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Seoul to get state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena

SOUTH KOREA
July 11, 2019

GLOBAL VENUE owner and operator AEG has teamed-up with CJ LiveCity Corporation, a subsidiary of media giant CJ Group, to build a 20,000-capacity, multi-purpose arena in the capital Seoul’s Goyang City, Gyeonggi Province. Provisionally called Seoul Metropolitan Arena, the venue will be part of an entertainment district, CJ LiveCity, that…

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Ticketmaster’s $4.5m bill to settle Competition Bureau court case

CANADA
July 11, 2019

LIVE NATION Entertainment-owned Ticketmaster (TM) has reached a settlement with the Competition Bureau (CB) and agreed to pay C$4.5 million (US$3.39m) in an alleged misleading pricing case.  Subsidiaries Ticketmaster LLC, TNow Entertainment Group Inc and Ticketmaster Canada LP will pay a C$4m (US$3.02m) penalty and C$500,000 (US$380,080) for costs incurred…

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Doctor fails to revive fest after dislocation

SPAIN
July 10, 2019

AFTER YEARS of planning, promoter Neo Sala of Doctor Music Concerts (DMC) has been forced to cancel the return of his 50,000-capacity Doctor Music Festival. He cites the public’s negative reaction to the event’s relocation from its original site, a valley in the Pyrenees, to a Formula 1 racing track…

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Pioneering manager Elliot Roberts dies

UNITED STATES
July 10, 2019

INDUSTRY LEGEND Elliot Roberts, manager of Neil Young for 52 years, died on 21 June. He was 76.  During his career, Roberts also represented artistes such as Joni Mitchell, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, The Alarm, Tom Petty and Yes under his Lookout Management operation. Born Elliot Rabinowitz Roberts in…

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US visa requirement could have serious social impact

UNITED STATES
July 10, 2019

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTES wishing to tour the US will now have their social media activity explored prior to them being granted entry.  The State Department has introduced a new compulsory question on the non-immigrant visa application form DS-160, that requires applicants to reveal the social media platforms they have used in…

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Go Ahead move for Live Nation

POLAND
July 10, 2019

PROMOTER GO Ahead, which stages around 150 shows per year by artistes such as Twenty One Pilots, Florence + The Machine and Wolf Alice, has been acquired by Live Nation Entertainment (LNE). Launched in 2005 and headed by Łukasz Minta, the Poznan-based operation also runs annual three-day showcase festival Spring Break,…

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Arena Wars 2: too close for comfort

UNITED KINGDOM
July 10, 2019

A“GRASS roots” campaign opposing the development of the MSG Sphere (cap. 21,000) in Stratford, East London, was in fact a lobbying initiative by AEG, the owner of rival venue The O2 (21,000), according to a report in The Times newspaper. The campaign calling itself the Newham Action Group (NAG), featured…

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Viagogo’s $1.13 million fine revoked but it faces crackdown in Germany

ITALY/GERMANY
July 10, 2019

THE DECISION by Italy’s highest administrative court, the Consiglio di Stato (CoS), to overturn a €1 million ($1.13m) fine against controversial secondary ticketing platform Viagogo has left Italian promoters suspecting high-level corruption. Viagogo has successfully appealed against the €1m fine imposed by the competition authority Autorita’ Garante della Concorrenza e…

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DEAG plans expansion into three new countries

EUROPE
July 10, 2019

PROMOTER, VENUES, ticketing and label conglomerate Deutsche Entertainment AG (DEAG) is looking to expand into three new countries, adding to its operations in Germany, Switzerland and the UK. In an exclusive interview with Audience, DEAG CEO Prof Peter Schwenkow declined to reveal the target territories but says that discussions are…

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Content planning starts for Spheres

UNITED STATES
July 10, 2019

THE MADISON Square Garden Company(MSGC) has appointed Jennifer Vogt as president of creative content and productions. The newly-created position will see the 25-year entertainment industry veteran be responsible for content development of the new MSG Sphere venues planned for Las Vegas and London, UK, which will feature state-of-the-art immersive technologies….

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AEG to manage Vegas stadium

UNITED STATES
July 10, 2019

AEG FACILITIES has agreed a multi-year deal to manage a $2 billion, multi-purpose 65,000-capacity domed stadium in Las Vegas, set to open in August 2020. The deal was struck with the National Football League’s Oakland Raiders, which own the venue. Events at the stadium will include concerts, sports, family entertainment…

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Expanded Spektrum arena shares vision with Eventim

NORWAY
July 10, 2019

THE MANAGEMENT of  the Trondheim Spektrum, which an increased capacity of 12,000-capacity set to go live later this year, has agreed a multi-year contract with Eventim Norway to be its primary ticketing partner. Located in the heart of Trondheim, the venue is a multi-purpose complex with four halls under one…

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Festival Republic director scoops more than $1 million

UNITED KINGDOM
July 10, 2019

MULTI-EVENT organiser Festival Republic, 50/50 owned by Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) subsidiary Live Nation Music (UK) and Irish live music entrepreneur Denis Desmond’s Gaiety Holdings – paid its owners nearly £2.9 million last year, a reduction from last year’s £4.1m, according to accounts published in June. This is despite a…

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Live Nation planning Bonnaroo take-over?

UNITED STATES
July 10, 2019

LIVE NATION Entertainment (LNE), which bought a controlling interest in the 80,000-capacity, multi-day Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival  in 2015, is understood to have plans to exercise a buy-out clause to purchase the rest of the event from co-founder Rick Farman of Superfly Entertainment.  Along with Superfly, Bonnaroo was co-founded in…

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Record weekend for FKP Scorpio

GERMANY
July 10, 2019

MORE THAN 328,000 live music fans attended three events organised by FKP Scorpio over a single weekend in June, which was a record according to the company.  Twin festivals Hurricane in Scheessel, Lower Saxony, and Southside in Baden-Wuerttemberg attracted 68,000 and 60,000 visitors per day respectively. Headliners across the two…

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Sergeant back to the old firm

AUSTRALASIA
June 14, 2019

VETERAN VENUE manager Paul Sergeant returns to AEG Ogden to become its regional director of special projects Sergeant’s experience includes working at the UK’s Wembley Stadium (cap 90,000), Wembley Arena (12,500) and managing Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium (63,000), and several Australian stadiums during his two previous times with AEG Ogden. Meanwhile,…

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Casino win for Live Nation, as AEG exits

UNITED STATES
June 14, 2019

THE 4,298-capacity Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas will not only be undergoing a significant renovation this summer, but reopens with a new partner in Live Nation Entertainment (LNE), replacing AEG. The Colosseum was built in 2003 for a Celine Dion residency, arranged by AEG-owned Concerts West and designed…

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Messina Group beefs-up team

UNITED STATES
June 14, 2019

STACY VEE has joined AEG Presents-owned Messina Touring Group (MTG) as vice-president of artiste relations, but will continue to book AEG subsidiary Goldenvoice’s 75,000-capacity country music festival Stagecoach, held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Vee began her music industry career in 2002 at Concerts West (now owned…

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ADE to focus in France

NETHERLANDS
June 14, 2019

THE AMSTERDAM Dance Event (ADE) has chosen France as the focus country for its 24th edition, which will take place from 16 to 20 October.  Mariana Sanchotene, director of the festival and electronic music industry conference says France, in recent years, has been a hub of musical innovation across the…

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Small venue, big impact

UNITED KINGDOM
June 14, 2019

WHEN MUCH of the music industry was based around central London, it was about the smallest venues big acts could drop down to for promotional shows, but The Borderline (cap. 300) is et to close this August, the victim of a changing marketplace, redevelopment plans and increasing rents. During its…

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