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Epstein survives as staff member who stole £270k gets 28 months

12 April 2019
LIVERPOOL’S 385-capacity Epstein Theatre narrowly avoided closure last year after the theft of over £270,000 by former employee Kelvin Lloyd. The former assistant manager at the theatre received a prison sentence of 28 months after…
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Live Nation will drop Motorpoint Cardiff if it wins new arena bid

12 April 2019
LIVE NATION Entertainment (LNE) has told Cardiff City Council that it will cease to operate the city’s Motorpoint Arena (cap. 7,500) if it wins the contract to run a proposed…
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Nine new venues for London

12 April 2019
AT LEAST nine new live music venues have either recently opened or are scheduled to open in London, at every capacity ranging from the 21,000-capacity MSG Sphere arena in Stratford,…
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Bradford Odeon wins ‘unanimous approval’

12 April 2019
THE OPENING of a new 4,000-capacity venue in Bradford city centre has taken a significant step forward after councillors gave the project the green light. A decision to grant planning…
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Row over council proposal for park events surcharge

12 April 2019
DF CONCERTS has threatened to scrap its Glasgow festivals and start new ones in other locations if city authorities insists on imposing a proposed per capita tax on outdoor events….
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Features

Birmingham

12 April 2019
Although widely known as the home of rock, Birmingham has also produced acts as diverse as Duran Duran, and UB40. So with investment pouring into live music in the  area, what next for Britain’s second largest city? Allan Glen reports Even for a city the size of Birmingham, when a…
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Anywhere, any place, any time

12 April 2019
Whether it’s for larger scale tour groups of 100 people or more or smaller productions, travel arrangements need an expert in control, as disruptions need to be addressed instantly or shows can be lost, with significant cost implications. Thankfully the UK has some of the most experienced live show touring…
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NXT News and Features

Managers reap the rewards

23 January 2019
THE MUSIC Managers Forum (MMF) has announced the winners of its Accelerator programme, run in partnership with YouTube Music. Twelve-month grants of up to £15,000 were made available (see LIVE…
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Cardiff’s Buffalo Bar closes

23 January 2019
THE CARDIFF venue that hosted early performances by artistes such as Adele, Stormzy and James Bake has closed after 14 years. The 150-capacity Buffalo Bar in the city’s central Windsor…
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Hysterical production for Leppard tour

23 January 2019
THE ANNIVERSARY tour of Def Leppard’s 1977 Hysterical LP required a “steelyard” of overhead truss to support lighting and screens, and create architectural features to fit lighting designer Kenji Ohashi’s…
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Festival News

Council considers options after £460,000 Godiva overspend

12 March 2019
FREE COUNCIL-run Godiva Festival overspent its budget by £460,000 last year, according to a financial report by Coventry City Council (CCC). The festival had a budget of £150,000 for its 20th anniversary year, but costs reached £610,000, an overspend of more than 300 per cent. An estimated crowd of 88,000…
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Back to the future with four new fests

12 March 2019
THE TEAM behind 80s festival brand Let’s Rock is launching four new events this summer, in Liverpool, Belfast, Wales and Essex, bringing the total number of locations to 12. They join UK Live-promoted Let’s Rock festivals  in Norwich, Sunderland, Leeds, Exeter, Southampton, Shrewsbury, Scotland and Cookham in Berkshire. All site…
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Fatboy’s sound in the round

12 April 2019
FATBOY SLIM (aka Norman Cook) traditionally prefers more intimate venues to large arenas, but was able to transform London’s The O2 (cap. 21,000) into a club, thanks to the use of an in-the-round presentation and an audio system which brought him closer to the audience, according to Capital Sound Hire’s…
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dLive aids Kaiser Chiefs’ nostalgia

12 April 2019
SIMPLICITY OF operation was one of the key factors in determining the choice of a new console by front-of-house (FOH) engineer Chris Leckie for the Kaiser Chiefs tour, which took in venues including London’s O2 Academy Brixton (cap. 4,900), Barrowland (2,100) in Glasgow, Exeter’s Great Hall (1,800) and The Engine…
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