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Venue giants AEG and SMG plan merger to form global behemoth

February 22, 2019
WORLD                   The merger between venue management companies AEG Facilities and SMG to form ASM Global is subject to the deal undergoing “regulatory reviews” and awaiting approval…
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Main News

Promoters cleared of charges

February 22, 2019
ITALY          Leading Italian promoters accused of colluding with Viagogo to remove tickets from the official market and sell them on at inflated prices, have been cleared…
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Change at the top

February 22, 2019
GREECE                One of the country’s top promoters is now “inactive” after its co-founders decided to focus attentions on their own separate companies. Di…
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Ticketmaster cleared in TradeDesk inquiry

February 22, 2019
NORTH AMERICA                Competition authorities have ruled that Ticketmaster (TM) has not broken federal competition law by promoting its TradeDesk platform. The investigation followed…
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New law welcomed – but Viagogo eyes appeal

February 22, 2019
IRELAND                Aiken Promotions head Peter Aiken has welcomed a new bill to outlaw the resale of concert and sports tickets at above face…
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Features

The Great Debate

February 22, 2019
As promoters, agents and venue operators from around the world prepare to converge on London for the 31st International Live Music Conference, Christopher Barrett asks regular attendees, some of the most senior figures in the industry, what issues they expect and hope will be discussed. One reason why so many…
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Russia

February 22, 2019
Where once major international artistes would only play Moscow and, maybe, St Petersburg, the growth of festivals and infrastructure across the country is enabling the country’s leading promoters to expand the touring map, as well as the range of venues from clubs to stadiums. Christopher Barrett reports The principle cities…
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Festival News

Carbon: how low can Flow go?

February 22, 2019
FINLAND      Although attendance grew by 3,000 people a day to 84,000 in 2018, Flow Festival, near Helskinki, says it managed to reduce the volume of waste it produces by 21 per cent, while all waste was used either for energy production or reused. The event, headlined by Cardi…
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Unum aims to launch new Albanian scene

February 22, 2019
ALBANIA                A new house and techno festival launches at the beach site of Rana e Hedhun, Shengjin, on the Adriatic coast, this May, with the aim of stimulating a new contemporary music scene in the region. Unum has a capacity of 20,000 but co-organiser…
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Production News

Avoiding metal cliches

February 22, 2019
UNITED STATES     Drummer and vocalist Brandon Saller played an active role in designing the set for metal band Atreyu’s In Our Wake tour, creating six vertical “pipes” surrounding the stage. He worked with lighting designer Megan Alksninis hoping to transcend the clichés often associated with hard rock shows,…
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Bandit helps celebrate Outlaw

February 22, 2019
UNITED STATES      With over 25 artistes paying tribute to Willie Nelson at the 18,000-capacity Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, the production needed to complement the performers rather than distract from them, says lighting designer Mark Carver. Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Dave Matthews, Sheryl Crow and John Mellencamp, were among…
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