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Colston name removed in wake of protests

17 June 2020
THE EXTERNAL signage of Bristol’s 1,932-capacity Colston Hall has been removed following two weeks of protest and counter-protest around the Black Lives Matter campaign, including the toppling of a statue of slave trader and philanthropist…
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Benn plan to relaunch live music sector

17 June 2020
FESTIVAL REPUBLIC MD Melvin Benn (pictured) is promoting a plan to enable festivals and concerts to return without social distancing. The Full Capacity Plan eliminates the need for social distancing…
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Southport Theatre in liquidation

17 June 2020
SOUTHPORT THEATRE has become one of the first venue’s to closed as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. The venue’s operator Bliss Space (Southport) Ltd has gone into liquidation, blaming…
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Top venues in call for help

4 June 2020
ECHOING THE stark challenges facing venues across the country, operators of two of London’s most prestigious concert halls have called for increased government support to prevent them from closure. Royal…
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AIF warns of ‘festival wasteland’

23 May 2020
THE ASSOCIATION of Independent Festivals (AIF) warns of a ‘festival wasteland’ next year without urgent Government action It says 92 per cent of the businesses behind member festivals could “collapse…
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Features

Backstage Star – Jon Wood

10 March 2020
Having worked as a tour manager and van driver, huped equipment about and played in bands, Jon Wood founded Ooosh Tours in Brighton 11 years ago. The company, which now has six full-timae staff, supplies transport, backline and rehearsal studios, along with a host of back-up services, for artistes and…
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Making touring add up

10 March 2020
With our exit from the European Union, fluctuating currencies, varying tax regimes and the threat of Coronavirus to the touring business, accountants have their work cut out, especially as touring is the main generator of income for most artistes. Claire Bicknell reports Touring presents a range of financial complexities, from…
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NXT News and Features

PPL increases support for Momentum fund

10 March 2020
PRS FOUNDATION’S Momentum Music Fund has been renamed PPL Momentum Music Fund, to reflect a closer partnership with recorded music licensing body PPL. The Fund was launched in 2013 and…
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Generator’s Mawdsley replaced by Matterson

10 March 2020
NORTH-EAST music development agency Generator has appointed Hannah Matterson as its new CEO, replacing Jim Mawdsley, who is taking up a new role with Newcastle City Council. Matterson has experience…
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ACE announces more funding for independent venues

14 February 2020
ARTS COUNCIL England (ACE) is planning to pump another £1.5 million into the grassroots music sector until March 2021. This is the second round of funding ACE has allocated to…
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Festival News

Kendal Calling-Superstruct team makes changes

10 March 2020
KENDAL CALLING’s 15th anniversary will be marked with the unveiling of two new stages within a newly created zone named Carneville. Festival co-founder Andy Smith says it will be an immersive funfair destination. “We are moving a lot of things around on the site this year and creating Carneville; a…
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WOMAD opts for alternative power

10 March 2020
WOMAD director Chris Smith says a large part of the 40,000-capacity event will be powered by mains electricity for the first time this year, in partnership with the green energy company supplier and event sponsor Ecotricity. Smith says around a third of the festival’s main arena, the backstage areas and…
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Brit Row in high wire performance

10 March 2020
AVOIDING AUDIO reflections and keeping the system away from the acrobats’ flying infrastructure were the key challenges facing Britannia Row for Cirque du Soleil’s Luzia show at London’s Royal Albert Hall (RAH, cap. 5,300). The show, set to live music, usually tours using Cirque’s big top and its system required…
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Elegance with Adlib

10 March 2020
CANADIAN SINGER-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen briefed her production team to create an elegant and theatrical design which was adaptable for touring different-sized venues and festivals. Production manager Zach Snyder invited Liverpool-based Adlib to provide audio and lighting for the European leg of her Dedicated tour, which played venues such as…
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