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Audience at 20

January 6, 2020

The following is a small selection of events, reported in Audience, that helped to shape the international live music industry over the following two decades. 

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The Czech Republic

December 16, 2019

With rising wages and low unemployment, the Czech Republic is in good shape economically and its music fans are sustaining a rise in show numbers, primarily in Prague; the country’s dominant market … but there are challenges. Christopher Barrett reports     O n 17 November 1989, eight days after…

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Antwerp, Belgium

December 16, 2019

Sportpaleis Antwerpen  A: Schijnpoortweg 119 B – 2170 Merksem T: +32 3 400 40 44 E:  info@sportpaleis.be W: www.sportpaleis.be Principle contact person: Jan Van Esbroeck Policy: Hire and self-promote Capacity: 22,791 In-house Concert Sound System: No In-house Concert Stage Lighting: No Past/forthcoming concerts: Elton John, Celine Dion, Queen + Adam…

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Far from just the ticket

December 16, 2019

The event ticketing business is arguably the most technologically dynamic sector in live entertainment. With paper ticketing dying out and barcodes potentially next in line, concert tickets are available in an increasing array of formats, but the pace of change is a constant challenge for the world’s leading providers. Christopher…

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The Gulf

November 26, 2019

Facing a challenging economic climate across The Gulf States is both helped and hindered by increasing live music activity with western artistes in Saudi Arabia – more act coming to the wider region is good, but vital equipment is being sucked over the border to support big productions raises issues…

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No man is an island

November 26, 2019

That’s what the 400-year-old poem by the UK’s John Donne suggests, but the location of his headquarters and Carsten Svoldgaard’s company name, CSB Island Entertainment, comes close to it in a literal sense, which is ironic considering CSB is a 25-year-old business that works on a global scale. Christopher Barrett…

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Birmingham, UK

November 26, 2019

Arena Birmingham  A: King Edwards Road, B1 2AA T: +44 (0)121 780 4141 E:  arena-sales@necgroup.co.uk W: www.arenabham.co.uk Principle contact person: Ian Congdon, Head of Sales, NEC Group Arenas Policy: Hire only Capacity: 15,800 In-house Concert Sound System: No In-house Concert Stage Lighting: No Past/forthcoming concerts: Muse, Elton John, Billie Eilish,…

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Mexico City, Mexico

November 4, 2019

Foro Sol A: Av. Viaducto Rio de la Piedad y Rio Churubusco S/N, Iztacalco, Granjas México, 08400 T: +52 55 5237 9999 E: rentainmuebles@cie.com.mx W: wwww.forosol.mx Principle contact person: Gabriel Alamán Policy: Hire and self-promote Capacity: 65,000 In-house Concert Sound System: No In-house Concert Stage Lighting: No Past/forthcoming concerts: The…

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Sound foundations

November 4, 2019

From the days of military dictatorship, through Brazil’s rocky emergence as a destination for international artistes during the 1980s, to it being the financial anchor for most tours of South America, audio company Gabisom – celebrating its 35th anniversary – has been at the forefront of most major events, from…

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Germany

November 4, 2019

It is the powerhouse at the centre of the European Union (EU) and the wider continent and although bordering on recession, has a rampant live music scene, from festivals and stadium shows down to clubs, with at least one promoter seeing a resurgence in that sector. Christopher Barrett reports In…

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Upwards and onwards

October 11, 2019

Like so many veterans of the live music industry, Tobbe Lorentz, an agent with UTA and marking 30 years in the business, started out on his own, help-ing out at shows and learning the ropes. But his talent for spotting talent and knowing how to help it grow soon shone…

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Moscow, Russia

October 11, 2019

Luzhniki Stadium A: Ul. Luzhniki Street 24, 119048 T: +7 495 785 97 00 W: wwww.luzhniki.ru Principle contact person: Vitaly Mant Policy: Hire and self-promote Capacity: 65,000 In-house Concert Sound System: No In-house Concert Stage Lighting: No Past/forthcoming concerts: Imagine Dragons, Bon Jovi, Muse, Metallica, Rammstein, The Vaccines, The Blackfires,…

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Spain

October 11, 2019

Enjoying a resurgent economy and live music industry that continues to strengthen since the government sales tax from 21 to 10 per cent in 2017, Spain’s concert and festival promoters hit a revenue high last year, report Christopher Barrett Although unemployment is still at an uncomfortable 14 per cent, that…

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Brazil

September 13, 2019

Still the powerhouse of South America, where tours and festivals often form the financial anchor for dates in other countries across the region, Brazil’s promoters have to contend with many challenges, not least the country’s economic situation, but also significant political change. Christopher Barrett reports With a population of more…

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Rocking all over the world

September 13, 2019

Incorporating myriad sub genres, the heavy rock and metal scene has spawned huge dedicated festivals and sustained the careers of many artistes for decades. Tapping into that loyalty and encouraging the emergence of new headliners for the future is a community of dedicated specialists. Christopher Barrett reports With dozens of the…

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Keeping the faith

August 19, 2019

The band apparently took around 15 years of touring across North America before the getting their first record break and that probably havs a lot to do with Bon Jovi’s enduring popularity and sheer professionalism, although these days it’s at stadium level and on a global scale, Johnny Black reports…

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Sweden

August 19, 2019

The birthplace of ABBA and Spotify, both of which have had a dramatic impact on the worldwide music business, Sweden not only has a thriving digital music market but a buoyant live music scene that is seeing a strong demand for homegrown and international talent.   Christopher Barrett reports Sweden’s…

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Australia

July 11, 2019

Despite its relatively small population spread over, in some cases, thousands of miles, and handful  of major cities, the market is remarkably strong and growing, with numerous shows at stadium level, touring festivals and some very competitive promoters.  Christopher Barrett reports It is not be the easiest or cheapest country…

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Masked men of music

July 11, 2019

They trialed it in ’73, used it to build a global career, stopped using it and slipped into decline and then on the Doc’s orders, KISS resurrected the full-make-up and costume show and stormed back to the top. Johnny Black reports on The End of the Road Tour, although the…

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Buenos Aires, Argentina

June 7, 2019

Estadio Ciudad de La Plata   A: Av. 25, B1900 La Plata T: +54 911 5581 8900 E:  msejem@gmail.com W: www.estadiolp.gba.gob.ar Principle contact person: Matias Sejem Policy: Hire and self-promote Capacity: 53,000   In-house Concert Sound System: No In-house Concert Stage Lighting:No Past/forthcoming concerts: Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Depeche Mode,…

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