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Wait for new PRS live tariff finally over

5 June 2018
FESTIVALS, GRASSROOTS venues and advocates of direct licensing have emerged as the main winners of the new performance royalty tariff for live music, after lengthy negotiations and months of delays finally came to a conclusion….
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Mutiny cancelled after drug deaths

1 June 2018
THE FINAL day of Mutiny Festival (cap. 15,000) in Portsmouth was cancelled after two people, who are believed to have taken the drug ecstasy, died. Georgia Jones, 18, and Tommy…
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Government minister tells people to ‘avoid Viagogo’

1 June 2018
THE GOVERNMENT’S digital minister Margot James MP has advised consumers to steer clear of controversial resale platform Viagogo. In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, James cautioned music fans…
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O2 pledge to beat touts

2 June 2018
TELECOMS COMPANY O2 is to introduce anti-touting measures to its pre-sale service, Priority Tickets, in a bid to eradicate ticket abuse. O2, which is a naming partner to London’s The…
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Modest! to be honoured at awards

12 June 2018
MODEST! MANAGEMENT, which represents acts including Little Mix and 5 Seconds of Summer, is to receive the Peter Grant Award at the Artist & Manager Awards. The award, named after…
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Features

Newcastle

4 June 2018
If there is a crisis in grassroots venues across the UK then the industry has forgotten to tell promoters in Newcastle. From new venues and festivals opening to emerging acts breaking nationally, the city is buzzing. Allan Glen reports Never let it be said that North-East promoters don’t know how…
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Keep on trucking

4 June 2018
Trucking operators are reporting record business as huge festivals and major concert tours continue to sell well, demanding the delivery of vast amounts of equipment. This despite firms facing challenges ranging from a lack of drivers to rising fuel costs. Chris Barrett reports Using the tag-line “You Rock – We Roll!”, Edwin…
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NXT News and Features

Academy showcases new talent

4 June 2018
THE MULTI-VENUE Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) is gearing up to select new inductees to its much-lauded Academy, an initiative created to help local emerging talent between the ages of…
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Generator evolves with conference

5 June 2018
EVOLUTION EMERGING, Generator’s festival, held in numerous venues across Newcastle, has for the first time added a free conference programme at Sage (cap. 300) in Gateshead. Talent development manager Charlie…
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Is it ever too early for a deal?

4 June 2018
In a world of DIY development, the emerging artiste might be forgiven for assuming that the odds of getting an early record deal are slim, Rob Sandall finds out if…
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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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MADE aims to boost festival credentials

4 June 2018
MADE FESTIVAL is moving to an increased capacity site at Birmingham’s Perry Park, adjacent to the city’s athletics facility Alexander Stadium, having sold out its previous 10,000 capacity home in the Rainbow Venues, three years in a row. The relocated event hopes to attract 12,000 people with potential to grow…
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Production News

Arcadia gets laser energy blast

4 June 2018
THE GIANT spider Arcadia, which celebrated its 10th anniversary with a 20,000 capacity festival in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park headlined by Leftfield, needed a projection system capable of holding its own against flamethrowers, lighting and pyrotechnics. Visuals company Central Presentations Ltd (CPL), which has worked with Arcadia since 2013,…
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Star delivers arch performance

4 June 2018
TWO 38 metre span arches towered over an in-the-round performance area, the X Stage, at All Points East, London’s new 40,000 capacity festival in Victoria Park. This was the key challenge for staging and production specialist Star Events, which was contracted to provide all four stages, plus supporting structures for…
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