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Google blocks Viagogo advertising globally

24 July 2019
AFTER MANY months of pressure from politicians and across the live music industry, most notably from FanFair Alliance campaign manager Adam Webb, Google has finally agreed to suspend Viagogo as an advertiser. The internet giant…
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CMA finally takes legal action against Viagogo

24 July 2019
THE COMPETITION & Markets Authority (CMA) is taking legal action against controversial resale platform Viagogo for contempt of court, claiming it has failed to fully comply with a court order…
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King leads new festival division

24 July 2019
AEG PRESENTS has launched a pan-Europe festivals division and appointed Jim King as CEO. Previously executive vice-president of live music, King already oversees the company’s British Summer Time (65,000) in…
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New arena planned for Newcastle-Gateshead

24 July 2019
NEWCASTLE’S 11,250-capacity Utilita Arena will close in 2023, once a new 12,500-capacity venue has opened, says the operator of both, SMG Europe Designed by HOK architects, the new £260 million…
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Livewire cancelled for the second time

24 July 2019
INVESTOR ISSUES have been blamed for the cancellation of Livewire Festival in Blackpool, for the second year running. The event was due to take place from 22 to 25 August…
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Features

Coventry

24 July 2019
With a stadium. arena, theatres, clubs and festivals, not to mention being UK City of Culture in 2021, Coventry is fast becoming the music city its promoters know it can be and there’s a growing a sense of optimism and anticipation at all levels. Allan Glen reports. With its year-long…
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Carrying a heavy load

24 July 2019
As the imagination and aspirations of artistes and their set designers seek ever-more impressive productions, the consequences quickly impact on the country’s leading rigging companies, who have to undertake some very serious calculations and then make it happen. Claire Bicknell reports Operating safely is a staple element of the live…
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NXT News and Features

Grassroots sector to benefit from £1.5 million Arts Council fund

20 May 2019
CAMPAIGNERS HAVE welcomed the announcement of a £1.5 million Arts Council England (ACE) fund specifically aimed at grassroots music venues and promoters. People working in the sector can apply to…
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Larmer Tree launchpad for winners

20 May 2019
ARTISTES WHO won festival slots at Larmer Tree (cap. 5,000) via its Breakthrough Music Award are already finding wider recognition according to the festival’s Lyndsey Harvey.  Winners of the 2018…
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Hysterical production for Leppard tour

23 January 2019
THE ANNIVERSARY tour of Def Leppard’s 1977 Hysterical LP required a “steelyard” of overhead truss to support lighting and screens, and create architectural features to fit lighting designer Kenji Ohashi’s…
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Festival News

King crowned head of new AEG festivals division

24 July 2019
GLOBAL PROMOTER AEG Presents has launched a new European Festivals arm to grow its presence in the festival market, appointing Jim King as CEO of the division. King, previously the company’s executive vice-president of live music, oversees events such as British Summer Time (65,000) in London’s Hyde Park, headlined this…
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Pre-order system ‘will cut festival queues’

24 July 2019
LONDON-BASED EVENTS payment and point-of-sale business Lolly has joined forces with digital ordering app developer Preoday to build a system which it says will allow traders to make real-time offers to customers and reduce queues at festivals. By using the system, its clients – event caterers and concessions who work…
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Visuals ‘ramped-up’ for Wembley

24 July 2019
DELIVERING A spectacular audio-visual presentation for Jack Savoretti’s flagship performance at London’s SSE Arena (cap. 12,500), Wembley, required logistical expertise and state-of-the-art equipment according to Pete McCrea, MD of visuals supplier Production AV. The display was created after production manager Neil Anderson decided to incorporate live footage and visuals into…
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Wind breaks at Glastonbury

24 July 2019
WORKING at Glastonbury Festival (cap. 147,500) with Pyramid Stage headliners such as Kylie, Stormzy, The Killers and The Cure, audio provider RG Jones assembled an array of 72 MLA loud speakers by Martin Audio, arranged in four main hangs. A further four MLA Compact arrays, flown from the stage’s proscenium…
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