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Kenyon’s sumptuous look for Aretha show

16 January 2020

SHOW PRODUCER Adrian Grant aimed to create “big sumptuous” looks for the latest leg of Respect: The Aretha Franklin Songbook, which features singers Stacy Francis, Tanya Edwards and Cleo Stewa performing the music of the “Queen of Soul”. Production manager Aaron Booth invited London-based Colour Sound Experiment, the show’s provider…

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Gigantic leap into DEAG family

16 January 2020

NOTTINGHAM-BASED Gigantic Tickets has sold a 75 per cent stake in the company to pan-Europe live entertainment conglomerate Deutsche Entertainment AG (DEAG). The deal has been done via the UK subsidiary of DEAG’s MyTicket platform. Gigantic, which was founded in 2007, will continue to operate under its existing name and…

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Koko saved after fire breaks out

16 January 2020

ICONIC LONDON venue Koko (cap. 1,500) has been badly damaged by a fire that started late in the evening of 6 January and lasted over five hours. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) was called just before 9pm to tackle the fire at the Camden-based venue, which was undergoing a major…

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NEC Group backs area for Edinburgh

6 December 2019

PLANS FOR an 8,000-capacity area in Edinburgh have been revealed, with  Birmingham-based NEC Group partnering with leisure and sports consultancy Lothian Leisure Development (LLD). The companies have secured a 30-acre site in Straiton, outside of Edinburgh, with the development including conference, retail outlets, a cinema and two hotels. NEC Group…

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Controversy over Viagogo’s £3.9 billion StubHub buy-out

6 December 2019

IN A move that took the industry by surprise, controversial resale website Viagogo has bought eBay-owned StubHub for $4.05 billion (£3.91bn). Viagogo founder and CEO Eric Baker has bought the company he co-founded with Jeff Fluhr when they were still at business school. Baker left StubHub and moved to the…

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Summer Time rebranded and renamed

6 December 2019

AEG HAS secured a new naming rights partner for its 65,000-capacity summer concert series in London’s Hyde Park, which has resulted in a change of name for the event. American Express has replaced Barclaycard as the headline sponsor and British Summer Time has been renamed American Express presents BST Hyde…

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London’s MSG Sphere delayed

6 December 2019

THE PLAN by America’s Madison Square Garden Company (MSGC) to build a 21,500-capacity MSG Sphere arena four miles (6.4 kms) from The O2 (cap. 21,000) in London is delayed with no planned completion date given. MSGC, which runs the 18,600-capacity Madison Square Garden in New York, is also constructing an…

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Highlands’ Ironworks faces threat of closure

6 December 2019

Promoters in the Highlands and Islands have told LIVE UK of their concerns for the future of the 1,000-capacity Ironworks in Inverness, which may be demolished to make way for a 162-bedroom hotel. London-based developer Bricks Capital has submitted a proposal of application notice (PAN) to build a Courtyard by…

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New London office and restructure for VMS Live

6 December 2019

VENUE MANAGEMENT company and promoter VMS Live will open a central London office in January as part of its refocused business model. Following the death of founder Steve Forster in April (see LIVE UK issue 231), the company went through an executive restructure which saw Bert Van Horck appointed CEO…

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YouTube links videos to concert tickets

6 December 2019

YOUTUBE HAS partnered with See Tickets, Ticketmaster and Eventbite to help music fans discover concerts and buy tickets through the video platform. People in the UK and Ireland watching videos from Official Artists Channels will now see listings for live performances, alongside links to the ticketing partners’ website. “At YouTube,…

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Man who transformed the live industry dies

6 December 2019

THE US financier who transformed the live music industry in Europe and America in the late-1990s, setting the foundations of what became Live Nation Entertainment, died on 26 November aged 71. Having performed a roll-up of US radio stations, which he sold at a handsome profit, Robert FX Sillerman saw…

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YTL applies for consent to build Bristol Arena

6 December 2019

BRISTOL’S NEW arena came a step closer last month when Malaysian developer YTL put in a planning application to Bristol and South Gloucestershire authorities for a 17,080-capacity venue in Filton, to the north of the city. The project is the surviving proposal of three separate initiatives for the city, whose…

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OVG to consult again on new Manchester arena

6 December 2019

OAK VIEW Group (OVG), the US company formed in 2015 by former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke and former chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and artiste manager Irving Azoff, is launching a second round of consultation on proposals for a potential new arena in Manchester. The company is hoping to build…

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Energy boost for Electric Brixton

6 December 2019

THE MANAGEMENT team behind London’s 1,700-capacity Electric Brixton are using the completion of its substantial refurbishment as a lever to drive more live music to the venue. The interior has been made more open plan and the removal of a wall has improved sightlines and a new bar has been…

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Forestry Live’s perfect double

6 December 2019

FORESTRY LIVE programming and production manager Dave Barrow of DB Event Services is hailing next year’s double bill of Will Young and James Morrison as “the perfect match”. The Forestry Live concerts, presented by Forestry England, are intended to attract more people to forests and promote sustainability, with profits used…

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In memory of agent Chris Meredith

6 December 2019

A MEMORIAL concert was held for ATC Live agent Chris Meredith, who died in September aged 37, after battling depression. The event took place at London’s O2 Academy Islington (cap. 800) on 1 December in support of mental health charities CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and Mind, and featured performances…

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Swansea Arena work begins

6 December 2019

CONSTRUCTION HAS begun on the 3,500-capacity Swansea Arena, which is due to open its doors in 2021 and will be operated by the UK’s largest theatre group, ATG. The waterside concert hall will be funded by Swansea Council and marks the first phase of its £135 million regeneration of Swansea…

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Bristol Sounds adds full day

6 December 2019

THE FIVE-evening concert series Bristol Sounds (cap. 5,000), held at Lloyds Amphitheatre on the city’s dockside on 24-28 June, is expanding to stage a full day of live music on the Saturday. Beautiful Day Out, headlined by the Levellers and Reef is presented as a city-based version of the Leveller’s…

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Ticketmaster eases access for disabled music fans

21 November 2019

CONCERTS-GOERS with special access requirements will now be able to purchase tickets online like anyone else, thanks to new technology developed by Ticketmaster. Disabled people can either buy a ticket and then register their access and/or seating needs, or register first and have the information stored and then attached to…

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ATG: for sale or not for sale

19 November 2019

AMBASSADOR THEATRE Group (ATG), the UK’s largest theatre operator may be up for sale. An article in The Sunday Times claimed that ATG’s majority owner, US firm Providence Equity, was hoping to sell the company for £500 million, after taking control of it in a £350 million deal. Providence purchased…

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