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ISSUE 218, March 2018

Wait for new live tariff continues 

PERFORMANCE ROYALTY collection body PRS For Music is still awaiting approval for its new live tariff, almost six months after lodging its application with the Copyright Tribunal.

PRS confirmed in September it had agreed terms with industry parties and had submitted an application to vary the terms of its Light and Popular (LP) tariff (see LIVE UK issue 212).

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Rob Hallett’s Robomagic 
joins Live Nation family 

ROB HALLETT’S multi-faceted promoting and artiste development venture Robomagic has been acquired by Live Nation Entertainment (LNE).

It is understood Hallett will continue to run the company, which he formed in 2015 and includes Robomagic 360 – a touring, recording, publishing and artist and brand management division.

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Amazon abandons ticketing 
… but maybe not for good

AMAZON TICKETS is to cease its UK ticketing operation, following closure of its US business last November.

The company says it will honour any tickets that have already been purchased for events and some tickets will still be available for a short period. 

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Resale regulations strengthened 

NEW GUIDELINES have been brought in by the Government to protect ticket-buyers from being ripped-off when using secondary sites. 

Under the updated regulations, which form part of the Consumer Rights Act 2015, resale platforms such as Viagogo, eBay-owned StubHub, and Ticketmaster’s Get Me In and Seatwave will be required to list the location of seats, original ticket price, details of any connection with the organiser of the event, and any restrictions, such as no resale permitted or whether identification is required for entry.

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Fire damaged venue to be rebuilt  

A 3,000-CAPACITY venue will replace Derby’s Assembly Rooms, with the existing building set to be demolished.

The Assembly Rooms, run by Derby LIVE, the cultural arms of Derby City Council, has been closed since 2014 when a fire broke out in the plant room on the roof of its car park (see LIVE UK issue 171).

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Colston Hall approval 
for £48m transformation 

PLANNING PERMISSION has been approved for a £48.8 million upgrade of Bristol’s 1,932-capacity Colston Hall, which turned 150 last year.

Following the approval, owner of the venue Bristol City Council announced developer Willmott Dixon as the preferred bidder to complete the work, which will include remodelling the main auditorium and increasing its capacity to 2,174.

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Developer denies it wanted 
Bristol’s Bierkeller to close 

THE COMPANY behind plans to redevelop the building which housed Bristol’s Bierkeller (cap. 700), has dismissed claims it is to blame for the venue’s sudden closure.

Management at the venue, which has hosted acts including Nirvana, the Stone Roses, Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood over its several decades, closed its doors on 7 February without warning.

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Site chosen for £110m arena 

THE PREFERRED location for a new 15,000-capacity indoor arena has been selected by Cardiff Council.

Situated in Atlantic Wharf, the venue is set to cost £110 million. Other locations considered included Arms Park, Callaghan Square and replacing the Motorpoint Arena (cap. 7,500).

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DICE admits about-turn 
on no booking fees  

TICKETING AND live discovery platform DICE, long associated with the tagline Best Gigs. No Booking Fees, has introduced charges for tickets to some shows.

Having regularly championed a no charges policy, MD Russ Tannen says the company has been forced to evolve with the market, especially since its recent expansion into North America.

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Demand prompts Kenwood concerts return  

FOR THE first time in five years, outdoor shows will return to London’s Kenwood House as part of the Heritage Live Concert Series. 

In total 12 events will be held during the summer series, all promoted by Giles Cooper Entertainment (GCE), with concerts also taking place at English Heritage’s Wrest Park in Bedfordshire and Audley End in Essex. Each show will have a 10,000-capacity.

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Live space to open at Printworks

A 3,000-CAPACITY live music area is to launch at London’s Printworks, following the success of its electronic music space. 

The venue, which will open on 23 March with a show by Django Django, is operated by multi-festival organiser Broadwick Live which already has a 5,000-capacity room for EDM events, which opened last year (see LIVE UK issue 203). 

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Grassroots venues and artistes 
asked to raise £100k for MVT 

MUSIC VENUE Trust (MVT), which aims to support struggling grassroots music venues, wants the sector and supporting artistes to raise £100,000 for its Emergency Response Service (ERS).

The ERS provides initially-free expert advice to venues under threat from planning, licensing or noise issues.

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Crosstown launches 
management division  

PROMOTER CROSSTOWN Concerts has expanded into artiste management and also formed an alliance with Jax Management.

Company founders Paul Hutton and Conal Dodds have linked up with managers Mark Bowers and Cliff Jones to form Crosstown Management, looking after acts including Keir, Mauwe and The BBC Radiophonic. It will also co-manage Paris Youth Foundation In partnership with Jax.

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VMS teams-up with 
Eventim for ticketing  

VENUE MANAGEMENT company and promoter VMS Live has agreed a partnership with Eventim UK to make the firm its official ticketing supplier. 

Eventim, a subsidiary of German pan-Europe giant CTS Eventim, will handle ticketing for all VMS shows and for its venues, which include Manchester Academy (cap. 2,600) and Wrexham’s William Aston Hall (1,200).

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MJR to operate Digbeth venue 

VENUE MANAGEMENT company and promoter The MJR Group has taken over as operators of Birmingham’s Rainbow Arena (cap.5,000) in Digbeth, which is being renamed The Digbeth Arena. 

Since opening in 2012 the venue, a former scaffolding yard run by The Rainbow Venues, has hosted numerous events including MADE Festival and Chapter Festival.

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Two Proud venues followin 
wake of Camden closure  

THE FOUNDER of London’s Proud Camden (cap. 350), Alex Proud, plans to open two new premises in the capital, after announcing the original Camden venue is set to close.

Proud Camden has been operating at the Stables Market for 17 years, but shuts on 4 March. Among acts to have performed there are Coldplay, Sting, Florence & the Machine and Moby.

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Rescue Rooms celebrates 15th year

NOTTINGHAM’S 450-CAPACITY Rescue Rooms has marked its 15th anniversary with a week-long celebration of events featuring performances from local acts and a DJ set by BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq.

Opened in 2003 and owned by DHP Family, the venue has hosted acts including The Killers, Bloc Party, Ellie Goulding and The Libertines in their emerging careers.

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Alban arena manager will be ‘much missed’ 

THE GENERAL manager of The Alban Arena in St Albans, Frank Leclezio, has died following a short battle with cancer.

Leclezio had worked at the 1,000-capacity venue for 18 years and was appointed general manager in 2008. He has been credited with transforming the venue into one of the region’s most popular concert halls.

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Gender equality initiative 
a ‘statement of intent’   

KENDAL CALLING (cap. 25,000), Liverpool Sound City and Wide Days are among 45 conferences, festivals and other entities to have pledged to support PRS Foundations (PRSF) Keychange initiative, by achieving a 50/50 gender balance at their events by 2022. 

In total 20 UK events have signed up to the PRSF scheme, launched last year (see LIVE UK issue 214), with others including FOCUS Wales, BBC Music Introducing Stages, The Great Escape and Norwick Sound and Vision. 

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PRS and PPL unite for single 
public performance licence

MUSIC LICENSING bodies PRS for Music and PPL have joined force to create a single company to administer the licensing of the public performance of both live and recorded music.

A limited company, PPL PRS is 50/50 owned by the organisations and has been created to provide a more efficient service and simplify the administration involved in licensing music.

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Agent of change to be 
introduced in Scotland

TIGHTER RULES protecting music venues and other premises from the threat of complaints from residents of new developments are to be brought in by the Scottish Government. 

The Agent of Change principle, which makes developers responsible for identifying and resolving potential noise issues with existing nearby properties such as pubs, clubs, concert halls, community and sport clubs and churches, will be included in a revision of the National Planning Framework and Scottish Planning Policy this year. 

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The annual 88-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.
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