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CMA CLEARS ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL TAKEOVER

CMA CLEARS ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL TAKEOVER

The regulator has ruled Live Nation will still face "sufficient competition" in the UK festival market following its acquisition of John Giddings' Isle of Wight Festival.

The Consumer and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared Live Nation's acquisition of a majority stake in Isle of Wight Festival, finding the deal does "not raise competition concerns" and that British consumers will "continue to be able to choose between festivals owned by Live Nation and a variety of competing festivals".

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Posted on: 14/09/2017   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

TICKX LAUNCHES IN SPAIN

TICKX LAUNCHES IN SPAIN

TickX co-founder Steve Pearce says Spain presents the "ideal location" for country #3 for the innovative UK-based ticket search engine.

UK-based ticket search engine TickX today launched a localised website for the Spanish market, TickX.es, in partnership with the country's biggest ticket sellers.

"We're really pleased with TickX's growth since we appeared on BBC's Dragons' Den," explains CEO Steve Pearce. "We have secured funding from incredible investors, expanded our team and...

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Posted on: 14/09/2017   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

DHL UPS MUSIC PRESENCE WITH AEG LOGISTICS DEAL

DHL UPS MUSIC PRESENCE WITH AEG LOGISTICS DEAL

The courier company is now AEG's official logistics partner, adding to deals with Leipzig's Gewandhaus Orchestra and iEC's Stones retrospective Exhibitionism.

Courier service DHL Express has agreed a three-year deal with AEG to become official logistics partner to a number of its venues, including The O2 in London.

DHL – a division of Deutsche Post, the world's largest parcel company – inked the new partnership on the roof of The O2, the world's busiest venue, yesterday,...

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Posted on: 14/09/2017   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

"INCREDIBLE" LONDON IS EUROPE'S LIVE MUSIC CAPITAL

The UK capital is by far Europe's biggest city for live music, IQ can reveal—with what mayor Sadiq Khan calls its "world-class" venues hosting 19,940 shows in 2016 alone.

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has hailed the UK capital's "world-class arenas" and "amazing grassroots music venues", as it emerges London hosted the most concerts of any city in Europe last year – a feat it is on course to repeat in 2017.

There were 19,940 total live music events in London in 2016...

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Posted on: 14/09/2017   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

100,000+ for first Download Madrid

100,000+ for first Download Madrid

The inaugural Spanish edition of the famed rock/metal festival was welcomed by a community 'crying out for an event of this magnitude in the capital', says LN Spain.

More than 100,000 people attended last weekend's inaugural Download Madrid, exceeding the expectations of Live Nation Spain and cementing the event as one of Spain's "rock and metal festivals of reference", says the promoter.

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Posted on: 28/06/2017   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

Record audience for BBC Glastonbury coverage

Record audience for BBC Glastonbury coverage

A record-high 21m people tuned into BBC Music's coverage of Glastonbury 2017, with Ed Sheeran's set also achieving record viewership for a BBC Glasto programme.

The BBC's 21st year covering Glastonbury Festival was also most successful, the corporation announced today, with BBC Music's television and online coverage of the event reaching a record audience of almost 21 million.

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Posted on: 28/06/2017   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

Success for Hurricane/Southside after difficult 2016

Success for Hurricane/Southside after difficult 2016

A storm on Thursday notwithstanding, Mother Nature was kinder to FKP's twin festivals this year, with 138,000 people lapping up the German sun.

FKP Scorpio founder Folkert Koopmans has hailed the success of this year's Hurricane and Southside festivals, which last weekend made a triumphant, (mostly) sunny return after a disastrous 2016.

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Posted on: 28/06/2017   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

Scammers target Taiwanese gig-goers

Scammers target Taiwanese gig-goers

Con artists have been posing as venue staff to trick National Theater and Concert Hall customers to hand over their bank details
The National Theater and Concert Hall (NTCH) in Taipei – Asia's oldest purpose-built music/performing arts venue – has warned customers against disclosing their personal information after scammers targeted those who'd used its online booking system.

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Posted on: 27/09/2016   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

Electric Zoo sets sail for Shanghai

Electric Zoo sets sail for Shanghai

Electric Zoo: Countdown Shanghai, the franchise's first festival in China, will attract "world-class artists and performers" to Expo Park this November

Electric Zoo, Made Event's New York EDM festival, is following Electric Daisy Carnival to mainland Asia with the launch of its first event in China.

Electric Zoo: Countdown Shanghai, which takes place on 12 November at Shanghai Expo Park, will be produced in partnership with Shanghai-based distribution/promotion outfit Kanjian....

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Posted on: 27/09/2016   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

Venues fall silent for passing clouds

Venues fall silent for passing clouds

Scala, Jamboree and the Hackney Empire were among the London venues which observed a minute's silence at 17 September's demonstration in support of Passing Clouds

Some 30 London music venues fell silent at midnight on Saturday 17/Sunday 18 September to protest against the closing by property developers of Dalston venue Passing Clouds.

Venues including the Hackney Empire (1,275-cap.), Scala (1,145-cap.), Rich Mix (main room 350-cap.), Dalston Superstore (220-cap.), Jamboree (120-cap.)...

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Posted on: 27/09/2016   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

Industry groups call for loosening of CITIES rules

Industry groups call for loosening of CITIES rules

CITES, which regulates the movement of instruments constructed from threatened species, is hurting touring artists, says Pearle* and others

The Pearle* and six other music industry bodies have called for a revision of CITES resolution 16.8 – the regulations covering the cross-border movement of musical instruments made with endangered flora or fauna – stating they are currently "deeply concerned about the difficulties encountered by the professionals we represent when they...

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Posted on: 27/09/2016   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

Edinburgh Council backs new outdoor arena

Edinburgh Council backs new outdoor arena

A replacement for the 81-year-old Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens will be part-bankrolled by property mogul Norman Springford.

Edinburgh may soon have a new outdoor concert venue after city councillors agreed to partner with property tycoon Norman Springford to push for a replacement for the ageing Ross Bandstand.

City of Edinburgh Council leader Andrew Burns says that while the 2,000-capacity Ross Bandstand (or Theatre), which was built in 1935 and stands in Princes Street...

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Posted on: 07/04/2016   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

PRS offers £10K of equipment to touring bands

PRS offers £10K of equipment to touring bands

The Performance Fund, backed by the PRS for Music Foundation, Wigwam Acoustics and the Musicians' Union, will offer the chance to win a 1D-worthy audio system.

The PRS for Music Foundation, a charitable foundation run by the UK's Performing Rights Society (PRS for Music), has announced The Performance Fund, the latest iteration of its Flash Funding initiative.

In association with sound company Wigwam Acoustics and the Musicians' Union, The Performance Fund will give touring artists...

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Posted on: 07/04/2016   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

Women sentenced for promoting bogus Sheryl Crow show

Women sentenced for promoting bogus Sheryl Crow show

Kelly Bryan sold tickets to up to 100 people for a concert that didn't exist
A New Jersey woman has pled guilty to 'third-degree theft by deception' after being caught selling tickets to a non-existent Sheryl Crow concert.

Burlington Township resident Kelly Bryan admitted the charge at Burlington County Courthouse in Mount Holly yesterday. The Burlington County Times reports that Bryan faces up to five years of probation when she is sentenced on 14 June, and will also have to pay...

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Posted on: 07/04/2016   Categories: News from IQ Magazine

32,000 Stream David Bowie Memorial Concerts

32,000 Stream David Bowie Memorial Concerts

Promoter Michael Dorf raised $45,000 from live-streaming The Music of David Bowie, which included performances by Blondie, Pixies, The Flaming Lips and Michael Stipe.

Last week's David Bowie tribute concerts in New York were live-streamed by 32,000 people worldwide.
The two The Music of David Bowie gigs, at Carnegie Hall on Thursday 31 March and Radio City Music Hall the following night, could be streamed live over Skype for a recommended minimum donation of US$20 or £15 to...

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Posted on: 07/04/2016   Categories: News from IQ Magazine