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Koko saved after fire breaks out

16 January 2020
ICONIC LONDON venue Koko (cap. 1,500) has been badly damaged by a fire that started late in the evening of 6 January and lasted over five hours. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called just…
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Festival Republic targets Dundee for new event

16 January 2020
FESTIVAL REPUBLIC (FR), promoter of events such as Reading (cap. 90,000), Leeds (80,000) and Latitude (35,000), has applied to stage a three-day, four stage festival in Dundee’s Camperdown Park in…
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Industry bodies submit evidence to Viagogo-StubHub take-over inquiry

16 January 2020
SEVERAL INDUSTRY organisations have submitted evidence for a preliminary investigation into the proposed takeover of eBay-owned StubHub by controversial resale website Viagogo. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched the…
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Ed Sheeran’s manager gives evidence against ticket touts

16 January 2020
ED SHEERAN’S manager Stuart Camp has given evidence against two ticket touts who bulk-bought tickets to the artiste’s charity show and sold them for almost four times their face value….
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The O2 is crowned Venue of the Decade

16 January 2020
THE O2 (cap 23,000) in London has been named Venue of the Decade by US music industry publication Billboard, beating New York’s Madison Square Garden (20,780) and Radio City Music…
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Features

The sound of music

16 January 2020
With immersive sound technology leading the way, innovations in audio are enhancing the concert experience for artistes and audiences alike, which is fortunate, as audiences these days have the ability to quickly take to social media if things don’t sound right. Claire Bicknell reports With audio quality from the stage…
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Edinburgh

16 January 2020
From the largest theatre in the UK to a stunning castle, local and UK-wide promoters have access to a wide range of venues, and plans for an indoor arena likely to elevate Edinburgh to another musical level. Allan Glen reports It has always been a curious anomaly that Edinburgh, home…
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NXT News and Features

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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Immersed in Wales

16 January 2020
IMMERSED FESTIVAL, a one-day conference, music festival and showcase for local talent, returns to Cardiff’s Tramshed (cap. 1,000) for a second year. Produced by students at The University of South…
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Dead Wax brought to life in Digbeth

6 December 2019
A NEW 650-capacity venue focusing on emerging artistes and DJs has opened in Birmingham’s creative quarter of Digbeth. Opened by Brighton’s Laine Pub Co, Dead Wax Digbeth comprises a main…
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Festival News

King crowned head of new AEG festivals division

24 July 2019
GLOBAL PROMOTER AEG Presents has launched a new European Festivals arm to grow its presence in the festival market, appointing Jim King as CEO of the division. King, previously the company’s executive vice-president of live music, oversees events such as British Summer Time (65,000) in London’s Hyde Park, headlined this…
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Pre-order system ‘will cut festival queues’

24 July 2019
LONDON-BASED EVENTS payment and point-of-sale business Lolly has joined forces with digital ordering app developer Preoday to build a system which it says will allow traders to make real-time offers to customers and reduce queues at festivals. By using the system, its clients – event caterers and concessions who work…
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Hawkwind conquers sound-space

16 January 2020
KNOWN FOR their multi-layered, “spacey” sound, Hawkwind presented a range of challenges to audio engineer, Rik Elliss, not least the need to accommodate Eric Clapton and Motörhead’s Phil Campbell, who join the band on stage at certain shows. The front-of-house (FOH) engineer opted for an S5000 dLive surface by Allen…
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Compact console for ‘bold’ Walker

16 January 2020
THE WIDE range of Tom Walker’s vocal demands an audio console capable of handling a “big, bold” show, according to his front-of-house (FOH) engineer Mike Platt. Touring venues including London’s O2 Academy Brixton (4,900), O2 Victoria Warehouse (10,000) in Manchester and the Corn Exchange (3,000) in Edinburgh, the production used…
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