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Blackstone acquires NEC Group

22 November 2018
Private equity firm Blackstone has bought the NEC Group and its Birmingham arenas for almost £500 million more than Lloyds Banking Group (LDC) paid for it in 2015. The acquisition includes Arena Birmingham (cap. 15,810),…
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Live Nation acquires control of Bestival and Camp Bestival

22 November 2018
A JOINT-venture between LN-Gaiety (LNG) and SJM Concerts has brought two more major festivals into the realm of Live Nation Entertainment, which already owns the majority of the country’s biggest…
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Persuading Google is the solution to Viagogo ‘rip-offs’, industry tells APPG

22 November 2018
ALTHOUGH REPRESENTATIVES of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) took a pounding at the latest All Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse (APPG) meeting, Google was identified as the solution to…
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Select Committee told small venues need help

22 November 2018
A DEPARTMENT of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) Select Committee hearing into live music was told how grassroots venues were struggling to survive in a tough climate. Held at…
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Bristol arena: no public money needed, YTL

22 November 2018
THE NEW frontrunner among the three contenders to build an arena in Bristol has told LIVE UK it expects to open its 16,000-capacity venue in the north of the city…
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Features

Cardiff

22 November 2018
A few months ago,  some would have you believe there is a crisis in Cardiff’s music scene but, as one leading promoter suggests, there’s just been some realignment in the sector and things are again thriving across mutiple venues, from stadium down to entry level. Allan Glen reports What a…
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Practice makes perfect

22 November 2018
In a sector where enterprise and ingenuity were the essentials to get started, it’s no surprise that the creators of the country’s leading rehearsal spaces saw wider potential and expanded into a host of related services and situations, as Claire Bicknell reports. Having the right ambience and added value touches…
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NXT News and Features

Bedford back in business

22 November 2018
HAVING BEEN closed for more than a year, South London’s The Bedford (cap. 250) in Balham is set to officially reopen, after a soft launch this month. Its owner, Three…
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Matching US and UK for Halsey

22 November 2018
US SINGER Halsey based the stage of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour around a central LED staircase designed to show off her fluid movement around the stage according to lighting…
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Government backs more acts overseas

22 November 2018
TWELVE EMERGING  artistes will benefit from a slice of £220,000 awarded by the Department for International Trade (DIT)  to help then tour internationally. The latest round of Music Export Growth…
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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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Festival safety website launched

9 July 2018
A NEW website designed by an experienced production managers aims to inform festival-goers of all ages and experience levels of the challenges facing them at open-air events. Festival Safe, launched by Jon Drape, is a response to what he feels are patterns of customer behaviour at festivals such as Parklife…
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Thief goes progressive with A and H

22 November 2018
THE PINEAPPLE Thief required a compact but sophisticated console for their brand of progressive rock when they toured venues including The Leadmill (cap. 900) in Sheffield, The Liquid Room (700) in Edinburgh and London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (2,000), says sound engineer Simon Baxter. Working with the band’s tour management…
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Elrow’s long-range spectacular

22 November 2018
ALONGSIDE GIANT inflatables, puppets and confetti blasts, Elrow Town (cap. 20,000) in London’s Queen Elizabeth Park, deployed large format projection systems for its main and second stages to provide what Mike Radford of projection specialist CPL calls an “eye-popping spectacle”. The event, which has grown out of rave-style club nights…
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