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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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Moscow, Russia

October 11, 2019

Luzhniki Stadium A: Ul. Luzhniki Street 24, 119048 T: +7 495 785 97 00 W: wwww.luzhniki.ru Principle contact person: Vitaly Mant Policy: Hire and self-promote Capacity: 65,000 In-house Concert Sound System: No In-house Concert Stage Lighting: No Past/forthcoming concerts: Imagine Dragons, Bon Jovi, Muse, Metallica, Rammstein, The Vaccines, The Blackfires,…

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Spain

October 11, 2019

Enjoying a resurgent economy and live music industry that continues to strengthen since the government sales tax from 21 to 10 per cent in 2017, Spain’s concert and festival promoters hit a revenue high last year, report Christopher Barrett Although unemployment is still at an uncomfortable 14 per cent, that…

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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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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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Sweden

August 19, 2019

The birthplace of ABBA and Spotify, both of which have had a dramatic impact on the worldwide music business, Sweden not only has a thriving digital music market but a buoyant live music scene that is seeing a strong demand for homegrown and international talent.   Christopher Barrett reports Sweden’s…

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Australia

July 11, 2019

Despite its relatively small population spread over, in some cases, thousands of miles, and handful  of major cities, the market is remarkably strong and growing, with numerous shows at stadium level, touring festivals and some very competitive promoters.  Christopher Barrett reports It is not be the easiest or cheapest country…

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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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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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