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ISSUE 210, July 2017

MMF slams threat to shows at The O2

A STAND-OFF between two major US venue operators AEG and the Madison Square Garden Company, with its offshoot Azoff MSG Entertainment, could result in some of the world’s top artistes being barred from playing at London’s The O2 (cap. 21,000). 

It what seems to be a game where artistes, promoters and music fans are the pawns, Azoff-MSG boss Irving Azoff has suggested that if an artiste plays AEG’s venue in Los Angeles, rather than MSG-owned The Forum (17,500), then they may have difficulty getting a date at the prestigious Madison Square Garden (MSG, 19,000) in New York.

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Struggle continues as Viagogo refunds £56,000 

A GROUP battling to secure refunds for customers vastly overcharged by resale site Viagogo has successfully recouped more than £56,000. 

Victim of Viagogo was set up on Facebook by Claire Turnham after she paid £1,421 for four tickets to see Ed Sheeran at Dublin’s 3Arena (cap 9,500). 

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Arena renovation starts following terror attack

RENOVATION WORK is underway at Manchester Arena (cap. 15,000 for concerts) following the damaged caused by the terror attack on 22 May, with the venue scheduled to reopen in September. 

A concert by John Legend on 16 September is expected to be the first event since the suicide bombing, which left 22 people dead and more than 100 injured. All shows at the arena are currently being rescheduled, cancelled or moved elsewhere.

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Decision looms for Live Nation-IoW deal 

THE OUTCOME of an investigation into the acquisition of a majority stake in the Isle of Wight Festival (cap. 42,000) by Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) is expected to be concluded by the end of August. 

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is looking into the deal over concerns it constitutes a merger and would result in a “substantial lessening” of competition in the festival market (see LIVE UK issue 208).

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Carter leaves Amazon Live 

THE NEW director of Amazon’s live music venture Prime Live Events, Jason Carter, has left the company after a month.

Carter joined Amazon after 20 year’s at the BBC, where he launched BBC Introducing and organised events such as Radio 1’s Big Weekend, working as head of live music.

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BST hails six sell-out

AEG PRESENTS says its British Summer Time (BST) series of events in London’s Hyde Park, which ranged in capacity from 50,000-65,000, all sold-out, with 350,000 tickets sold overall.  

Held for the fifth year, BST spanned 10 days and featured artistes such as Phil Collins, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Justin Bieber.

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Live music fans contribute £4 billion to economy says report

THE NUMBER of attendances at live music events reached 30.9 million, generating £4 billion for the economy last year, says a report by industry umbrella organisation UK Music.

The third annual Wish You Were Here report, complied by Oxford Economics, reveals attendances were up 12 per centfrom 27.7 million in 2015. No figures are given for the number of people attending or how many concerts and festivals various demographics attended.

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STAR amends code of practice to include resale 

THE SOCIETY of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) has reworked its code of practice to include secondary ticketing sites that agree to meet its conditions.

Approved ahead of the organisation’s AGM, the amendments follow the most thorough review of the code since it was set up in 1997, says STAR CEO Jonathan Brown.

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Hope that Adele’s Wembley shows can be rescheduled

WEMBLEY STADIUM (cap. 98,000) has refused to rule out rescheduling Adele’s two remaining dates at the venue, after the singer was forced to cancel the shows on medical advise.

Having completed 121 concerts as part of her world tour Adele pulled out of the final two dates at Wembley on 1 and 2 July, after damaging her vocal chords. She had already performed in-the-round at the venue on 28 and 29 June.

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Historic Queen’s Hall planning for the future 

EVAN HENDERSON has been appointed CEO of Edinburgh’s Queens Hall, as a major renovation of the venue begins.

The venue, which can accommodate 900 standing or 694 seated, starts the first phase of refurbishment with heritage repairs on the exterior of the building, with £750,000 of funds coming from the Scottish Government and Historic Environment Scotland. 

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Awards process begins 

NOMINEE SUBMISSIONS are now being taken for the annual Live Music Business Awards (LMBA), set to be held on Thursday 12 October at the Radisson Blu Portman hotel in London’s West End.

The first stage towards finding this year’s winners across 22 of the 23 categories begins with submissions from live music business professionals and across the wider music business. The deadline for submissions is 26 July.

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Venue that ‘changed the landscape of live music’

AS LONDON’S The O2 (cap. 21,000) turns 10 years old the team behind the world’s busiest music venue say the main challenge ahead is maintaining their dominance. 

Since opening on 24 June 2007 with a show by Bon Jovi, the arena, redeveloped from the former Millennium Dome by US venues and sports giant AEG, has played host to more than 570 artistes.

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Safety and security event launched 

THE TEAM behind the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) has announced plans for a security focused conference bringing together venues and sports security professionals and safety experts.

The Event Safety & Security Summit (E3S), produced in collaboration with the National Arenas Association and European Arenas Association in the wake of the Manchester Arena terrorist atrocity, will take place at the Intercontinental Hotel at London’s The O2 on 10 October.

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Secondary sites misleading fans says FanFair research 

AN INVESTIGATION by artiste manager-led anti-touting campaign group FanFair Alliance has revealed music fans are being distracted away from primary ticket sites by secondary platforms, even when face-value tickets are still available. 

The research found that of 100 upcoming tours for acts including Metallica, Lulu and Run The Jewels, secondary sites such as Viagogo, StubHub and Ticketmaster’s GetMeIn topped Google rankings 77 per cent of the time.

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Really useful appointment

REALLY USEFUL Theatres (RUT) Group, which owns and operates seven venues in London’s West End, including London Palladium (cap. 2,286), has hired former Roundhouse head of music Dave Gaydon as head of programming.

The appointment signals RUT’s intention to increase the amount of live music shows its venues host, particularly at the Palladium which has undergone a £1 millionrefurbishment in the last year and is attempting to secure permission to hold standing gigs.

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MVT and TicketWeb in grassroots expansion

THE MUSIC Venue Trust (MVT) and TicketWeb have launched a website specifically to target ticketing at grassroots venues.

Called Grassroots Venues Tickets, it will enable fans to access show listings across the sector and buy tickets. 

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Scenic views for Music Plus Sport shows

CASLTES, RUGBY Clubs and racetracks are among the new locations used as promoter Music Plus Sport (MPS) broadens its horizons.

Alongside its partnership with Jockey Club Live (JCL), putting on music nights after horse racing, the company has events including Little Mix at Donnington Park (cap. 17,900), Jess Glynne at Alnwick Castle (8,000) in Northumberland and Tom Jones at Gloucester Rugby Club’s Kingsholm Stadium (16,500).

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DHP brings in new promoter

FESTIVAL ORGANISER, promoter and multi-venue operator DHP Family has appointed Joshua Ward as a national concert promoter based at its London office.

Ward, who has been working in the company’s marketing team for the past year, will book and promote shows nationally as well as at DHP venues such as Oslo (cap. 375) and Borderline (300) in London, and the company’s flagship Rock City (2,450) in Nottingham.

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First panels announced for LIVE UK’s Summit 

PROMOTER RISK and venue security will be among the main topics for discussion at the LIVE UK Summit, following the recent terrorist attacks.

Set for Thursday 12 October at the Radisson Blu Portman hotel in London’s West End, the first conference sessions to be announced include The Risk Factor, covering the world of promoting, and The Next Stage, which will focus on the challenges facing the venue sector.

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Heavy rain forces Green Day show cancellation

AN OUTDOOR concert featuring Green Day at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park (cap. 35,000) was called off just hours before the band were due on stage, due to bad weather. 

Promoter PCL Presents announced the cancellation at 1.30pm on 4 June, with gates due to open at 2pm, following heavy rain. It would have been the first time Green Day had played in the city for seven years.

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Wagg named chair of MMF

DIANE WAGG of Deluxxe Management has become the sole chair of the Music Mangers Forum (MMF), following a vote at its annual general meeting.

Wagg had been co-chair of the organisation with Stephen Budd of Stephen Budd Management since 2014, but Budd has stepped down to concentrate on other projects.

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The UK's Best Venues for Contemporary Live Music
Part 2 Open-air venues, stadiums, arenas, campus venues, arts centres, clubs, pubs & bars.

The annual 76-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring interviews with and profiles of key figures.

The UK's Best Venues for Contemporary Live Music
Part 1 Theatres and Concert Halls (2016).

The annual 80-page round-up of the most proactive venue managers and operators working predominantly with contemporary live music, featuring interviews with and profiles of key figures.