Wisconsin Festival Owners File Bankruptcy After COVID Cancellations
The organizers of a pair of festivals planned for the summer of 2020 have filed for bankruptcy protection, leaving fan refunds hanging in the balance. Hypervibe, organizers of the planned Country USA and Rock USA festivals in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, filed for Chapter 7 protection due to their inability to... Read more
Vivid Seats Owner Implicated in Enormous Tax Fraud Scheme
Billionaire Robert Smith has agreed to pay $140 million and admit wrongdoing for his part in a massive tax evasion scheme, part of a deal that will allow him to avoid prosecution, according to Bloomberg. Smith is CEO of Vista Equity Partners, which owns a substantial stake in Vivid... Read more
Ticketek Mobile Failure Strands Thousands Outside Australian Venues
A Ticketek moble ticketing system failure left thousands stuck outside stadiums in Australia Friday, raising serious COVID concerns in addition to fan angrer and inconvenience over the partially missed events. Thousands were stuck waiting for entry to a National Rugby League preliminary final between Melbourne and Canberra Friday at... Read more
Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Allow Fans for Dodge NHRA Finals
Fans will be back in the stands for a sporting event in Las Vegas the first time since March, as the Dodge NHRA Finals announced they had received approval to allow spectators. Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the event from October 30-November 1. The event will crown NHRA world... Read more
Promoters Fined $20K Over Infamous NY Chainsmokers Show
Organizers of a summertime show featuring The Chainsmokers that went viral for images of lax (at best) social distancing have been handed down a $20,000 fine from New York officials. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced the fine Wednesday, indicating that it was for violating an executive order for hosting... Read more
David Byrne’s American Utopia Sets Broadway Return for September 2021
American Utopia, the hit Broadway production featuring onetime Talking Heads front man David Byrne, will return to the stage in September 2021. The return of the production was announced via Twitter, though a destination theater for the production has not yet been announced. According to the production website, the... Read more
Save Our Stages Fest to Support Venues Planned for Oct 16-18
A full bill awaits music fans this weekend as the Save Our Stages Fest will run live streamed performances from Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18. The event, put on by the National Independent Venue Association, “aims to generate significant awareness, advocacy and donations for the NIVA Emergency... Read more
Metallica Announces Pay-Per-View Livestream Benefit Show
Metallica has announced that it will perform a rare acoustic set for a livestream audience, with proceeds going to benefit the group’s All Within My Hands foundation. The performance is scheduled for November 14 at 2 p.m. (pacific time), with a simultaneous auction to benefit the foundation. Tickets for... Read more
NFL Cancels Pro Bowl Due to Coronavirus Concerns
The NFL will not hold a Pro Bowl in 2021, cancelling its all-star game for the first time in more than seven decades. The league is focusing instead on keeping its regular season and postseason on track while dealing with the coronavirus. Las Vegas was scheduled to host the... Read more
Eagles Announce 7,500 Capacity After State Policy Shift
Following the state of Pennsylvania’s update to its event attendance restrictions due to a judge’s ruling in September, the Philadelphia Eagles will once again be welcoming fans to Lincoln Financial Field. The team announced it would be permitting 7,500 in attendance for its upcoming home game against the Baltimore... Read more