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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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Chile

June 6, 2019

Despite its location and action for international artistes generally being confined to the capital, Chile has long been an attractive touring destination, not least because of its impressive facilities, passionate fans and one of the region’s strongest economies. Christopher Barrett reports Over the past two decades, Chile has had one…

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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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Italy

May 1, 2019

Despite its economy being in recession and a lack of venues and touring activity in the south, Italy boasts a robust concert business that is making the most of its many geographical and historical locations, a steady demand to see international artistes … and a reduction in sales tax on…

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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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Tallinn, Estonia

April 1, 2019

Tallinn Song Festival Grounds A: Narva Rd 95, 10127 T: +372 611 2102 E:  info@lauluvaljak.ee W: www.lauluvaljak.ee Principle contact person: Riho Rõõmus Policy: Hire and self-promote Capacity: 75,000 In-house Concert Sound System: No In-house Concert Stage Lighting: No Past/forthcoming concerts: Rammstein, Guns N’Roses, Bon Jovi, Franz Ferdinand, The xx, Kasabian,…

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France

April 1, 2019

Despite the government introducing tough new noise restrictions and a sharp rise in policing costs at events, the country’s leading players in the live music sector appear to be thriving in a steadily expanding industry, reports Christopher Barrett John Lennon famously said French rock is like English wine. The intervening decades…

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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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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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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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The Secret Agent

February 5, 2019

Agents all have their own particular way of working and almost all learn by watching some veterans at work. But most of the job is learned through experience and rumour has it ITB’s Mike Dewdney likes to be seen as one who quietly and efficiently goes about his work, under…

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Johannesburg, South Africa

February 5, 2019

Audience takes a look at the world’s major cities and venues most used by international artistes FNB Stadium A: Soccer City Avenue, FNB Stadium, Nasrec, Johannesburg T: +27 11 247 5300 E:  jessica@stadiummanagement.co.za W: www.stadiummanagement.co.za Policy: Hire only Capacity: 90,000 In-house Concert Sound System: No In-house Concert Stage Lighting: No…

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Market Focus – Belgium

February 5, 2019

The country, located at the heart of the European Union, has recovered from the dark days of terrorist attacks in 2016 and its promoters and venue operators have a sense of optimism for the coming year, apart from facing all the usual challenges. Tom Ambrose reports If 2018 was unable…

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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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