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Nile Rodgers Meltdown

20 May 2019

THE SOUTHBANK Centre’s annual Meltdown festival, to run from 3 to 11 August, will have a lineup selected by producer, musician and songwriter Nile Rodgers.  The 26th edition of the event, which in the past has been curated by artistes including David Bowie, Robert Smith, Ray Davies, M.I.A. and Patti…

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PledgeMusic ‘heading into administration’

20 May 2019

THOUSANDS OF fans and artistes face losing money as crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic is on the brink of calling in administrators. The company was set up in 2009 to help musicians bypass traditional funding sources such as record labels, and appeal directly to their fans to raise money rfor ecording and…

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Rod Stewart warms-up with seaside show

20 May 2019

A LONGSTANDING reputation for hosting rock concerts saw Southend-on-Sea’s Cliffs Pavillion Theatre (cap. 2,250) scoop a warm-up show by Rod Stewart, ahead of his stadium tour. Configured for a seated-only show at 1,657 people, the concert sold-out in minutes, says venue head of marketing Paul Driscoll. “We have a good…

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Stables’ future secure as council adds protection

20 May 2019

MILTON KEYNES venue The Stables Theatre (cap 538) in Wavendon has been given the legal right to maintain its existing noise levels during concerts.  The Stables’ management raised concerns last year when Abbey Homes unveiled plans to construct a 134-property residential development opposite the venue.   Milton Keynes Council voted…

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Ticketline launches fan-to-fan resale

20 May 2019

TICKETLINE HAS launched a fan-to-fan resale platform allowing people to sell tickets they can’t use, capped at a maximum of 10 per cent above face value. The firm says it aims to provide its customers with “an easy, fair and ethical resale platform to sell unwanted tickets at the face…

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Stakeholders unite to make Southampton a music city

20 May 2019

A GROUP of ambitious music industry figures in Southampton hope a campaign to create a music strategy could eventually lead to the opening of a major venue in the city centre. Representatives from Southampton’s two universities have joined forces with other interested parties and the local council to launch SO:Music….

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Borderline closes after 30 years

17 May 2019

LONDON VENUE The Borderline (cap. 300) is to close by 31 August, with owner DHP Family blaming increasing rents and business rates. The company says it will reinvest in other venues in its portfolio including a £1 million refit for Bristol’s Thekla (400), and its first venue in Birmingham, which…

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Superstruct and Broadwick emerge winners from Global festival break-up

17 May 2019

MORE DETAILS are emerging of the restructuring of about eight per cent of the festival market, following the surprise decision by radio giant Global to divest the majority of its festival interests (see sister publication Audience, issue 231).  The bulk of the group’s festivals have been divided between two companies,…

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Live Nation-MCD takeover faces competition probe

17 May 2019

GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an investigation into the proposed purchase by Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) sister company LN-Gaiety Holdings (LNG) of Irish promoter and venue owner MCD Productions,  The move follows a similar probe by Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC)   The…

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Venues specialist Steve Forster dies

2 May 2019

Industry figures and associates are paying tribute to Steve Forster, founder and MD of venue services company VMS Live, who died on 19 April, aged 55, following a serious car accident two weeks earlier.  Forster is renowned as a venue services specialist who was probably directly involved in the opening…

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Bradford Odeon wins ‘unanimous approval’

12 April 2019

THE OPENING of a new 4,000-capacity venue in Bradford city centre has taken a significant step forward after councillors gave the project the green light. A decision to grant planning permission to developers for the refurbishment of the city’s former Odeon cinema was unanimously approved by Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s…

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Row over council proposal for park events surcharge

12 April 2019

DF CONCERTS has threatened to scrap its Glasgow festivals and start new ones in other locations if city authorities insists on imposing a proposed per capita tax on outdoor events. Last month Glasgow City Council approved a budget for the current tax year which included raising £650,000 from an environmental…

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Nine new venues for London

12 April 2019

AT LEAST nine new live music venues have either recently opened or are scheduled to open in London, at every capacity ranging from the 21,000-capacity MSG Sphere arena in Stratford, planned by New York’s Madison Square Garden Company to a 280 capacity grassroots venue They include two planned by Broadwick…

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Epstein survives as staff member who stole £270k gets 28 months

12 April 2019

LIVERPOOL’S 385-capacity Epstein Theatre narrowly avoided closure last year after the theft of over £270,000 by former employee Kelvin Lloyd. The former assistant manager at the theatre received a prison sentence of 28 months after pleading guilty as charged at Liverpool Crown Court on 9 April. Lloyd had been embezzling…

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Live Nation will drop Motorpoint Cardiff if it wins new arena bid

12 April 2019

LIVE NATION Entertainment (LNE) has told Cardiff City Council that it will cease to operate the city’s Motorpoint Arena (cap. 7,500) if it wins the contract to run a proposed 15,000-capacity arena in the Cardiff Bay area. The new venue is part of a £500 million redevelopment project, adding to…

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Big resales ‘will not be valid’ says BBC

12 April 2019

TICKETS FOR the 32,000-capacity Radio 1 Big Weekend in Middlesborough sold out in 90 minutes, before appearing at vastly inflated prices on Viagogo. The two-day festival’s line-up includes Mumford & Sons, Miley Cyrus, Little Mix, Rita Ora, Stormzy, The 1975 and Vampire Weekend. Within days of the on-sale, Viagogo was…

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Ticketmaster faces High Court pressure in £5m data hack claim

12 April 2019

FOLLOWING THE 19 March LIVE UK revelation that a law firm was planning to launch legal action against Ticketmaster (TM) over its data breach last June, a High Court action claiming £5 million in damages has now been filed. Widnes-based Hayes Connor Solicitors (HCS) is claiming reparations for more than…

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DCMS Committee flags up discrimination, lack of investment, threats to small venues and warns the public about using Viagogo

12 April 2019

A “HIGHLY unusual” warning by Members of Parliament on the Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) Committee not to use controversial secondary ticketing website Viagogo was the standout finding of its Live Music report. The document also highlighted issues such as discrimination, financial insecurity among emerging artistes and the closure…

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AIF boosts its board

12 April 2019

THE ASSOCIATION of Independent Festivals (AIF) has added three members to its board. The trade body says the addition of Broadwick Live event & operations manager Katt Lingard, Vision Nine festivals director Kevin Moore and Nozstock (cap. 5,000) co-founder Rob Nosworthy had seen its board grow to 11 members. AIF…

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KB strengthens team amid Sheeran and Ezra tours

12 April 2019

TRUCKING COMPANY KB Event has appointed veteran production manager Cliff Zenker as its new general manager, drawing on his 40 years of experience in theatre and event production to oversee the day-to-day running of the company. “Cliff’s previous experience, his can-do attitude, and his determination to see projects through to…

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