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Viagogo buys StubHub

WORLD               
November 26, 2019
IN A move that took the industry by surprise, controversial resale website Viagogo has bought eBay owned StubHub for $4.05 billion. As Audience went to print, it emerged that Viagogo founder and CEO Eric Baker…
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Main News

MSG Spheres delayed

UNITED STATES/UNITED KINGDOM               
November 26, 2019
THE PLAN by the New York-based Madison Square Garden Company (MSGC) to build high-tech concert venues in Las Vegas and London has been delayed, with a completion date for the…
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Clockenflap cancelled amid violent protests

CHINA              
November 26, 2019
HONG KONG’S largest outdoor festival has been cancelled due to anti-government protests continuing in the city, which have resulted in the deaths of two people with many more injured. The…
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Luger Denmark goes international

DENMARK               
November 26, 2019
FOLLOWING ITS sister company in Sweden, Luger Denmark is moving into concert promotion with international artistes, with Xenia Grigat appointed head of international artistes. Grigat joins the Live Nation Entertainment-owned…
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Ticketing sector under investigation again

UNITED STATES               
November 26, 2019
ANOTHER congressional investigation of the live event ticketing industry was launched on 21 November by leading members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has broad jurisdiction over consumer protection…
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Features

The Gulf

November 26, 2019
Facing a challenging economic climate across The Gulf States is both helped and hindered by increasing live music activity with western artistes in Saudi Arabia – more act coming to the wider region is good, but vital equipment is being sucked over the border to support big productions raises issues…
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No man is an island

November 26, 2019
That’s what the 400-year-old poem by the UK’s John Donne suggests, but the location of his headquarters and Carsten Svoldgaard’s company name, CSB Island Entertainment, comes close to it in a literal sense, which is ironic considering CSB is a 25-year-old business that works on a global scale. Christopher Barrett…
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Festival News

Boutique beach festival for ravers

ALBANIA
November 26, 2019
A NEW boutique electronic and dance music festival is to be launched in the coastal town of Dhermi next year. The 3,000-capacity ION festival is being organised by UK-based London Warehouse Event (LWE), the company behind the country’s Junction 2 (cap. 12,000) festival and scheduled to take place on 2–9…
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AEG and AmEx rebrand London’s Summer Time

UNITED KINGDOM
November 26, 2019
NOT ONLY has AEG secured a new naming rights partner for its 65,000-capacity series of summer concerts in central London, but its given the event a name change too. American Express has replaced Barclaycard as the headline sponsor and British Summer Time has been renamed American Express presents BST Hyde…
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Production News

Muse’s sci-fi enlightenment

WORLD   
November 26, 2019
A late 20th century science fiction and video games provided the visual inspiration for Muse’s Simulation Theory tour, with the theme of the show taking on its own character as the story unfolds, according to artistic director Jesse Lee Stout. He invited Sooner Routhier of Nashville, USA-based SRae Productions to…
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Keeping an eye on the show

UNITED STATES 
November 26, 2019
The Cry Pretty Tour 360 by Carrie Underwood, an in-the-round production based its look on the eye logo featured on her album Cry Pretty. Tour dates include New York’s Madison Square Garden (cap. 18,600), Los Angeles’ Staples Center (20,000) and Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena (20,000). With a walkway stage in the…
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