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Rally Australia cancelled due to bushfires

Rally Australia cancelled due to bushfires
Bushfires that have ravaged the region had put the event at risk with organisers releasing a significantly revised shortened 90km route late last night.

However, the risk is such that organisers have elected to call off the final round of the World Rally Championship.


Clockenflap organisers confirm event will go ahead.

<div>Clockenflap organisers confirm event will go ahead.</div>
The final line-up for Hong Kong’s Clockenflap festival was released last week, as the event’s organisers state the importance of bringing people together “in positive ways” amid continuing unrest.
Bombay Bicycle Club, Metronomy and Nick Murphy are among the final additions to the Clockenflap line-up, which features previously announced acts including Halsey, Baby Metal, Lil Pump and Mumford and Sons.

The final line-up release, confirmation that the festival will go ahead as planned from 22 to 24 November, comes after the cancellation of Live Nation’s inaugural Rolling Loud Hong Kong last month.
The hip-hop festival is one of an array of live music events to be cancelled or postponed since anti-government protests began in June, initiated by the introduction of a controversial extradition bill. The proposal has since been withdrawn but protests for democratic reform in the special administrative region (SAR) of China have continued.

Krept and Konan tour on hold after knife attack

<div>Krept and Konan tour on hold after knife attack</div>
The rap duo will now perform the dates in January, with all original tickets remaining valid. A show at London’s 20,000-capacity O2 Arena will go ahead as planned on Thursday 5 December.
Referencing “complications” with his leg, Krept told fans that the seven back-to-back November shows were “not physically possible”.

“I need to make a full recovery because you know on tour it gets wild and what we have planned requires 100% strength,” reads a post on social media.
Investigations into the stabbing are ongoing. No arrests have been made so far.


Ticketmaster, Eventbride introduce Youtube sales in Australia

<div>Ticketmaster, Eventbride introduce Youtube sales in Australia</div>
Initially available only to US consumers, the TM-YouTube tie-up was announced in November 2017, and sees upcoming concert dates listed under artists’ music videos, with the option to click through to the Ticketmaster website to make a purchase.

“Ticketmaster’s priority has always been to make it easier for you to discover events and get tickets into your hands, and thanks to our expanding partnership with YouTube, Ticketmaster is making it easier than ever for Australian fans to discover and get tickets to concerts and live events showcasing the artists they love,” reads a Ticketmaster Australia statement.

Aussie Live Industry: New Festival legislation “unworkable”

<div>Aussie Live Industry: New Festival legislation “unworkable”</div>
A group of Australian industry organisations has penned an open letter to New South Wales (NSW) premier Gladys Berejiklian over the re-introduction of controversial festival licensing laws which were scrapped just a few weeks ago.
The Australian Festival Association, APRA AMCOS, Music NSW and Live Music Office signed the letter, which accuses politicians of a “total lack of respect for the live music industry” and demands a roundtable meeting to discuss “regulation and safety at music festivals”.
Under the newly drafted Music Festivals Bill 2019, it is an offence for any festival deemed ‘high risk’ by the NSW Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority (ILGA) to take place without drawing up a safety management plan for approval first. Failure to do so is punishable by a twelve-month prison sentence.
The proposed legislation was drawn up following the rejection of previous licensing laws by the NSW Legislative Council. At the time, the Australian Labor Party stated they would not support any legislation which included a listing of ‘extreme risk’ festivals.

Green Day Glasgow gig promoter sues stage firm for £1.3m over cancelled show.

Green Day Glasgow gig promoter sues stage firm for £1.3m over cancelled show.
A music promoter is suing a stage building firm for £1.3million over the cancellation of a massive outdoor concert by Green Day.

Paul Cardow and his firm PCL organised the gig in Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park in July 2017, which had to be called off at the last minute due to heavy rain.

Now, Cardow has raised an action at the Court of Session in Edinburgh against Glasgow Stage Crew Ltd.

The firm, which is based in Winchburgh, West Lothian, was responsible for providing the stage for the concert, which was also due to feature Slaves, Rancid and The Skids.

Download Madrid on hiatus

<div>Download Madrid on hiatus</div>
The organisers of Download Festival Madrid have announced that the event will not be returning for 2020, while the team works on remodelling the event.
The festival, an expansion of Live Nation’s Download brand, has taken place at the Caja Mágica, Madrid, for the past three years. The inaugural edition of the event “exceeded expectations” in 2017, attracting over 100,000 fans.
The 2019 edition of Download Madrid took place from 28 to 29 June, with performances from Slipknot, Scorpions, Tool and Sabaton.
The Download Madrid organisers shared the news via the following statement:
“We would have liked this statement to be the announcement of the fourth edition of Download Festival Madrid.

New Rolling Loud Fest called off amid HK protests

<div>New Rolling Loud Fest called off amid HK protests</div>
The festival, announced in July, would have become the city’s first two-day hip-hop festival and feature performances by US talent including Wiz Khalifa, Migos, Playboi Carti and Ski Mask the Slump God. A spin-off of the flagship Miami event, Rolling Loud Hong Kong was set to take place this weekend, 19 and 20 October, at the Art Park in West Kowloon Cultural District.

Organiser Live Nation Electronic Asia broke news of the cancellation this morning, announcing on social media that, “after consulting with security experts, it has been determined that it is not possible to organize [sic] the upcoming Rolling Loud Hong Kong edition as we had hoped without endangering the safety and well-being of our fans, artists and staff.”

Live-Nation to co-produce Cirque du Soleil Berlin Residency

<div>Live-Nation to co-produce Cirque du Soleil Berlin Residency</div>
The new production will make its debut in the winter of 2020, with an expected annual attendance of approximately 400,000.

Cirque du Soleil is responsible for the artistic content of the new show, which is inspired by the German capital. Live Nation, the operator of the 1,800-seat Theater am Potsdamer Platz, will co-produce the show.

“This is a beautiful way of celebrating [our] 25-year relationship with the city,” comments Cirque de Soleil Entertainment president and CEO, Daniel Lamarre. “This new and exciting production is most certainly the best way to highlight the privileged bond we have with Berlin.”

“We are excited about this world premiere as we all share the same fantastic vision of inspiring audiences with outstanding events,” says Marek Lieberberg, CEO of Live Nation in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Japan counts the cost of Typhoon Hagibis

<div>Japan counts the cost of Typhoon Hagibis</div>
When Hagibis made landfall it packed sustained maximum winds of around 167 km per hour, according to data from the U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center. However, some of its strength had dissipated over the ocean before reaching the coast of Japan. Maximum sustained wind speeds peaked at 259 km per hour two days before making landfall but this was still not as powerful as last year’s Typhoon Mangkhut or the devastating Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines in 2013.