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Watchdog escalates probe into Viagogo-StubHub merger

UNITED KINGDOM
July 11, 2020
A PHASE 2 in-depth investigation into the $4.05 billion merger of the two biggest secondary ticketing operators, Viagogo and StubHub, is to be underyaken by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). It launched an initial…
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Main News

Promoters remain frustrated as event restrictions subside

WORLD
June 26, 2020
COVID-19 event restrictions are being loosened worldwide but promoters do not expect business to return to anything like normal until the next year. New Zealand went into lockdown on 25…
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UK’s Dickins takes global role at WME

WORLD
June 26, 2020
UK-BASED agent Lucy Dickins has been appointed co-head of WME’s worldwide music division following the departure in the US of WME partner and worldwide head of music Mark Geiger.
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Concerts return to Italy and Spain

ITALY/SPAIN
May 31, 2020
THE ITALIAN government has announced that concerts will be allowed to take place from 15 June for the first time since the country went into lockdown on 9 March. Outdoor…
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Saudi influence ‘will help boost regional business’

SAUDI ARABIA
June 4, 2020
VETERAN REGIONAL figure Thomas Oversen, now working with Saudi Arabian government-owned Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), believes the county’s growing interest in live entertainment will help the wider region, once…
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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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