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Court order forces Viagogo to fund customer refunds review

18 December 2018
CONTROVERSIAL RESALE website Viagogo must review all refunds provided in the past three years for iregulatities, after being slapped with a court order secured by the UK’s Competition and Market Authority (CMA). The firm will…
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More than £870,000 owed to over 160 artistes

18 December 2018
Creditors fury as new Camp Bestival announces acts PAPERS PREPARED by the administrator for the collapsed companies behind this years 40,000-capacity Bestival and Camp Bestival (cap. 25,000) show that more…
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Echo rebrand by ‘challenger’ bank

18 December 2018
AFTER 10 years as the Echo Arena (cap. 11,000), the Liverpool venue is being rebrand as M&S Bank Arena in January. The new partnership replaces the Liverpool Echo’s naming right…
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Concerts back in the Light

18 December 2018
CONCERTS ARE at the top of its agenda for Sunderland’s 49,000-capacity Stadium of Light, following a change of ownership last May. A private investment group led executive director Charlie Methven…
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AEG agrees that Neil Young can step aside

18 December 2018
PROMOTER AEG Presents and Barclaycard have agreed that the Hyde Park concert with Neil Young and Bob Dylan can take place outside of the annual summer series of Barclaycard presents…
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Features

Hull

18 December 2018
It may have been UK City of Culture status in 2017 that raised Hull’s international profile, but it’s local promoters who are taking the city’s music scene forward. With two new venues opening this year alone – and one of its longest-serving clubs hitting the headlines this month, this is…
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Homes from home

18 December 2018
The potential challenges of Brexit are on the minds of most tour bus operators, although a spokesman for industry body the Confederation of Passenger Transport believes a rational outcome is likely prevail after 29 March. Meanwhwile, operators interviewed all seem to be experiencing growth.  Allan Glen reports Ask any tour…
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NXT News and Features

Bedford back in business

22 November 2018
HAVING BEEN closed for more than a year, South London’s The Bedford (cap. 250) in Balham is set to officially reopen, after a soft launch this month. Its owner, Three…
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Matching US and UK for Halsey

22 November 2018
US SINGER Halsey based the stage of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour around a central LED staircase designed to show off her fluid movement around the stage according to lighting…
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Government backs more acts overseas

22 November 2018
TWELVE EMERGING  artistes will benefit from a slice of £220,000 awarded by the Department for International Trade (DIT)  to help then tour internationally. The latest round of Music Export Growth…
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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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Snapshot push for vocals and guitar

18 December 2018
ONE KEY challenge facing the Stereophonics’ sound team on tour is to keep bass notes under tight control, according to monitor engineer Harm Schopman, who says the band like the vocals of frontman Kelly Jones and the guitars to be prominent in the mix. He and front-of-house engineer Dave Roden…
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Sculptural classics for Beautiful Life

18 December 2018
PREFERRING NOT to influence their stage designer Andy Hurst, Rick Astley and his team gave him free rein to create a look which he felt reflected his latest album, Beautiful Life. Hurst felt it warranted a “classy, sculptural” design which he achieved by inviting production company HSL to provide lighting….
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