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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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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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Backstage Star – Charlotte Harris

27 August 2019

Charlotte Harris is a third-generation partner at Harris & Trotter, one of the UK’s leading firms of accountants to the music industry. The firm has been running for almost 80 years and has worked on tours with Two Door Cinema Club, Years & Years and Lewis Capaldi. Harris is personally…

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Backstage Stars – Gary Lulham

24 July 2019

Starting as a bar manager in 2007, securing a promotion and weathering a couple of ownership changes, Gary Lulham found himself taking over Swansea’s 700-capacity Sin City in 20155 to save it from closure. He is now MD of the city-centre venue, and describes his role “a labour of love”….

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Coventry

24 July 2019

With a stadium. arena, theatres, clubs and festivals, not to mention being UK City of Culture in 2021, Coventry is fast becoming the music city its promoters know it can be and there’s a growing a sense of optimism and anticipation at all levels. Allan Glen reports. With its year-long…

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Carrying a heavy load

24 July 2019

As the imagination and aspirations of artistes and their set designers seek ever-more impressive productions, the consequences quickly impact on the country’s leading rigging companies, who have to undertake some very serious calculations and then make it happen. Claire Bicknell reports Operating safely is a staple element of the live…

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Backstage Stars – Jacqueline Elder

25 June 2019

Jacqueline Elder is the team manager for live entertainment at Glasgow’s Scottish Event Campus, which includes The SSE Hydro (cap. 13,000), and is responsible for overseeing event delivery operations within the Campus.  She has worked on concerts with Beyoncé and Take That, and events such as the MTV Awards. What are…

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Bristol

25 June 2019

From club gigs to outdoor events and stadium shows Bristol remains one of the south west’s most vibrant cities for live music. Even the temporary closure of two venues can’t dampen local promoters’ enthusiasm, and there’s even an arena in the pipeline. Allan Glen reports  It may still be waiting…

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Trucking all over the place

25 June 2019

Few people wonder how all that stage gear turns-up for a concert, let alone the hundreds of tons of equipment at major festival sites or stadium shows. But fortunately, pioneered by the owner of a former bread delivery firm in the ‘70s, the UK is home to many of the…

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Backstage Stars – David Barrow

20 May 2019

David Barrow has been running DB Event Services since 2001 and is probably the only promoter who specialises in staging events in forests, but that’s because he has helped Forestry England make wider use of its estate. It started with concerts at four forests and an overall capacity of 40,000,…

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The backup specialists

20 May 2019

It may have started with the simple hire of a few amps, speaker cabinets and an old drum kit, but those now engaged in the hire of backline equipment have generally expanded the services they offer far beyond stage gear and the leading companies say they have never been busier….

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Leicester

20 May 2019

While there have been no stadium events in Leicester since Kasabian played Leicester City’s ground in 2016, promoters have been quietly working together to build a vibrant music scene and compete with its more dominant neighbours Birmingham and Nottingham. And they all speak of a hoist of new talent emerging. …

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Backstage Stars – Waithera ‘Wai’ Mundia

12 April 2019

Perhaps one of the reasons Wai Mundia won Unsung Hero at last year’s Live Music Business Awards is because she holds down three roles at venue owner, festival organiser and promoter DHP Family. She is PA to DHP owner George Akins, head of concert assistants and works on concerts herself,…

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The sincerest form of flattery

12 April 2019

Oscar Wilde who coined that immortal line “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, and the evolution of the tribute sector over recent years to theatres and even arenas – helping to sustaining many venues large and small along the way – proves it’s now part of the mainstream live…

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