Dedicated to the Business of Contemporary Live Music
LiveUK

Featured News

Ticketmaster could face a multi-million-pound fine over data hack

1 July 2018
TICKETMASTER (TM), which admits that its systems had been hacked, could face a fine of more than £17.6 million, or four per cent of turnover, under the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR),…
Read more

Main News

Kilimanjaro aquires Belladrum festival

1 July 2018
PROMOTER KILIMANJARO Live has acquired the 16,000-capacity Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, headlined this year by Paloma Faith, Primal Scream and Amy MacDonald. Financial details have not been disclosed. The three-day…
Read more

O2 ABC under threat as investigation continues 

1 July 2018
The future of the 1,300-capacity O2 ABC Glasgow is in doubt after a fire in an adjacent building caused extensive damage and destroyed its roof. The Academy Music Group-owned venue,…
Read more

AEG ends StubHub deal to launch resale service

1 July 2018
ARENA OWNER AEG has ended its sometimes controversial partnership with ticket resale platform StubHub after five years, and is to launch its own price-capped resale service, AXS Marketplace, in the…
Read more

MJR to open new venues and signs Eventbrite deal

9 July 2018
MULTI-VENUE OPERATOR and promoter The MJR Group is to open two new venues in Birmingham, the 2,000-capacity Bromley Street and The Mill (cap. 700). Located in Digbeth close to the…
Read more

Features

Newcastle

4 June 2018
If there is a crisis in grassroots venues across the UK then the industry has forgotten to tell promoters in Newcastle. From new venues and festivals opening to emerging acts breaking nationally, the city is buzzing. Allan Glen reports Never let it be said that North-East promoters don’t know how…
Read more

Keep on trucking

4 June 2018
Trucking operators are reporting record business as huge festivals and major concert tours continue to sell well, demanding the delivery of vast amounts of equipment. This despite firms facing challenges ranging from a lack of drivers to rising fuel costs. Chris Barrett reports Using the tag-line “You Rock – We Roll!”, Edwin…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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…
Read more

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,…
Read more

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…
Read more

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,…
Read more

Stones’ delight in personalised pies

9 July 2018
WHILE MANY artistes keep their food and drink riders a closely guarded secret, the Rolling Stones have attracted attention by tweeting images of their No Filter tour shepherd’s pies. The personalised dishes were commissioned by catering supplier GIG for each of the band members and achieved national media attention when…
Read more