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Venues Day calls for better treatment for small venues

22 November 2018

THE FIFTH annual Venues Day event, organised by the Music Venues Trust (MVT), covered topics ranging from the cost of small venues hosting shows, staff well-being and difficulties surrounding performance contracts. Held on 24 October at Islington Assembly Hall in north London, delegates heard calls for venues working at grassroots…

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Bristol arena: no public money needed, YTL

22 November 2018

THE NEW frontrunner among the three contenders to build an arena in Bristol has told LIVE UK it expects to open its 16,000-capacity venue in the north of the city by 2022, and will need no public money. Malaysia-based family-owned YTL, named after founder Yeoh Tiong Lay, rejects widely quoted…

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Top award for Banks

22 November 2018

AGENT EMMA Banks, co-head of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in London, was presented with this year’s Music Industry Trusts Award at a gala event on 5 November. Previous winners of the Award, launched in 1992 to recognise leading music industry figures and raise money for charitable causes, include Harvey Goldsmith,…

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Select Committee told small venues need help

22 November 2018

A DEPARTMENT of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) Select Committee hearing into live music was told how grassroots venues were struggling to survive in a tough climate. Held at Westminster on 10 October, the committee heard from rapper Shaodow, who explained the importance of having a healthg venue sector….

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Wireless time cut and swearing banned

22 November 2018

NORTH LONDON’S 49,000-capacity Wireless festival in Finsbury Park will have to finish half-an-hour earlier, at 9.30pm, on its final day next year, while performers will be required not to swear on stage, and new volume limits will be in place. The changes result from a review of event license granted…

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UTA agents defect to Coda

22 November 2018

AGENTS TOM Taaffe and Anna Bewers have moved from United Talent Agency (UTA), with their personal artistses. Taaffe’s acts include Daughters, Against The Current, Motionless In White, Of Mice & Men, Lenka and The Flatliners, while Bewers represents Pulled Apart by Horses, SWMRS, Basement, The Wonder Years and Fine Creatures….

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Irish promoter dies suddenly

22 November 2018

FESTIVAL AND concert promoter John Reynolds died suddenly on 25 October at his home in Milltown, Dublin. Reynolds, who established Dublin clubs such as Tripod (cap. 1,300) and the 30,000-capacity Electric Picnic festival, was 52. A statement issued on behalf of his family said, “It is with great sadness that…

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Calls for ‘common sense’ over artiste visa changes

22 November 2018

INDUSTRY ORGANISATIONS are calling for the government to ditch “bureaucratic box-ticking” and apply “common sense” over touring artistes from the Americas playing in Britain. In August, the UK and Visa and Immigration Service (UKVI) altered guidance to require North American artistes to apply for UK visas if arriving via the…

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Blackstone acquires NEC Group

22 November 2018

Private equity firm Blackstone has bought the NEC Group and its Birmingham arenas for almost £500 million more than Lloyds Banking Group (LDC) paid for it in 2015. The acquisition includes Arena Birmingham (cap. 15,810), Genting Arena (15,683) and the International Convention Centre (8,000), as well as ticketing operation The…

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Persuading Google is the solution to Viagogo ‘rip-offs’, industry tells APPG

22 November 2018

ALTHOUGH REPRESENTATIVES of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) took a pounding at the latest All Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse (APPG) meeting, Google was identified as the solution to the problem. Held in the House of Lords on October 31, the packed committee room heard intense criticism of the ASA’s…

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Live Nation acquires control of Bestival and Camp Bestival

22 November 2018

A JOINT-venture between LN-Gaiety (LNG) and SJM Concerts has brought two more major festivals into the realm of Live Nation Entertainment, which already owns the majority of the country’s biggest music events. LNG, a 50/50 partnership between Live Nation and a company owned by its non-executive chairman Denis Desmond and…

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War on Drugs feel the vibrations

8 October 2018

THE WAR on Drugs, who play London’s The O2 (cap. 21,000) this December, have chosen an L500 Plus mixing desk by Oxford-based manufacturer Solid State Logic to manage the sound. Monitor engineer Laurence Eaves and front-of-house engineer Bob Strakele need to balance up to 80 inputs, with each band member…

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Pearce power drives club classics

8 October 2018

EXPANDING THE series of 7,500-capacity Classical Ibiza concerts this year, Revival Productions and partner Ministry of Sound needed an audio system which provided a smooth sound in sensitive settings, according to Revival’s Lisa Ward. They also needed a provider capable of logistical back up on unusual sites including Yorkshire’s Harewood…

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SAS upgrades to arenas

8 October 2018

INVESTMENT IN a full-sized Martin Audio MLA system by Stourbridge-based Stage Audio Services (SAS) allowed the company to deploy a smaller system at Shambala Festival (cap. 15,000), yet provide better coverage than previous years, according to SAS MD Kevin Mobberley. Acquiring the system also, says the company, gives it capacity…

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Borgars creates ‘wall of light’ for Glassjaw

8 October 2018

LIGHTING DESIGNER Hayden Borgars says he was aiming for atmospheric lighting with a modern edge when US rock band Glassjaw played a showcase at London’s O2 Academy Brixton (cap. 4,900). Instead of using a backdrop, Borgars created a curtain of light by deploying Philips Vari-Lite VL800 BeamLines by manufacturer Signify,…

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Arena aligns with leisure complex

8 October 2018

BIRMINGHAM’S NEC Group has announced that its 15,700-capacity Genting Arena will be rebranded to Resorts World Arena, as part of its continued partnership with Malaysia-based gaming giant Genting’s UK office.  Genting UK has held the title sponsorship of the venue since January 2015, prior to which it was known as…

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Llandudno venue to get £3m refit

8 October 2018

VENUE CYMRU in Llandudno is to benefit from a £3 million refurbishment, funded by Conwy Council, the European Union and Welsh Government. It is expected to involve the removal of walls in the entrance foyer, new ground-floor “curtain glazing” and entrance doors. Work on the building will start this month…

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Encouraging customers

8 October 2018

Promoters are expected to benefit from a new system designed to take brand loyalty to the next level. Event guide and ticketing outlet Skiddle is upgrading its ‘rep’ system to focus on offering money and exclusive rewards for customers who promote the sale of tickets to their friends. Reps can…

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Refit brings new revenue sources for St George’s

8 October 2018

A £6.3 million extension to the 576-capacity St George’s venue in Bristol offers two new performance spaces, a new cafe bar and improved access for people with disabilities. Funded by Bristol City Council, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, the extension’s additional performances areas can accommodate a standing…

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Yet further delay in Fairfield Halls £30m redevelopment

8 October 2018

THE FAIRFIELD Halls’ long-awaited reopening has been delayed again. The two venue complex, which includes the 1,800-seat Concert Hall and Ashcroft Theatre (cap 755), closed in July 2016 for a £30 million redevelopment. The refurbishment of the 56-year-old building has been plagued with delays from the start. It has also…

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