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New venue opens in Berlin

October 31, 2018

Germany     The new 4,350-capacity Verti Music Hall in Berlin will be a valuable artiste stepping-stone up to the Mercedes-Benz Arena (cap. 18,000), says the company behind both, AEG Operations. Opened on 12 October with a sell-out concert by former White Stripes frontman Jack White, management expects the venue…

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Olympia acquires Gararock festival

October 31, 2018

FRANCE        Olympia Production, a subsidiary of global media conglomerate Vivendi, has acquired the 45,000-capacity Gararock festival, one of the country’s largest music events. Launched in 1997, Gararock is located in Marmande, in the south-west, and is held over four days in June. Olympia Productions, which was established…

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New GMs for Brooklyn arenas

October 31, 2018

UNITED STATES               The operators  of Brooklyn’s 19,000-capacity Barclays Center and NYCB Live (cap. 15,000), BSE Global and AEG Facilities have appointed new general managers (GMs). Matthew Felker,  who is currently GM of NYCB Live has been promoted to GM of the Barclays Center,…

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St Jakobshalle opens after $110 million refurbishment

October 31, 2018

SWITZERLAND                        Basel’s premier  indoor live music venue has reopened after a 110 million franc ($110m) redevelopment. St Jakobshalle, which has hosted concerts by artistes such as Rihanna and Iron Maiden, now has a capacity of 12,400, up from its…

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Live Nation takes Emporium stake

October 31, 2018

UNITED STATES              Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) has acquired a 51 per cent stake in promoter Emporium Presents, which stages more than 400 shows annually across North America. Co-founded by Dan Steinberg and Jason Zink in 2015, when they merged Steinberg’s Square Peg Concerts and…

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Azoff restructures while MSGC plans a spin-off

October 31, 2018

UNITED STATES                    Arch deal-maker and legendary artiste manager Irving Azoff appears to be constructing a new business empire. His Azoff Music Management company is acquiring the 50 per cent stake that Madison Square Garden Company (MSGC) held in their joint venture…

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BDV launches campaign to fight ‘cancer’ of resale

October 31, 2018

EUROPE        The “spreading cancer” of what promoters association BDV calls the black market in concert tickets will be targeted in a new campaign against the resale sector. BDV has launched a public information campaign to alert concert-goers and sports fans to the risks of buying tickets on…

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Live Nation backs new entertainment resort

October 31, 2018

SOUTH KOREA         Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) will book talent for a new entertainment resort after signing a multi-year partnership with Mohegan Gaming and Entertainment (MGE). The $5 billion development in Incheon, 27km west of the capital Seoul, is expected to open in 2021 and will include…

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New arena offers flexible deals

October 31, 2018

POLAND               The operator  of the country’s newest major venue, the 17,178-capacity Arena Gliwice, is looking to build on its early success with concerts by offering a co-promotion option for promoters. The venue, in Gliwice, a city in Upper Silesia in the south of…

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Activists fined for Lorde cancellation

October 31, 2018

ISRAEL             Two activists have been ordered to pay 45,000 shekels ($12,246) for their part in persuading New Zealand singer Lorde to pull out of a concert at the Convention Centre (cap. 9,000) in Tel Aviv last June. The pair, also New Zealanders, supported global…

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Pressure on Ticketmaster grows after CBC’s TradeDesk exposé

October 31, 2018

NORTH AMERICA              The furore over the close relationship Ticketmaster (TM) has with professional ticket touts and scalpers has not died down since undercover reporters in Canada revealed how its TradeDesk software helps resellers manage inventory on TM sites. The joint Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)…

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Ticketmaster deal secures market share

October 31, 2018

ITALY         Ticketmaster Italy (TMI) has struck a deal to provide all ticketing services for multi-venue operator Zed Entertainment. Zed, founded 20 years ago, owns 10 venues, include Padua’s Stadio Euganeo (45,000), Grand Teatro Geox (4,000), Kioene Arena (cap. 7,000) and Arena Spettacoli Padova Fiere (9,000), PalaGeorge…

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Fullsteam for another Ed Sheeran record

October 31, 2018

Finland         Promoter Fullsteam Agency hopes its Ed Sheeran concerts next year will break U2’s attendance record, set eight years ago. To be held at Malmi Airport in the north-east of the capital Helsinki, the first of the two 60,000-capacity shows sold out within 20 minutes of…

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Bangkok set for two new arenas

October 31, 2018

THAILAND                   Global venue operator AEG has announced more than 10 billion baht ($309m) of investment to build two new arenas in the country by 2022. The 16,000-capacity Bangkok Arena and EM Live (cap. 6,000) will both be part of new entertainment…

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McFarland jailed for Fyre festival fiasco

October 31, 2018

UNITED STATES                William McFarland, the 26-year-old organiser of the ill-fated Fyre Music Festival, held on an island in the Bahamas last year was sentenced to six years in prison, a three-year supervised release and told to forfeit $26.2 million. The so-called luxury music…

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Ireland set to ban touting and bots

October 3, 2018

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND           Legislation banning the resale of tickets at above face value for large concerts and sporting events has been agreed by the Cabinet. The new regulations, which will have to be passed through the Dáil [parliament], will apply to events that take place…

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Forum Braga renamed the Altice Forum

October 1, 2018

PORTUGAL            When it opened earlier this year, the 12,000-capacity Forum Braga became the second largest auditorium in the country and the largest in the northern region. It has now changed name to Altice Forum, under a naming rights deal agreed  between the arenas’ operator InvestBraga and…

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AEG and Wimmer part on the range

October 1, 2018

UNITED STATES           A difference of vision has caused Rock on the Range founder Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents (DWP) and co-producer AEG Presents to part company. The 47,000-capacity festival has ended its 12-year run at the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, and will be rebranded…

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View of the future at the 12th Summit

October 1, 2018

UNITED KINGDOM                    Reflecting a booming domestic live music scene, the 12TH annual LIVE UK Summit has conference sessions on topics ranging from artiste development and the grassroots sector to festivals, sponsorship, social media marketing, venue management and ticketing. The latest speakers…

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Madison Square Garden acquires a chief strategist

October 1, 2018

UNITED STATES     New York’s Madison Square Garden (cap. 19,000) has named former local government official Richard Constable as its new chief strategist to oversee the company’s public affairs. In the newly-created role, executive vice-president and global head of government relations and public affairs, Constable – who has served…

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