1. Glastonbury Festival 2015: Lionel Richie Announced as First Performer

    November 30, 2014 12:45 PM EST Lionel Richie is the first confirmed performer for the 2015 Glastonbury Festival. Richie, who was recently named a Legend of Live at the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards, will make his debut U.K. festival appearance in the Sunday teatime slot on the ...

  2. Pomplamoose Breaks Down the Costs of Touring As an Independent

    November 26, 2014 10:29 AM EST Jack Conte , one half of the indie duo Pomplamoose , took to the nascent publishing platform Medium yesterday to lay out the difficult financials involved in mounting a 23-city U.S. tour. The result is a stark illustration of the uphill road art ...

  3. Concert Venues Parting Ways With Promoters Are Capitalizing on Going DIY

    November 25, 2014 4:27 PM EST Friday, Nov. 14 was a sort of ­coming-out party for New York's Webster Hall, which, after 10 years as a Bowery Presents venue, celebrated its independence from the New York-based promoter with sold-out shows in each of its three music rooms ...

  4. Firechat May Soon Solve Your Texting Woes at Crowded Events

    November 25, 2014 4:00 PM EST Cell phone communication has always been a problem for music festival goers. With upwards of 90,000 people all gathered in one small area, cell phone towers are often unable to cope with the number of inbound signals, and temporary wi-fi setups ...

  5. System of a Down Announce 2015 European Tour Dates, First Armenian Show

    November 24, 2014 9:57 PM EST System Of A Down has announced dates for a 2015 European tour, including a show at Wembley Arena and the band's first ever gig in Armenia with a free show on the 100-year anniversary of the Armenian genocide.  The "Wake Up The Souls&qu ...

  6. Awkward: Vice Editor Not a Big Fan of 'Scumbag' Vice Partner Live Nation

    November 24, 2014 11:52 AM EST Earlier this month Live Nation and Vice Media announced a co-branded site to fill a "big white space" in live music content on the web. The news of the currently untitled partnership, due to launch in 2015, is now getting a little adde ...

  7. Billy Joel to Set Madison Square Garden Record

    November 21, 2014 8:12 PM EST Billy Joel will set a record for the most performances by any artist at Madison Square Garden with his upcoming 65th show scheduled for this summer. Billy Joel Receives Gershwin Prize From Library of Congress The 65-year-old piano man will surpa ...

  8. Watch Chris Cornell Discuss 'Existential Meltdown' of '90s Grunge Bands, Being the Anti-Poison

    November 21, 2014 3:50 PM EST Speaking to a crowd at Billboard's Touring Conference  on Thursday, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell recalled his rise from the Seattle grunge scene to worldwide fame. The anxiety that permeated the band's climb to the top eventually ...

  9. Exclusive: Elijah Wood's All-Vinyl DJ Outfit Wooden Wisdom Will Hit the Road in 2015

    November 21, 2014 12:00 PM EST Wooden Wisdom is a DJ supergroup made up of Elijah Wood ( Lord of the Rings ,  The Hobbit ) and Zach Cowie , a music business jack-of-all-trades who has managed tours for Joanna Newsom and Devendra Banhart and supervised film soundtracks. The du ...

  10. Cher Cancels Remaining Tour Dates to Recover

    November 20, 2014 9:58 PM EST Cher  has canceled the rest of her  Dressed to Kill  concert tour while she recovers from an infection , her publicist announced in a statement on Thursday (Nov. 20). The 68-year-old singer and performer completed 49 dates since her tour began i ...

  11. One Direction, Lionel Richie & Katy Perry Win at Billboard Touring Awards

    November 20, 2014 9:46 PM EST One Direction , Lionel Richie and Katy Perry lead the list of winners at Billboard 's 11th annual Touring Awards, held Thursday (Nov. 20) at New York's Edison Ballroom. 1D, who was not in attendance, took home the awards for Top Draw a ...

  12. Country Insiders Talk Touring Too Much & Finding the Next Luke Bryan

    November 20, 2014 4:14 PM EST Agents and managers working in the country field are predicting a record-breaking year for 2015, with more than 18 performers headlining venues with upward of 10,000 seats. But while superstars and baby bands from Nashville work their way across ...

  13. Top Booking Agents On Double-Weekend Festivals: 'It's Bad' For Young Bands

    November 19, 2014 11:05 PM EST At Billboard's Touring Conference & Awards, six top execs spoke up about mega-festivals adding second weekends to their programming. Adding a second weekend has led to record grosses and attendance for mega-festivals Coachella and Austin ...

  14. EDM Magnate Pasquale Rotella Talks Further Expanding Insomniac in 2015, Festival Safety

    November 19, 2014 6:56 PM EST During a panel Wednesday (Nov. 19) at Billboard 's Touring Conference & Awards in New York, Insomniac CEO Pasquale Rotella talked about his vision for electronic music in 2015. It includes adding festivals in budding international marke ...

  15. Interpol Snowed in on New York Highway, Cancels Canada Shows

    November 19, 2014 6:47 PM EST After more than 15 years of action, by now Interpol are veteran road warriors. But even experience is no match for a blizzard, as the dark rockers have now been stranded for two days on a western New York highway, stuck in a sea of white.  Watch ...

  16. What Beyonce Can Learn From Podcasts & More From Rob Light's Billboard Touring Conference Q&A

    November 19, 2014 6:41 PM EST Creative Artists Agency managing partner/head of music Rob Light is one of the most powerful people in music -- No. 9 on Billboard's 2014 Power 100 ranking , to be precise -- but he's also one of the least outspoken. Billboard Touring ...

  17. Foo Fighters Announce 2015 North America Tour, Box Office-Only Pre-Sales

    November 18, 2014 7:18 PM EST Following news Foo Fighters will be touring Australia next spring  in support of the band's new album Sonic Highways , fans stateside have wondered when the rock icons would hit their homeland. Now the Foos have responded with 29 dates span ...

  18. Ticketfly Launches Mobile Tool for Promoters

    November 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST Ticketfly is trying to make life easier for promoters that use its ticketing platform. Its new Ticketfly Pulse product is a mobile tool that gives easy access to real-time event stats, allowing promoters to quickly see an event's total tick ...

  19. Billboard Touring Conference 2014 Preview: Five Industry Rainmakers Talk the Current Landscape of Live

    November 18, 2014 1:30 PM EST Billboard Power 100 2014: No. 93 - Tom Windish, Founder/President of the Windish Agency Clarence Spalding Is the Nashville Ace in Maverick’s Sleeve Exclusive: Red Light Management Opens London Office With Ex-SuperVision Managers, Roster Billboar ...

  20. AXS TV to Televise AEG Festivals in 2015

    November 18, 2014 12:50 PM EST AXS TV and AEG have announced a partnership that will see the former broadcasting footage from festivals owned and thrown by the latter. The partnership will begin in April 2015, when AXS will broadcast from the second weekend of Coachella (Apr ...

  21. The Church Announce 2015 North American Tour Dates, Celebrate 35th Anniversary

    November 18, 2014 10:00 AM EST Australian post-punk band the Church will return to North America next year for a monthlong tour culminating with South by Southwest performances in Austin, Texas, as well as a special interview session at the annual music conference.  The tour ...

  22. Veteran Concert Promoter Ron Delsener Dishes on His Milestone-Packed Career Booking David Bowie, The Beatles and More

    November 17, 2014 3:00 PM EST What are some of the memorable shows you’ve booked? Ron Delsener: There are thousands of them: the Halloween celebrations that Frank Zappa did at the Palladium; David Bowie ’s debut concert at Carnegie Hall on the Ziggy Stardust Tour in 1972. I ...

  23. Lollapalooza South America Announces 2015 Festival Lineups For Chile, Brazil & Argentina

    November 16, 2014 8:39 PM EST Lollapalooza South America has revealed the artist lineups for the upcoming festivals in Chile, Brazil and Argentina. The three fests are scheduled to take place in March 2015. Lollapalooza Heading to Berlin in 2015 Jack White , Kings of Leon , C ...

  24. Rolling Stones Top Hot Tours, Grossing $23.6 Million (And Counting...) Down Under

    November 16, 2014 11:07 AM EST The Rolling Stones land on the weekly Hot Tours tally (see list below) after a four-month break from the road. The act takes the No. 1 slot with ticket sales reported from the first three cities on the 14 On Fire tour’s final leg, a trek through ...

  25. Restructuring, Possible Layoffs to Come at SFX

    November 14, 2014 7:04 PM EST Change is on the horizon at SFX. During Friday's earnings call, Robert Sillerman, chairman and chief executive, said the company has "made a very significant decision to consolidate many of our operations, and going forward you can exp ...

  26. Marco Carola is Bringing His Weekly Ibiza Party to North America This Winter

    November 14, 2014 6:43 PM EST Italian DJ Marco Carola, whose weekly  Music On party in Ibiza was one of the summer's go-to events, is bringing the dance event to Miami for a three month residency at the city's shiny new nightclub, Story. The party is named after th ...

  27. SFX Revenue Nearly Doubles on Strength of Festival Season

    November 14, 2014 12:26 PM EST With festival season in full swing, and with additional acquisitions to bolster its numbers, EDM-focused promoter SFX Entertainment is showing signs of financial life. In the third quarter, the company's revenue increased 194.5 percent to $ ...

  28. Vice and Live Nation to Team Up on Joint Digital Content Venture

    November 12, 2014 4:34 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment and Vice Media today announced a joint venture whereby the two companies will create content around the live music space and co-launch a new digital platform slated to roll out in 2015. "We thought about how can ...

  29. European Festival Awards Shortlist Announced

    November 11, 2014 10:09 AM EST A shortlist of nominees has been announced for this year's European Festival Awards , set to honor the continent's best music gatherings large and small, and the artists that perform. Organizers say a record 1.2 million votes were cast ...

  30. From Train to Motorhead, Inside the Big Business of Music Cruises

    November 10, 2014 4:57 PM EST When Lynyrd Skynyrd helmed its inaugural Simple Man Cruise in 2007, the ship ran out of Jack Daniel’s on the first night. “We drank the boat dry,” band manager Ross Schilling says. “Our fans, they have a good time.” These days, there seems to ...

  31. Legal Battle Involving Rolling Stones, L'Wren Scott Reaches Utah

    November 10, 2014 9:05 AM EST Insurance underwriters involved in a legal battle with the Rolling Stones over a $12.7 million claim have won permission to seek evidence in Utah about the mental health of Mick Jagger 's girlfriend before she took her life in March. A fede ...

  32. Nicki Minaj, Ozzy Osbourne and U2 in the Same Room: Talking to the Architect of the MTV's EMA Awards

    November 08, 2014 9:30 AM EST The 20th annual MTV European Music Awards takes place this Sunday, Nov. 9 in Glasgow, Scotland, where host Nicki Minaj will introduce performances from U2 , Charli XCX , Royal Blood , Calvin Harris , Enrique Iglesias , Ed Sheeran , Kiesza and Ar ...

  33. Kylie Minogue's German Tour Promoter in Financial Trouble

    November 07, 2014 1:01 PM EST Slow ticket sales for Kylie Minogue 's canceled "Kiss Me Once Tour" in Germany have forced promoter CT Creative Talent GmbH to file for creditor protection. This has been confirmed by lawyer Thomas Kühn , CT's insolvency admi ...

  34. Billy Joel to Break His Own Record at Madison Square Garden

    November 07, 2014 11:32 AM EST Madison square Garden has announced a record-breaking 13th show in the ongoing Billy Joel "franchise" residency at the arena, breaking his own record of 12 shows in a series from 2006. The Jan. 9 show extends Joel's residency into ...

  35. Dean James, U.K. Live Music Mogul, Launches Sixth, a Data-Driven Hive of Ambition

    November 06, 2014 4:39 PM EST In his former guise of co-founder and CEO of MAMA Group, Dean James ran the London-based live music, artist management and consumer services company from its inception in 2005 until his eventual exit in January this year to "focus on outsid ...

  36. Exclusive: Airbnb's Chip Conley Bringing Crowd-Sourced Component to Fest300

    November 06, 2014 12:00 PM EST After entrepreneur Chip Conley sold Joie de Vivre Hospitality, which he founded in 1987 and represents such businesses as San Francisco's Kabuki Hotel and Chicago's Hotel Lincoln, he started spending more time at festivals around the ...

  37. Kool & the Gang, Rixton Performing at 2014 Billboard Touring Awards

    November 05, 2014 12:02 PM EST The upcoming 2014 Billboard Touring Awards will feature performances by R&B/funk legends Kool and the Gang and English pop band Rixton , it was announced Wednesday. The ceremony, taking place Nov. 20 at the Edison Ballroom in New York City, ...

  38. Bob Lefsetz & Scott Cohen Rail on Music Tech in Spain: 'You're a Zit on the Ass of the Business'

    November 03, 2014 2:00 PM EST "If you really care that much about music, make a f-----g band, make a hit record. Otherwise you're a zit on the ass of the business." Bob Lefsetz took aim at music start-ups, among other targets, when he brought his irascible ind ...

  39. Motley Crue Teams With Dodge in Dallas, Talks 'Great Things' Ahead on Final Tour

    November 03, 2014 9:57 AM EST A big sponsorship deal brought Motley Crue back to a small hall over the weekend in Dallas. The group played a special, semi-public show on Saturday at "Fast N' Loud" host Richard Rawlings ' Gas Monkey Live concert club as pa ...

  40. Can Red Bull Break a Band? Sound Select's 30 Days in L.A. Kicks Off

    November 02, 2014 9:42 AM EST Yesterday marked the launch of 30 Days in LA, the biggest initiative yet by Red Bull's two-year old Sound Select program to develop emerging artists. The month-long program features a daily live music event for the month of November mos ...

  41. Ed Sheeran's First U.S. Arena Tour Doing Big Business

    October 30, 2014 7:26 PM EDT Ed Sheeran heads up the weekly slate of Hot Tours (see list, below) with $8.1 million in ticket sales reported from his first arena headlining tour in North America. On the road behind the June release of his most recent album, x , the British s ...

  42. Live Nation Revenues Up in Third Quarter

    October 30, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Live Nation earnings releases are becoming predictable -- in a good way. Strong demand for concerts, continued gains in ticketing and growth in high-margin sponsorship and advertising revenue have the music behemoth's diversified business ...

  43. Billboard Touring Awards Finalists Announced

    October 30, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Finalists for the 2014 Billboard Touring Awards , including One Direction , Katy Perry , Justin Timberlake , Luke Bryan , Florida Georgia Line , Rolling Stones , Arcade Fire , Jason Aldean and Paul McCartney , will be announced today. Winners ...

  44. New York Gets Its First Country Music Festival

    October 29, 2014 9:34 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment will partner for the first time in presenting FarmBorough, New York’s debut country music festival, set for June 26-28 at Randall’s Island in New York City, site of the Founders-produced Gover ...

  45. Steve Angello Announces Two-Year Residency at SLS Life in Las Vegas

    October 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Las Vegas residencies by big name DJs are nothing new, as seemingly every time a new hotel opens on the Strip, it includes a mega club that needs chart-topping EDM acts to draw in tourists and locals. Coming from Swedish House Mafia , Steve Ange ...

  46. The Ryman Auditorium -- Country's Hallowed Home -- Kicks Off a $14 Million Facelift

    October 27, 2014 3:45 PM EDT Catching a concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is considered to be an ­unparalleled, even religious experience -- but that’s not stopping the Mother Church of Country Music, owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties, from breaking ground on a $1 ...

  47. AEG Live Staffs Up Goldenvoice Unit in the U.K.

    October 27, 2014 11:34 AM EDT AEG Live has hired a pair of promoters to help build its Goldenvoice division in the UK. The company announced the appointments of Laura Davidson as vice president and Oscar Tuttiett as promoter, with both arriving from Metropolis. Related AEG L ...

  48. Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Announce Joint Tour

    October 27, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Kenny Chesney will merge tours with Jason Aldean for a run of megashows in 2015, as Chesney's Big Revival tour melds with Aldean's Burn It Down for 10 stadium dates. The first shows to go on sale are New England’s Gillette Stadium on A ...

  49. Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Team Up for More Live Shows in 2015

    October 26, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga have added more live shows for 2015, Billboard has learned. In addition to two previously announced shows in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Gaga and Bennett will perform together at the Hollywood Bowl on May 30; the Royal ...

  50. CMJ Issues Statement on New York Ebola Scare, Fest to Continue As Scheduled

    October 24, 2014 1:10 PM EDT When news broke last night that a man confirmed to be infected with Ebola had visited Brooklyn bowling alley The Gutter before being admitted to the hospital, there was an anxious response from attendees of the annual CMJ Music Marathon, current ...

Pages