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Viagogo-StubHub merger blocked in UK

February 4, 2021

UNITED KINGDOM CONSUMER WATCHDOG the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has ruled that controversial ticket resale website Viagogo must sell its StubHub business outside North America, concluding a 14-month enquiry. The investigation took evidence from live music promoters and venue operators, fans, competitors and artiste managers. The CMA decided the…

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Natasha Bent leaves Paradigm to form new company

December 18, 2020

UNITED KINGDOM FOLLOWING THE departure of five agents from Paradigm Talent Agency in the US to form Arrival Artists (see Audience, November 2020), Natasha Bent – agent for acts including Idles, First Aid Kit and Chvrches – has departed to launch an agency and management operation with her brother Mark…

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Jon Ollier widens offering as Fiinix rises

November 22, 2020

Launching his new booking operation One Fiinix Live (OFL) after departing CAA. Ed Sheeran’s agent Jon Ollier says he expects agents will provide a much greater range of services post-pandemic.  He tells Audience that, unlike in sports, television or film, the business models of music agencies remained largely unchanged for…

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K2 and AGI a step closer

August 18, 2020

UK-based K2 Agency has joined forces with Los Angeles private equity firm The Yucaipa Companies (TYC) whose entertainment arm owns agency Artist Group International (AGI). The deal brings together two of the live music market’s leading agents, AGI was formed in November 1999 by CEO Dennis Arfa and paid $4.24…

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Conference reveals more Sphere details

October 11, 2019

One of the highlights of the annual VenuesNow Conference, held on 11-12 September in New York, was more information about the Sphere arena project created by the Madison Square Garden Company (MSGC) Discussing the project on stage with Oak View Group co-founder and chairman of The Azoff Group Irving Azoff,…

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Rammstein opts for industrial theatrics

September 12, 2019

Lighting designers Roland Greil and Patrick Woodroffe decided to take a theatrical approach to Rammstein’s first stadium tour, contrasting bold industrial designs, familiar to the band’s fans, with more contemporary looks. They say that a powerful, tourable LED lighting source was central to their vision and opted for over 100…

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BG helps Capital deliver two fests

August 19, 2019

A team combining international expertise with local suppliers ensured that state-of-the art audio could be delivered to two Hungarian festivals this summer, says Robin Conway of the UK’s Capital Sound Hire. Volt Festival (cap. 100,000) in Sopron, featuring artistes including Slipknot, Black Eyed Peas, Slash, Papa Roach, Martin Solveig and…

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New Spring Awakening

April 1, 2019

UNITED STATES      MORE THAN 90 artistes will appear across five stages at this year’s Spring Awakening Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, after the electronic music event announced a move to a new site. The festival switches to Poplar Creek, a Northwest Chicago suburb, which boasts 27 acres, which…

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Montreux ‘pulls out the stops’ for Elton farewell

April 1, 2019

SWITZERLAND THE MULTI-venue Montreux Jazz Festival is to host Elton John this summer as part of the Rocket Man’s final tour, with shows upgraded from arena dates to a stadium. Part of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, the concert will now take place on 29 June at the 15,000-capacity…

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3Arena extends sponsorship deal

May 21, 2018

Telecoms company Three Ireland has extended its sponsorship agreement with Dublin’s 3Arena (cap. 13,000), in a deal worth €55 million ($67.9m) over the next 10 years. Under the deal, Three, which has sponsored the Live Nation Entertainment-owned venue since 2014, will retain exclusive naming rights and be able to provide…

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New live performance royalty rate finally gets approval

May 21, 2018

A new performance royalty tariff for live music has been ratified after more than three years of negotiations and an unexpected intervention that added several more months to the process. On 15 May the Copyright Tribunal finally gave its assent to the PRS For Music proposal, which will see the…

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ICC seeks naming partner

May 11, 2018

The 9,000-capacity International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC) is looking for a commercial naming rights partner. Opened in December 2016, the AEG Ogden operated venue has since welcomed more than 250,000 visitors to 56 live events. “This represents powerful brand exposure opportunities for a naming rights partner,” says ICC CEO Geoff…

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