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Market Focus – Review of a touring market for international artistes

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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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South-East Asia

February 21, 2020

Not too long ago the region was still considered a challenge for international artistes, in terms of logistics and cost, but with more markets established and increasing venue options, it has become far more appealing, with viable multiple dates now possible for mid-range acts.  Lisa Henderson reports While opportunities for…

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January 28, 2020

As one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with a high standard of living and low unemployment, the country is in good shape both economically and otherwise. Its relatively small size, and conveniently central position in Europe, makes it a unique music market. Lisa Henderson reports Thirty years ago,…

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The Czech Republic

December 16, 2019

With rising wages and low unemployment, the Czech Republic is in good shape economically and its music fans are sustaining a rise in show numbers, primarily in Prague; the country’s dominant market … but there are challenges. Christopher Barrett reports     O n 17 November 1989, eight days after…

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The Gulf

November 26, 2019

Facing a challenging economic climate across The Gulf States is both helped and hindered by increasing live music activity with western artistes in Saudi Arabia – more act coming to the wider region is good, but vital equipment is being sucked over the border to support big productions raises issues…

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November 4, 2019

It is the powerhouse at the centre of the European Union (EU) and the wider continent and although bordering on recession, has a rampant live music scene, from festivals and stadium shows down to clubs, with at least one promoter seeing a resurgence in that sector. Christopher Barrett reports In…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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October 31, 2018

With a circuit of relatively new arenas across the country and established artistes staying for more than just one show in the capital, Poland’s promoters sense their market is close to being accepted as an important part of mainland Europe’s touring circuit. Tom Ambrose reports You only have to roll…

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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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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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