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Denmark

April 30, 2018

The much anticipated arrival of the 16,000-capacity Royal Arena in Copenhagen has energised the whole live music sector, with local artistes also rising to the occasion with sell-outs there and Denmark’s status on the international touring circuit significantly enhanced.  Neil Bracegirdle reports Hailed as the gateway from Europe to the…

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Million-ticket phenomenon

April 29, 2018

It didn’t take long for Ed Sheeran to win a substantial fanbase in Australia and New Zealand, but while playing his first headline tour there, a run of six theatre shows in 2012, he surely could not have imagined returning to sell more than one million tickets for just 18…

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MADRID, SPAIN

April 5, 2018

Audience takes a look at the world’s major cities and venues most used by international artistes. WiZink Center A: Avenida de Felipe II s/n T: +34 91 444 9949 E: pazaparicio@wizinkcenter.es W: www.wizinkcenter.es Principle contact person: Paz Aparicio Hire only or Buy & promote: Hire only Capacity: 17,400 In-house Concert…

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South-East Asia

March 20, 2018

Once a region where only a few established or niche artistes could venture and cover their costs, it is now becoming a regular touring market for international acts, as several countries have developed stronger infrastructures for live music. Neil Bracegirdle reports Regarded as a so-called emerging market for the last…

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Fuelled by adventure

March 20, 2018

Starting out in the time-honoured way of driving their own gear from show to show, Fall Out Boy have risen through the ranks and crown their current tour with a homecoming show to 40,000 fans, but that’s not until they’ve passed through China, Japan, Australia and Europe.  Christopher Barrett reports…

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KOLN, GERMANY

March 15, 2018

Audience takes a look at the world’s major cities and venues most used by international artistes. Lanxess Arena A:Willy-Brandt-Platz 3 50679 T: +49 0 221 8021 E: contact@lanxessarena.de W: www.lanxess-arena.de Principle contact person:Stefan Löcher Policy: Hire and self-promote Capacity: 20,000 In-house Concert PA: No In-house Concert Lights: No Examples of…

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China

February 20, 2018

Holding a particular appeal for many international artistes, not to mention its enormous commercial potential, China is steadily relaxing the bureaucratic and political restrictions that made it difficult for western acts to visit, allowing promoters and venue operators greater opportunities to grow the market. Neil Bracegirdle reports After a concentrated…

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Free-thinking mavericks

February 20, 2018

Many European booking agents and promoters had to self-educate and ended-up in places they didn’t expect, but Rob Challice’s 35-year journey from punk musician has led him to the extraordinary position of co-heading one of the fastest-growing, cutting-edge business’s in the game, Coda Music Agency.  Johnny Black reports   Whether…

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MIAMI, UNITED STATES

February 15, 2018

Audience takes a look at the world’s major cities and venues most used by international artistes.   American Airlines Arena A:601 Biscayne Boulevard, FL 33132 T: +1 786 777 1000 E: jdiamond@heat.com W: www.aaarena.com Principle contact person: Jarred Diamond Policy: Hire only Capacity: 15,500 In-house Concert PA: No In-house Concert…

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Meeting of minds

February 14, 2018

What started as a one-off business meeting three decades ago, with only 40 invitations issued, has evolved into the biggest gathering of international promoters and agents in the world – an event at which issues are debated, tales exchanged and deals concluded, by people who often only get to meet…

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