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Promoters positive despite sales drop in Barcelona.

<div>Promoters positive despite sales drop in Barcelona.</div>
Concert promoters in Barcelona, Spain, have noticed a decrease in ticket sales as the result of protests in the city, sparked by the jailing of nine Catalan politicians and activists two weeks ago.
Promoters including Live Nation and Barcelona-based The Project, as well as venues such as el Palau de la Música and el Gran Teatre del Liceu have seen a decline in sales since 14 October, when the Spanish Supreme Court sentenced the organisers of the 2017 Catalan independence referendum to 9 – 13 years in prison.

“Sales have fallen and we still haven’t recovered the rates that we had before,” Tito Ramoneda, co-founder of The Project and vice president of Spanish Promoters’ Association APMusicales told El Periódico. According to Ramoneda, sales have dropped by around 30% over the past two weeks.

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.


Dubai’s second Bao Festival cancelled.

<div>Dubai’s second Bao Festival cancelled.</div>
The electronic dance music (EDM) festival was set to kick off in at Dubai’s Meydan Grandstand on Oct. 4 with a headline performance by US DJ Steve Aoki.

Organizers took to social media to blame the last-minute cancellation on “unforeseen circumstances” and said that those who purchased tickets from Dubai.platinumlist.net will be refunded within 15 days.

Last year’s inaugural festival boasted a starry line-up of international DJs, including Martin Garrix, Dimirti Vegas & Like Mike, Afro Jack and Don Diablo.

Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart to play Saudi Concert series.

Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart to play Saudi Concert series.
The concerts are taking place as part of Ula season, one of eleven region-specific cultural event series forming part of Saudi Arabia’s new Saudi Seasons initiative. Ula season will run from December 19 to March 7, with performances from Egyptian musician Omar Khairat and Greek pianist Yanni also scheduled.

The live music events will take place every weekend throughout the season at the new 500-capacity, 5,000-square metre Maraya concert hall. Arabic for ‘mirror’, Maraya was completed in January 2019 in the old town of Al Ula. The festival is expected to attract around 40,000 visitors.

Metallica cancel Australian stadium tour as frontman enters rehab.

<div>Metallica cancel Australian stadium tour as frontman enters rehab.</div>
Rock legends Metallica have cancelled their upcoming stadium tour of Australia and New Zealand just weeks before it was due to begin.
In an emotional note to their Aussie fans, the remaining band members have revealed that frontman James Hetfield has entered rehab for his ongoing addiction issues, forcing the cancellation of the tour that was due to start on October 17.

The band’s Australian tour promoter Live Nation say that, while all tickets will be refunded, they are working with Metallica to secure new tour dates.


Taylor Swift cancels concert amid animal rights criticism.

<div>Taylor Swift cancels concert amid animal rights criticism.</div>
The Cup announced Swift as its headline act earlier this month, but cancelled on Saturday, citing scheduling issues.
The singer had been criticised by animal rights groups, who accused her of "endorsing animal abuse".
Six horses have died at the Cup since 2013, including one horse who was euthanised on the course last year after fracturing his shoulder.

Our main focus is the UK and Europe: TEG boss talks...

<div>Our main focus is the UK and Europe: TEG boss talks...</div>
The MJR Group promotes more than 2,000 shows annually and owns and operates multiple venues in the UK, while Sydney-based TEG organises more than 200 tours a year through its owned promoters, TEG Dainty and TEG Live, and issues more than 28 million tickets with Ticketek. The merger of the two companies, said Jones at the time, “marks a significant step towards TEG becoming a global live entertainment powerhouse”.

Reflecting on the company’s growth over the past four years, Jones, who has been CEO of TEG (then known as Nine Entertainment), since 2011, says: “Previously, our core was certainly the Ticketek business, which is a very strong brand in Australia and New Zealand. When we were acquired by Affinity [an Asian private-equity firm that bought Nine in April 2015], their thesis was, ‘We want to grow this business; what can we do?’

Houghton Festival cancelled over bad weather fears

<div>Houghton Festival cancelled over bad weather fears</div>
Further information about refunds will be coming soon and more information will be shared on social media, Houghton's team said. (RA ticket buyers, please note: Information regarding refunds will be available later today.) 

Festival organisers announced the cancellation today in a statement on Facebook. "Tragically, following this morning’s reports and further consultation with authorities, health and safety and all the festival directors, the decision has been made to cancel Houghton 2019," they wrote. "Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers, staff and performers, which would be compromised if we were to go ahead." They closed: "Please do not turn up on site today, and pass this message onto anyone else you know who may be leaving for the event today." 


Pink's crew, manager escape plane crash unscathed.

<div>Pink's crew, manager escape plane crash unscathed.</div>
Ten people were onboard the plane, which caught fire after landing. No casualties were reported.
“Pink was not personally on board,” a representative of Live Nation Norway told reporters. “Her manager and several other members [on] the tour were, but it all turned out ok.”
Davies took over management of Pink following the release of her second album, Missundaztood, in 2001. The Australian has worked with artists including Tina Turner, Cher, Janet Jackson and Olivia Newton-John.

The plane had taken off from Oslo, Norway, on its way to the next stop on the European leg of Pink’s Beautiful Trauma tour at the 10,400-capacity Casa Arena in the Danish city of Horsens. The show went ahead last night (Wednesday 7 August) as planned.


Saudi Arabia Festival “Turning point” for youth culture

<div>Saudi Arabia Festival “Turning point” for youth culture</div>
Jeddah World Fest, the largest music festival to take place in Saudi Arabia, has been dubbed as “overwhelmingly successful” by organisers Roqu Media International.

The sold-out festival, which took place on 18 July, saw performances by 50 Cent, Janet Jackson, Chris Brown and Steve Aoki. Nicki Minaj, originally billed as a headliner for the event, pulled out a week before following pressure from human rights organisations.
The Ireland-based Roqu Media now has a contract to deliver the festival for the next three years. The media production company is also preparing similar events to take place in Russia, Georgia and South Africa.

Speaking to the Sunday Times, Roqu president Robert Quirke says the Saudi festival was “overwhelmingly successful [but] extremely challenging given the local circumstances.”