festival in Lake Veluwe, Biddinghuizen, are about to realise a dream, when works starts in November on what is being hailed as the world’s largest solar carport. The 35-hectare structure will consist of 90,000 solar panels, provide cover for 15,000 cars and generate around 35…
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Production News

Creative fights fires with BMFLs

AUSTRALIA
March 30, 2020
An exceptionally short planning period and get-in time were among the many challenges facing the production team behind Fire Fight Australia, the 75,000-capacity concert for bushfire relief at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, according to Dave Jackson of Creative Productions. He was able to use the same stage roof as Queen and…
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Mavericks spot-on for Thrice

UNITED STATES
March 30, 2020
The moody sound of Thrice required a “complex and evocative” light show according to Lenny Sasso, lighting designer for the California band’s 15th anniversary tour of their Vheissu LP. With venues including Franklin Music Hall (cap. 2,500) in Philadelphia, Brooklyn Bowl (800) in Las Vegas, and The Novo (2,400) in…
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