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Anti-tout campaigners slam Viagogo’s $4.05 billion purchase of StubHub

WORLD               
December 16, 2019

CONTROVERSIAL RESALE site Viagogo is buying eBay-owned StubHub for $4.05 billion. It brings Viagogo founder and CEO Eric Baker back to where he started in the sector, as he co-founded StubHub with Jeff Fluhr when they were still at business school. Baker left StubHub and moved to the UK to…

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CTS takes controlling interest in Barracuda

AUSTRIA              
December 16, 2019

GERMAN PAN-Europe ticketing and promoting giant CTS Eventim has acquired a 71 per cent stake in leading concert and festival promoter Barracuda Music. Barracuda, whose festivals include Nova Rock (cap. 55,000), Electric Love (100,000) and Frequency (120,000), will become part of the Eventim Live promoter network, which encompasses 29 promoters…

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MSG spin-off plans approved

UNITED STATES               
December 16, 2019

The Madison Square Garden Company (MSGC) board has approved a plan to fully spin-off its entertainment business from its sports business, because of higher than expected losses in the the quarter. The entertainment company would include New York’s Madison Square Garden (cap. 20,789), Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden (5,600),…

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Mushroom restructures

AUSTRALIA             
December 16, 2019

Michael Gudinski’s Mushroom Group has launched a live Marketing and Communications division, headed by Reegan Stark, in response to “unprecedented growth” across its live and record label business. The move is part of a major restructuring of the business and following Gudinski and Chugg Entertainment’s Michael Chugg reuniting in March…

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All Things Live expands with laughter in Norway

NORWAY               
December 16, 2019

REGIONAL PROMOTER All Things Live (ATL) has acquired comedy promoter Stand Up Norge. ATL was established last year through the amalgamation of Denmark’s ICO Concerts, Norway’s Atomic Soul and Sweden’s Maloney Concerts – backed by Belgium-based Waterland Private Equity. “We’re incredibly excited about this transaction,” ATL co-owner Kim Worsøe tells…

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TicketOne takes resale fight to public prosecutor

ITALY              
December 16, 2019

CTS EVENTIM-owned platform TicketOne has written to the Public Prosecutor’s office calling for action to be taken against the secondary ticketing sector, for failing to comply with consumer law. The letter to the criminal court judge requests that the law be applied to breaches of consumer protection legislation, including criminal…

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ETEP’s 391 bookings for the year

EUROPE              
December 16, 2019

EUROSONIC NOORDERSLAG’S Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) has released its figures for the year, with 391 international festival placements for 164 artistes. Created by the team behind the Netherlands’ conference and music festival Eurosonic Noorderslag and funded by Creative Europe, the ETEP was introduced in 2003 to help emerging artistes reach…

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Man who changed the world as we knew it – Obituary

UNITED STATES              
December 16, 2019

HE ADMITTED he knew nothing about the concert business, but Robert FX Sillerman, who died on 26 November aged 71, knew about finance, acquisition and amalgamation. He saw a fragmented music industry and, as he had done with US radio stations, an opportunity to build an empire, mould it together…

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OVG adds Ascot to venue alliance

UNITED KINGDOM              
December 16, 2019

OAK VIEW Group (OVG), the US company formed in 2015 by former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and former Live Nation Entertainment chairman and artiste manager Irving Azoff, has added Ascot Racecourse to its International Venue Alliance. The deal will focus on finding international sponsors for the venue, which is the…

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Moody start for Austin consortium

UNITED STATES              
December 16, 2019

A consortium including Oak View Group, Live Nation Entertainment and C3 Presents has started construction on the 15,000 capacity Moody Center,a  privately-financed multi-purpose entertainment and sports arena in Austin, Texas. Other partners include The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Athletics and Texas-born actor Matthew McConaughey, The $338 million venue…

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Giddings added as keynote interviewee

NETHERLANDS              
December 16, 2019

CONFERENCE AND music festival Eurosonic Noorderslag has revealed another wave of panelists for the 15-18 January event, which takes place in Groningen. Isle of Wight Festival (cap. 50,000) founder and Solo Agency boss John Giddings, whose clients include the Rolling Stones, Madonna and U2, will do a keynote interview. IN…

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AEG Presents boosts global touring team

UNITED STATES              
December 16, 2019

KELLY STELBASKY has joined AEG Presents in Los Angeles as senior vice-president global touring and talent. She was previously at Live Nation Entertainment for 10 years, where she booked stadium, arena, and amphitheatre tours, working with artistes such as Kings of Leon, John Mayer, Twenty One Pilots and Lizzo. She…

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Viagogo buys StubHub

WORLD               
November 26, 2019

IN A move that took the industry by surprise, controversial resale website Viagogo has bought eBay owned StubHub for $4.05 billion. As Audience went to print, it emerged that Viagogo founder and CEO Eric Baker had bought the company he co-founded with Jeff Fluhr when they were still at business…

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Ticketing sector under investigation again

UNITED STATES               
November 26, 2019

ANOTHER congressional investigation of the live event ticketing industry was launched on 21 November by leading members of the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has broad jurisdiction over consumer protection issues. In letters to Live Nation Entertainment, AEG, ticketing and technology company Tickets.com and resale websites StubHub, Vivid Seats and…

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MSG Spheres delayed

UNITED STATES/UNITED KINGDOM               
November 26, 2019

THE PLAN by the New York-based Madison Square Garden Company (MSGC) to build high-tech concert venues in Las Vegas and London has been delayed, with a completion date for the UK venue now open-ended. MSGC, which owns New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden (cap. 20,783) arena, had planned to open…

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Clockenflap cancelled amid violent protests

CHINA              
November 26, 2019

HONG KONG’S largest outdoor festival has been cancelled due to anti-government protests continuing in the city, which have resulted in the deaths of two people with many more injured. The 50,000-capacity Clockenflap, promoted by Magnetic Asia, was scheduled to take place on 22-24 November at Central Harbourfront Event Space, but…

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Luger Denmark goes international

DENMARK               
November 26, 2019

FOLLOWING ITS sister company in Sweden, Luger Denmark is moving into concert promotion with international artistes, with Xenia Grigat appointed head of international artistes. Grigat joins the Live Nation Entertainment-owned company after 12 years as a promoter at Down the Drain Concerts (formerly Beatbox Entertainment) which partnered with multi-national festival…

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See change for Nashville

UNITED STATES               
November 26, 2019

SEE TICKETS is to open its 15th office, in Nashville, just five years after opening its first office in Los Angeles, in 2014. The UK-based ticketing company, owned by French media conglomerate Vivendi, which also owns Universal Music Group – is the second largest in  its domestic market and has…

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South America gets third Movistar Arena

ARGENTINA               
November 26, 2019

TELECOMS COMPANY Movistar has become the naming rights partner for the new 15,000-capacity arena in Buenos Aires, its third such deal across the region. The ASM Global-operated venue opened on 1 November with a performance by Tini Stoessel and free admission for Movistar customers that registered for tickets via Club…

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Madison Square Garden in double spin-off plan

UNITED STATES               
November 26, 2019

THE MADISON Square Garden Company (MSGC) has approved a plan to fully spin-off its entertainment business from its sports interests, because of higher than expected losses in its third fiscal quarter. MSGC initially intended to partially spin-off its entertainment business while keeping a third of the shares in the sports…

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