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Mar28
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Club Operator Denies Security Bypass Allowed Before Shooting

A Cincinnati nightclub operator denies that some patrons were allowed to bypass security checks that included metal-detection wands before a gunbattle erupted, killing one man and injuring 16 other people. more

02:23PM, Tuesday
Mar28
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Europe Arena Associations Attendance Rises

The European Arenas Association (EAA) and the National Arenas Association (NAA) in the UK say combined attendance at member venues in 2016 reached 23.3 million.  more

10:15AM, Tuesday

Mar28
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Fake Lorde Fools Auckland Fans

Lorde was in London on March 27 with her mother, but back in her hometown Auckland, 18,324 kilometers away, she was seemingly performing an intimate secret gig before 100 fans in the Grey Lynn public library.  more

09:30AM, Tuesday
Mar28
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Trump Impersonator Sues Joey Bada$$

A Donald Trump impersonator, in addition to resembling The Donald, can sue like him, too.   more

02:30AM, Tuesday
Mar28
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NZ’s Ragamuffin’s Farewell Still Seeking Home

The final edition of New Zealand’s reggae and R&B Ragamuffin is still looking for a home, promoter Andrew McManus reveals.   more

02:20AM, Tuesday
Mar27
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Hip-Hop Promoter Arrested In Fetty Wap Shooting

Police arrested a man described as a hip-hop promoter March 27 on charges of pistol-whipping someone during a shooting incident involving Fetty Wap. more

03:42PM, Monday
Mar27
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Man Allegedly Posing As LN Rep Arrested

An Ohio man was arrested for allegedly selling phony tickets to a March 17 Thomas Rhett concert in Huntington, W.Va. more

03:30PM, Monday
Mar27
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FOH Engineer Eisenhauer Dies

FOH engineer David Eisenhauer, who helmed tours for the likes of Bon Jovi, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow and many others since the 1990s, died in his sleep in Saint Louis March 23. more

02:59PM, Monday
Mar27
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Investigation Continues In Cincinnati Club Shooting

As Cincinnati police delved further into their investigation of a nightclub shooting melee that left one person dead and 16 injured, city officials Monday urged more witnesses to come forward and offered reassurances amid questions about safety in public gathering spots. Also the club has voluntary given up its liquor license and will remain closed until police complete the investigation.   more

02:45PM, Monday
Mar27
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It's Official: Raiders To Vegas, Baby

NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas at the league meetings on Monday.  more

11:49AM, Monday
Mar27
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Global Commits Further To Festivals

British-based media and entertainment company Global Entertainment has hired a commercial team, headed by Debbie Ward, dedicated to developing brand partnerships for its festival portfolio.  more

10:35AM, Monday
Mar27
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Ultra Music To Australia, India

Ultra Music is heading to Australia and India, the mega-EDM festival announced over the weekend from Miami.   more

09:25AM, Monday
Mar27
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Adele: No More World Tours?

It was possibly a case of hello, goodbye, for Adele who at the end of her debut Australian and New Zealand shows suggested she would not be doing any more world tours. more

09:15AM, Monday
Mar27
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Bringing Concerts To The Big Screen

Pollstar speaks to David Pope, CEO of MusicScreen, a company producing live concert footage and distributing it to cinemas across the world.  more

02:30AM, Monday
Mar26
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At Least 1 Killed In Cincinnati Club Shooting

Gunfire erupted inside a crowded Cameo nightclub early Sunday, killing one person and wounding more than a dozen others.  more

07:15AM, Sunday
Mar26
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K-Pop Looks Beyond China

In the face of a boycott of Korean culture in China, many K-pop artists are quickly looking to other markets in Asia.  more

02:05AM, Sunday
Mar25
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Auckland To Bid For UNESCO City of Music

The City of Auckland has green-lighted a bid by New Zealand’s Recorded Music NZ and Australasian Performing Right Association for Auckland to apply to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network to gain "city of music" status.  more

02:00AM, Saturday
Mar24
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CAA Promotes 22 Including Music And Comedy Staff

CAA has announced the advancement of 22 trainees, including promotions in the music and comedy departments. more

07:58PM, Friday
Mar24
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GV Offers ID Theft Protection After Breach

Goldenvoice is offering a year’s worth of identity theft protection to customers whose personal information may have been compromised in a third-party hack of Coachella and Stagecoach 2016 festival user info and the Coachella.com website.   more

04:00PM, Friday
Mar24
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Milwaukee Arena On Schedule

Construction of the $524 million, 17,500-capacity basketball arena for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks is on track to be finished for the 2018-19 season. more

11:26AM, Friday
Mar24
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Little Steven Vs. Snooki

Even if New Jersey's governor approves a measure inspired by former "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi to cap what state public universities can pay speakers, Rutgers University is still offering $35,000 for this year's commencement speaker, Steven Van Zandt. more

11:16AM, Friday
Mar24
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Live Nation & Riff Join Forces In Spain

Riff Producciones and Live Nation Spain have signed a strategic partnership to hire, promote and develop national talent. more

11:15AM, Friday
Mar24
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Marriott Goes Glamping At Coachella

Attendees of this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., will have a few more – and more glamorous – choices for accommodations, thanks to Marriott hotels. more

11:12AM, Friday
Mar24
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CTS Eventim To Pay Out Special Dividend

The strong growth of CTS Eventim’s ticketing segment in particular, which led to an increase in overall group earnings, allows the Germany company to please its shareholders with a payout of euro 94.1 million, or euro 0.98, per eligible share.   more

11:10AM, Friday
Mar24
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Bogus Nuge Promoter Charged

A Texas man, already in stir for a string of 2014 robberies, has been charged with making off with $5,000 paid to him by a Texarkana sports bar that thought it was booking a Ted Nugent show.  more

02:15AM, Friday
Mar24
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Apple Music, iTunes On Board With German Promoter Royalties

German promoters collecting society GWVR started providing promoters with an easy way to get their live music content onto Apple’s platforms and monetize it.  more

02:00AM, Friday
Mar23
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Variety Taps Halperin

Variety has confirmed that it has hired Shirley Halperin, news director and music editor for Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, respectively.  more

05:00PM, Thursday
Mar23
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One Offs

A collection of short items for the week of March 17-23, 2017.

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04:35PM, Thursday
Mar23
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Arkansas Reconsiders Letting Guns Into Facilities

Arkansas lawmakers voted Thursday to exempt college sporting events from a new state law that greatly expands where concealed handguns are allowed, moving quickly to address concerns about the sweeping gun rights measure leading to armed spectators at stadiums and arenas. more

12:44PM, Thursday
Mar23
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I.M.P. Gets 40-Year Pact At Merriweather

I.M.P. has inked a 40-year lease for Merriweather Post Pavilion from the Columbia, Md., nonprofit that acquired ownership of the 20,000-capacity venue in November and has big plans for renovating and modernizing the Frank Gehry-designed facility. more

11:47AM, Thursday
Mar23
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Hola! London: Latin Music Fest At The O2

 London’s O2 Arena is delving into the world of Latin American music with a one-day event July 22.  more

11:01AM, Thursday
Mar23
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Colston Hall Celebrates 150th Anniversary

The historic Colston Hall in Bristol, England, will promote an outdoor concert at the nearby Lloyd’s Amphitheater, July 21 celebrating its 150th anniversary.  more

11:00AM, Thursday
Mar23
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New Boutique German Electronic Festival

Set at an old Bavarian castle in South Germany, Farrago Festival welcomes John Talabot, Mano Le Tough, Honey Dijon and more Aug. 18-19.   more

10:45AM, Thursday
Mar23
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Sib Hashian Dies

Sib Hashian, 67, former drummer for Boston, reportedly died after collapsing onstage during a performance on the “Legends of Rock Cruise.”  more

10:41AM, Thursday
Mar23
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Cockfighting Arena To Be Demolished

Big Blues Sportsman’s Club in McDowell, Ky., which has been hosting illegal cockfights for more than 20 years, will be torn down. more

09:39AM, Thursday
Mar22
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Clevelanders Bring Quicken Protest To Detroit

Protestors opposing a deal for public financing of a Quicken Loans Arena upgrade traveled from Cleveland to Detroit March 21. more

02:45PM, Wednesday
Mar22
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Falls Festival Facing Class Action Over Stampede

Legal firm Maddens Lawyers announced March 15 it has filed a class action lawsuit against the four-state Falls Festival in Australia on behalf of 65 attendees.   more

02:15PM, Wednesday
Mar22
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X Japan Promotes Documentary, Teases Tour

X Japan, the country’s original "visual-kei" hard rock band, has received a great deal of attention overseas in recent months thanks to the English-language documentary "We Are X," which finally opened theatrically in Japan this month.   more

02:00PM, Wednesday
Mar22
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LN Spain Fined Over AC/DC Refunds

Spanish authorities have fined Live Nation Spain euro 15,000 ($16,197)  for failing to refund AC/DC fans in Seville who were disappointed that frontman Brian Johnson was replaced by Axl Rose.   more

11:00AM, Wednesday
Mar22
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ACC Liverpool Group Appoints New Board Chair

Ian Ayre, the former chief executive of Liverpool Football Club, will succeed David McDonnell, who is stepping down after seven years as ACC Liverpool Group chairman.  more

10:45AM, Wednesday
Mar22
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San Diego Univ. May Go It Alone

Athletic director John David Wicker says San Diego State is prepared to build a new football stadium on its own if it isn't involved in a billion-dollar development that would include a stadium for an MLS team. more

10:25AM, Wednesday
Mar21
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‘Game On’ For Va. Beach Arena

Virginia Beach, Va., has finalized a financing plan with a developer to build a $220 million arena after months of uncertainty.  more

04:00PM, Tuesday
Mar21
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Alibaba Acquires Beijing Ticketing Platform

Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd., China's biggest online retailer, has acquired Damai.cn, an online ticketing platform based in Beijing.  more

03:45PM, Tuesday
Mar21
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Fur Flies Over Deadmau5 Cat Trademark

Deadmau5 is being sued for his use of his cat’s name, as it is shared with a cat-themed online retail store. more

02:22PM, Tuesday
Mar21
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Germaine Lathouwers Dies

Germaine Lathouwers, former assistant to WME’s Peter Grosslight and Nederlander Concerts’ Alex Hodges, was struck and killed by a vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif., March 18, according to authorities.  more

12:11PM, Tuesday
Mar21
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Hardwell, Tiesto For Asian Ultras

The Ultra Music Festival has announced the first group of artists for its summer events in Singapore and South Korea, which take place simultaneously June 10-11.  more

12:10PM, Tuesday
Mar21
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Viagogo Stays Absent From Ticketing Hearing

Switzerland-based ticket re-seller Viagogo failed to send a representative to a parliamentary hearing in London addressing secondary ticket March 21.   more

12:00PM, Tuesday
Mar21
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Global Entertainment Buys Two More Festivals

Victorious Festival in Portsmouth, UK, and Hideout Festival on Zrce Beach, Croatia, are now among Global Entertainment’s portfolio. more

11:45AM, Tuesday
Mar21
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James Grant Group Acquires Deckstar

UK-based talent management firm James Grant Group has expanded to the U.S. with the acquisition of Deckstar Management.   more

11:30AM, Tuesday
Mar21
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Piscopo Considers Governorship

Joe Piscopo won't run as a Republican in New Jersey's upcoming governor's race, but the comedian best known for his Frank Sinatra impression on "Saturday Night Live" says he is "more serious than ever" about joining the field as an independent. more

07:09AM, Tuesday
Mar20
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Riot Fest Won’t Play Denver

Riot Fest, rocked by the November death of co-founder Sean McKeough, won’t take place in Denver this year but will carry on in Chicago, organizers announced on the festival’s website. more

11:54AM, Monday
Mar20
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Push For Australia To Ban Ticket Bots

Australia could follow the lead set by the United States to tackle online ticket scalping by banning ticket bots.  more

11:50AM, Monday
Mar20
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Confederate Flag Flown Near NCAA Games

A small group of protesters flew a large Confederate flag from the top of a parking garage next to a South Carolina arena hosting two men's NCAA Tournament games. more

11:19AM, Monday
Mar20
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Happy Birthday, Sziget

VIDEO INTERVIEW Pollstar spoke to Andras Berta, in charge of international relations at Hungary's Sziget Festival, which is one of Europe’s largest festivals, and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Aug. 9-16.  more

11:15AM, Monday
Mar20
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 3/16/17

The top of the chart remains mostly the same from last week, but now might be a good time to get "Beauty And The Beast" composer Alan Menken on the road.  more

11:00AM, Monday
Mar20
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1 Dead At Art Gallery Concert

Authorities say a University of Louisville student was fatally shot and five other people were wounded during a rap music concert at an art gallery in Louisville. more

10:54AM, Monday
Mar20
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Elton Shifts 50,000 In Minutes Down Under

Elton John has played 15 Australian tours since his career began in the early 1970s. But there are still regional towns he still hasn’t reached.  more

09:55AM, Monday
Mar20
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Renovated Illinois Theatre Gets Rave Revues

The renovation of a more than 100-year-old theater in western Illinois is getting rave reviews. more

09:25AM, Monday
Mar20
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DHP Launches The Borderline In Central London

DHP has reconfigured the interior of the long-standing 300-capacity Borderline venue in Soho, Central London, adding a new bar among other things.  more

02:30AM, Monday
Mar20
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Alpine Valley Taking Season Off

A historic musical venue in southeastern Wisconsin is taking the season off. more

02:02AM, Monday
Mar20
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Korea Boycott Continues

China's move to punish South Korea for its deployment of a controversial anti-missile system supplied by the U.S. has so far greatly affected Korean artists who are popular in China.  more

02:00AM, Monday
Mar19
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Reaction To The Death Of Rock ‘N’ Roll Legend Chuck Berry

“Chuck, you were amazing, and your music is engraved inside us forever.” – Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, in a series of posts via Twitter more

08:00AM, Sunday
Mar19
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Goldenvoice Sues Urban Outfitters

While Urban Outfitters is already closely affiliated with Coachella in the minds of many festival attendees and critics, there is no formal relationship between the clothing company and Goldenvoice, and the promoter is suing the apparel shop for distributing clothes with the Coachella brand. more

02:01AM, Sunday
Mar18
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Chuck Berry's Legend

Rock n' roll was more than a new kind of music, but a new story to tell, one for kids with transistor radios in their hands and money in their pockets, beginning to raise questions their parents never had the luxury to ask. more

10:21PM, Saturday
Mar18
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Chuck Berry Dies

Chuck Berry, 90, has passed away. more

03:15PM, Saturday
Mar18
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Artie Lange Arrested

Comedian Artie Lange was arrested recently on drug possession charges outside his New Jersey home. more

07:59AM, Saturday
Mar18
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Kelly Family Comeback Tour

The Kelly Family, who have reached iconic status in Europe, but especially in Germany, announced a comeback arena tour in Europe, promoted by Semmel Concerts.   more

02:00AM, Saturday
Mar17
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LN, Giddings Take Isle of Wight Fest 'To The Next Level'

Live Nation has acquired a major stake in Isle Of Wight, one of the UK’s most famous major festivals.  more

08:30AM, Friday
Mar17
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Palace Theatre Opens In St. Paul

The Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., has sat empty for decades, but thanks to a $15 million facelift from the city and a long-term lease with First Avenue nightclub and Jam Productions in Chicago to run it, the joint is jumping again.   more

02:35AM, Friday
Mar17
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Virginia Law Backs Ticket Reselling

A new state law will allow Virginians to resell tickets they’ve bought for concerts, football and basketball games, and other public events instead of being restricted, as with Ticketmaster.   more

02:20AM, Friday
Mar17
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Trump Eyes Endowment Eliminations

President Donald Trump’s first budget plan has some winners and some losers, the latter including funding for the arts, which could take a big hit if the proposal is passed as is. Among entities that would be completely shuttered are the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute of Museum and Library Services.  more

02:15AM, Friday
Mar17
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Atlantic City Casino To Become Waterpark

Investors who have purchased one of Atlantic City’s defunct casinos are hoping to convert the property into a family-friendly, indoor water park and hotel.   more

02:10AM, Friday
Mar17
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New Boutique DJ Festival In Spain

A 15th-century monastery will serve as the backdrop for a new festival dubbed Uva, which will bring a boutique selection of DJs to Ronda in the south Spanish region of Andalusia, June 2-4. more

02:05AM, Friday
Mar17
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Enclave Las Vegas Opens

Enclave, a $15 million high-tech corporate and event venue located a mile from McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, has officially opened a year after breaking ground.  more

02:00AM, Friday
Mar17

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The contributing artists of the Love Rocks NYC! benefit concert gather for a finale at the Beacon Theatre in New York City March 9. The show benefited God’s Love We Deliver, which expects to cook and deliver 1.6 meals to New Yorkers in need.
Mar16
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James Cotton Dies

James Cotton, 81, known as one of the best blues harmonica players of all time, died of pneumonia in an Austin, Texas, hospital March 16. more

04:00PM, Thursday
Mar16
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Wynkoop Named Boardwalk Hall GM

Jim Wynkoop has been named GM of Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., by facility manager Spectra.  more

01:00PM, Thursday
Mar16
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City Approves Irvine Shed

The Irvine City Council in California March 14 unanimously voted to approve a plan between FivePoint and Live Nation Entertainment to build and operate a temporary, 12,000-capacity outdoor amphitheater to replace the shuttered Irvine Meadows Amphitheater.   more

12:30PM, Thursday
Mar16
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Spectra Taps Rodowicz For Sun National Bank Center

Fran Rodowicz has been named GM of Sun National Bank Center, in Trenton, N.J., by facility manager Spectra.   more

11:45AM, Thursday
Mar16
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Superfly Plans Phoenix Fest

Superfly is taking the model for San Francisco’s Outside Lands and bringing it to Phoenix with Lost Lake Festival Oct. 20-22 at the city’s 75-acre Steele Indian School Park.   more

11:15AM, Thursday
Mar16
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UK Musicians’ Union Addresses SXSW Visa Fiasco

With a number of bands from Europe being refused entry into the U.S., and many of them being detained like criminals, the Musicians’ Union (MU) has spoken out.  more

09:56AM, Thursday
Mar16
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Lawmakers Grapple With Ghost Ship

California state lawmakers said they are grappling with a growing public safety problem in cities where financially struggling artists are illegally converting warehouses into housing and entertainment venues. more

08:45AM, Thursday
Mar16
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LN Promotes Coppel, Field Down Under

Live Nation has promoted Michael Coppel, president and CEO of its Australia and New Zealand operations to chairman. COO Roger Field becomes chief executive officer. more

06:55AM, Thursday
Mar16
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Canadian Music Week: ‘There’s A Lot Of Business Happening Here’

Pollstar spoke to Neill Dixon, founder and president of Canadian Music Week (CMW), about the festival’s history in light of its 35th anniversary, which takes place in Toronto April 18-23.  more

02:30AM, Thursday
Mar16
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First Direct Arena Naming Rights Extended

First Direct Arena in Leeds, England, will keep its sponsorship with SMG Europe until 2023 at least.   more

02:25AM, Thursday
Mar16
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Impeachment Reaches K-Pop

The political scandal that led to the ouster of South Korean President Park Geun-hye has reached into other areas of South Korean culture, including the K-pop field, according to various media.   more

02:05AM, Thursday
Mar15
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London Gets Country Week

After five successful editions of Country to Country (C2C) in London’s O2 arena, promoters AEG Europe and SJM Concerts have decided to celebrate a week of country music in London, Oct. 2-8.  more

12:35PM, Wednesday
Mar15
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Autism Rocks Arena Dubai Masters Endurance Test

Dubai’s newest open-air venue had its first serious operational test, with 30,000 attending Guns N’ Roses’ first shows in the Middle East, March 3, and another 10,000 flocking to Bryan Adams, March 9.  more

11:30AM, Wednesday
Mar15
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Vegas Arena No. 3 Still In The Game

With one new arena in Las Vegas and another on the way, attention has faded for a third, 22,000-seat facility spearheaded by ex-NBA player Jackie Robinson and, yet, bulldozers are making way for it.  more

02:30AM, Wednesday
Mar15
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PRG’s Live Entertainment Award Live Streamed In 3D

The German Live Entertainment Award (LEA) will be streamed as a 360-degree 3D event for owners of virtual reality headsets, live from Frankfurt, Germany, on April 3.  more

02:20AM, Wednesday
Mar15
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CMA Delegation Heads Down Under

A Country Music Association delegation led by CEO Sarah Trahern is visiting Australia to foster ties between the country music communities of Australia and the United States.   more

02:10AM, Wednesday
Mar15
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McCartney Adds Tokyo Date

Paul McCartney has added another date to his Japan tour in April, which, in truth, is a Tokyo tour since all the shows are in the capital.  more

02:00AM, Wednesday
Mar14
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Zappa And Zappa Versus Zappa

The family-fueled kerfuffle surrounding Dweezil Zappa and his “Zappa Plays Zappa” project has taken another turn, with blowback from the two siblings Dweezil has publicly criticized.   more

03:15PM, Tuesday
Mar14
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Three Agents Join UTA

United Talent Agency announced March 14 that Mike “Mike G” Guirguis, Bex Majors and Billy Wood have joined the company as music agents.   more

12:29PM, Tuesday
Mar14
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Artists Added To Summer Sonic, Fuji Rock

A bunch of new artists were added to the rosters of both major Japanese summer festivals, including The Amazons, Chronixx, Kehlani, Kasabian, Liam Gallagher and more.  more

12:15PM, Tuesday
Mar14
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Jazz Producer Tommy LiPuma Dies

Tommy LiPuma, 80, a longtime jazz producer and record company exec, died of an undisclosed illness March 13.  more

12:00PM, Tuesday
Mar14
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Don Warden Dies

Don Warden, 87, Porter Wagner Trio original member, Dolly Parton’s right-hand man for decades and a Steel Guitar Hall of Fame member, died March 11.  more

11:07AM, Tuesday
Mar14
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YG Paid Despite Trump Trashtalk

Contrary to rumors circulating through various publications and social media, YG apparently collected full payment for his performance at San Diego State University March 3.  more

09:45AM, Tuesday
Mar14
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Australian Festivals Showcasing At SXSW

Three of Australia’s biggest festivals are hosting showcases at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.   more

09:35AM, Tuesday
Mar14
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ACM New Artist Winners

Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne and Jon Pardi are the Academy of Country Music’s new artist winners, announced March 14 in advance of next month’s live televised awards show.  more

09:30AM, Tuesday

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