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Promoters unite in pan-Europe network

April 1, 2019
Europe                   PAN-EUROPE ticketing giant, promoter and venue operator CTS Eventim has launched what it calls a one-stop shop for entertainment, bringing together its 26 owned or…
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Main News

Record revenue but LNE debt up more than $500m

April 1, 2019
UNITED STATES                   For the eighth consecutive year, Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) reports record-breaking results, with revenue, operating income, and adjusted operating…
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Rivals reunite to ‘strengthen their position in a transitioning market’

April 1, 2019
AUSTRALIA          VETERAN PROMOTERS Michael Chugg and Michael Gudinski have launched a joint venture which reunites the former partners after 20 years as competitors, 40 years since…
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Festivals’ concern over licensing changes

April 1, 2019
AUSTRALIA                 NEW SOUTH Wales (NSW) festival organisers say they want to open discussions with the state government in a bid to safeguard…
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MPs warn public ‘don’t use Viagogo’

April 1, 2019
UNITED KINGDOM                           MEMBERS OF Parliament have warned the public not to use controversial secondary ticketing site Viagogo,…
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Features

The Mendes effect

April 1, 2019
From internet sensation to global pop star in just five years, Shawn Mendes’ success is a combination of his natural talent and special relationship with his fans, finding good management, agent and promoter contacts early on, then following a strategy for organic growth and looking after the audiences. Mike Gartside reports …
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France

April 1, 2019
Despite the government introducing tough new noise restrictions and a sharp rise in policing costs at events, the country’s leading players in the live music sector appear to be thriving in a steadily expanding industry, reports Christopher Barrett John Lennon famously said French rock is like English wine. The intervening decades…
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Festival News

New Spring Awakening

April 1, 2019
UNITED STATES      MORE THAN 90 artistes will appear across five stages at this year’s Spring Awakening Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, after the electronic music event announced a move to a new site. The festival switches to Poplar Creek, a Northwest Chicago suburb, which boasts 27 acres, which…
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Montreux ‘pulls out the stops’ for Elton farewell

April 1, 2019
SWITZERLAND THE MULTI-venue Montreux Jazz Festival is to host Elton John this summer as part of the Rocket Man’s final tour, with shows upgraded from arena dates to a stadium. Part of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, the concert will now take place on 29 June at the 15,000-capacity…
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Production News

Dartz go Gaga for Vegas Enigma

April 1, 2019
UNITED STATES Although staged in the 5,200-capacity MGM Park Theater in Las Vegas, Lady Gaga’s Enigma show, resident at the venue for two years, was designed to have the impact of an arena performance, according to show and lighting designer LeRoy Bennett. He designed the lighting around a 38ft (11.5m)…
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Simple sophistication raises bars for Tears

April 1, 2019
WORLD      Lighting designer and creative director of Tears for Fears, Alex Reardon, proposed a look for the band which projected simplicity and sophistication without distracting from the music for their Rule The World tour. He says he aimed to create a feeling of depth on the stage with…
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