Thursday, 31 December 2015


Stump, with Mick Lynch on the left
We are very sorry to hear of the death of Mick Lynch – the charismatic former frontman of quirky indie band beloved of John Peel, Stump. The band rose to underground prominence with 'Quirk Out' which highlighted Mick’s onstage charisma and natural charm. A simply lovely man from Cork.

Lemmy (R) at Glastonbury 2015 (Nick Cordes)
Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, founding member and singer in the British heavy metal band Motörhead, has died at the age of 70 shortly after learning he had been diagnosed with cancer. The band announced on their Facebook page that Lemmy learned of the disease on Boxing Day, and was at home when he died and said “There is no easy way to say this … our mighty, noble friend Lemmy passed away today after a short battle with an extremely aggressive cancer. He had learned of the disease on 26 December, and was at home, sitting in front of his favourite video game from The Rainbow which had recently made it’s way down the street, with his family." They asked fans to have a drink or two and play Lemmy's music LOUD in his honour.

Monday, 21 December 2015

PRS for Music and Soundcloud - war is over

PRS for Music has written to its membership informing them that it has settled the recently launched legal action against the online music platform, which is widely used by PRS members. The licence covers the use of PRS for Music repertoire from SoundCloud’s launch, and extends to. cover SoundCloud in its plans to introduce subscription and advertising supported platforms across Europe in 2016. 

Robert Ashcroft, Chief Executive of PRS for Music said: “On behalf of our members, I am pleased that we have been able to reach a settlement with SoundCloud without extended legal proceedings. This ends over five years of discussions on the licensing requirements for the platform, resulting in a licence under which our members are fairly rewarded for the use of their music." adding "The safe harbours in current legislation still present ambiguity, and obstruct the efficient licensing of online services, but our agreement with SoundCloud is a step in the right direction towards a more level playing field for the online marketplace."

The letter from Karen Buse, Executive Director, Membership and International, reads: 

I wrote to you earlier this year to explain our action against the online music streaming service SoundCloud. After five years of unsuccessful licensing negotiations, we believed that we had no alternative but to start legal proceedings against them. However, we have since, through intense discussion and negotiation, managed to reach an agreement.

The agreement covers the use of repertoire controlled by PRS for Music since the service launched and is an important step in our quest to achieve a level playing field in the licensing of online services so that songwriters, composers and their music publishers can be paid properly for the use of their music online.

We believe this agreement to be the best outcome because it sets us on the path towards receiving proper reporting from SoundCloud of their use of your repertoire, enables royalties to be paid and also avoids the cost of legal proceedings.

Receiving enough accurate data on music uploaded to the platform remains a challenge but SoundCloud have committed to working with us to improve the quality of their reporting over time. We are conscious of the value that many of you derive from using SoundCloud and are pleased to have reached this landmark agreement. Whilst it is only one step along the road to a fully functioning online market, it is an important one. I would like to thank SoundCloud for breaking with the past and agreeing to work with us; a move which we feel is in not only your, but all rightsholders’, interests.

We expect you have questions about what this means for you. To help answer these, we’ve put together some frequently asked questions which can be viewed here.
Yours sincerely,
Karen Buse

Executive Director, Membership and International
PRS for Music

Will Live Nation pick up SFX?

It seems SFX's money-lenders are  hoping that Live Nation will acquire the flagging EDM powerhouse. The debt pile of around $300 million is now nearly ten times the market cap valuation of the company after it's share price collapsed and SFX recently confirmed it had asked its bankers to investigate a possible restructuring of its debts with talk that Cream founder James Barton - currently a Live Nation executive - was in talks to join the company. It is thought that Live Nation was among the companies to express an interest in SFX's assets when the latter's directors were accepting bids earlier this year although Reuters say Live Nation might just cehrry pick off SFX's most successful festival brands and buy them individually instead - although ab SFX buy would make it a dominant force in the dance music sector. 

Adele fights back against the ticket touts

Last week Sir Elton John branded ticket resale websites “disgraceful” for selling tickets to his gigs at inflated prices, joining other big name such as Mumford & Sons, Prince and Coldplay, who have all recently attacked the resale “rip-off”. Adele is now taking much publicised action to fight off the touts on her latest dates. The Observer has also revealed that Justin Bieber fans wanting tickets for his October 2016 London O2 dates are being asked on Get Me In to hand over as much as £1,825 for seats with a face value of just £50. That figure includes a £285 cut taken by Get Me In.

The Observer has monitored the main sites in the UK (Seatwave, Viagogo, Get Me In and StubHub) and has found all four carry listings that appeared to be in breach of the Consumer Rights Act 2015, which requires anyone who resells an event ticket via a secondary market website to provide details of the seat row and number, as well as the face value and information about any restrictions amid fresh claims that many sites are flouting the law and supporting “industrial-scale touting”.  A spokesman for Viagogo told the Observer: “We make the sellers’ obligations regarding the listing of certain ticket information very clear at several points on our website. However it is possible that the seller doesn’t always have confirmation of the row and seat number at the time of listing.” Ticketmaster, which owns Get Me In and Seatwave, said the sites “work with those selling tickets on our sites to ensure that they understand their obligations to comply with their legal duties, including the requirement to list all available ticket details”. It added: “However, we are also concerned that some sellers may not list all the information, for fear of potential cancellation or blacklisting by event organisers.”

MBW reported that Adele's offical policy is that “The resale of tickets will not be tolerated” and in the pre-sale tickets to the star’s 36-date 2016 European tour this has been largely successful for the 57,000 tickets sold for 14-date UK and Ireland leg of the tour by independent ticketing operator SongKick. Just over 1,000 of these tickets had been listed for re-sale on sites such as Stubhub, Viagogo, GetMeIn! and Seatwave – so approximately 1.9% of the ‘first wave’ of Adele tickets ended up on secondary ticketing sites – much lower than the  average arena gig which sees closer to 20% on er-sale sites. Adele's management inisted on pre-registration and also monitored sales for suspicious activity from some 18,000 'likely or known touts'. Adele’s manager, Jonathan Dickins at September, told MBW “Until a law is passed in the UK that outlaws ticket resale profiteering you cannot stop it completely”. In the USA Adele went with a ticketless method for her now sold out North American tour, which means that fans who did manage to purchase tickets will not receive physical tickets. Instead, they will have to present their credit card and ID when they arrive at the venue on the day of their gig, and they will then be granted entry - if it matches. However demand for tickets is enourmous:  according to Billboard, over 10 million fans went online to try and buy one of the 750,000 tickets available, with four million New Yorkers reportedly online at the same time, with fan's furious with Tickemaster's failing online system.

In the UK, Sharon Hodgson MP had said the new changes to the law “are being utterly flouted by the major platforms, and the government needs to wake up to this scandal, which is affecting people all around the country and damaging our creative industries”. The number of tickets on sale for inflated prices shows the need for tough new laws to crack down on rip-off ticket sales, said Hodgson. She spoke out after Adele fans warned they were struggling to buy tickets for the singer’s tour, the first for four years, which follows the release of her new album, 25. Hodgson is Co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on ticket abuse.

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Cowell faces US trip claim

Simon Cowell is being sued by a woman who fell over wires during a making of America’s Got Talent. D’Arcy Gurr was attending the taping of America’s Got Talent when she says she tripped over wires, claiming the studio was overcrowded, which made it more dangerous to navigate. The incident happened as the show was being filmed at the Los Angeles County Fair. Gurr is suing NBC, prodicers of the show and the fairground, along with Simon Cowell for US $5 milllion.  Cowell is also an executive producer of the programme,

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

AC/DC first concert for London's Olympic Stadium

AC/DC will be the first band to perform a major concert at the former Olympic Stadium in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The concert, scheduled for the 4th June, will be the first major event in the Stadium after the transformation works are finished. The Stadium has been undergoing work since 2013 to turn it into a year-round, multi-use venue. The work includes installing the largest roof of its kind in the world, a community track, innovative retractable seating, spectator and hospitality facilities and external landscaping.

Auckland's Echo cancelled

The Promoters of the cancelled Auckland Echo Festival have gone into liquidation as fans wait for ticket refunds. Echo Festival, which had big-name international acts like Jamie XX, Disclosure and The Flaming Lips on the bill, was to be held on January 11th and 12th at Vector Arena and its surrounds. It replaced the three-day McLaren Valley Music and Arts Festival, which was forced to move after promoters failed to get resource consent for its original Bay of Plenty venue. 

And after the 2016 edition wa cancelled, Australia's  popular Soundwave music festival will not be going ahead in 2017, after its boss broke the news on social media. Arash “AJ” Maddah made the sudden announcement on Twitter, saying there will be “definitely no” 2017 edition of the Soundwave festival. In an official statement sent to TMN overnight (17.12.15), Soundwave Festival's ticket agent Eventopia has said AJ Maddah is responsible for ticket refunds saying "We regret to inform customers of the cancellation of Soundwave Festival 2016 due to poor ticket sales, as advised by the Promoter this afternoon."

More here and here.

Integro Doodson snap up RTIB

Robertson Taylor and its sister firms within Entertainment Insurance Partners (EIP) has been sold to Integro Insurance Brokers, the New York-based competitor, in a deal for an undisclosed sum. The management team at EIP, led by chief executive John Silcock, will move with the company to its new owners.

Monday, 14 December 2015

Swift tastes the Apple

Apple Music have announced Sunday that a concert film of Taylor Swift’s 1989 world tour will be available exclusively on the company's music streaming service beginning December 20th.  Directed by Jonas Akerlund, The 1989 World Tour LIVE Concert Film will feature Swift’s entire concert at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia, on November 28th. The film will also include never-before-seen footage from backstage and tour rehearsals, and the special guests who appeared on stage with Swift during the tour.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Fraudsters claim to rep Aerosmith and Pearl Jam

Fraudsters have attempted to scam promoters by posing as representatives of Aerosmith and Pearl Jam in a fake email scam. The would-be fraudsters claim to be from International Talent Booking (ITB) and they sent out circulars saying they are representing and booking a Pearl Jam and Down tours for 2015, and more recently an Aerosmith tour for 2016.

In response, ITB has issued a warning to promoters, urging them to disregard the emails, which claim to be from ITB agent Lucy Dickins. “They have stolen our logo and address from the internet and are posing as ITB to scam money off unsuspecting promoters, going to the extent of sending fake riders and contracts and attempting to collect deposits,” said the firm in a statement.

The agent for both Pearl Jam and Aerosmith is Rod MacSween, and for Down is Mike Dewdney, both at ITB.

ITB can be called on 0207 6376979 (ask for Diana in Rod MacSween’s office):  the company’s website is at

Could the 'agent of change' principle finally become law?

Michael Dugher
The live music sector has welcomed amendments to the UK's Planning Bill which would introduce the 'agent of change' principle into UK law on a statutory basis. The amendments are planned to be debated this week as part of the Public Bill Committee consideration of the Housing And Planning Bill in the House of Commons. 

When Labour's Michael Dugher  became shadow culture secretary, one of the first issues he raised was the plight of small music venues. Of the 430 that traded in London between 2007 and 2015, only 245 remain open. At the Music Trust's Venue Day 2015, Dugher, renowned for his love of karaoke, warned: "There is a real crisis at the moment and that's why we need a national strategy to support small music venues before many more shut." 

The agent of change principle ensures that a new development must shoulder responsibility for compliance when situated near an existing music venue. Similarly, if a music venue opens in a residential area, it too would be responsible for complying with residential requirements.

Monday, 7 December 2015


John Adie, co-founder of the Two Moors chamber music festival, has died aged 69. The Two Moors Festival is the annual classical music festival based in Devon and Somerset, England that began i 2001. The festival covers the largest geographic area of any United Kingdom festival, being based in eleven towns and villages on Dartmoor and Exmoor. John's wife Penny is the Artistic Director.

Luc Bondy, the Swiss opera, theater and film director who staged productions on renowned stages across Europe and the United States, has died. He was 67.

Allen Toussaint
Allen Toussaint, the legendary songwriter, producer, arranger and performer hailed by the Grammys, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and musicians and fans worldwide as one of the most influential figures in New Orleans music, has died  while on tour in Europe after a performance in Madrid. He was 77.

Andy White, the Scottish studio session musician who played the drums on "Love Me Do" and other early tracks by The Beatles, has died in New Jersey. According to his family, the 85-year-old died following a stroke.

Ex Motorhead drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor has died at the age of 61.Taylor played in the band from 1975 to 1984 and again from 1987 to 1992. Taylor's former bandmate, guitarist "Fast" Eddie Clarke, posted the following tribute to his colleague: "My dear friend and brother passed away last night. He had been ill for sometime but that does not make it any easier when the time finally comes."

Noted songwriter P. F. Sloane has died aged 70 from pancreatic cancer. He was just in London in July last year to launch his autobiography "What's Exactly the Matter with Me?" and last album "My Beethoven". He penned classic singles like Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" and Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man" and wrote for the Turtles and Herman's Hermits amongst others.

Stewart Cruickshank, who was instrumental in keeping the Scottish music scene from the early-mid 60s until the present day very much alive, and was instrumental in planning & producing such great BBC Radio Scotland  programmes such as Beatstalking, Beat Patrol, Bite the Wax and so much more, has  died.

Legendary Newfoundland singer-songwriter Ron Hynes, known as the Man of a Thousand Songs, has died at the age of 64.

Michael Ahern. the concert industry veteran who produced the annual 'Tribute in Light' Twin Towers dedication, has died.

Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts.  Scott was just He is survived by two children, and his wife Jamie Wachtel.48. 

Cynthia Robinson, the trumpeter and long time member of the Family Stone has died aged 69. Appearing with Sly and the Family Stone at Woodstock, in 2006 she reformed the band without Sly with two other original members and Slyvette, her daughter with Stone. She also had another daugter, Laura from an earlier relationship. 

Alex Cooley, the legendary concert promoter who made his base in Atlanta but was a nationwide fixture, has died in Florida.


APA has promoted Run DMC  Public Enemy's  agent John Pantle to VP of their Concerts department.

Paul Kahn has been named Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer for Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the music publishing arm of Warner Music Group. Kahn previously held senior roles at Viacom, EMI, Primedia and Himalaya Capital

CAA has announced that it is bolstering its music team by adding three new agents to its staff, with Adam Brill (Los Angeles), Ben Buchanan (Toronto) and Brian Hill (Nashville) joining the company.

Evan Harrison has been named as CEO of Huka Enertainment t, producer of the Pemberton Festival in British Columbia and the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale.  A.J. Niland, Huka's founder and previous CEO, will be Chairman and Chief Experience Officer at Huka.

Former AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke has linked up with music manager Irving Azoff to form Oak View Group, an advisory and investment firm that will help sports teams and arenas make more money from live entertainment.

Middle East-based promoter Thomas Ovesen has been named CEO of new company 117 Live. 117 Live is part of media and entertainment conglomerate the Al Ahil Holding Group (AAHG), which is opening a temporary 20,000-capacity greenfield site, prior to the 2017 launch of its new 25,000-capacity open air Amphitheatre in Dubai. 

The O2 has hired a new event sales coordinator,  Freya Gosling, following a rise in corporate bookings at its 3,000-capacity club Building Six.

SecuriGroup has announce the appointment Mark Hamilton to its Board of Directors. Mark has over 40 years’ experience  in security, safety and crowd management, having managed security for Wimbledon, Royal  Ascot, the British Formula1 Grand  Prix a Silverstone, the Abu Dhabi Formula  1 Grand Prix and the GrandNational, asd well as numerous high profile music events.

Crispin Hunt and Mark Kelly have been elected to the PPL Board to represent performers. The duo will also sit on the dedicated PPL Performer Board as Performer Directors. PPL achieved a record £161m of distributable revenue in 2014, a 6% increase on the previous year.

Independent Music Publishers e-Licensing (IMPEL) has announced Tim Ingham as non-executive director.  Tim, a former editor of UK trade magazine Music Week, is the founder of Music Business Worldwide (MBW).  IMPEL was established in 2010, enabling independent publishers to collectively license their Anglo-American mechanical digital rights on a pan-European basis. 

The head of Spotify’s European label relations, Kevin Brown, is the new Chairman of the UK’s Official Charts Company. Brown will take up the role in addition to his Spotify responsibilities and replaces BMG’s Korda Marshall, who is stepping down from the position after three years.

Just eight months after it was launched by Jay Z, Tidal has hired its third chief executive officer. Jeff Toig, former chief business officer at SoundCloud and Muve Music executive, will be joining as CEO beginning on Jan. 4, 2016.

The UK’s Music Managers Forum has appointed Annabella Coldrick as Chief Executive effective Jan 1st 2016. She joins from the Design Council. Current MMF CEO Jon Webster will assume the role of President.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Pandora's shares tank again

Pandora latest borrowing - it raised $300m from investors - has left  Wall Street unimpressed: the convertible debt offering on Wednesday (December 2) led to stock dropped by 11.5% on the NYSE yesterday. In March last year, Pandora's total market cap value soared above $7.7bn.  Today, that figure sits at $2.7bn - wiping  $5bn off a valuation that stood less than 24 months ago.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

UK festivals gain more time to prepare for rating battle

The UK festival industry has been given more time to prepare its case on how business rates are assessed against agricultural land that hosts music events. Music Weeek reports that a Live Nation led coalition of 720 interested parties, including the Association Of Independent Festivals (AIF), UK Music, The Agents’ Association, The Concert Promoters Association and The Association Of Festival Organisers, has called for an immediate halt to the rating of festival sites for business rates by the Valuation Office Agency  until a clear policy is established. “We do not consider that festivals and events sites should now be rateable as they are essentially temporary and ancillary uses of agricultural land,” it said in a letter to MPs. 

Proposed changes including backdating the rate bill for five years could put the future of some festivals at risk as rural landowners take stick of financial risks. Last week’s Spending Review by Chancellor George Osborne did not include an announcement on the Business Rates Review, which will now revert to March 2016. AIF general manager Paul Reed said events and festival organisers are hoping the Government will use the extra time to take action on business rates for the sector.

SFX hires financial advisor to restructure debt

Fast failing EDM promoter SFX  Entertainment has retained an investment bank to restructure a debt load that many commentators believe has the electronic dance-music company teetering toward bankruptcy. Three-year-old SFX confirmed the hiring of debt advisory Moelis & Co. on Monday. Reuters initially reported the appointment.

Friday, 27 November 2015

Final ETEP and CEETEP results

The final ETEP and CEETEP results are in. The results presented include 394 confirmed shows by 132 artists from 21 different European countries. Eurosonic Noorderslag started organising the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) in 2003. Since then a total of 2294 shows by 810 European artists from 30 countries have taken place at the 90 ETEP festivals (2003 - 2014).

Live music tickets sales collapse inb France after the Bataclan murders

Music Week reports that France's live music industry is appealing for €50 million (£35m) in aid from the government following the Paris terrorist attacks.  PRODISS, the country's national union of producers, distributors, festivals and music halls and variety, says ticket sales fell 80% year-on-year in the week following the tragedy, and were 50% down on the weekend of November 21-22.  An emergency fund of €4m (£2.8m) was made available by the minister of culture and communication in the immediate aftermath. While this has been welcomed by PRODISS, the union says it is not enough to compensate for the impact and is calling for a medium-term plan.

The UK Festival Awards 2015 - and the winners are .....

Beautiful Days wins Best Grassroots Festival at the Festival Awards! Kendal Calling wins Best Toilet! Isle of Wight Best Family Festival and Best Headline Performance for Fleetwood Mac! Arcadia Spectacular at Glastonbury wins Best Use of New Technology for turning used chip fat into raving flames! Yes, the UK Festival Awards are done and dusted for another year, all hosted by Huey Morgan at the London Roundhouse - and the very worthy winners are:

Best Toilets
Kendal Calling

Anthem of the Summer
Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk

Best Use of New Technology
Arcadia Spectacular at Glastonbury

Best Brand Activiation
Virgin Trains

Extra-festival Activity Award
The Big Feastival

Concession of the Year
The Beakfast Club

Best Line Up

Best headline performance
Fleetwood Mac at the Isle of Wight Festival

Best Hospitality

Best Grass Roots Festival
Beautiful Days

Best Emerging Talent Festival
Liverpool International Music Festival

Best Non Music Festival
Erotica Britannia

Best Overseas Festival
Annie Mac Presents Lost & Found

Best Family Festival
Isle of Wight Festival

Best Dance Event

Best Metropolitan Festival
Liverpool Sound City

Best New festival

Best Small Festival
Festival No 6

Best Mediu Sized Festival

Best Large Festival

Outstanding contribution to festivals
Peter Gabriel

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

European Festival Awards - the nominees are revealed

The shortlist for the European Festival Awards has been revealed. More than 800,000 votes were cast by fans from 50 different countries for the 7th edition. And those nominees are:

Best Major Festival in association with Charge Candy

Deichbrand Festival (Germany)

Dour Festival (Belgium)

Exit Festival (Serbia)

Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium)

Mysteryland (Netherlands)

Pinkpop (Netherlands)

Rock Werchter (Belgium)

Sziget Festival (Hungary)

Tomorrowland (Belgium)

Untold Festival (Romania)

Best Medium-Sized Festival in association with Eventbrite

Wish Outdoor (Netherlands)

Telekom Volt Festival (Hungary)

Solar Weekend (Netherlands)

Sea Dance Festival (Montenegro)

Positivus Festival (Latvia)

Open Air St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Main Square Festival (France)

Lovefest (Serbia)

Les Ardentes (Belgium)

Electric Castle Festival (Romania)

Best Small Festival

Amsterdam Woods (Netherlands)

B My Lake (Hungary)

Festival Tauron Nowa Muzyka (Poland)

Happiness Festival (Germany)

Into The Great Wide Open (Netherlands)

Jazz In The Park (Romania)

Mini-Rock Festival (Germany)

Plai (Romania)

Vestrock (Netherlands)

Your'In Festival (Belgium)

Best New Festival

Amsterdam Woods (Netherlands)

Creamfields Ibiza (Spain)

I Love Techno Europe (France)

Krakow Live Festival (Poland)

Lollapalooza Berlin (Germany)

Parookaville (Germany)

Untold Festival (Romania)

Best Indoor Festival

Hideout Festival (Croatia)

Incubate Festival (Netherlands)

Le Printemps De Bourges (France)

Les Heures Ind (Belgium)

Les Transardentes (Belgium)

Lokerse Feesten (Belgium)

Mayday (Germany)

[Pias Nites] (Various Countries)

Progpower Europe (Netherlands)

TIMAF (Romania)

Festival Anthem Of The Year

Alt-J - Let Hand Free

Florence + The Machine - Ship To Wreck

Hozier - Take Me To Church

Major Lazor - Lean On

Pattie Smith - People Got The Power

Rudimental - Never Let You Go

Tame Impala - Let It Happen

The Prodigy - Day Is My Enemy

Wanda - Amore

Years and Years - King

Newcomer Of The Year in association with Eurosonic Noorderslag




Jack Garratt

James Bay

Kate Tempest

Royal Blood

Run the Jewels

Wolf Alice

Years & Years

Best Headliner


Chemical Brothers

Florence & the Machine

Foo Fighters

Kendrick Lamar

Kylie Minogue



Robbie Williams

The Prodigy

Best Line Up

Best Kept Secret (Netherlands)

Glastonbury (United Kingdom)

Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium)

La Route Du Rock (France)

Lollapalooza Berlin (Germany)

Oya Festivalen (Norway)

Primavera Sound Festival (Spain)

Rock Werchter (Belgium)

Roskilde (Denmark)

Sziget (Hungary)

Artists’ Favourite Festival

BBK Live (Spain)

Best Kept Secret (Netherlands)

Exit Festival (Serbia)

Highfield (Germany)

Latitude (United Kingdom)

Les Viellies Charues (France)

Lowlands (Netherlands)

Pukkelpop (Belgium)

Rock Werchter (Denmark)

Sziget (Hungary)

Promoter Of The Year in association with Bucks New University

Green Man Team (United Kingdom)

Ejekt (Greece)

Festival Republic (United Kingdom)

FKP Scorpio (Germany)

Hörstmann Unternehmensgruppe (Germany)

ICS (Germany)

From The Fields (United Kingdom)

Live Nation (United Kingdom)

Live Nation (Belgium)

Primavera (Spain)

Agent of the Year

Emma Banks (CAA)

Alex Bruford (ATC Live)

Isla Angus (Earth Agency)

Jason Edwards (Coda)

Mike Greek (CAA)

Natasha Bent (United Artists)

Nick Matthews (Coda)

Rob Challice (Coda)

Solomon Parker (Coda)

Tom Schroeder (Coda)

Green Operations Award in association with Yourope and the GO Group

Leper Hardcore Fest (Belgium)

Off Festival (Poland)

Open Air St. Gallen (Switzerland)

Shambala (United Kingdom)

Tollwood Festival (Germany)

The shortlist of the YES Group Health & Safety Innovation Award will be announced on the night of the award ceremony along with the winners of the Excellence and Passion Award and the Yourope Lifetime Achievement Award (in association with PlayPass and PayPal)

American Music Awards 2015

For the second year in a row, One Direction scooped the prize for artist of the year, at the American Music Awards. The group also won in the favourite pop/rock duo or group category on Sunday night. Other winners at ABC’s annual American Music Awards, voted by the public, included Ariana Grande beating Taylor Swift in the female artist of the year (pop/rock), but Swift, who did not attend the awards, won three of the biggest prizes, including song and album of the year for Bad Blood and 1989. The Weeknd won two awards on Sunday night: favourite male artist and album (soul/R&B). 

Bloome energy cell celebrated

AEG and STAPLES Center held a celebratory event marking the completion of its Bloom Energy fuel cell technology deployment today. Former Vice President Al Gore joined executives from AEG, Bloom Energy, Green Sports Alliance and the City of Los Angeles to "Flip the Switch" on the recently installed Bloom Energy fuel cells that will provide on-site generation to STAPLES Center. The 500 kW fuel cell project will generate power through a clean and efficient electrochemical process, providing approximately 25% of the power required by the sports and entertainment venue each year. The Bloom Energy Servers will also reduce STAPLES Center's carbon emissions by 2.2 million pounds of carbon annually, a 39% reduction compared to electricity purchased from the local utility.

More from Oil & Gas News  here

Exclusive Figures on Ticketing Fraud Released to Launch UK Awareness Campaign

  • Nearly 3000 cases totalling £1.3m lost to ticket fraud over six months to end October 2015
  • First time entertainment and sport ticket fraud statistics have been analysed separately
  • Part of #lookfortheSTAR anti-fraud campaign
  • Ticket agents and venues participating in industry-wide website and social media takeover
  • Aims to raise public awareness of the STAR kitemark

Today organisations and individuals from across the British entertainment industry have joined forces on a new public awareness campaign to help combat ticket fraud. The #lookfortheSTAR anti-fraud campaign coincides with exclusive new figures released by national body Action Fraud revealing nearly £1.3 million was reportedly lost through entertainment and sport ticket fraud in the six months to the end of October 2015.  

With 2885 reports registered, that represents a median loss of over £200 per individual case. Notably, this is the first time ever that statistics have been made available for just entertainment and sport ticket fraud, providing a much more accurate view of fraud in the sector compared to past figures which have included areas such as airline tickets or holidays. A high number of these reports relate to two companies, Circle Tickets and, and cover such events as Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters, One Direction and the Rugby World Cup, as well as the key festival season.

Led by the Society of Ticket Agents & Retailers (STAR), the wider #lookfortheSTAR campaign comes ahead of the peak Christmas ticket-buying period, and aims to help reduce fraud by educating and encouraging customers to always look for STAR’s kitemark when buying tickets. This identifies members of STAR, who must sign up to a strict Code of Practice, and guarantees that the ticket is from a reliable source, much like buying a holiday through an ABTA or ATOL registered travel agent.

The initiative is backed by the Concert Promoters Association (CPA), National Arenas Association (NAA), and the Society of London Theatre, as well as ticket agents, performers, venues and others within the entertainment industry. Other supporters include Action Fraud, Metropolitan Police and City of London Police.

Websites of STAR members including Ticketmaster, See Tickets, TicketWeb, ATG Tickets, The Ticket Factory, Eventim and Ticketline, as well as theatre and concert venues across the country, are today featuring the campaign, including ‘homepage’ takeovers, putting the #lookfortheSTAR message in front of hundreds of thousands of customers as they log on to buy tickets.

Adrian Sanders, Chairman of STAR said: "As well as cheating the consumer, every case of fraud damages the reputation of Britain's vital entertainment and sporting industries. Buying tickets from a STAR kitemarked seller will give consumers the confidence that their purchase comes with certain guarantees that protect their rights.”

Rob Edwards, Managing Director, Eventim UK Ltd added: "This level of ticket fraud shows that as an industry we have to come together to help ticket buyers avoid ticket sellers who deliberately set out to defraud them. We are a proud member of STAR and believe the best advice for customers is to only buy tickets from companies that display the STAR kitemark, a symbol of trust that shows the company has signed up to the STAR Code of Practice."

STAR members and other supporters are taking part in a Twitter campaign, with members also promoting the campaign in their own e-newsletters, increasing the reach by millions.  

Monday, 23 November 2015

Adele set to smash sales records with 25

Adele’s '25' is currently on course to smash records on both sides of the Atlantic - the star’s third album sold approximately 1.9m copies in its first two days on sale in the US and is on target to sell 2.5 million this week (topping NSYNCH's previous record of 2.42 million sales for 'No Strings Attached') and dwarfing the entire first week sales of Taylor Swift’s 1989 last year (1.3m). The 1.9m figure covers just Friday (November 20) and Saturday (November 21), with more than 60% of sales coming on digital download services. In the UK, Official Charts Company data shows that '25' went platinum in a single day – that’s 300,000 sales and sales of the LP are expected to surpass 700,000 sales in the UK by the end of this week. It’s a similar story the world over: 25 was the No.1 album in 106 of iTunes’ 119 territories last night. Whilst the album is not available on freemium streaming services, MBW reports that piracy seems surprisingly low


25 broke through the 3m sales barrier in the US yesterday (Wednesday, November 25), according to hot-off-the-presses data from reliable retail monitor BuzzAngle.