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Tickets to the future

January 2, 2019

Along with music streaming, ticketing is at the head of the digital revolution and having to respond to consumer needs at the same pace as advances in mobile technology, both in the sales process and delivery of tickets to event-goers. It’s a rollercoaster ride for the key players, as Tom…

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Finland

January 2, 2019

With a comparatively robust economy and passionate music fans, Finland’s enterprising live music industry is enjoying record numbers of events and ticket sales, despite its northerly location and small population. Christopher Barrett reports Bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia, Finland is one of Europe’s most northern countries and, with only 5.5…

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Flying High

December 4, 2018

With time, ease of movement and privacy being such precious commodities for hard-working artistes, private jets have become an integral element of many a fine-tuned world tour and, often, make possible concerts that couldn’t otherwise happen.  Christopher Barrett reports. Whether it is John Denver’s Leaving On A Jet Plane, Red…

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Fine metallic finish

December 4, 2018

It is a remarkable success story, with both the geography of their home country and their chosen art form presenting significant hurdles. But quality of music and presentation, and a lot of hard work, has paid off and the band is enjoying increasing popularity across multiple countries.  Johnny Black reports….

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Prague, Czech Republic

December 4, 2018

Letiště Letňany  A: Hůlkova 1075/35, 9 T: +420725 912 020 E:  rental@letnany-airport.cz W: www.letnany-airport.cz/?lang=en Policy: Hire only Capacity: 80,000 In-house Concert Sound System: No In-house Concert Stage Lighting: No Past/forthcoming concerts: The Rolling Stones, Ed Sheeran, Muse, Robbie Williams, Guns N’Roses/ Sinobo Stadium (formely Eden Arena) A: U Slavie 1540/2a,…

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Argentina

December 4, 2018

Despite an ever-fluctuating economy and what one leading promoter describes as the worst downturn he’s experienced, the country’s venue operators, event organisers and passionate music fans will find a way to overcome the challenges, as they have before. Christopher Barrett reports. Among the many acts to have performed in Argentina…

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Decade of achievement

October 31, 2018

As Flash Entertainment celebrates its 10th anniversary, its Canadian founder John Lickrish can look back proudly on a remarkable decade that has seen the company put the Gulf state of Abu Dhabi firmly on the global live music stage. Christopher Barrett reports Since 2008, Flash Entertainment has not only brought many…

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Delivering good news every day

October 1, 2018

If his round as a postman hadn’t included one of Switzerland’s leading promoters, Stefan Matthey may never have found his way into the industry 35 years ago. Although he’s now at the top of the business, he remembers his roots, having to find new acts and spend years developing them…

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Loyalty like no other

October 1, 2018

Hard rock and heavy metal genres boast a remarkably passionate and loyal following around the world, with new markets developing and demand returning to territories that seemed to have quietened. But some of the major players wonder whether new acts are coming through fast enough to replace the veteran giants…

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Canada

October 1, 2018

Despite being a huge country in land mass, it is relatively small when it comes to population and yet huge in terms of travel logistics. That may be why so many Canadian artistes have broken out to become global stars, such as Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette, Bryan Adams, Arcade Fire,…

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Sydney, Australia

August 28, 2018

ANZ Stadium  A: 15 Edwin Flack Ave, NSW 2127 T: +61 2 8765 2000 E: DarylK@venueslive.com.au W: www.anzstadium.com.au Principal Contact: Daryl Kerry Policy: Hire only Capacity: 75,000 In-house Concert Sound System: Yes In-house Concert Stage Lighting: No Examples of contemporary international (and some major domestic) artistes who have played in…

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Foundations in rock

August 28, 2018

Although he still wishes he had kept a stake in the fast-food restaurant he set up when he was 20, Jose Muniz’s steady, 35-year rise to be a dominant promoter across Latin America has had its compensations, despite having to overcome a host of seemingly insurmountable challenges along the way. Johnny…

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Norway

August 28, 2018

A prosperous country with a booming festival scene and yet more domestic artistes reaching arena level and growing overseas, the only problem Norway seems to have is a lack of venue capacity at certain crucial levels. Neil Bracegirdle reports. The northern-most country in Europe, the Kingdom of Norway is renowned…

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Starry, starry nights

July 3, 2018

Still enthralling thousands of lifelong devotees and their offspring with the 14th incarnation of his All-Starr Band, Sir Richard Starkey – also known as Ringo Starr – proves, as if any proof was needed, that he is still rock roalty and not only because he was The Beatles drummer 50…

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Entertainment for all

June 22, 2018

Family entertainment business is all about good old-fashioned showbiz, but with a 21st century edge – creating shows, building successful brands and developing long-term international appeal in a sector that is becoming ever-more competitive. Christopher Barrett reports Family entertainment is the name given to a wealth of live shows that…

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Million-ticket phenomenon

April 29, 2018

It didn’t take long for Ed Sheeran to win a substantial fanbase in Australia and New Zealand, but while playing his first headline tour there, a run of six theatre shows in 2012, he surely could not have imagined returning to sell more than one million tickets for just 18…

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MADRID, SPAIN

April 5, 2018

Audience takes a look at the world’s major cities and venues most used by international artistes.

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Fuelled by adventure

March 20, 2018

Starting out in the time-honoured way of driving their own gear from show to show, Fall Out Boy have risen through the ranks and crown their current tour with a homecoming show to 40,000 fans, but that’s not until they’ve passed through China, Japan, Australia and Europe.  Christopher Barrett reports…

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KOLN, GERMANY

March 15, 2018

Audience takes a look at the world’s major cities and venues most used by international artistes.

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Free-thinking mavericks

February 20, 2018

Many European booking agents and promoters had to self-educate and ended-up in places they didn’t expect, but Rob Challice’s 35-year journey from punk musician has led him to the extraordinary position of co-heading one of the fastest-growing, cutting-edge business’s in the game, Coda Music Agency.  Johnny Black reports   Whether…

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