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Market Focus – Review of a touring market for international artistes

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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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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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New Zealand

July 2, 2018

It wasn’t very long ago that New Zealand was left off the map for many global tours and generally tagged onto Australian, when time permitted and Asia tours. But now it is a powerful market in its own right, helped by record-breaking shows and ticket sales for Ed Sheeran, Adele…

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June 22, 2018

Following a difficult few years in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the Dutch market is now firmly back on course with in-demand shows, countless festivals and an insatiable quest to keep experimenting.  Neil Bracegirdle reports Every aspiring artiste that steps into Europe seems to dream of playing Amsterdam…

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May 22, 2018

A thriving market due to a healthy economy and generally wealthy population, the country has a disproportionally large festival sector compared with other markets and some believe it’s at risk of becoming a victim of its own success, with fears that the live music scene may be at saturation point….

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April 30, 2018

The much anticipated arrival of the 16,000-capacity Royal Arena in Copenhagen has energised the whole live music sector, with local artistes also rising to the occasion with sell-outs there and Denmark’s status on the international touring circuit significantly enhanced.  Neil Bracegirdle reports Hailed as the gateway from Europe to the…

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South-East Asia

March 20, 2018

Once a region where only a few established or niche artistes could venture and cover their costs, it is now becoming a regular touring market for international acts, as several countries have developed stronger infrastructures for live music. Neil Bracegirdle reports Regarded as a so-called emerging market for the last…

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February 20, 2018

Holding a particular appeal for many international artistes, not to mention its enormous commercial potential, China is steadily relaxing the bureaucratic and political restrictions that made it difficult for western acts to visit, allowing promoters and venue operators greater opportunities to grow the market. Neil Bracegirdle reports After a concentrated…

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January 20, 2018

After being among the hardest hit during the global recession, the Republic of Ireland has largely recovered and, together with its neighbour, the UK province of Northern Ireland, boasts a healthy market, demonstrated by tickets sales such as 415,000 for Ed Sheeran and 80,000 for U2.   Neil Bracegirdle and Kirsty…

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December 12, 2017

Among the wealthiest countries in Europe, Austria has no problems attracting international touring artistes and its people seem only too happy to attend shows, despite ticket prices often being higher than in neighbouring countries.  Dave Roberts reports   After finally shaking-off the worst effects of the 2008 economic crash, Austria’s…

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