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Viagogo visitor numbers plummet

22 October 2019

CONTROVERSIAL SECONDARY ticketing platform Viagogo has experienced an almost 80 per cent decline in visitors to its website after Google removed the company’s paid-for top search results listing in July, according to The Guardian. Google’s decision followed the Competition & Markets Authority’s (CMA) legal suit against Viagogo for contempt of…

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Emma Banks recognised for outstanding contribution

11 October 2019

CAA AGENT Emma Banks will receive the Outstanding Contribution award at the Live Music Business Awards ceremony on 30 October at the convention centre beneath London’s new Hard Rock Hotel at Marble Arch. Banks has spent almost 30 years as a music agent and boasts a roster which includes Green…

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MJR Group acquired by Australian company

25 September 2019

PROMOTER AND venue operator The MJR Group has been bought by Australian promoter and leading ticketing company TEG, in a deal that will see MJR rebranded as TEG UK. Bristol-headquartered MJR, which says it works on more than 2,000 shows per year across its portfolio – including events in Australia…

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Watchdog clears AEG-SMG merger

25 September 2019

THE COMPETITION and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared the proposed merger between venue management giants AEG Facilities and SMG. Following the completion of the transaction, the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) subsidiary and SMG will each own 50 per cent of the combined entity, which will be named ASM Global (ASM). …

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Cash problem forces cancellation of Wheels and Fins festival

25 September 2019

MUSIC AND water sports festival Wheels and Fins (cap. 5,000) has been cancelled at the last-minute due to what the organisers describe as “financial constraints”. The event was due to take place in Joss Bay in Kent between 7–8 September, featuring artistes including Friendly Fires, Slaves and Mystery Jets. “It…

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Solar panels announced for the LIVE UK Summit

25 September 2019

ENERGISED BY the move to a new venue – London’s Hard Rock Hotel and its Cumberland Place conference facilities at Marble Arch – the annual LIVE UK Summit has announced its full conference programme. Under the banner New Venue, New Date, New Focus, the event is set to take place…

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Rewind back with founder and consortium takes over

25 September 2019

ONCE BRIEFLY the country’s second-largest festival operator, radio station giant Global has divested its final event, Rewind. The ‘80s-themed brand comprises three events, the original Rewind (cap. 40,000) in Henley-on-Thames, Rewind Scotland (30,000) in Perthshire and Rewind North (20,000) in Cheshire, although the latter was cancelled this year due to…

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AEG and Eden join forces for Sessions

25 September 2019

AEG PRESENTS has formed a joint venture with educational charity the Eden Project to enhance its annual Eden Sessions concert series. A new company will manage and book the shows, with John Empson, who founded the Eden Sessions in 2002 and has programmed every concert since, continuing to lead the…

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Mission from Mars as Dovey joins SMG

25 September 2019

TROF AND Mission Mars venue programmer Ade Dovey has joined arenas and concert hall owner/manager SMG Europe. In his new position as an event booking manager with the SMG team, Dovey will work with venues such as the First Direct Arena (cap. 13,781) in Leeds, Manchester Arena (21,000) and Newcastle’s…

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Fatboy Slim supports indie venues with return to roots

25 September 2019

FATBOY SLIM (aka Norman Cook) has lent his support to Independent Venue Week (IVW) by playing an intimate show at the 200-capacity New Adelphi club in Hull on 18 October. Cook first played the venue 35 years ago as a member of The Housemartins, when the band made their live…

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Headingley gets live show permit

25 September 2019

THE OWNERS of Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds have been granted a license to host two concerts per year with an audience capacity of up to 9,999. Leeds City Council’s licensing sub-committee has granted permission to Leeds Cricket, Football & Athletic Company, the owners of the 17,500-capacity venue, to host…

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MVT and PRS Foundation to support new female promoters

25 September 2019

GRASSROOTS VENUES campaigner Music Venues Trust (MVT) has partnered with the PRS Foundation to launch an another initiative aimed at encouraging women and “gender minorities” to become promoters. A follow-up to MVT’s Fightback:Grassroots Promoter (FB:GP) project, launched in 2018 (see LIVE UK issue 219), the new initiative will provide training…

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Tom Baker leaves Field Day

25 September 2019

TOM BAKER, co-founder of London festival Field Day (cap. 40,000) has announced his departure from the after 12 years with the event. In 2017, the festival was acquired by Global-backed Broadwick Live, the promoter behind events such as South West Four (20,000) and Standon Calling (17,000) Broadwick Live moved the…

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Stevenage FC to host concerts

25 September 2019

THE OWNERS of Stevenage Football Club (SFC) have revealed plans to host summer music events in its stadium. The venue was used for a WBO World heavyweight title fight in May, which used half of the pitch and the stands, drawing an audience of 7,850. With its new 1,400-seat stand…

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Dean James launches events and brand partnerships agency

25 September 2019

FORMER MEAN Fiddler Music Group (MFMG) CEO and co-CEO of MAMA Group Dean James has launched live events and venue management company BeSixth, with offices in the UK, Australia and the US. The operation, which encompasses student marketing agency Campus Group and production division BELive, was co-founded by Campus Group…

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Greenwich gets new Magazine

25 September 2019

A NEW venue a stone’s throw from AEG-owned the O2 Arena (cap, 21,00) has opened, offering a 3,000-capacity indoor concert space and an exterior area, branded Showground, able to accommodate 7,000. Warehouse-style venue Magazine London was constructed on the Greenwich Peninsula by property developer Knight Dragon, the company behind the…

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Showcase fund boosts acts and economy

25 September 2019

THE PRS Foundation says its International Showcase Fund (ISF) has generated £5.3 million for the music industry and economy since 2016, according to an independent report by Nordicity. The fund provides support for fledgling acts performing at key showcase events such as Eurosonic Noorderslag in the Netherlands, SXSW in Texas,…

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VMS Live directors exit, new CEO appointed

24 September 2019

A MAJOR shake-up among executives at venue management company VMS Live has seen two directors leave, a new CEO appointed and the wife of the company’s late founder Steve Forster appointed to the board in a non-executive role. Richard Maides and Carl Bathgate have stepped down as directors, although remain…

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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 many suppliers, show productions and promoters owed money are music industry companies including Primary Talent…

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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 to the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena. Los Angeles-based Oak View Group (OVG), which also owns US live industry publication Pollstar, is…

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