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Ticketmaster’s $4.5m bill to settle Competition Bureau court case

CANADA
July 11, 2019
LIVE NATION Entertainment-owned Ticketmaster (TM) has reached a settlement with the Competition Bureau (CB) and agreed to pay C$4.5 million (US$3.39m) in an alleged misleading pricing case.  Subsidiaries Ticketmaster LLC, TNow Entertainment Group Inc and…
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Main News

Doctor fails to revive fest after dislocation

SPAIN
July 10, 2019
AFTER YEARS of planning, promoter Neo Sala of Doctor Music Concerts (DMC) has been forced to cancel the return of his 50,000-capacity Doctor Music Festival. He cites the public’s negative…
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Go Ahead move for Live Nation

POLAND
July 10, 2019
PROMOTER GO Ahead, which stages around 150 shows per year by artistes such as Twenty One Pilots, Florence + The Machine and Wolf Alice, has been acquired by Live Nation…
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Viagogo’s $1.13 million fine revoked but it faces crackdown in Germany

ITALY/GERMANY
July 10, 2019
THE DECISION by Italy’s highest administrative court, the Consiglio di Stato (CoS), to overturn a €1 million ($1.13m) fine against controversial secondary ticketing platform Viagogo has left Italian promoters suspecting…
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Seoul to get state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena

SOUTH KOREA
July 11, 2019
GLOBAL VENUE owner and operator AEG has teamed-up with CJ LiveCity Corporation, a subsidiary of media giant CJ Group, to build a 20,000-capacity, multi-purpose arena in the capital Seoul’s Goyang…
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Features

Australia

July 11, 2019
Despite its relatively small population spread over, in some cases, thousands of miles, and handful  of major cities, the market is remarkably strong and growing, with numerous shows at stadium level, touring festivals and some very competitive promoters.  Christopher Barrett reports It is not be the easiest or cheapest country…
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Masked men of music

July 11, 2019
They trialed it in ’73, used it to build a global career, stopped using it and slipped into decline and then on the Doc’s orders, KISS resurrected the full-make-up and costume show and stormed back to the top. Johnny Black reports on The End of the Road Tour, although the…
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Festival News

Monkey business cross-channel

FRANCE
July 11, 2019
BOUTIQUE FESTIVAL Pete The Monkey in Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer is expanding to 5,000-capacity, after rapidly selling-out each year since its foundation in 2012, according to organisers. Created by brothers Rob and Louis Dumas and joined by business partners Pauline Couten and Victor Hall, the event has grown through its determinedly non-corporate approach,…
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Boomtown: ‘respect the land’

UNITED KINGDOM
July 11, 2019
THE 60,000-capacity Boomtown in southern England has added a new district this year, Area 404, as the event expands to 14 sectors, each with its own fancy dress theme, encouraging role play among the festival-goers.  The festival, now in its 11th year, has swelled from a small boutique event, toattracting…
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Production News

Green-GO keep Nephew’s family connected

DENMARK
July 11, 2019
With short load-in times, the need for a fail-safe production network was paramount on the national tour by rock band Nephew, according to Johan Kvartborg of distributor Light Partners (LP). The company provided technical support for tour supplier Comtech, which deployed an Ethernet distribution system, dmXLAN, by manufacturer ELC Lighting….
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Multi-tasker for Duo Pimpinela

CHILE 
July 11, 2019
When romantic balladeers Duo Pimpinela played a sold-out concert at Gran Arena Monticello (cap. 4,000), lighting programmer and operator Adair Rodriguez decided to deploy a multi-functional fixture, in place of more specialist lights he usually favours.  A regular customer of Chinese manufacturer PR Lighting, he says he has often deployed…
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