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BST, WOMAD and Rewind among latest cancellations

9 April 2020

AEG PRESENTS has cancelled its 65,000-capacity series of BST Hyde Park concerts in July, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is its second major London cancellation following the withdrawal of All Points East (cap. 40,000), due to take place 22–31 May in Victoria Park. While ticket-holders can claim refunds for…

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OVG reveals partners for Manchester arena

9 April 2020

OAK VIEW Group (OVG), the US company behind the plan for a new 23,500-capacity arena in Manchester, has filed a planning application to the city council, appointed Populous as principal architect and designer, and Royal BAM Group (BAM) as its construction partner. The £350 million venue, located next to Manchester City…

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Major venues join fight against COVID-19

9 April 2020

LONDON’S THE O2 (cap. 21,000) has become the latest major UK venue to operate as an NHS facility during the COVID-19 crisis. The AEG-owned venue will be used as an NHS educational training facility from 12 April to 29 June. Health service staff trained at the venue will go on…

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Festivals fall like dominoes as the Coronavirus continues to take toll

2 April 2020

WITH THE festival season fast approaching and the population quarantined for the foreseeable future, organisers of some of the country’s biggest summer events have been forced to follow Glastonbury (cap. 147,000) in canceling their events. Among the latest are Download (85,000), Isle of Wight Festival (70,000) and London’s All Points…

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Touts given jail sentences in ground-breaking prosecution

10 March 2020

TICKET TOUTS who resold hundreds of fraudulently obtained concert tickets at inflated prices have been jailed for a total of six-and-a-half years, marking the first successful prosecution against a resale business. Peter Hunter was sentenced to four years in prison, and David Smith to 30 months, after jurors at Leeds…

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OVG to submit plans for Manchester arena

10 March 2020

OAK VIEW Group (OVG), the US company behind the plan for a second arena in Manchester, is close to submitting a planning application to the city council. The company is hoping to build a 23,500-capacity arena in the Eithad Campus, the site of Manchester City football club’s Eithad Stadium (cap….

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Kilimanjaro backs merger of One Inch Badge and Rockfeedback

10 March 2020

REGIONAL PROMOTERS One Inch Badge and Rockfeedback are joining forces to launch new venture FORM, backed by Kilimanjaro Live. The two companies will operate as FORM Presents outside their local markets of Brighton (One Inch Badge) and London (Rockfeedback), where they will retain their established brand names. The combined entity…

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Music venues benefit from business rates reduction

10 March 2020

FOLLOWING THE Government’s announcement of a business rates reduction for high street retailers, which includes small and mid-sized venues across the UK from spring (see LIVE UK issue 241), more information has come to light on the criteria applicants must meet in order to be eligible. HM Treasury stated that…

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Vodafone to showcase new tech at SSE Hydro

10 March 2020

VODAFONE HAS partnered with The Scottish Event Campus (SEC), owners and operator of The SSE Hydro (cap. 14,300) arena in Glasgow, to sponsor a new “super suite” at the venue for the telecoms giant’s customers and guests during events. The company’s VeryMe customer loyalty app will also offer Vodafone users…

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Viagogo-StubHub merger complete but CMA continues its investigation

10 March 2020

CONTROVERSIAL RESALE website Viagogo has completed its £3.9 billion ($4.05bn) acquisition of StubHub from eBay, announced in December. However, the Initial Enforcement Order (IEC) issued by the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) still prevents the companies from integrating the websites while it continues its preliminary investigation (see LIVE UK issue…

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Roundhouse names new head of music

10 March 2020

LONDON’S ROUNDHOUSE (cap. 3,100) has appointed Lucy Wood as the new head of music, who will join the venue from Festival Republic, where she led the music programme for Latitude Festival (cap. 35,000). Wood’s experience in the industry spans 15 years and includes roles at 19 Entertainment, Warp Records, and…

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Empire Coventry in move to the centre

10 March 2020

OWNERS OF Coventry’s The Empire (cap. 900) are moving the business to a former ABC Cinema in the city centre in July. The new venue will be able to accommodate audiences of up to 1,400, with a range of configurations available to promoters. The venue’s live music promoter Dave Brayley…

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Bristol arena gets go-ahead

10 March 2020

PLANS FOR Bristol’s new 17,080-capacity YTL Arena have been given the green light by Bristol City Council and is expected to open in 2023. In November last year, Malaysian developer YTL submitted a planning application to build the arena at Brabazon Hangars on Filton Airfield. “There is a huge amount…

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Music scheme boosts exports

10 March 2020

RECORD INDUSTRY body the BPI reports that its Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS), an initiative which supports companies that boost artistes in overseas markets, has generated £36 million in export revenue for the British economy. The MEGS Impact Report for 2019 reveals that, based on the first 16 rounds of…

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Thekla doorman recognised for bravery

10 March 2020

THE DOORMAN of Thekla (cap. 400), the DHP Family-owned venue located in a boat moored in Bristol’s Floating Harbour, has been presented with a award for bravery, after rescuing a woman from the water. The incident happened in November 2018 when a woman leapt into the water during a row…

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Annie Mac Presents rounds up London’s key players

2 March 2020

DJ AND broadcaster Annie Mac has unveiled the programme for her second annual conference and new music festival, AMP (Annie Mac Presents) London. The conference, which follows four days of artiste showcases in venues across the capital, will take place at Camden House on 6 March and comprise panel discussions,…

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CMA forces Viagogo and StubHub to halt merger during investigation

14 February 2020

THE COMPETITION and Markets Authority (CMA) has ordered controversial resale website Viagogo and eBay-owned StubHub to halt their merger while it continues its preliminary inquiry. Protests to the CMA after Viagogo’s £3.9 billion ($4.05bn) takeover of StubHub was announced in December, prompted it to investigate the impact of such an…

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Culture minister reveals support for live music

14 February 2020

THE GOVERNMENT has revealed plans for a new music strategy to support the UK’s “brilliant creators”. A debate focusing on the economic and social importance of music took place in the House of Commons earlier this month, in which Culture Minister Nigel Adams addressed post-Brexit touring, the Copyright Directive and…

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Music venues to benefit from business rates relief

14 February 2020

THE GOVERNMENT has announced that small and mid-sized venues across the UK should benefit from a cut in business rates from the spring, as part of a broad package of measures to help small pubs, restaurants and high street retailers. It says premises in England and Wales with a rateable…

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Croydon Council denies reported £30m overspend on Fairfield Halls

14 February 2020

CROYDON COUNCIL has denied claims that the refurbishment of the Fairfield Halls complex could end up costing the taxpayer £60 million. According to the website Inside Croydon, during a council meeting earlier this month, Labour council leader Tony Newman refused to deny the £60m figure when confronted by Conservative opposition…

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