Ticket Summit Moves to The Wynn for In-Person Event in October
Ticket Summit 2020 will be held as an in-person event, organizers confirmed for TicketNews this week. The annual ticket industry conference and trade show will take place at the newly renovated Wynn in Las Vegas from October 4-6th, with full attendance at the newly renovated 430,000 square foot convention... Read more
StubHub Interim CEO Krimmel Optimistic on Live Events in Quartz Interview
Interim StubHub CEO Jill Krimmel provided her outlook on the future of live events and entertainment as part of a series published by Quartz. The executive, who took over for Sukhinder Singh Cassidy recently to lead the company through its coronavirus response and merger with Viagogo, provided an optimistic... Read more
Artist Group Calls for Antitrust Investigation of Live Nation
In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, the Artist Rights Alliance, Center for Digital Democracy, and Future of Music Coalition have asked for an investigation of Live Nation for “monopolistic behavior and abuses,” stemming from the company’s consideration of changes to its contract terms in the wake of... Read more
Cirque du Soleil Files for Bankruptcy, Lays Off 3,480 Workers
Cirque du Soleil is filing for bankruptcy protection, and will lay off 3,480 workers as part of an attempt to restructure its business to survive the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization is headquartered in Montreal but runs performances in cities across the globe. According to Fast Company, it’s initial filing... Read more
Broadway Officially Cancels Performances Through 2020
The lights of Broadway will officially stay dim for the remainder of 2020 due to the coronavirus, as The Broadway League announced it was extending its suspension of performances through January 3, 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic. Previously, shows were cancelled through the summer as New York struggled... Read more
Chase Rice, Chris Janson Face Backlash Over Packed Performances
Country singer Chase Rice is catching heat from some quarters of the industry after posting video from a Tennessee performance over the weekend, showing a packed crowd without masks or social distancing, even as coronavirus cases rise across the country. “Imagine being selfish enough to put thousands of people’s... Read more
Startup Tickitto Hires Pair of StubHub UK Veterans
A pair of StubHub alums have landed at Tickitto, a UK-based startup offering an intuitive API-based system for access to tickets around the world. Nick Harford joined the company as its Head of Business Development and Partnerships, while Harriet Claydon comes on as Head of Partnerships Activation. Both had... Read more
Fuller: And the Band Plays On…
By Eric Fuller In difficult times it’s easy to let optimism cloud your ability to perceive reality. There is a saying that nothing focuses a man’s attention like his imminent execution. But, in reality, you feel no pain even while your neck rests on the wooden base of the... Read more
StubHub-Viagogo Merger Taken to Phase 2 Scrutiny by UK CMA
StubHub’s acquisition by Viagogo will face additional scrutiny from the UK’s Competition and Market’s Authority, which announced that it will move to a “Phase 2” review of the $4 Billion transaction Thursday. The purchase, which was announced in November and completed in February, has been under “Phase 1” investigation... Read more
Texas Governor Approves NASCAR Race at 50% Attendance
The return of fans to NASCAR events will continue to grow, as Texas Governor Greg Abbott approved Texas Motor Speedway’s plans for opening to as many as 50% of its 135,000 seating capacity for a race rescheduled to July 19th at the venue. “Texans are eager for sporting and... Read more