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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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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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The great debates

February 21, 2020

It’s the biggest gathering of international promoters and agents in the world and delegates at the 32nd International Live Music Conference certainly have some serious topics to discuss, not least the ramifications of the Coronavirus across Asia and isues related to a Brexit that is finally happening. Christopher Barrett asks…

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Breaking out from Moscow

February 21, 2020

A tough man in one of the world’s toughest markets, Ed Ratnikov has battled to bring international artistes to fans across the vastness of Russia for 25 years, from the turbulent days just before and after the collapse of the USSR, when doing business was more challenging than most people…

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Five finger victory sign

February 21, 2020

“Last December, when we played at the Amsoil Arena [cap. 5,333] in Duluth,” remembers Bruce Reiter, the production manager for Five Finger Death Punch, “We were loaded-in and all set to do the show, when it became obvious that our guitarist Jason Hook was very sick. “He was in a…

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The art of the possible

January 28, 2020

Starting his career with the launch of the biggest festival the world had seen at the time, Luiz Oscar Niemeyer took time out from promoting to work for a record company. But he felt the changing mood and returned to live events, working across South America with some of the…

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Audience at 20

January 6, 2020

The following is a small selection of events, reported in Audience, that helped to shape the international live music industry over the following two decades. 

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Far from just the ticket

December 16, 2019

The event ticketing business is arguably the most technologically dynamic sector in live entertainment. With paper ticketing dying out and barcodes potentially next in line, concert tickets are available in an increasing array of formats, but the pace of change is a constant challenge for the world’s leading providers. Christopher…

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No man is an island

November 26, 2019

That’s what the 400-year-old poem by the UK’s John Donne suggests, but the location of his headquarters and Carsten Svoldgaard’s company name, CSB Island Entertainment, comes close to it in a literal sense, which is ironic considering CSB is a 25-year-old business that works on a global scale. Christopher Barrett…

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Sound foundations

November 4, 2019

From the days of military dictatorship, through Brazil’s rocky emergence as a destination for international artistes during the 1980s, to it being the financial anchor for most tours of South America, audio company Gabisom – celebrating its 35th anniversary – has been at the forefront of most major events, from…

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Upwards and onwards

October 11, 2019

Like so many veterans of the live music industry, Tobbe Lorentz, an agent with UTA and marking 30 years in the business, started out on his own, help-ing out at shows and learning the ropes. But his talent for spotting talent and knowing how to help it grow soon shone…

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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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Keeping the faith

August 19, 2019

The band apparently took around 15 years of touring across North America before the getting their first record break and that probably havs a lot to do with Bon Jovi’s enduring popularity and sheer professionalism, although these days it’s at stadium level and on a global scale, Johnny Black reports…

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Masked men of music

July 11, 2019

They trialed it in ’73, used it to build a global career, stopped using it and slipped into decline and then on the Doc’s orders, KISS resurrected the full-make-up and costume show and stormed back to the top. Johnny Black reports on The End of the Road Tour, although the…

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All the world’s a stage

June 6, 2019

Family entertainment is a catch-all term encompassing an array of live show formats that appeal to a wider audience than standalone concerts, but the evolution of the sector and its global success has much to do with the concert industry’s leading promoters Christopher Barrett reports. Rock promoter veterans who enjoy…

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Supporting stars

May 1, 2019

As live music productions become increasingly complex and festivals demand ever more impressive centre stages, the international staging sector is exploring new materials and methods of handling their heavy load while ensuring safety is the utmost priority. Christopher Barrett reports  Stages is undoubtedly one of the fastest-growing sectors in live entertainment,…

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The Mendes effect

April 1, 2019

From internet sensation to global pop star in just five years, Shawn Mendes’ success is a combination of his natural talent and special relationship with his fans, finding good management, agent and promoter contacts early on, then following a strategy for organic growth and looking after the audiences. Mike Gartside reports …

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Florence and her magic machine

February 22, 2019

Whether it is performing impromptu in a club toilet or headlining a festival with a broken foot, Florence Welch and her Machine’s career has been driven by a mixture of will power, creative endeavour and a team of professionals dedicated to helping her deliver barn-storming performances worldwide, Christopher Barrett reports. Florence…

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Believing in the show

February 22, 2019

It is possible that having grandparents who were comedians and a mother who was a contortionist and an opera impresario father may have helped the young Claudio Trotta get a start in the live music business, but his relentless passion for what he does still propels him along today, as…

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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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