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NEC Group backs area for Edinburgh

6 December 2019
PLANS FOR an 8,000-capacity area in Edinburgh have been revealed, with  Birmingham-based NEC Group partnering with leisure and sports consultancy Lothian Leisure Development (LLD). The companies have secured a 30-acre site in Straiton, outside of…
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Controversy over Viagogo’s £3.9 billion StubHub buy-out

6 December 2019
IN A move that took the industry by surprise, controversial resale website Viagogo has bought eBay-owned StubHub for $4.05 billion (£3.91bn). Viagogo founder and CEO Eric Baker has bought the…
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MSG Sphere delayed

6 December 2019
THE PLAN by America’s Madison Square Garden Company (MSGC) to build a 21,500-capacity MSG Sphere arena four miles (6.4 kms) from The O2 (21,000) in London is apparently delayed indefinitely….
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Summer Time rebranded and renamed

6 December 2019
AEG HAS secured a new naming rights partner for its 65,000-capacity summer concert series in London’s Hyde Park, which has resulted in a change of name for the event. American…
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Highlands’ Ironworks faces threat of closure

6 December 2019
Promoters in the Highlands and Islands have told LIVE UK of their concerns for the future of the 1,000-capacity Ironworks in Inverness, which may be demolished to make way for…
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Features

Travelling in style

6 December 2019
With more acts touring, doing multiple festival appearances across Europe and needing their  production crews to get into venues early, renting high-quality tour buses isn’t a luxury anymore, it’s essential to keeping the show on the road. Claire Bicknell reports As the touring business has grown and matured across the…
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Highlands and Islands

6 December 2019
Enchanting and dramatic landscapes, enthusiastic audiences, especially warm hospitality – the Highlands and Islands have them all. The only potential obstacle is their location. But there are rewards for those artistes who make the effort to venture there, as Allan Glen reports. Operating in an area covering the size of…
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NXT News and Features

Dead Wax brought to life in Digbeth

6 December 2019
A NEW 650-capacity venue focusing on emerging artistes and DJs has opened in Birmingham’s creative quarter of Digbeth. Opened by Brighton’s Laine Pub Co, Dead Wax Digbeth comprises a main…
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Arts Council grant for Paper Dress

6 December 2019
LONDON VENUE Paper Dress Vintage (PDV) is the latest recipient of funding from Arts Council England’s £1.5 million ring-fenced fund for grassroots venues. The vintage boutique and 100-capacity bar, which…
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Resonating with artiste aspirations

22 October 2019
GLASGOW-BASED new music festival and conference Resonate has announced the full programme for this year’s event. The third edition, which will take place at the Barras Art & Design Centre…
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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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A-ha’s screen of many colours

6 December 2019
THE HUNTING High and Low Live tour by A-ha took the unusual step of introducing the 10-bit video to their visual display, featuring a video by animator Knut Helgeland. The format allows content creators the use of one billion colours, compared to roughly 16 million colours afforded by the conventional…
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Audio brands regroup as Solotech UK

6 December 2019
FOLLOWING THE acquisition of SSE Audio Group by Canada’s Group Solotech in November last year, the company is to realign into a unified British structure. SSE and its subsidiaries, Wigwam, Capital Sound and BCS Audio will be known as Solotech UK as of 1 January 2020, under the new joint…
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