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No inquiry into Cambridge Live losses, says council

15 February 2019

THERE WILL be no inquiry into how the failing charitable trust that operates Cambridge Corn Exchange (cap. 1,730) and Cambridge Folk Festival (14,000) built-up a loss of £750,000, says the local authority. Cambridge Live, established by Cambridge City Council to operate the venue, festival, Cambridge Live Tickets and various arts…

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Viagogo faces criminal case over order ‘breaches’

15 February 2019

VIAGOGO COULD face “severe” criminal charges over allegedly breaching the court order secured against it by the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) last year. The order required Viagogo to overhaul its business model and comply with a range of consumer protection legislation by 18 January. However, the company did not…

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Energy boost for Newcastle

15 February 2019

NEWCASTLE’S 11,000-capacity Metro Radio Arena has been renamed the Utilita Arena, following the signing of a sponsorship deal with energy brand Utilita. The Metro Radio deal began in 2004, prior to which it had been known as the Telewest Arena and Newcastle Arena. “With successful partnership expansion and business progression…

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New 3,000-capacity venue for London

15 February 2019

WEST LONDON’S newest live music venue is setting its sights on attracting concert-goers for more than just the act on the night. Created by a partnership between Broadwick Venues, a division of multi-festival organiser Bradwick Live, is working in partnership with Westfield London on the development, which is set to…

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PledgeMusic suspends campaigns

15 February 2019

CROWD-FUNDING platform PledgeMusic has suspended its campaigns after admitting falling behind in payments to projects undertaken by artistes, who had raised concerns. The suspension of all music crowd-funding campaigns had been in place for almost a week, as LIVE UK went to print. Prior to the suspension, the Musicians’ Union…

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Next Stage to help disabled artistes

23 January 2019

DISABILITY ACCESS charity Attitude is Everything (AIE) has launched an initiative aimed at helping artistes with hearing impairments or long-term health conditions. Next Stage launched with a nationwide survey looking to gain insight into the challenges deaf or disabled musicians or songwriters face. Findings will be presented in May at…

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‘Slow steady progress’ for business diversity

23 January 2019

THE NUMBER of young women starting out in the live music industry has increased by 10 per cent over the past two years, according to a diversity survey commissioned by UK Music. The percentage of women aged 16 to 24 working in the business rose from 54.6 per cent in…

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Fairfield Halls opening delayed

23 January 2019

THE LONG-running redevelopment saga of Croydon’s Fairfield Halls (cap. 1,800) complex could finally be coming to an end, with shows listed for later this year. The £30 million project, which started in July 2016,  was supposed to be complete by June 2018, but a series of delays have seen the…

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Diversity, partnerships and Brexit set for ILMC debate

23 January 2019

MORE PANEL details have been announced for the annual International Live Music Conference (ILMC), which takes place in London between 5 and 8 March. ‘Ticketing: Selling out is losing out’, chaired by Tim Chambers of TJ Chambers Consultancy, will consider whether, in an age of dynamic ticketing, it’s time for…

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BRITs Week does it for War Child

23 January 2019

LONDON WILL again play host to a series of shows by high-profile artistes performing in intimate venues, as part of the fund-raising War Child BRITs Week. Returning for its fifth year, the concerts take place between 11 and 22 February, having raised around £650,000 for the charity last year. Among…

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Treasury ‘discriminating’ against venues

23 January 2019

THE GOVERNMENT has been accused of discriminating against music venues over business rates exemption given to pubs and bars, following the substantial rise in business rates in 2017. In a joint letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond, UK Music CEO Michael Dugher and Music Venue Trust CEO…

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Campaigners across Europe join forces against ticket touts

23 January 2019

ANTI TICKET-touting campaigners across Europe have combined to launch FEAT – the Face-value European Alliance for Ticketing – to lobby for better legislation to protect fans at national and European Union level. A non-profit organisation, FEAT will focus predominantly on the live music business and says it will “build alliances…

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Record sales for AEG’s two arenas in the capital

23 January 2019

AEG EUROPE is hailing a record year at both its flagship arena The O2 (cap. 21,000) and The SSE Arena, Wembley (12,500), which it operates. The company says more than two million tickets were sold for shows at The O2 and over one million at The SSE Arena, which reported…

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Synergy split creates new Glasgow promoter

23 January 2019

BRIAN REYNOLDS has set up his own Glasgow-based promoters 432 Presents, following his departure from Synergy Concerts. He had been at the company for six years, working with Synergy founder Grainne Braithwaite-Vedamanikam. “Synergy will continue under the direction of Grainne, while my team and I have been working hard to…

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Friction between small venue events

23 January 2019

IT SEEMS that competition in the grassroots sector has taken on a new meaning, with the annual nationwide Independent Venue Week (IVW) being immediately followed by Fightback Bristol in the city. The events’ organisers – IVW founder Sybil Bell, and Mark Davyd and Beverley Whitrick of the Music Venue Trust…

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Irish competition watchdog examines LNG-MCD merger

23 January 2019

THE TAKEOVER of Ireland’s dominant promoter MCD Productions by the UK-based LN-Gaiety (LNG) is under investigation by the Republic of Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC). Stage two scrutiny by the CCPC will seek to determine whether the deal will lead to a substantial lessening of competition in the…

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Indie promoters unite in association

23 January 2019

PROMOTER AND founder of multi-venue festival Swn John Rostron has brought together more than 30 fellow entrepreneurs to form the Association of Independent Promoters (AIP). Among founding members, which include venue operators that also promote, are Crosstown Concerts, Future Perfect, Juicebox Live, The Brudenell Social Club (cap. 400) in Leeds,…

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Neil Warnock honoured for services to music and charity

23 January 2019

NEIL WARNOCK, head of music worldwide at United Talent Agency (UTA), has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year Honours List. The accolade, given for his services to music and charity, will be confirmed at a ceremony in the spring. Warnock…

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Viagogo accused of ‘affront to the law’

23 January 2019

CONTROVERSIAL SECONDARY ticketing website Viagogo has been accused of breaching a court order, by anti-touting campaigners. Secured by the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) last year, the order required Viagogo to overhaul its business model and comply with a range of consumer protection legislation by 18 January. The CMA has…

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Cambridge Live in £750,000 bailout

23 January 2019

CAMBRIDGE LIVE, the charitable trust established by Cambridge City Council to operate its Cambridge Folk Festival (cap. 14,000), Cambridge Corn Exchange (1,730), other events and Cambridge Live Tickets, has accrued debts of £750,000. As a result, the council has decided to close the enterprise and take the event and venues…

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