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Goldsmith and Fear hope Bristol Arena proposal will sway Mayor

14 September 2018
THE DECADES-long on-off process behind Bristol getting an arena took another radical turn as LIVE UK went to press. A week earlier, the city’s Labour Mayor Marvin Rees announced his decision to scrap well-advanced plans…
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Wireless festival license is under threat from all sides

18 September 2018
ISLINGTON AND  Hackney councils have sent submissions to the Haringey Licensing Authority calling for a review of Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) licence to stage the annual Wireless festival (cap. 49,000)…
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Viagogo snubs Committee and sues Kilimanjaro Live

18 September 2018
CONTROVERSIAL RESALE website Viagogo has snubbed MPs for a second time, after failing to attend a Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) Select Committee hearing into ticketing on 5 September….
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End of the great ticket scandal?

19 September 2018
Well, not quite yet. But the shockwaves from Channel 4’s Dispatches: The Great Ticket Scandal in 2012 were the catalyst for industry figures to join campaigning Labour MP Sharon Hodgson,…
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Crowd-funded ad campaign to promote women in music

17 September 2018
A CROWD-funding initiative has raised more than £2,700 toward a music trade press advertising campaign highlighting the gender imbalance in nominations for live sector awards. Although LIVE UK has been…
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Features

Nottingham

19 September 2018
Long gone are the days when Nottingham was best known as the city that hauled a local record store boss in front of magistrates for displaying the Sex Pistols’ album Never Mind The Bollocks. Today’s city is multi-cultural, vibrant and buzzing – with promoters and events to match. Allan Glen…
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Lighting the way

19 September 2018
New technology, environmental issues and EU regulations are all impacting the live show lighting sector, but its leading figures and companies are adept at embracing change and are enjoying a buoyant market, as Christopher Barrett reports. Concert and festival lighting is evolving at a remarkable rate. Led by continual innovations…
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NXT News and Features

Lincoln Imp on the up

19 September 2018
PROMOTER WILLIAM Nicklen of Crown Promotion & Management is encouraging more acts to include to include a date at The Lincoln Imp (cap. 300) in Scunthorpe on their national tours….
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New venture aims to open grassroots venue network

19 September 2018
FORMER MUSE tour director Glen Rowe is seeking support for his charitable NEKO Trust, formerly known as Cato Trust, which hopes will begin opening new small-capacity venues across the country…
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Funding sets up mercury moments

7 August 2018
PRS FOUNDATION points to nearly half of this year’s artistes nominated for a Mercury Award benefitting from funding at some point in their career. Senior grants and programme manager Joe…
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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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Rock and Bowl goes for impact

19 September 2018
SHROPSHIRE’S ROCK and Bowl Festival (cap. 6,000) wanted to celebrate its 10th anniversary with a dramatic visual impact on stage, according to lighting designers Ashley Heritage and Nic Farman. Headlined by REWS and Think Floyd, the three-day event chose a “dynamic, fast moving” lighting rig provided by Chester-based CSP AV,…
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Pearce power in the park

19 September 2018
MOVING THE site of MAMA Festivals-organised events Citadel and Lovebox (both cap. 40,000) to West London’s Gunnersbury Park this year, required keen logistical precision according to electrical contractor for the events, Pearce Hire. The two festivals moved from Victoria Park after rival promoter AEG Presents won exclusive rights to stage…
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