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Global pulls plug on touring as staff defect to Live Nation

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Posted on: 14/09/2017   Categories: News from Live UK

Hope and Glory goes into liquidation owing £890k

Hope and Glory goes into liquidation owing £890k

THE COMPANY behind the disastrous Hope and Glory festival (cap. 12,500) has put itself into liquidation with £888,984 owing to creditors.

The Liverpool festival, run by Hope and Glory Festival Ltd (HGF), descended into chaos with lengthy queues, overcrowding and delayed performances, resulting in the second day of the inaugural event being cancelled.

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Posted on: 14/09/2017   Categories: News from Live UK

PRS submits agreed new live tariff for approval

PRS submits agreed new live tariff for approval

HAVING AGREED terms with live music industry bodies, performance royalty collection body PRS For Music has lodged an application for approval to alter its live tariff.

It is almost two years since a consultation process into increasing the organisation's Light and Popular (LP) tariff came to an end.

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Posted on: 14/09/2017   Categories: News from Live UK

MMF and FanFair Alliance join industry at the Summit

MMF and FanFair Alliance join industry at the Summit

THE MUSIC Manager's Forum has joined forces with the LIVE UK Summit to help create conference panels aimed at the role of artiste managers in the live music sector.

MMF associated anti-ticket abuse campaign group FanFair Alliance has also joined the event and will host a panel called What Price Ethics?, exploring ways that artistes, promoters and venue operators can protect themselves from secondary ticketing.

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Posted on: 14/09/2017   Categories: News from Live UK

Denis Desmond appointed non-executive chairman of Live Nation

Denis Desmond appointed non-executive chairman of Live Nation

IRISH ENTREPRENEUR Denis Desmond – the most influential investor in live music across the UK and Ireland – has exclusively confirmed to LIVE UK his appointment as non-executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) in the UK, tasked with getting LNE's promoting division in better shape.

The move follows speculation for some months that Festival Republic MD Melvin Benn has also been parachuted in to LNE's head office to take control of the festivals business. Festival...

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Posted on: 28/10/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Government refutes corporate pressure is delaying resale review

Government refutes corporate pressure is delaying resale review

THE GOVERNMENT has rejected suggestions that delays to its review of the secondary ticketing sector are due to pressure from US-based corporations behind websites such as StubHub, GET ME IN! and Seatwave, who could be most affected by reforms.

Labour MP Sharon Hodgson, who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Ticket Abuse, says the Government should not "bow to pressure from vested interests" over its legal duty to hold the review, as promised as part of the amendment to...

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Posted on: 28/10/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

MSP defends fest payment

MSP defends fest payment

SCOTTISH CULTURE secretary Fiona Hyslop has defended Government hand-outs to T in the Park (cap. 85,000) by suggesting the event could have moved out of Scotland without additional support.

Hyslop approved payment of £150,000 to organiser DF Concerts (see LIVE UK, issue 187), paid after the event which took place on 10-12 July. Weekend tickets cost £205, meaning the funding was the equivalent to around 870 sales.

On 29 September, Hyslop was forced to explain to a Scottish...

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Posted on: 28/10/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

DHP mourns loss of venues due to failed MAMA deal

DHP mourns loss of venues due to failed MAMA deal

PROMOTER AND venue operator DHP Family put so much work into its ultimately-failed bid to acquire MAMA & Company venues via AEG Live's intended acquisition of the company (see LIVE UK issue 187), that it missed out on other deals, claims DHP MD George Akins.

Speaking to LIVE UK, Akins explained how he thought his company had clinched a deal which would see AEG Live take over MAMA's festivals, with its venue portfolio, which include London's The Forum (cap. 2,350) and Jazz Café...

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Posted on: 28/10/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Sheffield Arena takes management in-house

Sheffield Arena takes management in-house

SHEFFIELD ARENA (cap. 13,000) will terminate its management contract with Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) next March, after almost 20 years with the company and its predecessors.

Operation of the venue will be taken over on 1 April by Sheffield International Venues (SIV), a subsidiary of Sheffield City Trust (SCT), which owns the building and was set up by the council to run its venues, such as the City Hall (2,340).

The council believes the move will cut costs and increase employment.

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Posted on: 28/10/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

HD Fest fiasco leaves fans out of pocket

HD Fest fiasco leaves fans out of pocket

IT IS not known how many people had bought tickets for the troubled High Definition (HD) Festival before it collapsed three weeks prior to its intended dates, but many expressed their anger and frustration on Facebook.

The 5-6 September event was due to take place at The Hop Farm in Paddock Wood, Kent, itself a site that has seen previous festivals get into financial difficulty, with Vince Power's last Hop Farm Music Festival (cap. 10,000) cancelled at short notice in May 2013.

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Posted on: 21/09/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

AMG set to get MAMA venues

AMG set to get MAMA venues

IRELAND-BASED live music impresario Denis Desmond has broken his silence on the take-over of MAMA & Company by LN-Gaeity exclusively to LIVE UK.

LN-Gaeity is the joint venture formed by his Gaiety Investments company and Live Nation Entertainment, and owns Reading (cap. 90,000), Leeds (80,000) and Latitude (35,000) festivals promoter Festival Republic.

He suggests a deal is close for Academy Music Group (AMG), which is 51 per cent owned by LN-Gaeity, to adopt the newly acquired...

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Posted on: 21/09/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

IMG acquires PWR

IMG acquires PWR

IMG ARTS and Entertainment has acquired PWR Events, the company which ousted IMG from running Hampton Court Palace Festival (cap. 3,000) in October 2010.

The deal will see IMG adopt PWR's portfolio of events which include Winter Wonderland in London's Hyde Park, Taste of London at Regents Park and the Natural History Museum Ice Rink. PWR's management team will continue to run the events under the IMG operation.

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Posted on: 21/09/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

VMS Live adds more venues

VMS Live adds more venues

VENUE OPERATOR VMS Live has added The Duchess (cap. 400) in York, Birmingham's Alfie Bird & The Oobleck (350) and Aberystwyth Student Union (400) to its portfolio of managed live music venues.

They join Manchester Academy (2,525, 900, 55, 450), the University of East Anglia Student Union's Nick Rayns LCR (1,550) and The Waterfront (700) in Norwich, Warwick's The Copper Rooms (900) and William Aston Hall (1,200) and Catrin Finch (250) – both in Wrexham. VMS also has a deal to...

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Posted on: 21/09/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Amazon expands ticketing offer

Amazon expands ticketing offer

SHOPPING SITE Amazon has expanded its ticketing operation into the festival and concert markets and is not charging a booking fee.

It sells through its UK-based Amazon Local service, which lists deals in 34 regions across the country.

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Posted on: 21/09/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

End of an era as The Agency sold

End of an era as The Agency sold

MULTI-NATIONAL booking operation The Agency Group (TAG), founded by Neil Warnock more than 30 years ago, has been bought by Hollywood-based United Talent Agency (UTA).

TAG worldwide CEO Warnock has been appointed UTA's head of worldwide music for a combined roster than includes UTA's Kanye West and Mariah Carey, and TAG's Muse, David Gilmour, The Black Keys and Paramour.

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Posted on: 21/09/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Live Nation-Gaiety beats AEG Live to MAMA

Live Nation-Gaiety beats AEG Live to MAMA

Industry Observers are wondering why Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) would want to outbid AEG Live to acquire MAMA & Company at the 11th hour, as exclusively revealed in our sister publication Audience (issue 186).

LN-Gaiety (LN-G) Holdings, a joint venture between LNE and Denis Desmond's Gaiety Investments, announced it had completed the acquisition of MAMA on 4 August.

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Posted on: 01/09/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Circle fraud: minimum 3,500 victims

Circle fraud: minimum 3,500 victims

Circle Tickets, the sham website which sold fake tickets to Ed Sheeran, AC/DC and Taylor Swift shows at Wembley Stadium (cap. 80,000) and Manchester Arena (20,000), tricked more than 3,500 people in eight months, LIVE UK understands (see issue 186).
PayPal and Ireland's Omnipay were used by Circle to process card payments between November last year and June.

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Posted on: 01/09/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Portabello Live set to return

Portabello Live set to return

Music and art street festival Portabello Live sold more than 2,000 tickets for its debut in May, says organiser Micky P, with wristbands allowing access to performances in venues such as Mau Mau (cap. 200) in London's Notting Hill district.

Artistes appearing included The Egg, The Steve Dior Band and Human In Bloom.

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Posted on: 01/09/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

MP questions T in the Park hand-out

MP questions T in the Park hand-out

DF Concerts, organisers of T in the Park (cap. 85,000), has defended public funding it received from the Scottish Government, in the face of criticism from politicians and community groups.

The latest payment, £150,000 through the Scottish Government's State Aid budget, was allocated on 2 July. The Scottish Government has since confirmed the event has been given a further £223,000 in public funds since 2012.

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Posted on: 01/09/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Motorpoint rebrand for Nottingham arena

Motorpoint rebrand for Nottingham arena

Nottingham's 10,000-capacity Capital FM Arena is to be renamed the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham from January, after the car retailer signed a five-year naming deal with the venue's owner, Nottingham Ice Centre.

The Motorpoint brand is already stamped on arenas in Cardiff (7,500) and Sheffield (13,674).

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Posted on: 01/09/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Fears of rate rise as PRS also targets other revenue streams

Fears of rate rise as PRS also targets other revenue streams

Ticket booking fees and even touting cited PERFORMANCE ROYALTY collection body PRS For Music has launched a consultation into raising its Light and Popular (LP) tariff and seeks a share of event organisers' revenue from ticket booking fees, food and drink receipts and even the money some promoters make from touting their own tickets. It also flags up sponsorship revenue, additional charges for camping at festivals, merchandising and car parking fees as sectors in which PRS should receive a share.

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Posted on: 21/05/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

LMF winds-up after poor festival debut

LMF winds-up after poor festival debut

LMF LEISURE, organiser of last year's Leicester Music Festival, has gone into voluntary liquidation. The liquidator for LMF filed documents with Companies House last month and its directors claim there are no outstanding debts.

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Posted on: 21/05/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

The Arches beats closure treat

The Arches beats closure treat

GLASGOW VENUE The Arches (cap. 800) has received a stay of execution after police ordered closure over drink and drugs issues. Police Scotland requested a closure order last month after recording 26 drug and alcohol-related incidents at the club on a single Saturday.

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Posted on: 21/05/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Ingenious boost for Vision Nine

Ingenious boost for Vision Nine

FESTIVAL OPERATOR, Vision Nine, has secured £5 million in funding to create new events, tours and shows. The money will also support existing festivals Boardmasters (cap. 30,000) in Newquay and Freeze (10,000) in London, as well as to expand internationally.

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Posted on: 21/05/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Sheffield Arena searches for a name

Sheffield Arena searches for a name

SHEFFIELD'S 13,600-capacity Motorpoint Arena is seeking a new naming rights partner, as its five-year deal with the cars sales company nears an end. Its search is endorsed by the outgoing sponsor which says the deal helped to boost its sales.

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Posted on: 21/05/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Iron Maiden manager calls for fan action against ticket abuse

IRON MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood has hit out at the "plague" of secondary ticketing excesses and called support for the campaign to bring greater transparency to the sector.
Smallwood has appealed to fans of the band to write to their local MPs, asking them to support the proposals of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ticket Abuse.
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Posted on: 24/02/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Planning boost for small venues

THE GOVERNMENT'S Planning Practice Guidance on Noise Guidance has been amended to include specific mention of the need to recognise live music venues within planning development.
The relevant section now reads, "The potential effect of a new residential development being located close to an existing business that gives rise to noise should be carefully considered. This is because existing noise levels from the business even if intermittent [for example, a live music venue] may be regarded...

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Posted on: 24/02/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Three arrested in counterfeit merch raid

THREE ARRESTS were made after police raided a suspected counterfeiting factory suspected of producing and selling fake merchandise.
The gang are believed to have made a profit of up to £100,000 selling clothing bearing the names of artistes such as Nirvana, Justin Bieber and One Direction, all of which are protected under trademark licenses.
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Posted on: 24/02/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

War Child goes Back to the Bars

CHILDREN'S CHARITY War Child has reactivated its series of intimate fund-raising shows featuring major artistes – Passport Back to the Bars, organised in conjunction with the Music Manager's Forum and telecoms giant O2, during February
It is 10 years since the charity's original Passport Back To The Bars shows for victims of the Iraq war, which featured The Cure, David Gray, Elbow, Pet Shop Boys, Supergrass and Amy Winehouse.
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Posted on: 24/02/2015   Categories: News from Live UK

Trail of debts, claims and counter claims follow Jabberwocky collapse

Trail of debts, claims and counter claims follow Jabberwocky collapse

THE FALLOUT surrounding the cancellation of the All Tomorrow's Parties (ATP) organised Jabberwocky Festival continues, with the company remaining in dispute with a ticket company and PR firm.

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Posted on: 26/09/2014   Categories: News from Live UK

Ticketmaster deal for SSE Hydro

Ticketmaster deal for SSE Hydro

LIVE NATION Entertainment-owned Ticketmaster (TM) has secured a multi-year deal to become the official ticketing services supplier for The SSE Hydro (cap. 13,000) in Glasgow, as well as providing a secondary ticketing facility via its resale website Get Me In!.
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Posted on: 26/09/2014   Categories: News from Live UK

End of the line for The Cockpit

End of the line for The Cockpit

THE COCKPIT (cap. 350) in Leeds has closed down after 20 years due to the condition of the building.
The city centre venue, which was run by promoter Futuresound, was a touring stop for many a future festival headliner, such as Coldplay, Muse, the White Stripes, The Killers, Paramore, The Libertines and Kasabian. It had been closed since July for "essential maintenance".
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Posted on: 26/09/2014   Categories: News from Live UK

Company behind GuilFest goes into insolvency

Company behind GuilFest goes into insolvency

GUILFEST'S OPERATING company is going into liquidation for the second time in three years, following lower than expected ticket sales for its revived 2014 edition.

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Posted on: 26/09/2014   Categories: News from Live UK

Promoter blames muddy site for fest cancellation

Promoter blames muddy site for fest cancellation

FLASHBACK FESTIVAL (cap. 5,000) at Hylands Park in Chelmsford was cancelled after its promoter said the site was too muddy to stage the event.

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Posted on: 26/09/2014   Categories: News from Live UK

Fire-damaged Hydro to open as planned

Management at new Glasgow arena The SSE Hydro (cap. 13,000) remain "very confident" it will open as scheduled later this month, despite it suffering fire damage during construction.

A blaze broke out at the £125 million building in June, leading to fears its opening would have to be postponed.

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Posted on: 08/10/2013   Categories: News from Live UK

Ticket fraudster jailed for further four years

A fraudster who conned music fans in a multi-million-pound online ticket scam has had his jail term extended, after failing to repay any of his ill-gotten gains.

Alan Scott from Essex was one of three men convicted of taking a total of £5 million from music and sports fans, but failing to supply a large number of tickets or refunds.

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Posted on: 08/10/2013   Categories: News from Live UK

AEG moves in at Wembley Arena

AEG facilities has been officially cleared to manage London's Wembley Arena (cap. 12,500) by the Competition Commission (CC),

The 15-year agreement with the venue's owner Quintain Estates and Development was referred to the CC by the Office of Fair Trading in March, as it would give AEG control of three of the four largest indoor venues in the capital. The company also owns The O2 (17,000) and co-owns Hammersmith's Eventim Apollo (5,039).

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Posted on: 08/10/2013   Categories: News from Live UK

Manager lists face value tickets on StubHub

JESSIE J's management company is releasing an undisclosed number of tickets through StubHub, selling them at face value and promising fans that it is not a ploy to increase revenue for the artiste.

However, the eBay-owned ticket marketplace charges buyers 15 per cent in booking fees, as opposed to approximately 11 per cent charged by the tour's primary agency Ticketmaster.

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Posted on: 08/10/2013   Categories: News from Live UK