Richard Smirke

Richard Smirke is a U.K. journalist specializing in music and the music industry, who writes regularly for Billboard magazine, Billboard.biz and Billboard.com. He has previously written for The Guardian, BBC, Associated Newspapers, and other publications.

 

Sonisphere Metal Festival Canceled Over Weak Lineup Concerns

Sonisphere Metal Festival Canceled Over Weak Lineup Concerns

The organizers of U.K. heavy metal festival Sonsiphere have announced that this year’s event will not be going ahead due to a crowded summer calendar restricting their ability to secure a strong enough lineup.
Selfie Stick

Selfie Sticks Banned by U.K. Music Venues

They were one of 2014's best-selling Christmas gifts in the U.K., but it seems that selfie sticks are far less popular in the live music business.

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