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May23
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OVG To Study Norfolk Scope Arena

Norfolk, Va., may be throwing its hat in the ring to vie with neighboring Virginia Beach as a concert hub with plans to overhaul and expand its aging Scope Arena by thousands of seats. more

05:00PM, Tuesday
May23
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Manchester Arena Attack: Updates & Reactions

The terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester Arena on May 22 has sparked reactions from the entire live entertainment sector, including people from The O2, CTS Eventim and Phil Bowdery.  Upcoming Take That dates at the arena are postponed. more

09:00AM, Tuesday

May23
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FBI On Fyre?

The now notorious Fyre Festival was already facing potential millions of dollars in lawsuits from disgruntled attendees, financiers, and others, but now the FBI may be involved in a criminal investigation of the affair. more

08:00AM, Tuesday
May23
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Australia: NZ Promoters, Melbourne Revival

NZ Promoters Threaten Wellington Boycott Over Ticketmaster Deal,  How To Save Your City’s Live Industry, ...   more

06:00AM, Tuesday
May22
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Explosion, Fatalities Confirmed At Ariana Grande Show

Police confirm 19 dead following an explosion at the end of Ariana Grande's May 22 concert at Manchester Arena in England. Developing. more

04:07PM, Monday
May22

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Emergency services work at Manchester Arena after reports of an explosion at the venue during an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester, England, May 22, 2017. Several people have died following reports of an explosion. 
May22
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Lights Turn On For Melbourne’s Palais Theatre

Melbourne’s Live Nation-managed Palais Theatre reopened to the public May 18 after a six-month A$26.9 million ($20.1 million) worth of refurbishments.  more

02:45PM, Monday
May22
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Perry Snags 'Idol' Deal

Katy Perry is rumored to be getting $25 million to be a judge on the “American Idol” return. more

02:30PM, Monday
May22
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Europe: Drug Testing, A Tribe Called Quest, Herbie Hancock, Cannes

UK Festivals To Allow Onsite Drug Testing, A Tribe Called Quest Cancels European Dates,  Cannes Film Fest Evacuated Again,  Herbie Hancock at New Dutch Jazz Festival, ...  more

02:00PM, Monday
May22
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 5/18/17

Harry Styles is on top for the week, with the top 5 also seeing a shakeup with new music from Paramore and Zac Brown Band.  more

11:00AM, Monday
May22
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Ticketers Sue Fyre Festival

To the surprise of no one, organizers of the notorious Fyre Festival are being hit with yet another lawsuit, this time from the company hired to handle the event’s ticketing and refunds. more

08:01AM, Monday
May22
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Circus Performer Falls

 A circus performer fell from a spinning cage called the Wheel of Death during a suburban New York performance and is recovering from his injuries. more

06:34AM, Monday
May19
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The Festival Landscape From An investor’s Standpoint

Pollstar speaks to Harry Heartfield, Partner at Edition Capital and responsible for mergers and acquisitions at Superstruct, the Providence Equity-backed company that bought a majority stake in Sziget at the beginning of this year.  He talked about SFX, Glastonbury, Live Nation, festival profits and risk, and much more.   more

05:00PM, Friday
May19
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Chris Cornell Update: Pointfest Canceled, Wife Disputes Suicide

Pointfest, which was to take place May 20 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Missouri with Soundgarden as headliner, has been canceled according to festival organizers 105.7 The Point.  more

02:30PM, Friday
May19
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Toby Keith To Perform In Saudi Arabia During Trump Visit

American country singer Toby Keith will play the Green Hall in Saudi Arabia’s capital of Riyadh on May 20, the day Donald Trump is to speak at the Saudi-U.S. Summit in the same city.   more

01:00PM, Friday
May19
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Belly Up For A New Venue

Officials with the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Southern California are advocating to build a 1,900-capacity, $19 million concert venue at the location’s Surfside Race Place. more

11:00AM, Friday
May18
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Pemberton Music Festival Is Canceled, Files Bankruptcy

Pemberton Music Festival has filed for bankruptcy and called off its 2017 event, organizers announced May 18.  more

07:01PM, Thursday
May18
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Seger Sold Out Before Onsale

Some Bob Seger fans were surprised to find out that a rare hometown show sold out four full days before the public onsale date. more

05:00PM, Thursday
May18
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Inglewood Stadium Faces Delay

“Record-setting” rain in Southern California has pushed back the opening date of the new stadium in Inglewood to 2020, nearly a year after the original target. more

03:01PM, Thursday
May18

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The guys of Phoenix light up Centennial Olympic Park during Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta May 14.
May18
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Update: Cornell Killed Himself By Hanging

Chris Cornell, one of the most lauded and respected contemporary lead singers in rock music with his bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, killed himself Wednesday by hanging in a Detroit hotel room, according to the city’s medical examiner. He was 52.

 
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11:30AM, Thursday
May18
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Live Nation’s ‘E’ Ticket

Live Nation has announced a “Festival Passport” that will cost $799 and allow fans to enter any of the company’s 90-plus affiliated festivals worldwide through the end of 2017.  more

10:30AM, Thursday
May17
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Someone Has Sinned With 12 Stones Tour

The Christian post-grunge band 12 Stones gave a highly unusual explanation for canceling tour dates that had been announced, claiming a whole tour was created without their knowledge; it should come as no surprise that the claim has been challenged. more

05:01PM, Wednesday
May17
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UK: John Farrell Arena Group, UK Theatres

Farrell Joins Arena Group As COO, UK Theaters Set Box Office Record, ...  more

05:00PM, Wednesday
May17

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 Miley and Noah Cyrus gift their mother Tish Cyrus a cake onstage at KIIS FM’s Wango Tango event at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., May 13.
May17
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Asia: Strawberry Fest, Ed Sheeran, Ticketore

Beijing Strawberry Fest Canceled, Ed ‘Everywhere’ Sheeran, Pia Launches New Ticketing Marketplace, ...  more

01:00PM, Wednesday
May17
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Michael Eavis To Speak At IFF

The father of Glastonbury will be the guest of this year’s keynote interview at the third edition of the International Festival Forum, which takes place in Camden, London, Sept. 26-28.  more

09:30AM, Wednesday
May17
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Ticket Scam Artist Sentenced

An Iowa woman has been sent to prison for scamming dozens of people out of money by selling fictitious tickets and more to the Super Bowl and other events. more

08:00AM, Wednesday
May17
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Ghost Ship Lawsuits Consolidated

Relatives of 18 of the 36 people who died in Oakland's "Ghost Ship" warehouse fire added California's Pacific Gas & Electric utility on Tuesday as a defendant in their wrongful death lawsuits. They claimed the company should have known the warehouse's electrical hookups were hazardous and illegally installed. more

07:39AM, Wednesday
May17
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The Last Days Of Ringling Bros.

A look at the last days of the the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus. more

07:31AM, Wednesday
May17
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No Wallets At Universal’s New Water Park

No need to schlep around wallets or locker keys in your Speedos at  new water park opening later this month. more

07:15AM, Wednesday
May17
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Live Nation Saves The Queen

Live Nation is moving into the historic Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Del., taking over management from World Café Live at the end of May.  more

05:00AM, Wednesday
May16
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Pandora To Shed Ticketfly?

Pandora Media is said to be considering hiving off Ticketfly, fewer than two years after acquiring the ticketing company, to better concentrate on its music-streaming core service.  more

04:31PM, Tuesday
May16
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Loretta Lynn In Stroke Recovery

Loretta Lynn has been moved from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility to continue her recovery from a stroke. more

03:00PM, Tuesday
May16
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Mazzy Star’s Keith Mitchell Dies

Mazzy Star drummer Keith Mitchell died May 14, according to Rolling Stone. Details, including a cause of death and his age, were unclear at press time.    more

02:01PM, Tuesday
May16
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Eminem New Zealand Lawsuit Wraps Up

Eminem’s copyright hearing against the New Zealand government wrapped up May 12 after two weeks at the High Court in Wellington. But a ruling may not be made for a few months.  more

12:00PM, Tuesday
May16
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Sex Abuse Claim Undoes Band

Emergent queer-punk PWR BTTM was abandoned by tourmates, dropped by its record label and canceled by venues just as it was to drop its anticipated second album and embark on a spring tour. more

09:00AM, Tuesday
May16
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Scott's Arrest Not First For Same Charges

Rapper Travis Scott's recent arrest after a concert in Arkansas is not his first on accusations of encouraging fans to join him on stage. more

08:55AM, Tuesday
May16
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Wisconsin Club To Shutter

A well-known nightclub in Eau Claire, Wis., will close its doors in July after 17 years in business. more

08:00AM, Tuesday
May16
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Direct Licensing: ‘The Fault Is Absolutely With The PROs.”

Direct licensing is not a difficult issue to solve. The difficulties arise when trying to get all stakeholders to work together to find an easy solution. more

07:00AM, Tuesday
May16
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Claws Come Out Over Deadmau5 Cat Name

Deadmau5 has filed a countersuit against the owner of Meowingtons.com, who has accused the helmet-wearing producer of trying to compete with her business. more

06:00AM, Tuesday
May16
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Kappus Exhibit Unveiled At Blues HOF

Rosebud Agency chief Mike Kappus helped launch Blues Music Week in Memphis May 10 with the unveiling of an exhibit of his 45 years’ worth of memorabilia at the Blues Hall of Fame Museum.  more

05:00AM, Tuesday
May15
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Suits Against Fyre Swell

Add financers of the much-maligned Fyre Festival to the growing ranks of those suing organizers. more

05:01PM, Monday
May15
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UK General Election: Industry Demands

The UK’s music industry has published its demands for the new government that is to be elected June 8 “to ensure the continued prosperity of the music sector.”   more

04:30PM, Monday
May15
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 5/11/17

Kendrick Lamar loses the top spot thanks to new LPs from Logic and Chris Stapleton. more

01:55PM, Monday
May15
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Australia/NZ: BIGSOUND, Wonderland Assault, NZ Music Manager Awards

Global Industry Names For BIGSOUND, Aussie Festival Site Manager Crowd-Funding To Sue Over Assault, Alastair Burns Named NZ Manager Of The Year, ...  more

01:50PM, Monday
May15
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Ed Sheeran First For New Perth Stadium

Ed Sheeran will apparently be the first music act to play the new, 60,000-seat Perth Stadium March 3.  more

11:00AM, Monday
May15
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Manilow Postpones Shows

Barry Manilow has postponed two concerts in Los Angeles and Chicago on doctor's orders because of sprained vocal cords. more

07:15AM, Monday
May15
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Travis Scott Arrested

Rapper Travis Scott has been arrested following a concert in northwest Arkansas. more

07:07AM, Monday
May12
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Scottish Concert Weekend Canceled On Short Notice

Promoter These Events Ltd. has scrapped two one-day Scottish festivals, Hands Up and Studio 54, originally announced to take place June 3-4 at Falkirk Stadium in Scotland.   more

03:30PM, Friday
May12
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Tollett Confirms: No Desert Trip

UPDATE: Goldenvoice CEO Paul Tollett has confirmed to Pollstar that Desert Trip 2017 is not happening. more

01:00PM, Friday
May12
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Venues: Phoenix, Toronto

New 1,800-cap venue possible for Phoenix, ...  Toronto Concert Hall To Reopen, ... 
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01:00PM, Friday
May12
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Artery Global Expansion

Agents Tanner Westimayer and Mike Landau joined Artery Global of Sacramento, Calif., the company announced May 1. more

09:00AM, Friday
May12
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LN Kickoff to Summer Concludes

The Live Nation promotion that was offering fans tickets at $20 a pop has concluded and helped move more than one million tickets. more

08:00AM, Friday
May12
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Jay Z Signs $200M Touring Deal With Live Nation

Jay Z has signed a $200 million, 10-year deal with tour promoter Live Nation. more

06:30AM, Friday
May12
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Andy Shauf Gear Stolen

Canadian performer Andy Shauf had a rude awakening May 5 when he discovered his tour van and trailer were broken into after Shauf played a gig in Atlanta the night before.  more

06:00AM, Friday
May12
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Asia: X Japan, MassiveMusic, Streaming, Visas

Yoshiki's emergency surgery stops X Japan tour ... MassiveMusic expands to Tokyo … Japan is still catching up with streaming … Musicians from the U.S. and the U.K., as well as a venue operator and staff members were arrested at a Hong Kong venue.  more

05:00AM, Friday
May11
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Florida Georgia Line’s House

Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard are preparing to open the doors to FGL House, offering country fans in Nashville a new home away from home for their restaurant and entertainment needs.  more

06:00PM, Thursday
May11
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Another Day, Another Fyre Suit

Fyre Festival VIP tickets were still being sold after it was clear the event was in trouble and artists were told not to fly out to the Bahamas before consumers were, according to a new suit.  more

05:00PM, Thursday
May11
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Stones Leave Out UK On Europe tour

No, Brexit is not the reason the UK isn’t part of the Rolling Stones’ upcoming European tour. The band says it is skipping its hometown in 2017 due to a lack of venues.   more

01:00PM, Thursday
May11
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Ticket Brokers Fined

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday announced a $2.76 million settlement with six ticket brokers as part of its investigation into the concert and sports ticketing industry. more

11:11AM, Thursday
May11
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Pitbull Signs With WME

Pitbull has signed with WME, represented in all areas. more

11:03AM, Thursday
May11
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Judge Considering Prince Heirs Ruling

A Minnesota judge is considering a request that Prince’s sister and five half-siblings be declared his lawful heirs, over the objections of others whose claims have been rejected and are under appeal.  more

07:01AM, Thursday
May11
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White Eagle Roosts In Jersey City

White Eagle Hall is back in business in Jersey City, N.J., and booked by Excess dB Entertainment’s Heath Miller, currently the buyer for NYC’s Webster Hall. more

05:01AM, Thursday
May11
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Europe: Clair, UK Agents, Starwatch

Clair Global Acquires Britannia Row, New Name &President For UK Agents’ Association, Starwatch Helps Promote Big City Beats.  more

05:00AM, Thursday
May10
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TM Criticizes Secondary Ticketing ‘Media Frenzy’

Ticketmaster has criticized a bill proposed by the Irish government, which aims at fining re-sellers in breach of a 10 percent profit limit.  more

04:00PM, Wednesday
May10
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Texas Promoter Sentenced In Fraud

David Rosen, a former Austin concert promoter, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and make $1.8 million in restitution after pleading guilty to securities fraud May 5.  more

02:00PM, Wednesday
May10
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Sheeran, Bieber Add Asia Dates

Ed Sheeran's rumored tour of Asia seems to be on. Earlier this month it was reported that he had added Kuala Lumpur to his world tour, which began in March.  more

01:30PM, Wednesday
May10
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Front Gate Tickets Comes To The UK

Latitude is the first major UK festival to use Front Gate Tickets, Ticketmaster’s white-label ticketing solution for festivals.   more

10:30AM, Wednesday
May10
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Monaco Joins LiveStyle

 Chris Monaco, a former VP at Universal Music Group, has joined LiveStyle – formerly known as SFX Entertainment. more

07:00AM, Wednesday
May10
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Ozzy And Daisley Go To Arbitration

Ozzy Osbourne’s former bassist had his suit against the Prince Of Darkness dismissed by a federal judge, sending the case to arbitration. more

06:19AM, Wednesday
May10
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Sturgill Simpson Leads Nominees With 3 At Americana Awards

Grammy-winning country singer Sturgill Simpson leads the Americana Honors and Awards nominees with three nominations, including album, artist and song of the year. more

06:15AM, Wednesday
May09
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Man Posing As Adele Rep Arrested

A Florida couple accused of impersonating artist representatives in order to acquire free concert tickets and swag was arrested by Miami-Dade police May 6 after attempting to get comps for Kendrick Lamar at the Rolling Loud festival.  more

05:00PM, Tuesday
May09
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Australia: Melbourne, Bots, Spark Arena

Melbourne Wins Bid To Host Music Cities Convention, Australian Industry Calls For Action On Bots, Auckland’s Vector Arena Becomes Spark Arena ...   more

03:30PM, Tuesday
May09
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Blondie, Alison Moyet For Amazon Prime Concerts

After moving into ticketing and setting up premium seating lounges at select UK venues, online retail giant Amazon is offering concerts for subscribers to its Prime offering.   more

02:00PM, Tuesday
May09
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Ultra Europe vs. Miami: WEG Responds

In a counter claim to AMM’s federal complaint against Worldwide Entertainment Group, the Ultra Music Miami promoter says it indeed owns the Ultra Europe trademark.  more

12:00PM, Tuesday
May09
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Steve White Memorial May 24

A memorial has been scheduled for Steve White, 61, veteran production manager who ran Avalon Attractions’ San Diego operations.   more

09:30AM, Tuesday
May09
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Concert Without Borders 'About Unity, Art'

With musicians performing on two stages set up next to each other on either side of the border, a concert at the Douglas Port of Entry this month will bring a different kind of attention to an area that’s been in the national spotlight for barriers.  more

06:00AM, Tuesday
May08
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Fan Sues Anselmo, Hank III

A concertgoer who claims he was assaulted after telling metal band Superjoint to “stop talking and sing” during a 2015 show at Bogart’s near Cincinnati has sued members Phil Anselmo and Hank Williams III. more

03:54PM, Monday
May08
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Demand Soars For Bruno Mars, Cat Stevens Down Under

The Australian and New Zealand leg of Bruno Mars’ 24K Magic World Tour 2018 has proven a huge success for Live Nation.  more

01:00PM, Monday
May08
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Elite 100 Artists Week Ending 5/4/17

Kendrick Lamar remains on top, but is closely trailed thanks to new material from Gorillaz as well as Mary J. Blige.  more

11:00AM, Monday
May08
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Ultra Europe vs. Ultra Music Miami

The promoters of Ultra Europe claim to have been tricked into various licensing agreements by Worldwide Entertainment Group, the promoters of Ultra Music Festival Miami.  more

10:00AM, Monday
May05
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Country Legend Loretta Lynn Hospitalized After Having Stroke

Country music legend Loretta Lynn has been hospitalized after having a stroke, her publicist said Friday. more

07:46PM, Friday
May05
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PRS For Music Helps Artists Calculate Overseas Royalties

PRS For Music has launched an online tool “to help members who perform their music internationally negotiate full and fair royalty settlements.”   more

03:30PM, Friday
May05
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LYV Stock Soars After Q1

Investors were obviously pleased with Live Nation Entertainment’s first-quarter financial reports released May 4 that showed narrowing losses but record revenues. more

02:56PM, Friday
May05
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Fyre Festival's Bahamas Bust & Lessons Learned

The industry weighs in on the now-legendary mess known as Fyre Festival. more

01:55PM, Friday
May05
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CTS Eventim Creates Corporate Communications Role

Christian Steinhof will head a new corporate communications department at German ticketing giant CTS Eventim effective May 1 and will report to CEO Klaus-Peter Schulenberg.  more

01:45PM, Friday
May05
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Philly Met To Get $45M Revamp

Developer Eric Blumenfeld has announced an agreement with Live Nation to revive Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House, confirming reports Pollstar covered in April.   more

11:30AM, Friday
May05
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AEG Facilities To Manage Swedish Friends Arena

AEG Facilities is to manage the 75,000-capacity Friends Arena, located in Solna, outside the Swedish capital Stockholm.  more

08:45AM, Friday
May05

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The Illusionists ham it up with John Ballard of MagicSpace Entertainment (center) along with SMG’s Amy Jennings and Pollstar’s Wendy Snyder-Crabtree and DeAnna Seamore when the magic troupe visits William Saroyan Theatre in Fresno, Calif., April 26.
May04
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Live Nation Reports Q1 Loss

Live Nation Entertainment reported a loss of $33 million in its first quarter, yet exceeded Wall Street expectations as it released 2017 first-quarter financial results after the New York Stock Exchange closed May 4. more

05:22PM, Thursday
May04
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Giant Container Jigsaw Unveiled At Autism Rocks Arena

In time for the sold-out Justin Bieber show at 117Live’s 30,000-capacity, open-air arena on May 6, artist Guido van Helten unveiled the largest reconfigurable format street art in the world.   more

04:30PM, Thursday
May04
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Mario Maglieri Dies

Mario Maglieri, 93, owner of Los Angeles’ Whiskey a Go Go, The Roxy and Rainbow Bar and Grill, died May 4 “surrounded by loved ones,” according to a Facebook post by the Rainbow. No further information was available at press time.   more

03:18PM, Thursday
May04
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Hawaiian Fake Promoter Sentenced

Turk Cazimero, a Hawaiian promoter who pleaded guilty to wire fraud offenses, has been sentenced to eight years in prison. more

03:00PM, Thursday
May04
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Promoter Charged With Fraud, ID Theft

A concert promoter with ties to West Hollywood, Calif., and Las Vegas was arrested in Texas by FBI special agents April 29 on federal wire fraud and identity theft charges alleging he defrauded investors in concerts and other events. more

01:00PM, Thursday
May04
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Led Zeppelin To Reunite At Desert Trip?

Rumors of a Led Zeppelin reunion for a future incarnation of Desert Trip were increasing at press time.  more

12:34PM, Thursday
May04
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Zepp Halls Continue Expansion

Sony Music Entertainment Japan has reinforced its plans to expand its network of Zepp concert halls.   more

12:31PM, Thursday
May04
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Wacken Lays Beer Pipeline

To serve thirsty metal fans and protect the soil, organizers of German Wacken Open Air are taking onsite beer distribution to another level. more

11:35AM, Thursday
May04
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Final Ringling Bros. Show To Be Live Streamed

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus first wowed audiences in the 19th century. For the iconic American spectacle's final act, it will broadcast the final performance on a 21st century medium: Facebook Live. more

09:05AM, Thursday
May04
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Fines For Circus Tent Collapse

A judge on Wednesday ordered a Florida-based circus operator to pay $15,000 in fines for operating without a license in New Hampshire following a 2015 tent collapse that killed two people and injured dozens. more

09:04AM, Thursday

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