Virus-Free New Zealand Welcomes Fans Back Into Sports Stadiums
While countries across the world are still under strict lockdowns amid the global coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand residents had the chance to enjoy a mask-free rugby tournament. On Saturday, more than 20,000 fans flooded Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin to watch the Super Rugby game between the Otago Highlanders... Read more
Saudi Arabia’s MDLBeast Festival To Go Virtual This Weekend
Saudi Arabia’s MDLBEAST EDM music festival is not holding an in-person event, but organizers have planned a massive 12-hour digital version of the fest this weekend. The first edition of the festival, dubbed Soundstorm, launched last year in Riyadh, bringing in 400,000 people. Now, during the digital edition, fans... Read more
Paul McCartney Advocates For Fans Denied Refunds For Cancelled Concerts
While Paul McCartney will no longer be performing in Italy this year amid the coronavirus pandemic, he’s using his voice to speak out and ensure that ticketholders will receive refunds. Originally, McCartney was scheduled to perform in Naples and Lucca this week, however, last month, the gigs were called-off... Read more
BTS Donates $1M To Black Lives Matter Campaign, Fans Match Pledge
K-Pop fans are uniting in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and have launched their own campaign, dubbed “One In An Army,” to match BTS’ donation. Last week, the K-pop powerhouse revealed that they donated $1 million toward the BLM movement, following the murder of George Floyd –... Read more
Dr. Anthony Fauci Offers Optimism In Preventing Second Wave Of Virus
For months, Dr. Anthony Fauci has cautioned the American public on the importance of mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus. Even with strict social distancing, sanitizing and other measures, Fauci has warned that the virus likely will be seasonal in nature and the U.S. could see a dangerous... Read more
Live Nation Staging Socially Distant Shows As European Restrictions Lift
Amid widespread cancellations across the industry due to the coronavirus pandemic, Live Nation is working to hold reduced-capacity shows in order to keep the spirit of concerts alive. In the U.S., the entertainment giant is working toward holding drive-in movie theater concerts and festivals, and now, in Europe, the... Read more
Artists Speak Out, Donate To Black Lives Matter Movement
The live event industry joined forces yesterday for an initiative dubbed #TheShowMustBePaused as a part of Blackout Tuesday, but musicians are still speaking out and urging people to donate toward the Black Lives Matter movement. As a part of #TheShowMustBePaused, promoters, record labels, distributors, and executives across the industry... Read more
Stadium Testing Disinfectant Tunnel To Ensure Safety
Researchers in Israel are currently testing a tunnel disinfectant technology that will spray visitors before they enter a stadium in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus. According to The Times of Israel, the industrial firm RD Pack in Karmiel crated the disinfectant out of water and applied... Read more
Australia Books First Sold-Out Festival Post-Lockdown
Australia’s extremely remote Birdsville Big Red Bash music festival had to cancel its 2020 edition, though next year’s rescheduled dates have already sold-out. Originally, the festival was set to run from July 7 to 9, 2020, however, amid the coronavirus pandemic, organizers had to call-off the event. They announced... Read more
Promoter Outlines How Concert Industry Can Rebound From Crisis
The live event industry has been halted momentarily – with venues and promoters searching for new ways to keep concerts alive amid the pandemic – though one European promoter believes that the industry will make a full return. Professor Peter Schwenkow, founder and CEO of Deutsche Entertainment AG (DEAG),... Read more