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Proposed EU lighting regulations could ‘devastate’ live entertainment

1 May 2018
AS LIVE UK went to press a campaign to amend proposed European Union (EU) changes to lighting regulations, aimed at improving energy efficiency, that organisers say would have a significant impact on the live entertainment…
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Viagogo faces legal action from CMA

1 May 2018
THE COMPETITION and Markets Authority (CMA) is prepared to take controversial ticket resale website Viagogo to court after it failed to join the other three operators in what is known…
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New data regulations about to become law

2 May 2018
VENUES, TICKETING companies, booking agencies and festival organisers are among those preparing for new European Union regulations governing how personal data is obtained and kept. Under General Data Protection Regulations…
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Blackstock heads team taking Starworks live

2 May 2018
A TEAM has been brought in to turn Wolverhampton venue Starworks (cap. 4,000) into a major force in live music. Former general manager of Wolverhampton Civic Halls (3,000) Mark Blackstock,…
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UTA hires agent Casey

3 May 2018
FORMER LEIGHTON-Pope Organisation (LPO) agent Sarah Casey has moved to United Talent Agency, along with artistes including All Tvvins, Beoga, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Moncrieff, M.I.L.K. and Talos….
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Features

Backing the band

8 May 2018
As the live music industry continues to grow, with ever more festivals and stadium shows, specialists in supplying backline – the gear artistes use on stage – have been in a race to keep up with technological advances, not to mention musical trends, diversifying into other services along the way. …
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Belfast

7 May 2018
The biggest obstacle to artistes visiting Belfast from the mainland is the Irish Sea and then its closest competitor is Dublin two hours drive to the south, which sometimes attracts artistes that just want to do one big show on the island. Otherwise the city is buzzing, with significant investment…
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NXT News and Features

Broadwick slims down footprint

3 May 2018
BROADWICK LIVE, the company behind festivals including Truck Festival (cap. 10,000), South West Four (20,000), Kendal Calling (25,000) and Y NOT (25,000), has announced that in addition to taking part…
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Building from the roots up

1 May 2018
THE 10,000-capacity Black Deer festival will be hosting a battle of the bands for acts of the ‘roots-based’ persuasion vying to join a line-up including Passenger, Iron & Wine and…
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Not calling time just yet

9 May 2018
  The humble pub has seen its place in live music questioned in recent years, but remains the starting point for many acts. Rob Sandall talks to the landlords and…
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Festival News

No refunds after folk festival cancellation

6 May 2018
ORGANISERS OF Beverley Folk Festival (cap. 2,500) have announced that they cannot refund ticket buyers after cancelling their 35th event this June. Run by a committee of volunteers chaired, LIVE UK understands, by festival director Jim Pybus, the event sold weekend camping tickets for £130, explaining in a statement that…
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Returning Grillstock woos wider age range

5 May 2018
THE FESTIVAL promising “meat, music and mayhem”, Grillstock in Bristol, is expanding in area by about 25 per cent with the use of Hannover Square, adjacent to its established Harbourside site, although capacity remains at 10,000. The event places greater emphasis on music this year, with headliners Black Grape and…
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Production News

Stereophonics ace the bass

8 May 2018
WHEN STEREOPHONICS singer Kelly Jones asked to be as far away from the bass sound of his sub units as possible, as he sang on a second stage away from the main performance area, audio supplier Capital Sound had to take a new approach to configuring the bass, according to…
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Spiritual feel for Rag‘n’Bone Man

8 May 2018
THE SPIRITUAL symbolism of an octagon loomed large in the set design of the Grande Reserve tour by Rag‘n’Bone Man (real name Rory Graham), who used a series of illustrated backdrops painted by Stewart Chromik, a member of the singer’s band, Rum Committee. Lighting designer Will Potts worked around a…
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