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AEG plans to boost global touring

AUSTRALIA 
May 1, 2019
Deal with Gudinski will break new ground GLOBAL PROMOTER and venue owner/operator AEG plans to develop a touring network of mid-sized venues across the country, following its purchase of a 50 per cent stake in…
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Main News

Radio giant pulls-out of festivals ownership

UNITED KINGDOM
May 1, 2019
Just four years after buying its way to being the second-largest festival-owner in the UK, at a cost of £75.86 million in the financial year ending March 2017 alone, radio…
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London arenas pilot new ticket technology

UNITED KINGDOM 
May 1, 2019
IN A bid to beat TICKET touts and fraudsters, AEG-owned AXS has unveiled a new paperless ticketing system. The company says Flash Mobile Delivery (FMD) delivers tickets directly to the…
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Pan-Europe ban on bots

EUROPE
May 1, 2019
The law also requires ticket resellers to declare if they are professional traders. It will apply to all member countries, which now have up to 24 months to transfer it…
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Sziget showcases global cultures

May 1, 2019
MUSICIANS, DANCERS and artists from around the world will showcase their local culture at a new area being launched at this year’s Sziget festival (cap. 95,000). Called Global Village, the…
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Features

Italy

May 1, 2019
Despite its economy being in recession and a lack of venues and touring activity in the south, Italy boasts a robust concert business that is making the most of its many geographical and historical locations, a steady demand to see international artistes … and a reduction in sales tax on…
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Supporting stars

May 1, 2019
As live music productions become increasingly complex and festivals demand ever more impressive centre stages, the international staging sector is exploring new materials and methods of handling their heavy load while ensuring safety is the utmost priority. Christopher Barrett reports  Stages is undoubtedly one of the fastest-growing sectors in live entertainment,…
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Festival News

Flood report forces festival to move

SPAIN
May 1, 2019
The revival of the Doctor Music Festival after a break 19 years has faced a setback, with the risk of flooding forcing a site change. The 50,000-capacity event was due to be held in the Escalarre Vall d’Àneu valley in the Pyrenees on 11-14 July. But a Catalan Water Agency…
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Sziget showcases global cultures

April 1, 2019
MUSICIANS, DANCERS and artists from around the world will showcase their local culture at a new area being launched at this year’s Sziget festival (cap. 95,000). Called Global Village, the line-up includes musicians from the Roma community, an Indian travelling circus and Puerto Candelaria from Colombia. It’s part of a…
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Production News

Mendes keeps team together at Fly by Nite

WORLD
May 1, 2019
A tight timescale and the need for state-of-the-art facilities dictated the choice of rehearsal space for Shawn Mendes’ world tour, says Scottie Sanderson of Fly by Nite Rehearsal Studios (FBN).  He believes the production chose the UK-based facility, south of centrally-located Birmingham, to carry out production rehearsals because it not…
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MLA brings scale to Alligatoah

GERMANY
May 1, 2019
With venues ranging from the 4,800-capacity Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt to the Lanxess Arena (18,000) in Cologne, the audio system for rapper and songwriter Alligatoah’s Wie Zuhause tour needed to be fully scalable. Front-of-house engineer Claudio Malaguti ordered a “massive inventory” of MLA by manufacturer Martin Audio from rental company Complete…
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