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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 concerts with up to 1,000…
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Main News

Live Nation’s debt climbs as Q1 revenue falls 20 per cent

UNITED STATES
May 21, 2020
IN AN effort to weather the Covid-19 storm, Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) increased the value of its bonds sale to $1.2 billion, days after stating it would be worth $800…
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Viagogo loses landmark case

AUSTRIA
May 14, 2020
VIAGOGO FACES a major setback following a landmark ruling by its Supreme Court that requires the controversial re-sale site to provide detailed information about every ticket it lists, including the…
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Inglewood Forum sold

UNITED STATES
May 19, 2020
THE FORUM (cap. 17,505) in Inglewood, Los Angeles, has been sold by the Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp (MSGE) to Steve Ballmer, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. The…
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Saudi government buys $500 million stake in Live Nation

WORLD
April 29, 2020
An investment fund controlled by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is now the third largest shareholder in Live Nation Entertainment (LNE), following its acquisition of a 5.7 per…
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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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