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CTS Eventim takes stake in TCI

RUSSIA
October 11, 2019

Promoter and venue operator CTS Eventim has bought a majority stake in promoter Talent Concert International (TCI). CTS, which also owns ticketing provider partner.ru, will own 51 per cent of TCI, the promoter of shows by artistes including Rihanna, Limp Bizkit and Blur. “CTS Eventim is the best possible partner…

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Live Nation challenges AEG’s Hyde Park win

UNITED KINGDOM                
October 11, 2019

LIVE NATION Entertainment (LNE) has launched a legal appeal against the decision to award rival AEG another six-year contract to stage concerts in London’s Hyde Park. The Royal Parks, owner of the 65,000-capacity site, is being challenged by LNE over the bid process for the six-concerts-a-year contract, which it held…

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TEG gets financial boost from Silver Lake

AUSTRALIA             
October 11, 2019

TICKETING, ANALYTICS and promoting company TEG is switching financial backer, after four years with Affinity Equity Partners. Its new investor, subject to approval by regulators, is US technology venture capitalist Silver Lake, which has stakes in WME, the Madison Square Garden Company and Oak View Group. “We are confident that…

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AEG take full control of AXS

WORLD                
October 11, 2019

MULTI-VENUE owner and operator AEG now owns 100 per cent of ticketing company AXS, the business it co-founded with Outbox in 2011, using software developed by the company behind Cirque du Soleil. AXS was creatd to rival Ticketmaster, after the latter merged with promoter Live Nation in 2010 to form…

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Keychange expands to venues

GERMANY             
October 11, 2019

DELEGATES AT Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival conference heard how gender balance initiative Keychange plans to expand globally and into venues and music radio. Launched by PRS Foundation (PRSF), the charitable arm of UK performance royalty collection society PRS For Music, to encourage organisations such as festivals and conferences to achieve a…

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ASM Global is born

WORLD                
October 11, 2019

WITH THE merger between venue management giants AEG Facilities and SMG now complete, the combined entity has adopted its new name ASM Global, with the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) subsidiary and SMG each owning 50 per cent. Former AEG Facilities president Bob Newman has been named ASM president and CEO….

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Dickins family headliner coup for Noorderslag

October 11, 2019

CONFERENCE AND music festival Eurosonic Noorderslag will bring together a rare public family reunion with a conference session featuring veteran agent Barry Dickins from ITB, whose artistes include Bob Dylan, his daughter Lucy, who represents Adele and Mumford & Sons at WME, and son Jonathan, whose September Management handles the…

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WME company abandons IPO

UNITED STATES              
October 11, 2019

Endeavor Entertainment (WMEE), cancelled its IPO on 26 September, a day before its planned  issuance in what was weak demand in a soft IPO market. In a statement, Endeavor said: “Endeavor will continue to evaluate the timing for the proposed offering as market conditions develop.” On 26 September, Endeavor lowered…

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by:Larm focus on diversity

NORWAY              
October 11, 2019

CONFERENCE AND showcase festival by:Larm will feature more than 200 artistes across 15 Oslo venues when it returns for its 23rd edition on 27–29 February. Acts being showcased will include B-Boy Myhre, Kamara and Musti, while the first conference speaker to be announced is Bruce Pavitt of US record label …

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AEG Presents in Asia move and expansion

ASIA-PACIFIC              
October 11, 2019

AEG HAS moved its pan-Asia headquarters from Shanghai in China to Singapore, in a restructuring of its activities in the region. A former CEO with Australian promoter Chugg Entertainment and ticketing company Ticketek, Matthew Lazarus-Hall has been appointed senior vice-president of the Singapore hub and will oversee all touring, festivals…

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Rocking new arena for Florida resort

UNITED STATES                
October 11, 2019

HARD ROCK International is opening its first guitar-shaped hotel and casino in Seminole Hollywood, Florida. The resort, which includes a 7,000-capacity venue, opens on 25 October with a performance from Maroon 5, with tickets ranging from $104–354. Other artistes due to perform at the venue include Sting, Alicia Keys and…

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Langford heads EAA

EUROPE             
October 11, 2019

THE EUROPEAN Arenas Association has appointed UK-based AEG Europe chief operating officer John Langford as its president. Langford succeeds Ahoy Rotterdam CEO Peter Van Der Veer, who stepped down earlier this year. “Exciting changes in technology, the opportunity to make a positive impact through sustainability initiatives and participating in the…

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EFC focus on diversity and sustainability

SPAIN                
October 11, 2019

THE EUROPEAN Festival Conference, organised by festival association Yourope, has announced details of its third edition. Taking place at the Mas Salagros EcoResort in Barcelona between 20-23 November, the event will feature a presentation from Tamas Szucs, director for culture and creativity at the European Commission, on how to support…

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OVG forms alliance in Europe

EUROPE              
October 11, 2019

OAK VIEW Group (OVG), the US company formed in 2015 by former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and artiste manager Irving Azoff, has secured more members for its International Venue Alliance. Germany’s D.Live brings Dusseldorf venues such as Merkur Spiel-Arena (cap. 66,500), ISS DOME (12,500), Mitsubishi Electric Halle (7,500) and Castello…

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DICE opens in Milan

ITALY              
October 11, 2019

DIGITAL TICKETING platform DICE has expansed into Italy with an office in Milan and three exclusive deals. The UK-based mobile app, which also has a presence in France, the US and Australia, has secured partnerships promoter Radar Concerti, venue Magazzini Generali (cap. 3,000) and club Arci Ohibò (300). whose upcoming…

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Superstruct partners with ICS

GERMANY                
September 13, 2019

SUPERSTRUCT ENTERTAINMENT is adding to its stable of European festivals after partnering with German promoter International Concert Service (ICS) and Next Events. ICS, which owns the 75,000-capacity Wacken Open Air (WOA), will be entering into an “investment and partnership agreement” with Superstruct, which is subject to regulatory approvals. Both companies…

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Randy Phillips in livestyle change

UNITED STATES
September 13, 2019

With three months left on his contract, Randy Phillips has stepped down as CEO of LiveStyle – the company created from the remnants of Robert FX Sillerman’s reincarnation of SFX Entertainment, to focus on the management of Why Don’t We. He also plans to re-join tech partners Steve Miller and…

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OVG goes international

EUROPE                
September 13, 2019

OAK VIEW Group (OVG), the US company formed in 2015 by former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and legendary deal-maker and artiste manager Irving Azoff, the former chairman of Live Nation Entertainment, is making a concerted move into Europe. Created to invest in the US and international arena sector, OVG has…

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TEG expands into Europe with acquisition of The MJR Group

September 13, 2019

AUSTRALIAN TICKETING company and promoter TEG has acquired UK-based venue operator and promoter The MJR Group. MJR handles more than 2,000 shows a year and has toured acts including 50 Cent, Sia, Hans Zimmer and Culture Club. Among the venues it owns or operates are the Tramshed (cap. 1,000) in…

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Fyre Fest lawyer sues booking agencies for return of acts’ fees

UNITED STATES                
September 13, 2019

PARADIGM TALENT Agency (PTA) appears to have broken away from agencies such as Creative Artist Agency (CAA) and United Talent Agency (UTA), according to industry publication Billboard, in an attempt to reach a settlement with lawyer Gregory Messer, who is the bankruptcy trustee of the Fyre Music Festival. Using litigation…

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