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Ticketmaster to scrap secondary ticket sites

14 August 2018
In a move that has taken many in the industry by surprise, Ticketmaster (TM) UK has announcement it is closing its Seatwave and GetMeIn (GMI) resale sites. The news comes within weeks of parent company…
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Main News

Last Festival No 6 as event ‘not sustainable’

7 August 2018
THE ORGANISERS of Festival No 6 (cap. 12,000), Broadwick Live, have revealed that this year’s event will be the last for an indefinite period, saying that it is “not sustainable…
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SEC vows to counter touting and announces £150m expansion plan

7 August 2018
THE OWNER of Glasgow’s SSE Hydro (cap. 15,000) says it “welcomes any initiatives that provide transparency for fans” following another ticket touting excess reported in the Daily Record newspaper. Leader…
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Eventim brands Olympia while VMS adds venues

7 August 2018
MULTI-VENUE operator VMS Live has revealed a series of new developments, including naming rights and venue management deals. German pan Europe ticketing giant CTS Eventim has concluded a branding and…
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NEC Group says sale speculation ‘inevitable’

7 August 2018
THE OWNER and operator of Arena Birmingham (cap. 15,800) and sister venue Genting Arena (15,700), NEC Group, has played down rumours of the company being on the market for a…
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Features

Lincoln

7 August 2018
Geographically sandwiched between heavyweight music cities Sheffield and Nottingham does not make life easy for promoters and venue operators in the city, but their determination to put Lincoln on the touring map is paying off, from 20,000-capacity events down to the grassroots scene.  Allan Glen reports It’s perhaps fair to…
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Big screen stars

7 August 2018
The rise of LED technology has seen screens become a ubiquitous element of concert and festival productions, both behind the artiste and either side of the stage at larger events, with specialist companies providing additional content as well as social media interaction.  Christopher Barrett reports Everyone knows that LED screens…
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NXT News and Features

Academy showcases new talent

4 June 2018
THE MULTI-VENUE Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) is gearing up to select new inductees to its much-lauded Academy, an initiative created to help local emerging talent between the ages of…
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Generator evolves with conference

5 June 2018
EVOLUTION EMERGING, Generator’s festival, held in numerous venues across Newcastle, has for the first time added a free conference programme at Sage (cap. 300) in Gateshead. Talent development manager Charlie…
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Is it ever too early for a deal?

4 June 2018
In a world of DIY development, the emerging artiste might be forgiven for assuming that the odds of getting an early record deal are slim, Rob Sandall finds out if…
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Festival News

T postponed indefinitely as TRNSMT expands

4 June 2018
SCOTLAND’S DF Concerts, organiser of T in The Park (cap. 85,000), has expanded its offering for TRNSMT (50,000), as it focuses on city-based events. Launched last year on Glasgow Green TRNSMT stages five nights – up from three – over two consecutive weekends this summer with headliners Stereophonics, Liam Gallagher,…
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Festival safety website launched

9 July 2018
A NEW website designed by an experienced production managers aims to inform festival-goers of all ages and experience levels of the challenges facing them at open-air events. Festival Safe, launched by Jon Drape, is a response to what he feels are patterns of customer behaviour at festivals such as Parklife…
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Production News

Arcadia gets laser energy blast

4 June 2018
THE GIANT spider Arcadia, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with a 20,000 capacity festival in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park headlined by Leftfield, needed a projection system capable of holding its own against flamethrowers, lighting and pyrotechnics. Visuals company Central Presentations Ltd (CPL), which has worked with Arcadia since 2013,…
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Stormzy brings fog vision

7 August 2018
LIGHTING DIRECTOR Tim Routledge needed “vast quantities” of fog effects for two songs by Stormzy at London’s Wireless Festival (cap. 45,000). The artiste aimed to produce a “supersized” set which involved 75 performers, 48 crew and over six trucks’ worth of production. “We had an enormous thrust stage with inbuilt…
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