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Dozens of companies caught in Guildhall collapse

27 August 2019
MORE THAN 250 creditors are owed in excess of £4.5 million by the former operator of the Preston Guildhall (cap. 2,034) and Charter Theatre (780) complex, following its collapse into administration in June. Among the…
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OVG makes second play for a UK arena

27 August 2019
A US company involved in a unsuccessful bid to build an arena in Bristol (see issue 225) is revealed to be making a concerted effort to create a rival venue…
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New manager for Nottingham complex

27 August 2019
PETER IRESON has been appointed as the new venue director of Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall (cap. 2,200) and Theatre Royal (1,100) complex. Previously head of culture, events and tourism in…
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Coachella access for European fans

27 August 2019
LONDON-BASED Festicket has secured a contract to be exclusive UK and Europe ticket partner for America’s 125,000-capacity Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The event takes place over two weekends,…
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Industry welcomes Adams’ appointment

27 August 2019
THE INDUSTRY has welcomed the appointment of Yorkshire MP and outspoken anti-ticket touting campaigner Nigel Adams as Minister at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whose brief includes…
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Features

Oxford

27 August 2019
From Ride to Radiohead, Supergrass to Foals, Oxford’s musical legacy is assured. Despite the closure of popular city-centre venue The Cellar, its promoters aren’t in mourning, they are finding alternatives and even expanding the number of music events they stage. Allan Glen reports While the loss earlier this year of…
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Screen revolutions

27 August 2019
LED screen technology is being used for far wider purposes than just content, being an integral element of the set and lighting design too. Screens are also delivering immersive and social experiences for the audience, with the tech getting a lot lighter and more flexible. Claire Bicknell reports With LED…
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NXT News and Features

Jimmy’s twin for Liverpool

27 August 2019
THE TEAM behind Manchester grassroots venue Jimmy’s (cap. 150) has opened a sister venue in Liverpool. Owners and brothers Jimmy and George Craig opened the Bold Street property this month…
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Birmingham arenas seek more unsigned artistes

27 August 2019
NEC GROUP venues Arena Birmingham (cap. 15,800) and Resorts World Arena (15,685) are seeking more unsigned acts to play to audiences arriving for concerts. The Unsigned Stage at Arena Birmingham…
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BBC Introducing Live announces new panels

27 August 2019
BBC MUSIC Introducing Live has announced a wave of brand workshops for the autumn event at London’s Tobacco Dock. The 31 October–2 November event, which comprises panels, master-classes and networking…
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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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Capital ensures clarity for Summer Time

27 August 2019
WITH ARTISTES including Barbra Streisand, Lionel Richie and Celine Dion, the audio system at this year’s 65,000-capacity Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park, needed unparalleled clarity, according to production manager Mark Ward. Audio provider Capital Sound installed an MLA multi-cellular loudspeaker array by Martin Audio on the…
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Hit songsters Hall & Oates adlib in UK

27 August 2019
HALL AND Oates based the look of their UK stage show on a proscenium arch built of LED, supported by a block of video on the upstage screen The band used a total 150 square metres of UPADIII H05 panels by manufacturer Trinity LED, for performances at venues such as…
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