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Nationwide red alert for live sector

SPAIN
September 20, 2020
The live music industry made 17 September Alerta Roja (Red Alert) day, with protests across 28 cities. Music venues were lit up in red as part of the global #WeMakeEvents campaign, designed to highlight that…
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Main News

FKP Scorpio invests in UK expansion

UNITED KINGDOM
September 26, 2020
PAN-EUROPEAN festival and concert promoter FKP Scorpio has hired former DHP Family executives Scott O’Neill and Daniel Ealam to “significantly expand” its UK business. The duo join Barry Campbell and…
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Ticketmaster merges top team

WORLD
September 11, 2020
Live Nation Entertainment ticketing division Ticketmaster has restructured its head office, combining North America and International into one operation. Former president Jared Smith becomes chairman of the combined entity while…
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Yucaipa paid ‘a substantial sum’ for K2

UK/USA
September 3, 2020
Following the acquisition of John Jackson’s UK-based K2 Agency by The Yucaipa Companies (TYC), which also owns US operation Artist Group International (AGI, see 18 August news), AGI head Dennis…
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Festivals and promoters next for state help

GERMANY
August 31, 2020
Live music festivals and promoters can apply for €80 million ($93.7m) of grant aid from the federal government from Monday 7 September, via its Initiative Musik arm, which supports the…
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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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