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AEG and SMG merge to create new venues giant

15 February 2019
THE VENUES division of multi-faceted global giant AEG – AEG Facilities – is merging with international arena and convention centre management company SMG to create the standalone venue management behemoth ASM Global. The deal will…
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Collapse of Common People fests takes Bestival team’s debts to more than £6m

15 February 2019
ECHOING THE vows of angry creditors of the failed Bestival (cap, 40,000) and Camp Bestival (25,000) events (see LIVE UK issue 227), companies owed money by last month’s collapse of…
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No inquiry into Cambridge Live losses, says council

15 February 2019
THERE WILL be no inquiry into how the failing charitable trust that operates Cambridge Corn Exchange (cap. 1,730) and Cambridge Folk Festival (14,000) built-up a loss of £750,000, says the…
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Viagogo faces criminal case over order ‘breaches’

15 February 2019
VIAGOGO COULD face “severe” criminal charges over allegedly breaching the court order secured against it by the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) last year. The order required Viagogo to overhaul…
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Energy boost for Newcastle

15 February 2019
NEWCASTLE’S 11,000-capacity Metro Radio Arena has been renamed the Utilita Arena, following the signing of a sponsorship deal with energy brand Utilita. The Metro Radio deal began in 2004, prior…
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Features

Leeds

23 January 2019
From the city’s largest venues to some of the smallest, there seems to be an enthusiasm for what this new year will bring, both in terms of successful events and new talent emerging though its grassroots scene. Allan Glen reports Betting on the success of a new act is, and…
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The sound of music

23 January 2019
Good sound has always been important, but not always guaranteed in the old days. With the speed of technological advances in recent years and the growing expectations of audiences, not to mention artistes, audio hire companies have to ensure they are always ahead of the game.  Claire Bicknell reports. With…
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NXT News and Features

Managers reap the rewards

23 January 2019
THE MUSIC Managers Forum (MMF) has announced the winners of its Accelerator programme, run in partnership with YouTube Music. Twelve-month grants of up to £15,000 were made available (see LIVE…
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Cardiff’s Buffalo Bar closes

23 January 2019
THE CARDIFF venue that hosted early performances by artistes such as Adele, Stormzy and James Bake has closed after 14 years. The 150-capacity Buffalo Bar in the city’s central Windsor…
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Hysterical production for Leppard tour

23 January 2019
THE ANNIVERSARY tour of Def Leppard’s 1977 Hysterical LP required a “steelyard” of overhead truss to support lighting and screens, and create architectural features to fit lighting designer Kenji Ohashi’s…
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Festival News

Common People companies collapse in wake of Bestival

13 February 2019
Combined debts exceed £6 million CREDITORS SAY they will insist on much tighter financial conditions with festival clients in the future, following the collapse of the 30,000-capacity Common People festivals in Southampton and Oxford. The two limited companies running the events folded last month, with combined debts of £811,368. This…
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Residents consider legal action over licence

13 February 2019
ALTHOUGH FESTIVAL Republic (FR), organiser of the 45,000-capacity Wireless festival, has dropped an appeal against new conditions imposed on the festival by Haringey Council (see issue 37), a group representing residents of London’s Finsbury Park is considering further legal action. Campaigners have accused the council of am “underhand” change in…
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Production News

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Synergy’s ‘big canvas’ for Numan

23 January 2019
NEW SOFTWARE allowed Gary Numan’s tour to integrate lights and video imagery seamlessly, according to creative designer Luke Edwards, with lighting fixtures using pixel mapping to project images from the screen out towards the audience. Using two Avolites Sapphire Touch consoles, plus the manufacturer’s Ai Q3 media servers running the…
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Creative cubes for The League

23 January 2019
ALTHOUGH VIDEO has always been an important element of The Human League’s stage show, manager Simon Watson did not want the set for the band’s latest tour to be filled with LED screens, according to lighting designer Rob Sinclair. While part of the solution, was projection mapping of video onto…
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