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Sep22
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Barca Wants Record Naming Rights

Spanish soccer club FC Barcelona asks its future stadium naming rights sponsor for euro 25 million per year over a contract period of 20 years. more

05:00AM, Friday
Sep21
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Five Years Of Treats For Suwannee Hulaween

What started as The String Cheese Incident’s freaky Halloween party has not so quietly turned into the Suwannee Hulaween festival in Northern Florida, a picturesque destination event attracting 20,000-strong daily crowds and top artists.  more

05:00PM, Thursday

Sep21
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Protest Planned Blocks From St. Louis’ Busch Stadium

Another protest is planned for Thursday evening in St. Louis, taking place just blocks from Billy Joel’s concert at Busch Stadium. more

03:49PM, Thursday
Sep21
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NJ Country Music Fest Canceled

A two-day country music and food truck festival in Atlantic City was abruptly canceled Sept. 19 by organizers who cited “unforeseen circumstances.” more

03:30PM, Thursday
Sep21
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Construction At ‘The Q’

The renovations on Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland have officially begun, meaning that the city is still in contention for hosting an NBA All-Star game in 2020 or 2021. more

03:00PM, Thursday
Sep21
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PAC Proposed To Replace Mizner Park

Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Fla., could face the wrecking ball under a plan by one of the state’s largest condo developers who wants to replace with 300 to 400 luxury units. more

12:00PM, Thursday
Sep21
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Zappa Hologram To Tour

The Zappa Family Trust is teaming up with the hologram production company Eyellusion company to give Frank Zappa’s loyal fans one more chance to see the man onstage. more

11:00AM, Thursday
Sep21
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Europe: Ticketmaster France, Gadget AG

Ticketmaster Hires Charlotte Broutin, Gadget Goes Full Service, ...  more

09:00AM, Thursday
Sep21
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Rethinking Event Cancellation Insurance

Event Protect is offering primary, secondary ticket agents, venues and sports teams a new way of making sure their customers are refunded all of their money directly if an event is canceled.  more

06:00AM, Thursday
Sep20
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Asia: Road To Ultra, Ian Hunt, EDM

OD Reports At Road To Ultra, Ian Hunter Shows Canceled, EDM Thriving After Dance Law Revoked, Olympics Tickets Slow, ... more

05:00PM, Wednesday
Sep20
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New Order Settles With Former Bassist

British rock icons New Order announced “a full and final settlement has been reached” in the dispute with former bassist and co-founder Peter Hook.  more

03:30PM, Wednesday
Sep20
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O2 London Addresses Foo Fighters Ticket Snafu

After some 200 fans were turned away from the Foo Fighters gig at London’s O2 Sept. 19, the arena’s operators have issued a statement reiterating the event’s “names on ticket” policy.  more

02:00PM, Wednesday
Sep20
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Latin Grammy Noms Postponed

Nominations for the Latin Grammy Awards have been postponed because of Tuesday’s earthquake in Mexico and the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. more

01:30PM, Wednesday
Sep20
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Allman Brothers Producer Johnny Sandlin Dies

An Alabama musician and recording engineer who produced songs for groups including the Allman Brothers Band has died. more

12:07PM, Wednesday
Sep20
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Facility Assessment: Mexico City

So far, there are no reports of damage to live-performance facilities in Mexico City as it begins to recover from a devastating Sept. 19 earthquake. more

11:09AM, Wednesday
Sep20
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U Arena Opens With Stones Triple

Paris has a new arena, U Arena, and it opens with a Rolling Stones triple, Oct. 19, 22 and 25. The concerts are part of the iconic band’s No Filter tour through Europe. Here’s the lowdown.  more

09:30AM, Wednesday
Sep20
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‘Festivals Are Like An F1 Car’

Most festivals this year did exceptionally. However, a significant number received bad press for an apparent lack of organization. Pollstar asked live entertainment professionals across Europe for their opinion.  more

09:00AM, Wednesday
Sep20
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Shawn Mendes Postpones Mexico City

With Mexico City still in the throes of the aftermath of a devastating earthquake that is responsible for at least 220 fatalities, Shawn Mendes has canceled his show tonight at Auditorio Nacional. more

08:01AM, Wednesday
Sep20
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Calgary Arena Clash

The city of Calgary and the NHL’s Calgary Flames have been publicly squabbling over plans to build a new C$555 million ($455 million) arena, with the city refusing to budge on deal terms and fears of the team leaving town.  more

07:00AM, Wednesday
Sep20
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C3 Presents Wins Lolla Appeal

C3 Presents can’t be held liable for a woman’s broken ankle suffered at Lollapalooza in Chicago six years ago, an Illinois appeals panel ruled in upholding a lower court’s summary judgment exonerating the company.  more

05:00AM, Wednesday
Sep19
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Interview: A2Live Bringing The Storm

Since former SFX VP of global partnerships Eric Reithler-Barros joined Eric Zho’s Shanghai-based EDM empire A2Live earlier this year as managing director and COO, the company has continued to increase its global and pan-Asian profile.  more

05:00PM, Tuesday
Sep19
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Rapino Speaks At Goldman Sachs Conference

Michael Rapino spoke at length at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference on a variety of topics including Live Nation’s plans for international expansion, opportunities for growth in hospitality-oriented areas, and the development of Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan and Presence. more

04:00PM, Tuesday
Sep19
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OceanAid Music Fest Names Director

Joseph Farriella has been named director for OceanAid Music Festival, which took place this year at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Hawaii, April 30 and featured Cee-Lo Green, Bootsy Collins and Maxi Priest, among others. more

02:00PM, Tuesday
Sep19
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‘Fyre Fest’ Of Classical Music

Rhode Island’s Newport Contemporary Music Series was supposed to feature the biggest names in contemporary orchestral music, including Philip Glass and “Lord of the Rings” composer Howard Shore, performing over a six-week period.  more

01:00PM, Tuesday
Sep19
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Milwaukee’s New Entertainment Temple

The Milwaukee Bucks are moving into a new 17,500-capacity arena, due to open in September 2018. The $524 million project is about more than just sports. Pollstar spoke with arena GM and head of programming Raj Saha.  more

12:00PM, Tuesday
Sep19
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London O2 Adds More Entertainment

AEG Europe and Crosstree Real Estate Partners, a joint venture, are adding 110,000 square feet of new development at The O2 London.  more

09:30AM, Tuesday
Sep18
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Rapino Talks Ticketmaster Presence

Ticketmaster’s plans to transition to primarily-mobile ticketing are picking up steam, and Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino spoke on the subject at a Goldman Sachs investor conference Sept. 14.  more

03:00PM, Monday
Sep18
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Rapid City Mayor Promotes New Arena

Rapid City, S.D. Mayor Steve Allender is supporting a proposal to build a new arena instead of renovating the 10,000-capacity Don Barnett Arena. more

02:30PM, Monday
Sep18
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 9/14/17

New music from Thomas Rhett, The National. and Jack Johnson put them on top for the week with strong album sales. However, Drake and Taylor Swift remain.   more

01:30PM, Monday
Sep18
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Australia: Hangout, Drake, The Killers, Splendour

Drake Sells Out Down Under, Hangout Fest Heads Down Under,  Steve Romer To Exit As VMA CEO, Splendour Site Gets Extension, ...  more

11:00AM, Monday
Sep18
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Uncle Kracker Guitarist Kevin McCreery Dies

Kevin McCreery, 53, known best as lead guitarist for Uncle Kracker, died Sept. 14 after a battle with cancer, confirmed by friends and colleagues.   more

10:01AM, Monday
Sep18
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Richman Exits Comcast Spectacor

Ike Richman, Comcast Spectacor’s VP of public relations is leaving that company after 29 years to start his own firm. more

09:13AM, Monday
Sep18
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Geoff Ellis Interview: ‘Not Just For The Paycheck’

King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, Scotland, made it into Pollstar’s mid-yearTop 100 worldwide clubs, which is quite remarkable for a 300-capacity venue. more

08:00AM, Monday
Sep18
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Rolling Stone Magazine To Be Sold

Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner plans to sell his company’s controlling stake in the legendary magazine that chronicled the music and politics of the counterculture movement and changed music journalism forever. more

07:00AM, Monday
Sep18
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Lady Gaga Postpones European Leg Of World Tour

Lady Gaga has postponed her world tour’s European leg until next year because of ongoing health problems, the tour’s promoter said Monday. more

06:00AM, Monday
Sep16
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U2 Cancels St. Louis Show Over Protests

U2 has canceled its Saturday night concert in St. Louis after police told concert organizers that they couldn't provide a typical level of security because of protests. more

09:48AM, Saturday
Sep16
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Judge Sets Date For Cosby Retrial

A judge has scheduled a new date for Bill Cosby’s retrial on charges he drugged and molested a woman more than a decade ago. more

05:00AM, Saturday
Sep15
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German Fans Delay Euro League Fixture in London

The Euro League match between Arsenal London and Cologne Football Club started an hour late on Sept. 14, because some 20,000 German supporters congested the streets in front of Emirates Stadium.  more

02:00PM, Friday
Sep15
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Gambling On Creative Bookings

There's a strategic shift happening at casinos away from gaming tables and into resort concert venues. Pollstar talks to entertainment programmers who are breaking the mold on concert bookings.  more

11:30AM, Friday
Sep15
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K2 Acquires Factory Music Management

London-based international agency K2 has acquired Factory Music Management and Agency.  more

10:00AM, Friday
Sep15
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Red Bull Buys Leipzig Stadium

Red Bull GmbH with its soccer club RB Leipzig has agreed to the acquisition of Leipzig’s stadium with the former owner and the city of Leipzig, Germany.   more

09:00AM, Friday
Sep15
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Stars Honor Troy Gentry At Opry Memorial

Country singer Troy Gentry of the popular duo Montgomery Gentry was memorialized Thursday by friends and Grand Ole Opry singers as funny and kind, an artist with a huge appetite for life who loved his family, his music, his band and his fans. more

06:00AM, Friday
Sep15
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Breast Biter Sentenced

A man who bit a 14-year-old girl at a Green Day concert in Portland, Ore., was sentenced to more than 30 days in jail. more

05:00AM, Friday
Sep14
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Attempted Murder On Music Row

Katie Quackenbush, an aspiring country singer in Nashville, was arrested for attempted murder for the Aug. 26 shooting of a homeless man near Music Row. more

04:00PM, Thursday
Sep14
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Live Nation Top Gun: Good Luck, Amazon

Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino made it clear at a recent Goldman Sachs conference: Amazon is awesome but good luck competing against Ticketmaster. more

03:00PM, Thursday
Sep14
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Jessi Zazu Dies

Jessi Zazu, 28, lead singer of Nashville band Those Darlins, died of cancer Sept. 12.  more

02:30PM, Thursday
Sep14
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Goldenvoice Announces Promotions

Goldenvoice announced promotions for two of its Los Angeles talent buyers.  more

12:30PM, Thursday
Sep14
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Lefkowitz Joins Live Nation Philly

David Lefkowitz has been named VP of talent for clubs and theatres at Live Nation in Philadelphia.  more

11:52AM, Thursday
Sep14
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The Game's Aussie Tour Canceled

 Australian tour promoter Tour Squad has confirmed it has started legal action against The Game and his management after a tour this month was canceled a week out Sept. 13.  The Game said the tour was "fake."  more

10:00AM, Thursday
Sep14
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Husker Du's Grant Hart Dies

Grant Hart, the drummer and vocalist for pioneering indie rock band Husker Du, has died. He was 56. more

09:30AM, Thursday
Sep14
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Isle of Wight Acquisition Greenlighted

The UK Competition and Markets Authority has cleared the merger between Live Nation and Isle of Wight Festival on the grounds that Live Nation’s existing festivals attract different audiences.   more

09:05AM, Thursday
Sep14
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Blizzard Unveils Esports Arena

Los Angeles is getting a new destination for professional video game competitions as Blizzard unveiled its flagship esports arena in the Burbank Studios Sept. 7.
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09:00AM, Thursday
Sep14
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Prosecutor: Knight’s Girlfriend Sold Video To TMZ

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight’s girlfriend and a business partner have been charged with violating a court order by selling a video showing Knight running his truck into two men to celebrity news website TMZ for $55,000, prosecutors said Wednesday. more

08:00AM, Thursday
Sep14
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John Prine Receives Americana Award

Folk singer songwriter John Prine was awarded the artist of the year, while one of his protégés, country singer Sturgill Simpson, took home album of the year at the Americana Honors and Awards show. more

06:00AM, Thursday
Sep13
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Venues Withstand Hurricane Irma

Most performance venues in Florida appear to have survived the second of back-to-back hurricanes without major damage.  more

05:30PM, Wednesday
Sep13
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Short Items: Music Factory, Lou Mann, Stone Pony

The new Music Factory in Irving, Texas, has a title sponsor … Lou Mann has been named exec VP of VNUE …  Benefit planned for Stone Pony house promoter. more

04:45PM, Wednesday
Sep13
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Five Accused Of Conspiring To Defraud Parton Relief Fund

Five people have been charged in Tennessee with conspiring to defraud the My People Fund of Dolly Parton's Dollywood Foundation, set up to help people affected by wildfires last year. more

03:30PM, Wednesday
Sep13
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Asia: Bruno Mars, Chainsmokers, Hyundai

Bruno Sells Out Manila, Chainsmokers Joke Gaffe, Volunteer Musicians Miffed, ...  more

03:00PM, Wednesday
Sep13
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Engine Problems Caused Troy Gentry Copter Crash

Engine problems caused a helicopter crash last week that killed Montgomery Gentry singer Troy Gentry and the pilot, according to a preliminary report issued Wednesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. more

01:39PM, Wednesday
Sep13
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Lolla Berlin Site: ‘We Can Do Large Scale Events’

The operator of the horse racetrack Hoppegarten in Germany, site of Lollapalooza Berlin 2017, has reacted to the festival promoter’s claims regarding infrastructure problems during the event.  more

12:00PM, Wednesday
Sep13
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Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas

Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges and more are banding together for the “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” benefit concert Sept. 22 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.  more

10:11AM, Wednesday
Sep13
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Stars Turn Out To Push For Donations For Hurricane Relief

Urged on by dozens of stars who turned out to sing, tell stories and plead for support for hurricane victims in a one-hour televised benefit, organizers said more than $44 million was raised Tuesday and donations are still being accepted. more

10:01AM, Wednesday
Sep13
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Update: Kid Rock Opens Detroit Arena

In the end, the political aspirations of musician Kid Rock were not laid bare Tuesday night before thousands of screaming fans when the rocker performed the first of six concerts at a new sports arena in Detroit. more

05:13AM, Wednesday
Sep12
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Police: Rock Group Members Raped Woman

Four members of a Polish death metal band arrested on charges of kidnapping a Washington state woman are also suspected of sexually assaulting her after a concert during a party on the band’s tour bus, according to court documents. more

04:07PM, Tuesday
Sep12
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AEG, DHL Enter Logistics Partnership

AEG and worldwide express service DHL signed a three-year global partnership deal on top of The O2 London arena, Sept. 12.   more

04:00PM, Tuesday
Sep12
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UTA Acquires Speakers Bureau GTN

United Talent Agency acquired speakers bureau Greater Talent Network, giving UTA an even wider footprint in the personal appearances sector as the company continues to expand.  more

03:00PM, Tuesday
Sep12
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The Brits Are Taking Over Nashville

Americana Fest kicks off Sept. 12 in Nashville, Tennessee, and Britain has fielded three of its most promising artists. Pollstar speaks to the people involved, including DHP Family, British Underground and Andy Shearer, the booking agent for Yola Carter, on whom great hopes are pinned.    more

02:00PM, Tuesday
Sep12
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Seattle Announces KeyArena Deal

Oak View Group and Seattle announced a plan Sept. 12 to privately finance the renovation of the KeyArena for NBA and NHL use by October 2020. more

12:44PM, Tuesday
Sep12
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German Lollapalooza Moves Again

When Lollapalooza Berlin takes place for the fourth time next year, Sept. 8-9, it will happen in the German capital’s Olympiapark. This year's edition was somewhat marred by public transport issues.   more

11:00AM, Tuesday
Sep12
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Yes Cancels Tour

Yes has canceled remaining dates for its “Yestival Tour” following the news that Steve Howe’s son, Virgil, died unexpectedly Sept. 11. more

10:00AM, Tuesday
Sep12
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Tacoma Venue Robbed

Tacoma, Wash., police are seeking two suspects in a robbery at Cultura Event Center where one person was shot Aug. 26. more

09:30AM, Tuesday
Sep12

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One fan looks none too pleased at his wife’s feelings toward Bono as they wait to attend the U2 concert at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis Sept. 8.
Sep12
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CTS Eventim Takes Over Vertigo Italy

German promoter and ticketer CTS Eventim expands its business in Italy by acquiring 51 percent of Italian promoter Vertigo.  more

07:00AM, Tuesday
Sep12
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Appeals Court Rejects Would-Be Prince Heirs

The Minnesota Court of Appeals says two descendants of a former security chief at Paisley Park who Prince reportedly regarded as a brother are not entitled to share in the late rock superstar’s estate. more

06:00AM, Tuesday
Sep12
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Australia: Drake, Falls Festival, Bigsound

Drake, Foo Fighters, Niall Horan. Americana Music Association Expands, BIGSOUND Sets New Attendance Record, Summer Events Start To Sell Out, ...  more

05:00AM, Tuesday
Sep11
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Spotify, SJM Behind ‘Who We Be’

Spotify’s in-house urban music team together with SJM are promoting a hip-hop and grime concert dubbed Who We Be at London’s Alexandra Palace, Nov. 30.   more

04:00PM, Monday
Sep11
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 9/7/2017

Get used to seeing Taylor Swift at the top of this chart. She's already breaking records (iTunes, Spotify, YouTube) while releasing new singles and her new LP doesn't drop until November.   more

03:00PM, Monday
Sep11

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College football fans ready for a Kentucky Wildcats came at the newly named Kroger Field, formerly Commonwealth Stadium, in Lexington, Ky., Sept. 9. The university will receive $1.85 million from Kroger annually for 12 years.
Sep11
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Woman Found Dead After Bestival UK

Police arrested a man on suspicion of murdering a 25-year-old woman who attended Bestival in Dorset, England, Sept. 7-10.   more

11:00AM, Monday
Sep11
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Rapper ‘Gee Money’ Killed In Shooting

Police in Louisiana’s capital city say a 22-year-old who rapped about street violence was killed in a weekend shooting. more

09:30AM, Monday
Sep11
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OPUS 1 Fits The Tech Bill

A new art, music and tech festival called OPUS 1 will debut Oct. 7 at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods in Columbia, Md., presented by the Howard Hughes Corporation that developed the planned community between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. more

09:00AM, Monday
Sep11
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Irma Hits Florida With Wind, Flooding

At Germain Arena, where thousands sought refuge south of Fort Myers, people sat amid puddles on the concrete floor Monday morning. more

06:00AM, Monday
Sep11
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ETEP: Record Number Of Bookings

The European Talent Exchange Program, now in its 15th year, has for the third consecutive time generated a record number of bookings from Europe’s festivals. more

05:00AM, Monday
Sep10
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Band Members Arrested On Suspicion Of Kidnapping

The four members of Polish death metal band Decapitated have been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a woman after a concert last month in Washington state, authorities said. more

06:00AM, Sunday
Sep09
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Former Stagehand Sues Katy Perry

A stagehand who worked on Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour is suing the popstar after a backstage accident forced her to amputate a toe. more

09:00AM, Saturday
Sep09
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The Unforgettable Drone

A man allegedly flying a drone over the parking lot before a U2 concert at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y., was arrested Sept. 4 and charged with trespassing with an unmanned aircraft. more

07:00AM, Saturday
Sep08
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Don Williams Passes

Don Williams, the Country Music Hall of Fame member who became known as the “Gentle Giant” for his laid-back country tunes, died Sept. 8. He was 78. more

02:30PM, Friday
Sep08
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Troy Gentry Dies In Crash

Montgomery Gentry has confirmed that Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash Friday afternoon. The country duo was supposed to perform tonight in Medford, N.J.  more

01:25PM, Friday
Sep08
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Crocodile Rock To Be Demolished

Crocodile Rock Café in Allentown, Pa., faces demolition after being bought by a development company that intends to build a six-story, mixed-use residential and office building.   more

12:30PM, Friday
Sep08
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Staff Pro Expands

Staff Pro, the event security and staff training company, won bids to provide its services to the Birmingham, Ala., Jefferson Convention Complex and the 65,000-capacity Alamodome in San Antonio, where the company is also opening a new office. more

12:00PM, Friday
Sep08
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Manchester Arena: We Are Love

A picture of Manchester Arena’s new, almost completed foyer was released before the We Are Manchester benefit concert headlined by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Sept. 9.  more

11:00AM, Friday
Sep08
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London Opening Of ‘Hamilton’ Delayed

Think Christmas, not Thanksgiving, for the London opening of the hit musical “Hamilton.” more

09:30AM, Friday
Sep08
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Louis Messina Discusses Benefit

Louis Messina, longtime promoter for George Strait, talked to Pollstar briefly about Strait’s upcoming benefit concert and the simultaneous “Hand in Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Harvey Relief” telethon.  more

09:00AM, Friday
Sep08
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Update: Venues Prep For Hurricane Irma

Cancellations and postponements continue to come in because of the threat of Hurricane Irma, with affected dates spreading from Florida to the Carolinas.  more

08:45AM, Friday
Sep08
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Cash, Credit, Or Soccer Jersey?

The new home jerseys of German soccer club Schalke 04 carries a chip that allows fans to pay for food and beverages at Veltins Arena.  more

05:00AM, Friday
Sep07
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NEC Group To Restore Bradford Odeon UK

NEC Group from Birmingham, England, will invest £2 million to transform the historic Odeon in Bradford into a live entertainment venue by 2020.   more

03:00PM, Thursday
Sep07
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IEBA Nominees Announced

International Entertainment Buyers Association announced its 2017 Industry Awards nominees Sept. 7.  more

12:00PM, Thursday
Sep07
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Cavs Return To The Q Deal

The main roadblock to revamping Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena has been removed and the Cavaliers have confirmed they are ready to jump back into the $140 million deal which would see the team financing half of the renovations.  more

11:00AM, Thursday
Sep07
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Rae Sremmurd Sued For Concert Injury

An attendee of a Rae Sremmurd concert in October 2016 is suing the duo for injuries he allegedly sustained when they threw full bottles of water into the crowd. more

09:00AM, Thursday
Sep07
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Free Rap Concert Canceled By Riot

A free, all-ages concert by XXXTentacion scheduled at the 750-capacity Club Orpheum in Ybor City near Tampa Sept. 2 was canceled when thousands of fans mobbed the street outside the facility. more

08:00AM, Thursday

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