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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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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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