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No refunds for Wheels and Fins ticket-holders

22 October 2019
THE ORGANISERS of water sports and music festival Wheels and Fins (cap. 5,000) have put the company behind the event into liquidation. The festival was due to take place in Joss Bay, Kent on 7–8…
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Live Nation challenges AEG’s Hyde Park win

22 October 2019
LIVE NATION Entertainment (LNE) has launched a legal appeal against the decision to award rival AEG another six-year contract to stage concerts in London’s Hyde Park. The Royal Parks, owner…
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The O2 shines green light

22 October 2019
THE O2 (cap. 21,000) and owner-operator AEG have launched a corporate social responsibility programme, to promote sustainability, accessibility, charity and community. The new initiative, named Good Vibes All Round, follows…
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Omeara to get sister venue in Kings Cross

22 October 2019
MUMFORD & SONS band member Ben Lovett is to open a second live music venue in London. The 600-capacity Lafayette, will be located on Goods Way in Kings Cross, adjacent…
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MMF and YouTube launch Accelerator

22 October 2019
THE MUSIC Managers Form (MMF) and YouTube have opened applications for the 2020 Accelerator programme, with backing from Arts Council England and the Scottish Music Industries Association. The initiative, which…
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Features

Glasgow

22 October 2019
From new festivals to emerging artistes, the city that spawned acts such as Simple Minds, Primal Scream, Texas, Lewis Capaldi and Gerry Cinnamon is buzzing with energy and as one promoter and venue owner puts it, ‘resting on your laurels is not an option, you have to keep evolving’. Allan…
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Far, far more than just a ticket

22 October 2019
It’s a dynamic and fast-evolving sector driven by ever expanding  technological advancements, enabling event organisers to sell more tickets, more quickly and broaden the buying experience of the music fan. Survival depends on market share, as booking fees are the only income, so competition is intense. Claire Bicknell reports. Ticketing…
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NXT News and Features

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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DHP welcomes The Grace to the family

22 October 2019
DHP FAMILY, owner of  Nottingham’s Rock City (cap. 1,900) and London venues such as Oslo (370) and The Garage (600), has rebranded the 150-capacity upstairs venue adjacent to the latter….
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Rec Rooms celebrates first year

22 October 2019
THE OWNER of West Sussex venue The Rec Rooms (cap. 350) in Horsham says the venue’s year has been a success, particularly in helping new and emerging artistes. Stu Green…
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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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Happiness begins with Khamsin

22 October 2019
LIGHTING DESIGNER and production manager for the Jonas Brothers’ Happiness Begins tour, Baz Halpin, wanted a fixture that would create a larger-than-life look that would complement the LED screens and floor, the central feature of the production. He opted for 200 Khamsin fixtures by French manufacturer Ayrton to illuminate performances…
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Lights the ship for rocking ‘90s

22 October 2019
STROBES, LASERS changing colour and smoke were among the effects deployed by lighting director José Lorenzo to recreate the 1990s party scene for Electric Sunsets: Cruise Back to the 90s on the Marella Explorer cruise ship. Sailing from Newcastle to Southampton, the vessel carries up to 1,900 passengers and hosted…
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