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FKP Scorpio invests in UK expansion

UNITED KINGDOM
September 26, 2020

PAN-EUROPEAN festival and concert promoter FKP Scorpio has hired former DHP Family executives Scott O’Neill and Daniel Ealam to “significantly expand” its UK business. The duo join Barry Campbell and James Cassidy on the board of FKP Scorpio UK, which was launched in 2008. Its recent projects include arena tours…

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Nationwide red alert for live sector

SPAIN
September 20, 2020

The live music industry made 17 September Alerta Roja (Red Alert) day, with protests across 28 cities. Music venues were lit up in red as part of the global #WeMakeEvents campaign, designed to highlight that events industry workers urgently need government support. The demonstrations, which gained widespread media coverage, saw…

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Ticketmaster merges top team

WORLD
September 11, 2020

Live Nation Entertainment ticketing division Ticketmaster has restructured its head office, combining North America and International into one operation. Former president Jared Smith becomes chairman of the combined entity while Mark Yovich, formerly president of International, is now president of global business. Amy Howe, president of North America, becomes global…

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Yucaipa paid ‘a substantial sum’ for K2

UK/USA
September 3, 2020

Following the acquisition of John Jackson’s UK-based K2 Agency by The Yucaipa Companies (TYC), which also owns US operation Artist Group International (AGI, see 18 August news), AGI head Dennis Arfa reveals how the Coronavirus pandemic delayed the deal by several months. The two companies will remain independent under the…

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Festivals and promoters next for state help

GERMANY
August 31, 2020

Live music festivals and promoters can apply for €80 million ($93.7m) of grant aid from the federal government from Monday 7 September, via its Initiative Musik arm, which supports the country’s musicians and music sector at home and abroad. A further €30m ($35m) of investment funding is available to clubs,…

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Safety messaging helps TMW to go ahead

ESTONIA
August 21, 2020

Organisers of Tallinn Music Week (TMW) are confident of the event breaking-even, as they expect to welcome only slightly fewer delegates and music fans to the 60-venue conference and music festival. The event is set for 27-30 August. With no deaths from Covid-19 reported in the country since early June,…

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Rob Hallett and Live Nation part company

UNITED KINGDOM
August 20, 2020

Robomagic, the company formed by veteran agent, talent developer and former president of international touring at AEG Live in Europe Rob Hallett, is parting company with Live Nation Entertainment. The companies joined forces three years ago. Hallett helped develop artistes including Dexy’s Midnight Runners, UB40, Adam Ant and Duran Duran…

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Safe concerts are the first step

JAPAN
August 18, 2020

PROMOTERS ARE aiming to demonstrate the safety of indoor concerts and trying out different audience formats following the lifting of some restrictions three weeks ago. The moves follow the government’s decision to allow seated-only indoor concerts with capacites of between 1,000 and 5,000, provided that venues are no more than…

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Live Nation puts positive spin on Q2 figures

August 8, 2020

Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) was able to extract some positives from its second quarter (Q2) financial report, which was otherwise as devastating as for just about everyone else in live entertainment, but on a larger scale. Its survey of fan intentions found that 86 per cent were happy to retain their tickets…

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Barracuda gets full CTS support in banking scandal

AUSTRIA
August 4, 2020

GERMAN PAN-Europeticketing and promotion giant CTS Eventim has stepped in to support the country’s largest promoter Barracuda Groupo after a bank which holds €34 million ($40.6m) of its deposits was ordered to stop operating in July. Austria’s Financial Market Authority instructed Commerzialbank Mattersburg (CM) to cease trading, including all withdrawals,…

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Drones enable distanced live music in San Juan

PUERTO RICO
August 4, 2020

A PRODUCT launch featuring drones by telecoms giant AT&T made the country’s first drive-in concert by Latin Grammy-winner Pedro Capó viable for co-promoters Move Concerts and No Limit Entertainment (NLE, part of Live Nation Entertainment). Staged in the car park of Hiram Bithorn Stadium (cap. 18,300) in San Juan, the event…

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WiZink prepares to host concerts

SPAIN
July 14, 2020

ONE OF the country’s biggest arenas, Madrid’s WiZink Center (cap. 17,452) is reopening for concerts. The venue’s operator Impulsa Eventos e Instalaciones (IEI) has partnered with naming rights sponsor WiZink bank and telecoms company Telefónica to host paid-for live streamed concerts. The concerts will be performed in front of a small…

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Amazon makes arena climate pledge

UNITED STATES
July 14, 2020

ONLINE RETAIL giant Amazon has secured a naming rights deal with venue management company Oak View Group (OVG), to rebrand the 18,100-capacity KeyArena in Seattle as Climate Pledge Arena. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says the name is “a regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action”, and the venue…

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Restart package for live sector

GERMANY
July 14, 2020

VENUE ASSOCIATION LiveKomm has launched a funding programme to support 215 grassroots venues across the country. The initiative will support venues with a grant of €200 per concert, covering 6,900 events at a cost of €1.4 million ($1.133m). The Live 100 scheme will see €100 ($132) given to the venue…

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Watchdog escalates probe into Viagogo-StubHub merger

UNITED KINGDOM
July 11, 2020

A PHASE 2 in-depth investigation into the $4.05 billion merger of the two biggest secondary ticketing operators, Viagogo and StubHub, is to be underyaken by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). It launched an initial Phase 1 investigation last December and announced its findings in early June. It said the…

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UK’s Dickins takes global role at WME

WORLD
June 26, 2020

UK-BASED agent Lucy Dickins has been appointed co-head of WME’s worldwide music division following the departure in the US of WME partner and worldwide head of music Mark Geiger.

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Promoters remain frustrated as event restrictions subside

WORLD
June 26, 2020

COVID-19 event restrictions are being loosened worldwide but promoters do not expect business to return to anything like normal until the next year. New Zealand went into lockdown on 25 March, but all limits on gatherings were removed on 8 June and social distancing is no longer required. Showcase Entertainment…

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Saudi influence ‘will help boost regional business’

SAUDI ARABIA
June 4, 2020

VETERAN REGIONAL figure Thomas Oversen, now working with Saudi Arabian government-owned Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), believes the county’s growing interest in live entertainment will help the wider region, once the Covid-19 crisis has passed. He says the acquisition of a 5.7 per cent stake in Live Nation Entertainment (LNE)…

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CTS Eventim suffers dramatic Q1 hit

GERMANY
June 4, 2020

PAN-EUROPE ticketing giant and promoter CTS Eventim reports a 34.7 per cent fall in first quarter (Q1) 2020 group revenue to €184.6 million ($203.2m), as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. It says the “virtual standstill” in live entertainment in March, the last month of the quarter, also contributed to…

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Concerts return to Italy and Spain

ITALY/SPAIN
May 31, 2020

THE ITALIAN government has announced that concerts will be allowed to take place from 15 June for the first time since the country went into lockdown on 9 March. Outdoor concerts with up to 1,000 attendees and indoor shows with an audience of up to 200 will be allowed. While…

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