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Touts arrested for inflated U2 tickets

April 29, 2018

Ten people have been arrested for touting tickets to see U2 at Lisbon’s 20,000-capacity Altice Arena. The arrests followed an investigation by regulator Autoridade de Segurança Alimentar e Económica (ASAE). It is a criminal offence to resell tickets online above the original price in the country. “Since February ASAE, through…

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LiveStyle festival exclusive for See

April 29, 2018

In two related deals with Los Angeles-based EDM festival promoter Livestyle, See Tickets has secured significant market share in both the US and Europe, adding millions of ticket sales to its inventory. In the US, See, a subsidiary of French conglomerate Vivendi – which also owns Universal Music Group –…

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FKP cuts involvement in Danish festivals

April 27, 2018

 German pan-European festival and concert promoter FKP Scorpio has relinquished its stake in Danish festivals Northside (cap. 30,000) and Tinderbox (40,000). The company was the part-owner of Northside, which was launched in 2010 by Brian Nielsen and Flemming Myllerup, and linked-up with Nielsen again – then of agency Skandinavian –…

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Italy fines Viagogo $1.2m and minister wants inquiry in Spain

April 26, 2018

Controversial secondary ticketing platform Viagogo has been fined €1 million ($1.2m) in Italy by competition regulator Autorita Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercacato (AGCM) for failing to comply with consumer law. The charges relate to an investigation carried out by the authority last year (see Audience issue 208), when it…

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Ticketing and live take CTS past $1.2bn as it acquires Vivo Concerti

April 25, 2018

Strong performances in its live and ticketing sectors drove CTS Eventim revenue beyond €1 billion ($1.23bn) for the first time, in 2017. The pan-Europe ticketing behemoth saw revenue rise 24.6 per cent to €1.034bn ($1.28bn) from €829.9m ($1.02bn) in 2016, with earnings before tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) up to…

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Clash of the forums as new body accused of ‘divide and rule’ tactics

April 25, 2018

The arrival of a new organisation to represent artiste managers across the continent has been met with ‘astonishment’ by the International Music Managers Forum (IMMF). Organisers behind the European Music Managers Alliance (EMMA), launched in London this month, say it will represent more than 800 managers through affiliations with associations…

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Former Live Nation creator fights $20 billion debt burden

April 24, 2018

The company that paid now bankrupt financier Robert FX Sillerman $4.4 billion for his first SFX Entertainment – a roll-up of promoters and venues across North America and Europe – and spawned Live Nation, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on 14 March. Then called Clear Channel Communications (CCC)…

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Soul’d Out sues Coachella over ‘unfair’ radius clause

April 23, 2018

Soul’d Out Productions, the organiser of the 15,000-capacity Soul’d Music Festival in Portland, Oregon, has filed a lawsuit against California’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (cap. 126,000) in Indio, claiming “monopolistic practices” to deter acts from playing other festivals. Although Portland and Indio are more than 1,000 miles (1,600…

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UTA goes full Circle

April 23, 2018

  Multinational booking operation United Talent Agency (UTA) has acquired dance music specialist Circle Talent Agency. The move sees Circle co-founders Steve Gordon and Kevin Gimble, who launched the company in 1998, become UTA co-heads of electronic music. At the time of the acquisition Circle had 28 agents and over…

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Awards celebrate live show successes

April 22, 2018

Promoters FKP Scorpio and Wizard Promotions, along with Stuttgart festival Jazz Open, were among the winners as more than 1,400 guests attended the PRG Live Entertainment Awards, recognising the achievements of the last 12 months. Held at Festhalle Frankfurt on 9 April the event saw awards presented in 15 categories,…

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