Oak View Group, Spectra to Merge in Blockbuster Venue Deal
Oak View Group and Spectra announced an agreement to merge on Monday, creating a venue management and hospitality giant will own, operate, or service hundreds of venues across the globe. Financial terms of the merger, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2021, were not announced.... Read more
UK Regulator Asks for New Powers Over Ticket Resale
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK is recommending changes to the regulatory climate surrounding ticket resale, which would grant it new power to deal swiftly with individuals and platforms who violate the law. Suggested reforms include a ban on platforms allowing ticket brokers to sell more... Read more
Vivid Seats Announces Planned Post-Merger Board of Directors
Vivid Seats, which is in the process of going public via a merger with Horizon Acquisition Corporation (NYSE: HZAC), announced its future Board of Directors this week. The board, filed with the SEC on August 16, is chaired by David Donnini and includes nine directors with leadership in tech... Read more
Live Nation Alters Policy, to Require Vaccination or Negative Tests
Live Nation Entertainment has shifted gears with its COVID-related policies, announcing that all artists and fans would have to be fully vaccinated or show a recent negative test. The policy, which supercedes a previous one where artists were allowed to choose whether to require COVID-related restrictions or not, goes... Read more
AEG Presents to Require Proof of Vaccination at All Venues, Festivals
AEG Presents announced Thursday that all of its owned and operated venues, clubs, theatres, and festivals will require customers to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for entry. The policy will go into effect on October 1, with an interim policy requiring that customers show proof of either full... Read more
Ticket Legislation and Regulation Panel a Key Focus of Ticket Summit
Rules and regulations surrounding live events and ticketing are in a state of near-constant flux, and COVID isn’t going to make things any simpler. Ticket Summit is anticipating its Tickets Regulation and Legislation panel to be one of the best-attended of the show, which is less than a week... Read more
New Orleans Jazz Fest Called Off Amid Louisiana COVID Case Surge
What would have been the first-ever fall version of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival won’t happen after all, as authorities called off the 2021 Jazz Fest due to surging COVID case rates in Louisiana. The annual event was called off in 2020 during the initial COVID wave... Read more
Live Nation to Require Employee Vaccination; Artist Choice on Events
Live Nation Entertainment is planning to require all U.S. employees to  be vaccinated against COVID, as well as allowing artists performing in its venues to require proof of vaccination or a negative covid test, according to a memo published by Variety. The note, signed by Live Nation Entertainment CEO... Read more
NYU Academics Petition FTC to Ban “Drip Pricing” Practices
The Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University School of Law petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to request that the regulator ban so-called “drip pricing” practices. Such practices involve the display of one price to consumers, omitting fees that must be paid in order to complete the transaction.... Read more
Nebraska Reverses Mobile-Only Decision After Fan Outcry
Widespread pushback among its fan base led Nebraska to chance its mind regarding mobile-only ticketing, at least for the upcoming fall football season. Athletic Director Trev Alberts announced the decision via Twitter last week, bowing to fan demands that their right to receive a paper ticket and parking pass... Read more