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Making touring add up

10 March 2020

With our exit from the European Union, fluctuating currencies, varying tax regimes and the threat of Coronavirus to the touring business, accountants have their work cut out, especially as touring is the main generator of income for most artistes. Claire Bicknell reports Touring presents a range of financial complexities, from…

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Teesside – Middlesbrough, Stockton and Billingham

10 March 2020

Hard work pays, just ask promoters and venue operators of Teesside. Once seen as lost zone sandwiched between Newcastle and Leeds, the area is now reaping the rewards of years of steady growth in its emerging act scene with major investment in live music at all levels. Allan Glen reports…

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Swansea

14 February 2020

With two major cities on the journey to reach it from the Bristol channel, Swansea has often struggled to attract the top names. But a new concert hall and major local authority investment in the area is opening up the market, and its venue operators and local promoters are ready….

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Four remarkable decades in rock

14 February 2020

As a stalwart independent presence in Nottingham for 40 years, few venues have a history as long, rich or diverse as the 1,900-capacity Rock City, whose owner and management team have remarkably maintained its status as one of the UK’s best-loved and most influential music venues. Christopher Barrett reports From…

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New challenges for travel brokers

14 February 2020

With sustainability being a hot topic, reinforced by Coldplay’s current stance on touring, specialist travel agents are having to adapt and seek out alternatives, while still providing all the usual needs of touring artistes; not to mention issues related to extreme weather, natural disasters and an inconvenient virus.  Claire Bicknell…

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Backstage Star – Sarah Phillips

14 February 2020

As CEO of the 4,000-capacity Plymouth Pavilions – the south-west’s largest concert hall – since 2018 Sarah Phillips’ responsibilities range from programming to overseeing the venue’s expanding ticketing operation The Ticket Store. Having a career in marketing across Europe and the Far East before joining the Pavilions 16 years ago,…

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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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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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Backstage Star – Tim Thornhill

16 January 2020

As director of the entertainment and sport division at insurance broker Tysers (formerly known as Integro Entertainment & Sport), Tim Thornhill is responsible for sales and marketing strategy, mergers and acquisitions, as well as building the team. One particular focus in recent years has been adapting cover to cope with…

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Highlands and Islands

6 December 2019

Enchanting and dramatic landscapes, enthusiastic audiences, especially warm hospitality – the Highlands and Islands have them all. The only potential obstacle is their location. But there are rewards for those artistes who make the effort to venture there, as Allan Glen reports. Operating in an area covering the size of…

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Travelling in style

6 December 2019

With more acts touring, doing multiple festival appearances across Europe and needing their  production crews to get into venues early, renting high-quality tour buses isn’t a luxury anymore, it’s essential to keeping the show on the road. Claire Bicknell reports As the touring business has grown and matured across the…

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Backstage Star – Amy Field

6 December 2019

As senior events and sponsorship manager at PRS for Music, Amy Field – winner of the Backstage Star award at this year’s Live Music Business Awards – is responsible for over 200 events and sponsorship activations each year. She organises PRS’s involvement at festivals such as Glastonbury, The Great Escape…

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The art of practice

18 November 2019

Rehearsal studios offer a lot more than just spaces to run through a stage performance or break-in some new material, they’re also used for video or social media content, album launches and showcases, with some of the leading players in the sector having spent decades developing a service that covers…

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Far, far more than just a ticket

22 October 2019

It’s a dynamic and fast-evolving sector driven by ever expanding  technological advancements, enabling event organisers to sell more tickets, more quickly and broaden the buying experience of the music fan. Survival depends on market share, as booking fees are the only income, so competition is intense. Claire Bicknell reports. Ticketing…

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Celebrating a concert giant

22 October 2019

From the Tsunami Relief concert in 2005, standing in for Wembley Stadium during the latter’s reconstruction and Ed Sheeran’s record-breaking four sell-out nights there, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium has enjoyed many landmark moments in its first 20 years. Christopher Barrett reports Very few cities benefit from having a stadium, let alone…

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Glasgow

22 October 2019

From new festivals to emerging artistes, the city that spawned acts such as Simple Minds, Primal Scream, Texas, Lewis Capaldi and Gerry Cinnamon is buzzing with energy and as one promoter and venue owner puts it, ‘resting on your laurels is not an option, you have to keep evolving’. Allan…

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Backstage Stars – Ant Forbes

25 September 2019

Having toured extensively with artistes such as Guns N’Roses, Oasis, Elbow and The 1975 in earlier years, Ant Forbes srill likes to keep his hand in with the occasioinal touring escapade. That’s alongside running Production Park’s rehearsal studio The Mill in south-west London, where clients include Phil Collins, Royal Blood,…

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Shining lights

25 September 2019

Ever since emerging artistes in the late-‘60s and early-‘70s built their own lights from Party Four beer cans with reflector bulbs, impressive lighting has been an essential factor for any self-respecting concert act. Fortunately, the UK is blessed with some of the best lighting hire suppliers in the world, as…

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Dundee

25 September 2019

The birthplace of Scotland’s leading promoter DF Concerts, not to mention acts such as Average White Band, Deacon Blue and Snow Patrol, the city has faced a few challenges in recent years, but its promoters and venue operators knows how to fight back and keep its music scene buzzing, as…

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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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