Two Security Guards Sue Astroworld Organizers, Alleging Poor Preparation
A pair of security guards have joined the wide array of parties to have filed lawsuits in the wake of the Astroworld Festival tragedy, naming 28 parties in the complaint including Live Nation Entertainment, Travis Scott, Cactus Jack Records, and the security companies that were hired to staff the... Read more
Justin Bieber Urged to Cancel Saudi Concert by Family of Slain Journalist
Justin Bieber is facing calls to cancel a planned concert in Saudi Arabia next month, led by the fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Bieber is one of several performers scheduled in free concerts surrounding the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, a Formula 1 race scheduled for the first weekend... Read more
StubHub Gets Most COVID Refund Actions Moved to Private Arbitration
StubHub scored a partial legal victory in a California court this week, convincing the judge in a lawsuit over its refund policy shift amid COVID-19 to move much of the legal action into arbitration rather than trial. United States District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. issued the order Monday... Read more
Chuck D Rips Live Nation for Trying to Dodge Astroworld Blame
Public Enemy frontman Chuck D pulled no punches in an open letter addressing the Astroworld tragedy. The rapper and orator berated the entertainment giant for not taking full accountability for the tragedy, instead allowing Travis Scott to shoulder a huge amount of public criticism for events that occured while... Read more
Oak View Group Announces Completion of Spectra Acquisition
The blockbuster venue management deal between Oak View Group and Spectra has closed, following the completion of a review by the Department of Justice, which was received November 15. The deal brings together the massive venue management and hospitality services capabilities of Spectra under the Oak View Group umbrella.... Read more
NFL to Offer Commemorative Ticket NFTs to Fans
The National Football League is hopping on the NFT bandwagon, announcing plans to issue free “virtual commemorative tickets” in the form of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for select games this season. NFT ticketing has been touted by some as a way for rights-holders to eliminate ticketing companies entirely from the... Read more
Live Nation, Apple, Travis Scott Targeted by $2 Billion Astroworld Lawsuit
After seeing a $750 million lawsuit filed earlier this week in the wake of the Astroworld tragedy, Live Nation Entertainment is staring down another lawsuit filed Thursday in the wake of the event, this one seeking more than double that in damages – $2 billion. The complaint was filed... Read more
Artists, Privacy Groups Call on Red Rocks, AXS, AEG to Drop Amazon One Palm Scanning
More than 200 artists and privacy advocacy groups have penned an open letter calling on Red Rocks, AXS, and AEG to immediately stop its use of the Amazon One biometric scanning system. Among those signing are Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Bikini Kill’s Kathleen Hanna, and Pittsburgh punk... Read more
Morgan Wallen Fans Howl Over Ticket Prices Surged by “Dynamic” System
Morgan Wallen may be performing at venues across the United States in 2022, but many of his fans are feeling left behind after encountering sky-high ticket prices as The Dangerous Tour 2022 went on sale this week. The country favorite, who was dropped from his record label and all... Read more
New $750M Lawsuit Latest Legal Woe for Live Nation in Astroworld’s Wake
The fallout from the Astroworld Festival continues for Live Nation Entertainment, which was among those targeted by a massive lawsuit announced this week seeking $750 million in damages. Beyond that and hundreds of other lawsuits already filed in the wake of the tragedy that saw hundreds injured in a... Read more