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Hysterical production for Leppard tour

23 January 2019

THE ANNIVERSARY tour of Def Leppard’s 1977 Hysterical LP required a “steelyard” of overhead truss to support lighting and screens, and create architectural features to fit lighting designer Kenji Ohashi’s vision for the show. The tour, which visited venues including Manchester Arena (cap. 21,000), London’s The SSE Arena, Wembley (12,500)…

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Cardiff’s Buffalo Bar closes

23 January 2019

THE CARDIFF venue that hosted early performances by artistes such as Adele, Stormzy and James Bake has closed after 14 years. The 150-capacity Buffalo Bar in the city’s central Windsor Place, announced its closure on social media at the start of the year, citing rising business rates as the reason….

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Managers reap the rewards

23 January 2019

THE MUSIC Managers Forum (MMF) has announced the winners of its Accelerator programme, run in partnership with YouTube Music. Twelve-month grants of up to £15,000 were made available (see LIVE UK 226) for music managers and 24 winners have been awarded. They include Callum Reece of Wommat Management, Rachel Millar…

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Matching US and UK for Halsey

22 November 2018

US SINGER Halsey based the stage of her Hopeless Fountain Kingdom tour around a central LED staircase designed to show off her fluid movement around the stage according to lighting director and operator Jose Antunes. When she visited the UK for a date at London’s Eventim Apollo (cap. 5,050), her…

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Government backs more acts overseas

22 November 2018

TWELVE EMERGING  artistes will benefit from a slice of £220,000 awarded by the Department for International Trade (DIT)  to help then tour internationally. The latest round of Music Export Growth Scheme (MEGS) funding will support acts including Nina Nesbitt, YolanDa Brown and The Twilight Sad in reaching foreign markets. It…

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YouTube backs funding for managers

22 November 2018

A NEW independent fund to support music managers in England and Scotland has been launched by the Music Managers Forum (MMF), in partnership YouTube Music. Twelve-month grants of up to £15,000 are available, as well as training, mentoring and advice from industry professionals. The MMF says it envisages the grants…

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Bedford back in business

22 November 2018

HAVING BEEN closed for more than a year, South London’s The Bedford (cap. 250) in Balham is set to officially reopen, after a soft launch this month. Its owner, Three Cheers Pub Company  invested £3.45 million in upgrading the venue, which played a part in launching the careers of Ed…

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Lincoln Imp on the up

19 September 2018

PROMOTER WILLIAM Nicklen of Crown Promotion & Management is encouraging more acts to include to include a date at The Lincoln Imp (cap. 300) in Scunthorpe on their national tours. He says a momentum of good audiences has been building at the venue and he wants to keep it going….

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New venture aims to open grassroots venue network

19 September 2018

FORMER MUSE tour director Glen Rowe is seeking support for his charitable NEKO Trust, formerly known as Cato Trust, which hopes will begin opening new small-capacity venues across the country in 2020. Cato, which was set up in 2005 and ran a scheme collecting donations from people on concert guest…

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Funding sets up mercury moments

7 August 2018

PRS FOUNDATION points to nearly half of this year’s artistes nominated for a Mercury Award benefitting from funding at some point in their career. Senior grants and programme manager Joe Frankland says that the continued appearance of PRSF-funded artistes in this and other award nominations shows a strengthening of ties…

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Renewed focus creates buzz

7 August 2018

FOCUS WALES, the multi-venue conference and industry festival held in Wrexham is looking for acts to perform at the various showcase evenings scheduled across the city. Co-founder Andy Jones says that buzz around the event has been rising rapidly each year, not only in terms of those hoping to perform,…

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Summer rehearsal space available 

9 July 2018

THE ACADEMY of Music & Sound is offering free rehearsal spaces in its Exeter, Southampton and Gateshead campuses, to any unsigned artistes interested in using them during the summer, subject to availability. Head of UK and international digital marketing Louise Schofield says that it is far better to put the spaces…

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Fireball gets heavy for punk ‘house party’ 

9 July 2018

ACADEMY EVENTS and whisky company Fireball’s Fuelling the Fire Tour is accepting applications from artistes hoping to open for a line-up that includes Face to Face, Lost in Stereo and Flogging Molly. The Fireball Hottest Band 2019 Competition, in association with Kerrang! will see four regional heats taking place in…

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NightBus used to leave Nest

9 July 2018

RHYS FIERY, previously events manager for The Nest (cap. 220) in Bath, is now promoting with business partner Paul James under the name NightBus in the Bristol area. The pair plan to turn Mr Wolf’s (cap. 75) into a venue that hosts regular indie and rock shows. Friery, who has…

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PRS and MU find ‘thirst for knowledge’ in the north

9 July 2018

PERFORMANCE ROYALTY collection society PRS For Music and the Musician’s Union have been conducting a series of free workshop-style events across the North East, with performance slots available at three remaining dates on the tour at the time of going to press. Events have so far covered Halifax and Preston,…

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Generator evolves with conference

5 June 2018

EVOLUTION EMERGING, Generator’s festival, held in numerous venues across Newcastle, has for the first time added a free conference programme at Sage (cap. 300) in Gateshead. Talent development manager Charlie Dancer says that the conference will be largely aimed at emerging artistes, but notes that it will also be applicable…

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West London space lets in labels

5 June 2018

THE LABEL Lodge, an Association of Independent Music (AIM) initiative that sees members host weekly pop-up residencies in Jäger Soho (cap. 200), London, has gotten underway to enthusiastic reactions. Following its debut last year, the space will feature residences by UK independent labels including 4AD, Sunday Best, Holy Roar, Wichita,…

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Artiste fund gathers momentum

5 June 2018

PRS FOUNDATION’S (PRSF) Momentum Music Fund, created to offer grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to emerging UK artistes, has generated £13 million for the British music industry, according to the findings of an independent evaluation. PRSF CEO Vanessa Reed says that the report confirms that seed funding can have a…

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Academy showcases new talent

4 June 2018

THE MULTI-VENUE Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) is gearing up to select new inductees to its much-lauded Academy, an initiative created to help local emerging talent between the ages of 16 and 25. Music manager and creator Yaw Owusu says that the Academy has been setup in an effort to…

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Vision of the future

8 May 2018

CLOTHING BRAND Superdry has announced its entry into the emerging live music market, teaming up with Vision Nine – the group responsible for events including Boardmasters (cap. 50,000) and NASS festival (15,000) – which will involve the curation of stages across numerous European festivals. Boardmasters’ business development director Les Seddon-Brown,…

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