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CMA forces Viagogo and StubHub to halt merger during investigation

14 February 2020
THE COMPETITION and Markets Authority (CMA) has ordered controversial resale website Viagogo and eBay-owned StubHub to halt their merger while it continues its preliminary inquiry. Protests to the CMA after Viagogo’s £3.9 billion ($4.05bn) takeover…
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Culture minister reveals support for live music

14 February 2020
THE GOVERNMENT has revealed plans for a new music strategy to support the UK’s “brilliant creators”. A debate focusing on the economic and social importance of music took place in…
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Croydon Council denies reported £30m overspend on Fairfield Halls

14 February 2020
CROYDON COUNCIL has denied claims that the refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls complex could end up costing the taxpayer £60 million. According to the website Inside Croydon, during a council…
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Music venues to benefit from business rates relief

14 February 2020
THE GOVERNMENT has announced that small and mid-sized venues across the UK should benefit from a cut in business rates from the spring, as part of a broad package of…
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The Stables wins council backing against developers

14 February 2020
MILTON KEYNES council has rejected the latest planning application threatening the future of The Stables (cap. 438), a live music venue founded by world-renowned jazz musicians Sir John Dankworth and…
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Features

Four remarkable decades in rock

14 February 2020
As a stalwart independent presence in Nottingham for 40 years, few venues have a history as long, rich or diverse as the 1,900-capacity Rock City, whose owner and management team have remarkably maintained its status as one of the UK’s best-loved and most influential music venues. Christopher Barrett reports From…
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New challenges for travel brokers

14 February 2020
With sustainability being a hot topic, reinforced by Coldplay’s current stance on touring, specialist travel agents are having to adapt and seek out alternatives, while still providing all the usual needs of touring artistes; not to mention issues related to extreme weather, natural disasters and an inconvenient virus.  Claire Bicknell…
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NXT News and Features

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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Smokehouse lighting a fire under Ipswich music scene

14 February 2020
THE IPSWICH music scene has been stagnant for many years due to lack of infrastructure, according to Joe Bailey, manager of The Smokehouse (cap. 88), who says he’s taking a…
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Leadmill sharpens focus on emerging artistes

16 January 2020
SHEFFIELD’S VENUE The Leadmill (cap. 900) is celebrating its 40th anniversary with new refurbishments and a programme for breakthrough artistes. Having established a reputation over four decades, The Leadmill seems…
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Festival News

Country’s Black Deer numbers growing

14 February 2020
AMERICANA AND country music festival Black Deer has been extended to a third day this year. Attendance at the inaugural event in 2018 was 3,000, the following year that rose to 10,000 and organisers expect 17,000 at the forthcoming 19 to 21 June event. “We have hit the ground running…
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Back to basics (and the ‘80s) for Rewind

14 February 2020
AS PART of the management team which has assumed control of ‘80s-themed festival brand Rewind from radio group Global, the event’s founder says it is being taken “back to its roots”. Rewind was the last festival asset that Global, whose radio stations include Capital, LBC and Classic FM, divested after…
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Magic mushroom lights for Björk

14 February 2020
WORKING WITH an “intricate and esoteric” set design by Chiara Stephenson, the video and lighting team for Björk’s Cornucopia Tour needed an organic and fluid look, according to Richard White, the artiste’s programmer and lighting director. Working alongside theatre lighting specialist Bruno Poet, he invited Southampton-based Liteup to provide lights,…
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MLA cuts ‘horrible’ reflections

14 February 2020
THE NEED to control the band’s volumes, combined with coverage of the highly-reflective surfaces of one of the venues, London’s 10,300-capacity Alexandra Palace, were key factors in choosing the PA for Idles, says front-of-house (FOH) engineer Chris Fullard. His experience with Martin Audio’s MLA system at festivals, convinced him this…
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