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Anti-touting campaigners join forces across Europe

February 5, 2019
Europe                   Some of the continent’s leading concert and festival promoters unite in the formation of an organisation that seeks to fight ticket-touting and establish ethical mechanisms…
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Main News

Finkelstein sells his DF Entertainment to Live Nation

February 5, 2019
GERMANY          A leading independent promoter, Diego Finkelstein (pictured), has sold his DF Entertainment to Live Nation Entertainment (LNE), with whom he has partnered on many shows. Founded…
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Viagogo facing criminal action over court breach

February 5, 2019
UNITED KINGDOM                Controversial secondary ticketing website Viagogo has been accused of breaching a court order, with legal action to follow “as quickly as…
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Liberty Media eyes CAA investment

February 5, 2019
UNITED STATES                Media and entertainment conglomerate Liberty Media Corporation is reportedly in talks to acquire a stake in Creative Artists Agency (CAA), according…
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PledgeMusic in crisis

February 6, 2019
UNITED KINGDOM   After crowd-funding platform PledgeMusic admitted falling behind in in payments to projects undertaken by artistes, the Musicians’ Union has advised members to use other platforms “until such…
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Features

Market Focus – Belgium

February 5, 2019
The country, located at the heart of the European Union, has recovered from the dark days of terrorist attacks in 2016 and its promoters and venue operators have a sense of optimism for the coming year, apart from facing all the usual challenges. Tom Ambrose reports If 2018 was unable…
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The Secret Agent

February 5, 2019
Agents all have their own particular way of working and almost all learn by watching some veterans at work. But most of the job is learned through experience and rumour has it ITB’s Mike Dewdney likes to be seen as one who quietly and efficiently goes about his work, under…
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Festival News

Primavera embraces the ‘new normal’

February 5, 2019
SPAIN      Barcelona festival Primavera Sound (cap. 35,000) is promoting an equal gender line-up for this year’s event. Under the banner The New Normal, headliners include Solange, Tame Impala, Cardi B, J Balvin, Erykah Badu, Future, Janelle Monáe, Nas, and Rosalía. “Primavera Sound is the holy grail for artistes…
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Plant returns to land of ice and snow

February 5, 2019
ICELAND                Forty-nine years since Led Zeppelin’s first performance in the country, founding member Robert Plant is returning to headline Secret Solstice, in the capital Reykjavik. Plant and his Sensational Shapeshifters band will be one of the headliners at the 12,000-capacity event, which takes…
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Production News

Nexo covers all venues

February 5, 2019
EASTERN EUROPE    Touring with a 40-piece symphony orchestra in a range of venues, Smokie needed a sound system flexible enough to cover expansive arenas and smaller theatres. Playing venues including the Czech Republic’s Tipsport Arena (cap. 13,150) in Prague, Hungary’s Papp László Budapest Sportaréna (12,500) and Slovenia’s Hala Tivoli…
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Leonid Agutin uses dLive for 50th

February 5, 2019
RUSSIA With an array of supporting musicians including guitarist Al Di Meola, provision for a live DVD and the need to record audience ambience, sound engineer Robert Boim needed an desk with unlimited mixing possibilities and ease of use, for the 50th anniversary concert by singer Leonid Agutin. He chose…
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