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Superstruct and Broadwick emerge winners from Global festival break-up

17 May 2019
MORE DETAILS are emerging of the restructuring of about eight per cent of the festival market, following the surprise decision by radio giant Global to divest the majority of its festival interests (see sister publication…
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Live Nation-MCD takeover faces competition probe

17 May 2019
GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into the proposed purchase by Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) sister company LN-Gaiety Holdings (LNG) of Irish promoter and…
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Borderline closes after 30 years

17 May 2019
LONDON VENUE The Borderline (cap. 300) is to close by 31 August, with owner DHP Family blaming increasing rents and business rates. The company says it will reinvest in other…
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AMG takes over City Hall and adds the O2 brand

20 May 2019
MULTI-VENUE operator Academy Music Group (AMG) has taken over the running of the 2,135-capacity Newcastle City Hall. The deal followed an agreement between AMG, Fusion Lifestyle and the City Hall. …
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Tributes to Steve Forster as VMS promises business will continue

20 May 2019
INDUSTRY FIGURES and associates are paying tributes to Steve Forster, founder and MD of venue services company VMS Live, who died on 19 April, aged 55, following a serious car…
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Features

Leicester

20 May 2019
While there have been no stadium events in Leicester since Kasabian played Leicester City’s ground in 2016, promoters have been quietly working together to build a vibrant music scene and compete with its more dominant neighbours Birmingham and Nottingham. And they all speak of a hoist of new talent emerging. …
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The backup specialists

20 May 2019
It may have started with the simple hire of a few amps, speaker cabinets and an old drum kit, but those now engaged in the hire of backline equipment have generally expanded the services they offer far beyond stage gear and the leading companies say they have never been busier….
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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

Harding steps down as UKCMA chair

20 May 2019
THE MD of Showsec, Mark Harding, is standing down as chairperson of the UK Crowd Management Association (UKCMA) after 10 years in the position, to be replaced by Eric Stuart, director of crowd management and training company Gentian Events.  Meanwhile, Steve Blake of Storm4Events will join Tony Ball of Show…
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Jägermeister Bauhaus

20 May 2019
DRINKS COMPANY Mast-Jaegermeister UK has continued its partnership with All Points East (cap. 40,000), re-designing its JägerHaus venue at the event.  Jägermeister UK head of events Samantha Green says the venue, which has its own artiste line-up, attracted 60,000 attendances over the 10 days of the festival last year, as…
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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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