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Decade of achievement

October 31, 2018

As Flash Entertainment celebrates its 10th anniversary, its Canadian founder John Lickrish can look back proudly on a remarkable decade that has seen the company put the Gulf state of Abu Dhabi firmly on the global live music stage. Christopher Barrett reports Since 2008, Flash Entertainment has not only brought many…

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Poland

October 31, 2018

With a circuit of relatively new arenas across the country and established artistes staying for more than just one show in the capital, Poland’s promoters sense their market is close to being accepted as an important part of mainland Europe’s touring circuit. Tom Ambrose reports You only have to roll…

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Delivering good news every day

October 1, 2018

If his round as a postman hadn’t included one of Switzerland’s leading promoters, Stefan Matthey may never have found his way into the industry 35 years ago. Although he’s now at the top of the business, he remembers his roots, having to find new acts and spend years developing them…

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Loyalty like no other

October 1, 2018

Hard rock and heavy metal genres boast a remarkably passionate and loyal following around the world, with new markets developing and demand returning to territories that seemed to have quietened. But some of the major players wonder whether new acts are coming through fast enough to replace the veteran giants…

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Canada

October 1, 2018

Despite being a huge country in land mass, it is relatively small when it comes to population and yet huge in terms of travel logistics. That may be why so many Canadian artistes have broken out to become global stars, such as Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette, Bryan Adams, Arcade Fire,…

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Sydney, Australia

August 28, 2018

ANZ Stadium  A: 15 Edwin Flack Ave, NSW 2127 T: +61 2 8765 2000 E: DarylK@venueslive.com.au W: www.anzstadium.com.au Principal Contact: Daryl Kerry Policy: Hire only Capacity: 75,000 In-house Concert Sound System: Yes In-house Concert Stage Lighting: No Examples of contemporary international (and some major domestic) artistes who have played in…

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Foundations in rock

August 28, 2018

Although he still wishes he had kept a stake in the fast-food restaurant he set up when he was 20, Jose Muniz’s steady, 35-year rise to be a dominant promoter across Latin America has had its compensations, despite having to overcome a host of seemingly insurmountable challenges along the way. Johnny…

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Norway

August 28, 2018

A prosperous country with a booming festival scene and yet more domestic artistes reaching arena level and growing overseas, the only problem Norway seems to have is a lack of venue capacity at certain crucial levels. Neil Bracegirdle reports. The northern-most country in Europe, the Kingdom of Norway is renowned…

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Starry, starry nights

July 3, 2018

Still enthralling thousands of lifelong devotees and their offspring with the 14th incarnation of his All-Starr Band, Sir Richard Starkey – also known as Ringo Starr – proves, as if any proof was needed, that he is still rock roalty and not only because he was The Beatles drummer 50…

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New Zealand

July 2, 2018

It wasn’t very long ago that New Zealand was left off the map for many global tours and generally tagged onto Australian, when time permitted and Asia tours. But now it is a powerful market in its own right, helped by record-breaking shows and ticket sales for Ed Sheeran, Adele…

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Santiago, Chile

July 1, 2018

Audience takes a look at the world’s major cities and venues most used by international artistes.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

June 22, 2018

Audience takes a look at the world’s major cities and venues most used by international artistes.

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Entertainment for all

June 22, 2018

Family entertainment business is all about good old-fashioned showbiz, but with a 21st century edge – creating shows, building successful brands and developing long-term international appeal in a sector that is becoming ever-more competitive. Christopher Barrett reports Family entertainment is the name given to a wealth of live shows that…

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Netherlands

June 22, 2018

Following a difficult few years in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the Dutch market is now firmly back on course with in-demand shows, countless festivals and an insatiable quest to keep experimenting.  Neil Bracegirdle reports Every aspiring artiste that steps into Europe seems to dream of playing Amsterdam…

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Switzerland

May 22, 2018

A thriving market due to a healthy economy and generally wealthy population, the country has a disproportionally large festival sector compared with other markets and some believe it’s at risk of becoming a victim of its own success, with fears that the live music scene may be at saturation point….

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PARIS, FRANCE

May 21, 2018

Audience takes a look at the world’s major cities and venues most used by international artistes.

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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.

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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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