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Y Not? saviour vows to return festival to its roots

25 June 2019
RADIO GIANT Global, whose stations include Capital, LBC and Classic FM, has divested itself of it’s last festival, as it exits the live music sector. Having distributed all but one of its festival portfolio between…
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MJR closes The Assembly amid late payment issues

25 June 2019
THE MJR Group has closed 1,000-capacity The Assembly in Leamington Spa, but dismisses suggestions it has anything to do with payment issues within the Group, which have left some promoters and…
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Guildhall sold for £1 put into administration

25 June 2019
PRESTON’S GUILD Hall has closed and its operating company has been placed into administration. The venue, which opened in 1973 and hosted early shows by Led Zeppelin and David Bowie, comprised…
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Manchester Arena fears plan for rival will damage business

25 June 2019
THE OPERATOR of Manchester Arena (cap. 21,000) fears for the future of the venue if the city council presses ahead with plans for a 20,000-capacity arena near to the Etihad Campus,…
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Electric Fields cancels after moving site indoors

25 June 2019
The COMPANY behind 5,000-capacity Electric Fields, Rocksevents Ltd, has gone into liquidation following the departure of key backers last year and a failed attempt to relocate the festival. The event…
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Features

Bristol

25 June 2019
From club gigs to outdoor events and stadium shows Bristol remains one of the south west’s most vibrant cities for live music. Even the temporary closure of two venues can’t dampen local promoters’ enthusiasm, and there’s even an arena in the pipeline. Allan Glen reports  It may still be waiting…
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Trucking all over the place

25 June 2019
Few people wonder how all that stage gear turns-up for a concert, let alone the hundreds of tons of equipment at major festival sites or stadium shows. But fortunately, pioneered by the owner of a former bread delivery firm in the ‘70s, the UK is home to many of the…
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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

Organisers told to crack down harder of N20 abuse

25 June 2019
THE TRADE body representing the manufacturers of bottled gas has called on festival organisers to crack down on the illegal use of Nitrous Oxide (N2O) – also known as laughing gas – by preventing the substance from getting onsite.  The appeal by the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) particularly highlights…
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Diesel’s negative impact at festivals cited by two reports

25 June 2019
TWO SEPARATE festival sustainability initiatives have revealed the extent of diesel pollution at festivals and appealed for funding for resources to help the industry make 50 per cent carbon emission cuts by 2025. The first report, issued by environment sustainability businesses Hope Solutions and Zap Concepts, reveals that the UK…
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Tears for Fears opt for simplicity

20 May 2019
LIGHTING DESIGNER Alex Reardon says he needed a fixture which could provide soft atmospherics and hard-edged beams for Tears for Fears’ tour, in which he aimed to strike the optimum balance between illumination and special effects.  He aimed to create designs which mixed every combination of the two features appropriately. …
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Fast turnaround for ‘70s legends

20 May 2019
SHORT CHANGEOVERS were critical to the success of the Legends Live tour featuring four chart acts from the 1970s, including Suzi Quatro, David Essex and Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers, according to David Preston of Capital Sound.  The London-based audio company deployed an MLA system by Martin Audio at venues…
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