1. Booming British Live Market Grows to Generate $5.2 Billion

    June 13, 2016 9:54 AM EDT Close to 30 million people attended live music events in the United Kingdom last year, contributing £3.7 billion ($5.2 billion) to the local economy, according to new figures from umbrella trade organization UK Music. The third and most compreheni ...

  2. Bonnaroo (Finally) Gets Flushable Toilets

    June 10, 2016 2:03 PM EDT In addition to headlining sets by LCD Soundsystem, Pearl Jam, Dead & Company, this weekend's Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee will offer its 80,000 attendees something many may consider at various moments far mo ...

  3. Grateful Dead Promoter & Brooklyn Bowl Founder Peter Shapiro Feted for 'Creating Magic and Memories'

    June 09, 2016 2:02 PM EDT Independent music promoter Peter Shapiro, 43 -- who describes his life's work as "creating magic and memories," from his opening of the Brooklyn Bowl venues to reuniting surviving members of the Grateful Dead at 2015's Fare Thr ...

  4. Lucky Strike Expands Live Music Offerings with New Albany Venue: Exclusive

    June 09, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Even at Los Angeles tourist staple Hollywood & Highland, it’s rare to see a line around the block for bowling alley Lucky Strike on a Wednesday night. But on May 11, that was the scene outside the 13-year-old establishment as hundreds waited t ...

  5. Don Omar & Daddy Yankee Lock In 4 Concert Dates

    June 07, 2016 7:05 PM EDT They fought. They made up. They announced a mega-tour. Then they fought again. By the time reggaeton icons Daddy Yankee and Don Omar took the stage at the Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards in April, the fate of the fabled Kingdom Tour lo ...

  6. SFX Offloads Ticketing Arm Flavorus to Vivendi for $4 Million

    June 07, 2016 4:00 PM EDT SFX Entertainment continues to shed its various assets following its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing in February , with the latest coming this week. The company announced in court documents signed yesterday (June 6) that after an auction conducted la ...

  7. Governors Ball Founders Explain Their Decision to Cancel the Fest's Third Day

    June 06, 2016 3:48 PM EDT ​Founders Entertainment, producers of Governors Ball on Randall’s Island in New York, were forced to cancel the third and final day of their festival (June 5) due to fierce storms that rolled through the area on Sunday. This year’s GovBall, the fi ...

  8. Hot 97 Summer Jam Festival Stage Canceled Over Weather Concerns, Main Stage Still On

    June 05, 2016 3:19 PM EDT Organizers of the 2016 Hot 97 Summer Jam in New Jersey canceled the music event’s Festival Stage performances Sunday afternoon (June 5) over the threat of severe weather. Hot 97 Summer Jam 2016 Festival Stage: Chance the Rapper, Tory Lanez, Desiig ...

  9. Governors Ball Organizers Cancel Day 3 Over Severe Weather Concerns

    June 05, 2016 12:37 PM EDT Organizers of the Governors Ball 2016 music festival on Randall’s Island Park in New York have canceled day three (Sunday, June 5) over severe weather concerns. Live Nation Will Acquire Governors Ball “Sunday, June 5th of Gov Ball 2016 has officia ...

  10. Argentinian Live Music Legend Daniel Grinbank Returns with BUE: 'A Festival With Our Own Spirit'

    June 03, 2016 1:03 PM EDT Iggy Pop, Pet Shop Boys, Wilco, The Libertines, The Flaming Lips and Toots & the Maytals are among the artists announced for the BUE festival, set to take place in October 14 and 15 in Buenos Aires. Argentine rock impresario Daniel Grinbank is ...

  11. Diplo & Gwen Stefani Kick Off Samsung 837 Summer Concert Series: Exclusive

    June 02, 2016 5:36 PM EDT Samsung's new flagship location in Manhattan, dubbed Samsung 837, has only been open for slightly more than three months , and the company just announced its first-ever concert series called Live @ 837 at the new location, kicking off with a ...

  12. Reggae Legend Toots Hibbert Talks Hiatus, Maytals U.S. Tour in First Interview Since Onstage Attack

    June 02, 2016 12:33 PM EDT Veteran Jamaican singer Frederick "Toots" Hibbert , lead singer of Toots and the Maytals , whose six-decade career was halted in 2013 following an injury at a Virginia music festival, begins his much anticipated return tour of the U.S. o ...

  13. Muse Leads New Hot Tours List as Drones Trek Continues Brisk Business

    June 01, 2016 9:14 PM EDT Muse scores the top-ranked appearance on the weekly Hot Tours recap (see list, below) with $2.8 million in sales reported from a two-night engagement in Zürich during the ongoing Drones World Tour, now in its homestretch. With sellout crowds in at ...

  14. The Smell, L.A. Hub of Independent Music, Surprised By Demolition Order

    June 01, 2016 10:52 AM EDT The Smell, a bootstrapped independent venue and longtime fixture on the downtown Los Angeles music scene, may soon be shuttering. Over this past Memorial Day weekend the club received an official notice of demolition from landlords the L&R Gro ...

  15. Manhattan Venue Santos Party House Shuts Down Unexpectedly

    May 31, 2016 12:06 PM EDT Another New York City music venues is in the headlines this week, with news coming out over Memorial Day that Santos Party House in Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood has shut down, effective immediately. DNAInfo   notes that the club hosted ...

  16. Wildfire Near Sasquatch! Music Festival Venue Prompts Evacuations Nearby

    May 30, 2016 11:32 AM EDT Grant County officials are asking everyone to leave the area of a wildfire burning just east of the Columbia River within three miles of the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Wash. There are few homes in the area of the fire near Old Vantage Highway a ...

  17. Ticketing Execs and Others React to U.K. Secondary Ticketing Review

    May 28, 2016 1:40 PM EDT After months of consultation, behind-the-scenes lobbying and a high-profile Mumford & Sons -backed petition calling for tougher sanctions on the secondary ticketing market, Thursday (May 26) saw the long-awaited publication of a British govern ...

  18. How Tribute Shows Bring Out the Fan in Rock Stars: 'We All Turn Back Into Teenagers'

    May 27, 2016 12:36 PM EDT Some of the biggest star power during Grammy week in L.A. wasn’t found at Grammy events. It was onstage at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood at two separate events celebrating the music of Fleetwood Mac and the Doors . Between them, the Best Fest tri ...

  19. The Tragically Hip, Facing a Terminal Diagnosis for Singer Gord Downie, Forges Ahead with Summer Tour

    May 26, 2016 1:23 PM EDT Iconic Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip will perform what is expected to be their final tour this summer, following lead singer Gord Downie’s diagnosis of terminal brain cancer.  The quintet, together since 1984 and whose Canuck-centered song ...

  20. Live Nation's Michael Rapino Wants to Upsell You, Talks Streaming and Madonna-Like 360 Deals

    May 26, 2016 12:18 PM EDT Ten years and one merger with Ticketmaster later, Live Nation has grown its concert business to 25,000 shows and 73 million customers annually. At the helm of that now-global live-events empire is president and CEO Michael Rapino , who sat down re ...

  21. U.K. Review of Ticket Market Calls for Tout Monitoring, Draws Radiohead, One Direction Managers' Praise

    May 26, 2016 11:44 AM EDT A British government-led review into the secondary ticketing market has called for tighter scrutiny of services like Viagogo and Seatwave, but rejected calls for a blanket ban on secondary sites, or making the use of botnets illegal.   Published t ...

  22. Global Electronic Music Industry, Worth $7.1 Billion Last Year, Sees Growth Slow

    May 25, 2016 1:38 PM EDT The International Music Summit today released its global business report for 2016 , which takes stock of the electronic music industry over the past year. And while growth in the sector is slowing -- up just 3.5 percent year-over-year, the smalles ...

  23. Irving Azoff, MSG Plan Music-Only Las Vegas Arena

    May 25, 2016 8:00 AM EDT The Madison Square Garden Company and Irving Azoff , chairman/CEO of Azoff Madison Square Garden Entertainment, the team behind the return to glory of the Forum in Los Angeles, have partnered with Las Vegas Sands Corp. to bring a new 17,500-capaci ...

  24. eBay Buys Spain's Ticketbis, Giving StubHub More International Turf

    May 24, 2016 12:04 PM EDT StubHub just widened its reach following parent company eBay’s acquisition of Ticketbis, an international ticket marketplace with a presence in 47 territories throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Already the world’s largest secondary ...

  25. LouFest 2016 Lineup: LCD Soundsystem, Chris Stapleton, Lauryn Hill Meeting in St. Louis

    May 24, 2016 7:05 AM EDT It only took a reunion tour to get them here, but LCD Soundsystem will finally be making their St. Louis debut this summer at LouFest , the locally-produced event held Sept. 10-11 in the city’s leafy Forest Park. James Murphy’s electro-rock outfit ...

  26. Viagogo and StubHub Among Secondary Ticketing Sites Found To Be Breaking U.K. Law

    May 24, 2016 12:00 AM EDT Some of the U.K.’s biggest secondary ticketing sites, including Viagogo, StubHub and Seatwave, are routinely breaking the law regarding the resale of music and entertainment tickets, according to Which?, an independent consumer research organizati ...

  27. Rammstein & Marilyn Manson to Headline New Maximus Festival in South America

    May 23, 2016 7:26 PM EDT Barely one week after the announcement of OzzFest/KnotFest with headliners  Black Sabbath  and Slipknot , Move Concerts announced a new heavy metal fest in Latin America. The Maximus Festival will take place September 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and S ...

  28. Two French Festivals Drop Eagles of Death Metal After Singer's Comments

    May 20, 2016 1:20 PM EDT Two French music festivals have cancelled Eagles of Death Metal 's concerts this summer in reaction to comments by the band's frontman over the Paris attacks. The Rock en Seine concert in Paris and the Cabaret Vert festival in northern F ...

  29. Metal's Monster Comeback: 'It's the 90s All Over Again,' Rock Promoters Cheer

    May 20, 2016 10:35 AM EDT Rock is dead, long live rock.  Hard rock, that is. After years in the shadows, metal is experiencing a renaissance on the live front. "It's the mid-to-late 90s all over again," says Cory Brennan CEO/Founder of 5B Artists + Media,  t ...

  30. Global Entertainment Reportedly Hit With Layoffs

    May 17, 2016 1:11 PM EDT There are more changes afoot at Global Entertainment, the ambitious, "360"-styled content company started a year-and-a-half ago by ex-AEG boss Randy Phillips . Global Entertainment was launched in February 2015 with a wide slate of offer ...

  31. Maroon 5 Members Speak Out On Illegal Logging After Rainforest Trip; Documentary Premieres at Grammy Museum

    May 17, 2016 12:52 PM EDT Members of Maroon 5 and Guster, who traveled last year to the Guatemalan rain forest, are featured in a new documentary on illegal logging of the hard woods used to create musical instruments.  The project also explores sustainable sources for w ...

  32. Man Dies After Assault at Sacramento Hip-Hop Festival

    May 16, 2016 11:16 PM EDT A man has died from injuries he sustained when he was attacked queuing for food at a  Sacrame nt o  hip-hop festival on the weekend.  The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was attending radio station KSFM 1025’s sold out fest Sunday at ...

  33. Sturgill Simpson Adds North American Dates to World Tour

    May 16, 2016 7:43 PM EDT Sturgill Simpson  has expanded extensive world tour with more shows in North America.  Sturgill Simpson & Ace Frehley Highlight Rock Album Chart Debuts The crossover country artist began his tour earlier this month and on Monday (May 16) annou ...

  34. Louis C.K. Announces International Tour, Plans to Fight Off Scalpers

    May 16, 2016 7:10 PM EDT Louis C.K. has announced plans to tour through the remainder of the year, while attempting to keep ticket prices low and fend off scalpers.  The comedian made the announcement Monday (May 16) for a lengthy string of standup shows starting Tuesday ...

  35. Ticketmaster Class Action Settlement Going Into Effect Soon

    May 16, 2016 3:51 PM EDT Ticketmaster’s $400 million settlement over jacked-up fees for things like "order-processing" and shipping costs has been approved and finalized, more than a decade after the class-action suit -- Schlesinger v. Ticketmaster -- was origi ...

  36. Ozzfest & Knotfest Combining for Doubleheader Weekend

    May 12, 2016 5:41 PM EDT Ozzfest, founded by Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne 20 years ago, and Slipknot ’s Knotfest will combine for a Live Nation-produced multi-stage camping festival Sept. 24-25 at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Sha ...

  37. Songkick Loses Preliminary Injunction Request in Ticketmaster, Live Nation Antitrust Lawsuit

    May 11, 2016 6:42 PM EDT A Los Angeles federal judge issued a ruling in Songkick's antitrust suit against Ticketmaster and Live Nation on Wednesday (May 11), denying Songkick's movement for a preliminary injunction from Ticketmaster's service fees to receiv ...

  38. Desert Trip Mega-Concert Featuring McCartney & The Stones Sold Out in 3 Hours: Sources

    May 11, 2016 4:11 PM EDT In a testament to the tremendous box office power of its headliners, all of whom are some 50 years or more into their respective careers, Desert Trip in Indio, California, has sold out both weekends, generating what is surely to be the highest box ...

  39. Live Nation Launches $20 Ticket Promo For 1,000 Shows, 150 Artists

    May 10, 2016 9:26 AM EDT Live Nation, the world's largest promoter, will announce today that it is bringing back the $20 "Kickoff To Summer" ticket promotion that helped the firm hit record numbers at its amphitheaters in 2015, despite tough competition fro ...

  40. U.K. Ticket Scalping Under Fire from Mumford & Sons Ahead of Government Report

    May 09, 2016 1:37 PM EDT Mumford & Sons are calling on fans to sign a petition calling for tougher legislation against the secondary ticketing market. "If getting onstage is one of the best things about being a musician, seeing your audience get ripped off is und ...

  41. Barclays Center Group Forges Long-Term Deal to Renovate LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre

    May 09, 2016 12:41 PM EDT The team behind Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the renovation of the Nassau Veterans Coliseum on Long Island has signed a long-term lease with LIU Brooklyn to renovate and operate the 2,800 capacity Long Island University Brooklyn Paramount Theat ...

  42. Drake's OVO, Spotify Among Winners at Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards 2016

    May 06, 2016 10:14 AM EDT More than 700 members of the Canadian music industry and delegates from around the world gathered Thursday night in Grand Ballroom of Toronto's Sheraton Centre for Canadian Music Week's annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awar ...

  43. Justin Bieber's Purpose Tour Has Earned Over $40 Million (So Far)

    May 05, 2016 9:55 PM EDT Justin Bieber makes his third Hot Tours appearance (see list, below) since launching the Purpose World Tour and his first turn at No. 1 on the weekly slate of top-grossing tours. For this recap, $14.5 million in revenue was reported by promoter AE ...

  44. Which Artists Were 2015's Biggest Earners on the Road?

    May 05, 2016 1:01 PM EDT As part of  Billboard's annual Moneymakers  ranking of music's top earning artists, we are breaking out the Top 10 in four revenue stream sources: Sales, Publishing, Streaming and Touring. You only need to compare the headline numbers in ...

  45. Could the Stones-McCartney-Waters-Headlining Desert Trip Concert Rake In a Staggering $100 Million?

    May 05, 2016 11:45 AM EDT Touted as the “concert of the century,”   Desert Trip -- the three-day October extravaganza announced May 3, featuring a classic-rock dream team of The Rolling Stones , Paul McCartney , Roger Waters , Bob Dylan , Neil Young and The Who - is estima ...

  46. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard's Top Money-Makers List of 2015

    May 05, 2016 9:30 AM EDT Adele 's album megasales aside, touring is once again the determining factor for the 40 genre-spanning acts that topped Billboard 's ranking of music’s highest-paid musicians of the past year. For proof of that, just look at this year’s ...

  47. Beyoncé Adds Dates to Formation World Tour

    May 05, 2016 8:30 AM EDT Citing demand, Live Nation and Parkwood Entertainment have added an additional seven shows to the North American leg of Beyonce 's Formation stadium tour. The new shows, as well as the makeup date of the postponed May 5 Nashville show (now on ...

  48. Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem Top 15th Austin City Limits Fest Bill

    May 05, 2016 8:25 AM EDT Radiohead and Mumford & Sons (in their first-ever ACL appearances) will join Kendrick Lamar , LCD Soundsystem , Major Lazer , and Kygo as headliners at the 15th  anniversary edition of the Austin City Limits Music Festival, set for Sept. 30-Oc ...

  49. 'Like Chasing a Phantom': Prince Tour Guru John Meglen on His Super Bowl Epic, Musicology's $44M Run

    May 04, 2016 3:53 PM EDT Paul Gongaware and John Meglen , co-presidents of Concerts West, the global touring division of AEG Live, worked closely with Prince during one of the most commercially successful and artistically fulfilling periods of his career.  Between 2004 a ...

  50. Cuban Festival Musicabana Scaled Down Significantly After Approval Delays

    May 04, 2016 11:09 AM EDT When organizers announced Havana’s Musicabana festival at the beginning of this year, they called it an event that would “usher in a new era of cultural diplomacy” between Cuba and the United States, “offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience with ...

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