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Superstruct partners with ICS

GERMANY                
September 13, 2019
SUPERSTRUCT ENTERTAINMENT is adding to its stable of European festivals after partnering with German promoter International Concert Service (ICS) and Next Events. ICS, which owns the 75,000-capacity Wacken Open Air (WOA), will be entering into…
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Main News

Randy Phillips in livestyle change

UNITED STATES
September 13, 2019
With three months left on his contract, Randy Phillips has stepped down as CEO of LiveStyle – the company created from the remnants of Robert FX Sillerman’s reincarnation of SFX…
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OVG goes international

EUROPE                
September 13, 2019
OAK VIEW Group (OVG), the US company formed in 2015 by former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and legendary deal-maker and artiste manager Irving Azoff, the former chairman of Live Nation…
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TEG expands into Europe with acquisition of The MJR Group

September 13, 2019
AUSTRALIAN TICKETING company and promoter TEG has acquired UK-based venue operator and promoter The MJR Group. MJR handles more than 2,000 shows a year and has toured acts including 50…
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Fyre Fest lawyer sues booking agencies for return of acts’ fees

UNITED STATES                
September 13, 2019
PARADIGM TALENT Agency (PTA) appears to have broken away from agencies such as Creative Artist Agency (CAA) and United Talent Agency (UTA), according to industry publication Billboard, in an attempt…
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Features

Brazil

September 13, 2019
Still the powerhouse of South America, where tours and festivals often form the financial anchor for dates in other countries across the region, Brazil’s promoters have to contend with many challenges, not least the country’s economic situation, but also significant political change. Christopher Barrett reports With a population of more…
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Rocking all over the world

September 13, 2019
Incorporating myriad sub genres, the heavy rock and metal scene has spawned huge dedicated festivals and sustained the careers of many artistes for decades. Tapping into that loyalty and encouraging the emergence of new headliners for the future is a community of dedicated specialists. Christopher Barrett reports With dozens of the…
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Festival News

Bluesfest boost to local economy

AUSTRALIA
September 12, 2019
BYRON BAY’S 25,000-capacity Bluesfest brought more than A$83 million (US$57m) to the New South Wales economy this year, a new report reveals. The economic impact study, commissioned by the event’s owner Bluesfest Group, has found that spending by the organisers alone in the Byron Shire area was approximately A$2.6m (US$1.7m),…
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Changes planned for Sziget 2020

HUNGARY
September 12, 2019
THE 90,000-capacity Sziget festival is planning changes for next year’s event, including making some tickets more affordable. The seven-day event takes place in August on an island located in the Danube river and has been running since 1993. The site layout for the 5–11 August festival is also being changed…
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Production News

When Ed gets tough, Meyer gets going

September 12, 2019
Known for creating sampled loops of guitar and vocal sounds during his songs, Ed Sheeran needed an audio system with the capacity to relay these effects without distortion, says production manager and front-of-house engineer Chris Marsh. The two-year Divide tour, whose final dates included the UK’s Roundhay Park (cap. 80,000)…
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Digital ease for country tour

UNITED STATES         
September 12, 2019
While looking for a new audio console for country music singer Craig Morgan’s tour, front-of-house engineer Robert Harmon says he tried out three rival desks before settling on a digital package which impressed him. He needed to be able to customise the new desk and keep a familiar range of…
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