TicketNews https://www.ticketnews.com The Source for Ticketing News & Information Wed, 07 Apr 2021 20:33:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7 https://mlzzztbq0fer.i.optimole.com/vjR4xuE.kaX_~47463/w:32/h:32/q:75/https://www.ticketnews.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-164689_469006476749_4305067_n.jpg TicketNews https://www.ticketnews.com 32 32 Texas Rangers Open Season With Near Full-Capacity Crowd of 38,282 https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/04/texas-rangers-open-season-with-near-full-capacity-crowd-of-38282/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=texas-rangers-open-season-with-near-full-capacity-crowd-of-38282 https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/04/texas-rangers-open-season-with-near-full-capacity-crowd-of-38282/#respond Wed, 07 Apr 2021 20:33:06 +0000 https://www.ticketnews.com/?p=58341 Baseball is back, and so are fans – particularly in Texas. The Rangers opened their doors this week to a crowd of 38,232, not including numerous tickets gifted to health care workers – making the game sellout. The game is believed to be the highest attendance event since the COVID...

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Baseball is back, and so are fans – particularly in Texas. The Rangers opened their doors this week to a crowd of 38,232, not including numerous tickets gifted to health care workers – making the game sellout. The game is believed to be the highest attendance event since the COVID pandemic ground live events to a halt in March 2020.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has allowed event operators to open at full capacity should they choose. The Rangers, who opened Globe Life Field to no fans at all last year (but hosted fans as the neutral field for MLB playoff games, including the World Series). Plans are to have reduced capacity going forward after the doors were thrown wide open for the opening of the year. Major League Baseball teams are all allowing fans as the season gets underway, through capacity limits vary greatly from team to team.

“You can have your opinion on it, but at the same time our country is moving forward. It symbolizes a little bit of hope,” Rangers Manager Chris Woodward told the Star Telegram. “We haven’t had a full crowd in a long time in any sport. To be the first one, as long as it’s done right and responsible, we should be fine.”

Fans in attendance were asked to wear face masks and to respect social distancing recommendations in the concourse areas throughout the game, which saw Toronto capture a 6-2 victory over the home Rangers. Regular messages were piped over the public address system to remind guests to follow health protocols in place.

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has expressed hopes that the capacity limits will be lifted by the middle of the season as vaccination efforts continue to roll out across the country, mitigating some of the losses that teams and the league saw last year when it played its entire abbreviated regular season with no fans.

“I hope by midsummer that we have ballparks that are unrestricted and we have full fan access,” Manfred told The Associated Press.

“I see this season as a huge opportunity for baseball,” Manfred said. “We’re an outdoor sport. I think it’s safe or safer to go to outdoor activities. Everybody seems to agree on that. And I think that there’s pent-up demand for entertainment products, and we’re going to do everything we possibly can to take the best opportunity to take advantage of that.”

While Texas had by far the largest opening day crowd, Houston (50 percent capacity) and Colorado (43 percent) are also allowing large crowds, with Boston (12 percent) the lowest capacity currently. The full capacity ranges allowed for opening day are included in the table below (compiled by the Associated Press).

TEAM BALLPARK STARTING PCT. FULL CAPACITY
Diamondbacks Chase Field 25% 48,405
Braves Truist Park 33% 41,184
Orioles Camden Yards 25% 45,474
Red Sox Fenway Park 12% 37,305
Cubs Wrigley Field 20% 41,298
White Sox Guaranteed Rate Field 20% 40,126
Reds Great American Ball Park 30% 42,319
Indians Progressive Field 30% 34,788
Rockies Coors Field 42.6% 50,480
Tigers Comerica Park 20% 41,083
Astros Minute Maid Park 50% 41,168
Royals Kaufmann Stadium 30% 37,903
Angels Angel Stadium 20% 45,517
Dodgers Dodger Stadium 20% 56,000
Marlins LoanDepot Park 25% 37,446
Brewers American Family Field 25% 41,700
Twins Target Field 25.9% 38,544
Mets Citi Field 20% 41,922
Yankees Yankee Stadium 20% 46,537
Athletics RingCentral Coliseum 20% 46,847
Phillies Citizens Bank Park 20% 43,651
Pirates PNC Park 20% 38,747
Cardinals Busch Stadium 32% 44,383
Padres Petco Park 20% 40,204
Giants Oracle Park 20% 41,915
Mariners T-Mobile Park 18.9% 47,500
Rays Tropicana Field 36% 25,025
Rangers Globe Life Field 100% 40,300
Blue Jays* TD Ballpark 15% 8,500
Nationals Nationals Park 12.1% 41,380
* Playing at spring training ballpark in Dunedin, Florida
— The Associated Press

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NFL Planning on Full Stadiums for Fall 2021, Per Commissioner https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/04/nfl-planning-on-full-stadiums-for-fall-2021-per-commissioner/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nfl-planning-on-full-stadiums-for-fall-2021-per-commissioner https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/04/nfl-planning-on-full-stadiums-for-fall-2021-per-commissioner/#respond Mon, 05 Apr 2021 20:32:23 +0000 https://www.ticketnews.com/?p=58339 If the National Football League has its way, there will be fans in the stands for the 2021 season when things kick off this fall – at full capacity, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell. “All of us in the NFL want to see every one of our fans back,”...

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If the National Football League has its way, there will be fans in the stands for the 2021 season when things kick off this fall – at full capacity, according to NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell.

“All of us in the NFL want to see every one of our fans back,” Goddell told reporters after a series of virtual meetings with owners that took place in late March. “Football is simply not the same without fans, and we expect to have full stadiums in the upcoming season.”

With scarcely five months to go before the season begins in September, there are a number of factors that will weigh on that becoming a reality beyond the league and its ownership’s desires. Local authorities would have to sign off on any increase of capacity for mass gatherings such as NFL games. Currently, only two states – Texas and Florida – allow full venues for live outdoor events. But many others are loosening up restrictions as COVID vaccination efforts continue to ramp up across the United States. Even California and New York, which have seen some of the highest COVID rates since the virus ground live events to a halt in March of 2020, have begun allowing spectators at both indoor and outdoor events.

According to statistics on COVID vaccinations, approximately 18.7 percent of the United States population is fully vaccinated against COVID as of April 5. All told, 165 million doses have been distributed in the country, which accounts for almost 25 percent of the worldwide total of doses administered. And in many states, the full population has not yet become eligible to receive their shot, or only recently became eligible as higher-risk groups have taken the early priority in the rollout.

Attendance at NFL games varied across the country in the fall of 2020, as individual teams and local authorities decided if and at what capacity teams could host fans. The total attendance figure of approximately 1.2 million fans was a dip of more than 90 percent compared to 2019. And that was after the league saw its full alotment of tickets go on sale in the spring of 2020 in hopes that the fall would see a return to full attendance after the first wave of COVID cases swept through the nation and world at large.

The league has said it will not require players and other team personnel to be vaccinated, though it would be encouraging them to do so. More than 60 players opted out of participating in the 2020 season, which the league allowed without penalty. Numerous players saw positive tests and quarantine stretches during the season, including multiple scheduling scrambles around team-based outbreaks – totalling 22 games (just under 9 percent of the total regular season schedule). But the league successfully navigated the pandemic and saw a crowd of over 20,000 witness a first-ever homefield Super Bowl, as Tampa Bay captured the Lombardi Trophy on its own turf at Raymond James Stadium.

It is far too early to say whether or not the plans for full capacity crowds will come to fruition in 2021, but there is undoubtedly reason for optimism that the NFL and its teams will see a much higher percentage – even if not 100 percent – of fans in its seats this fall.

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California Authorities to Allow Indoor Crowds Beginning April 15 https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/04/california-authorities-to-allow-indoor-crowds-beginning-april-15/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=california-authorities-to-allow-indoor-crowds-beginning-april-15 https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/04/california-authorities-to-allow-indoor-crowds-beginning-april-15/#respond Mon, 05 Apr 2021 19:42:21 +0000 https://www.ticketnews.com/?p=58337 Consumers in California will once again be allowed to attend events in person, even indoors, beginning on April 15. The state is loosening restrictions on in-person events for the first time in over a year due to rapidly declining COVID rates across most of the most populous states’ 58 counties....

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Consumers in California will once again be allowed to attend events in person, even indoors, beginning on April 15. The state is loosening restrictions on in-person events for the first time in over a year due to rapidly declining COVID rates across most of the most populous states’ 58 counties. Attendance at outdoor events is already allowed in most instances.

Indoor attendance will be allowed at varying levels depending on a county’s status on the state’s four-tiered COVID-19 restrictions. All but the highest puple tier, which indicates “widespread” risk, allow for some level of indoor seating “with capacity limits and modifications including physical distancing, advance ticket purchases, designated areas for eating and drinking, and attendance limited to in-state visitors,” according to the state public health announcement of the policy.

Venues in counties that are designated to be in the state’s red tier with fewer than 1,500 seats can operate at 10 percent capacity, 25 percent if all attendees are verified to be fully vaccinated or show proof of a recent negative COVID test. Larger venues can operate at 20 percent, with requirements for vaccination or recent negative test in place across the board. Lower tiers allow for higher attendance numbers.

“Obviously we don’t know exactly how many fans will be there yet, but just having some in there will bring us great energy,” says Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel, whose team won the 2020 NBA title in a modified bubble format in Florida. “It’s one of everybody’s favorite things to do is go to Lakers games, and they haven’t been able to do that during this pandemic.”

According to health officials, nearly 7 million residents are fully vaccinated out of 40 million, with nearly 19 million doses already administered in total. Currently, only residents ages 50 and over are eligible for the shot, but the state opens up appointments for all ages 16 and over on April 15 – the same day the new event freedoms are allowed.

State officials hope that tying venue capacities to vaccination and testing will encourage residents to get the shots when they are eligible. While they stopped short of requiring any kind of vaccine passport as a part of this tiered plan, the incentive for event and venue operators to require vaccination or testing as a part of their event access is enormous.

“Allowing some of these activities and opportunities to vaccinated individuals is an incentive,” said Dee Dee Myers, director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. “If they can return to some of their favorite activities because they’re vaccinated, then hopefully a few more people will go and get vaccinated.”

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Nathan Lane, Savion Glover Take Broadway’s First Bows Since March ’20 https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/04/nathan-lane-savion-glover-broadway-pops-up/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nathan-lane-savion-glover-broadway-pops-up https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/04/nathan-lane-savion-glover-broadway-pops-up/#respond Mon, 05 Apr 2021 18:41:17 +0000 https://www.ticketnews.com/?p=58334 For just over 30 minutes on Sunday, Broadway was open for business. Veteran performers and Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Savion Glover took the stage at the St. James Theater, bringing the lights up on the Great White Way for the first time after a closure that has lasted...

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For just over 30 minutes on Sunday, Broadway was open for business. Veteran performers and Tony Award winners Nathan Lane and Savion Glover took the stage at the St. James Theater, bringing the lights up on the Great White Way for the first time after a closure that has lasted 387 days since the COVID pandemic shuttered all 41 performance spaces last March.

No tickets were sold for the event, which allowed 150 attendees in the venue which usually holds 1,700. Invited guests were “primarily front line workers affiliated with The Actors Fund and broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS,” which saw the space set up to follow all state health and safety protocols, according to a press release issued Sunday by NY Pops Up, which staged the event.

“Yesterday, NY PopsUp, the statewide initiative designed to celebrate and reinvitorate the arts in new York, presented the very first performance inside a Broadway theater since New York’s venues were shuttered by the pandemic more than a year ago,” it reads, in part. “This special event was part of the “pilot program” created by The Festival as a large-scale model for how to bring live performance back safely after this prolonged COVID-related shutdown.”

Lane, who has been a Broadway mainstay since 1982 and won three Tony Awards, performed a monologue from Paul Rudnick titled Playbills, “about a man who has spent the last year cooped up in his studio apartment, laid off from his job and desperately missing his greatest passion: going to the theater. Yearning to be part of an audience again, to experience an event, he shares a true, near-miraculous story, which has given him hope for the city, the world, the TKTS booth and – at long last – a seat on the aisle. ” Glover,  who made his Broadway debut at age 11 in 1985 and won a Tony Award for Best Coreography in 1996, “performed a special tap piece that channeled his personal experience of a life in the theater, allowing the audience to reflect on what Broadway was, what Broadway is, and what Broadway will be again, and reminding us of the sacred space that is the stage. ”

NY PopsUp launched in February and will run through Labor Day, with plans for hundreds of pop-up performances in coming months. Broadway is looking at a return in the fall of 2021, with mayor Bill de Blasio announcing a plan to work with Broadway and off-Broadway venues to reopen performance spaces to the public this year.  All of Broadway is formally closed until at least May 30, but September is the more realistic target date for a return to the stage for larger-scale productions.

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Masonic Cleveland Sues Live Nation, Claims $90 Million in Damages https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/04/masonic-cleveland-sues-live-nation-90-million/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=masonic-cleveland-sues-live-nation-90-million https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/04/masonic-cleveland-sues-live-nation-90-million/#respond Mon, 05 Apr 2021 18:03:25 +0000 https://www.ticketnews.com/?p=58331 The ownership of Cleveland venue has filed a lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment, claiming nearly $100 million in damages after a brief business relationship went south in 2019. TempleLive, which owns and operates the Masonic Cleveland space, alleges that the promotional and ticketing behemoth is in violation of both a...

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The ownership of Cleveland venue has filed a lawsuit against Live Nation Entertainment, claiming nearly $100 million in damages after a brief business relationship went south in 2019. TempleLive, which owns and operates the Masonic Cleveland space, alleges that the promotional and ticketing behemoth is in violation of both a settlement between the two entities after they briefly worked together and the 2009 consent decree that Live Nation agreed to with the Department of Justice upon its merger with Ticketmaster, which was recently renewed in a settlement with the DOJ.

The lawsuit alleges tortious interference and breach of contract, and asks for damages of more than $90 million from the California-based corporation.

Masonic Cleveland is celebrating its 100th year in 2021, having served as the original home of the Cleveland Orchestra. It was purchased by TempleLive of Arkansas from the Scottish Rite Masons in 2017 for $725,000. The 102,000 square foot building features a 2,200 seat auditorium that has seen performances by acts including MGMT, Bastille, Fitz and the tantrums, Joe Rogan, Leon Bridges of late.

In 2018, TempleLive and Live Nation entered into an agreement where the nation’s largest promotional entity would book, promote, and provide ticketing for all events at the space. That fell apart in 2019, with the companies parting ways with a confidential settlement that “released each other from any claims for additional compensation.” Live Nation produced additional shows in the space from that point, with the most recent taking place in November 2019.

But TempleLive says that when its new booking agent tried to approach Live Nation about booking shows for TempleLive, a Live Nation employee said it “would not book events at TempleLive because TempleLive allegedly owes money to Live Nation.” TempleLive said a similar interaction happened with a different Live Nation representative.

TempleLive believes that if Live Nation made statements like that to its representatives, that “Live Nation’s false statements have been made, or are reasonably likely to be made, to others in the live music business in Cleveland, or elsewhere throughout the United States.”

The 2009 consent decree that paved the way for Live Nation and Ticketmaster to come under the same corporate umbrella included language prohibiting retaliatory action by the promoter in the event of venue operators opting against using Ticketmaster for their events. After a string of accusations alleging that the company regularly ignored these conditions, the Department of Justice sued Live Nation, emerging from the action with a settlement and extension of the consent decree through 2025.

In this latest legal challenge, Live Nation maintains that it has done no wrong by its onetime exclusive partner.

“As TempleLive is well aware, following the settlement in 2019 where Live Nation released TempleLive from additional financial claims we walked away from our booking partnership and are under no obligation to continue to book events at the venue. We wish them all the best,” Live Nation said in a statement.

Masonic Cleveland has been shuttered since the spring of 2020, and does not show any upcoming events on its calendar despite recent shifts in government policy allowing some venues to reopen with capacity and distancing requirements in place. As of May 2020, there were plans for a hotel to be developed adjacent to the venue that would contain dining and nightlife venues, 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space, parking, and 207 rooms.

Photo: Exterior of Masonic Cleveland from 2010. Credit Christopher Busta-Peck via Wikimedia Commons

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Foo Fighters, Lizzo Among Headliners for Bonnaroo’s September Return https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/03/foo-fighters-lizzo-among-headliners-for-bonnaroos-september-return/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=foo-fighters-lizzo-among-headliners-for-bonnaroos-september-return https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/03/foo-fighters-lizzo-among-headliners-for-bonnaroos-september-return/#respond Wed, 31 Mar 2021 22:33:02 +0000 https://www.ticketnews.com/?p=58324 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival announced its planned lineup for 2021, returning to the farm for four days of performances beginning Thursday, September 2. The event is celebrating its 20th anniversary, returning this fall after missing its 2020 event due to the pandemic. The Friday-Sunday slates each have a pair...

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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival announced its planned lineup for 2021, returning to the farm for four days of performances beginning Thursday, September 2. The event is celebrating its 20th anniversary, returning this fall after missing its 2020 event due to the pandemic.

The Friday-Sunday slates each have a pair of headliners, with Foo Fighters and Megan Thee Stallion leading the Friday lineup, Lizzo and Tame Impala Saturday, and Tyler, The Creator and Lana Del Rey Sunday. Thursday’s opening night is led by the Grand Ole Opry and Special Guests. Other highlighted performers for the weekend include Run The Jewels, Leon Bridges, My Morning Jacket, Jack Harlow, Phoebe Bridgers and Deadmau5. All told, over 100 performers are listed on the bill.

Tickets are already on sale, with consumers who purchased tickets for the 2020 event and opted to hang on to them when the event was called off being able to roll them into tickets for September. GA passes start at $339 for the four days, with several tiers of VIP and package deals available.

It is unclear whether event organizers are limiting pass sales for the time being due to COVID-19 concerns. The event website indicates an “intend to abide bty relevant recommendations to ensure a safe and enjoyable festival” without detailing specifics about crowd limits, social distancing, or any other precutions that will be in place when the event kicks off.

Reactions to the announcement on social media have largely been positive – with festival fans celebrating the potential return of one of the largest and most popular events on the calendar after so many have been wiped clean since March of 2020. But plenty of skepticism remains that the event will go off as planned in the fall, or that it will be safe for those who do attend.

And, predictably, there were more than a few gripes about the lineup, particularly among those who rolled tickets over from last year only to find acts they were hoping to see not included.

But, at the end of the day, there are likely to be no shortage of fans who are thrilled to head to the farm once more for Bonnaroo in September, assuming local health officials don’t bring the hammer down on live events if case numbers rise over the summer.

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Vivid Seats May Bring Company Public, Despite Recent Controversies https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/03/vivid-seats-may-bring-company-public-despite-recent-controversies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vivid-seats-may-bring-company-public-despite-recent-controversies https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/03/vivid-seats-may-bring-company-public-despite-recent-controversies/#respond Wed, 31 Mar 2021 15:54:42 +0000 https://www.ticketnews.com/?p=58322 Vivid Seats is reportedly in talks to go public, a move said to be in “advanced talks” despite recent legal controversies related to the ticket resale marketplace and one of its principal investors. The Chicago-based company is reported to be in negotiations with Horizon Acquisition Corp. for the move, which...

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Vivid Seats is reportedly in talks to go public, a move said to be in “advanced talks” despite recent legal controversies related to the ticket resale marketplace and one of its principal investors. The Chicago-based company is reported to be in negotiations with Horizon Acquisition Corp. for the move, which has not been finalized.

Horizon has begun discussions with investors about raising equity to support a transaction set to reduce Vivid Seats’ debt and value the combined company at about $2.5 billion, one of the people said. Vivid Seats’ private equity backers GTCR and Vista Equity Partners are set to roll their ownership stakes into the new entity… As with any deal that hasn’t been finalized, it’s possible terms change or talks fall apart.

Horizon is a blank-check company run by Todd Boehly, who is a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Vivid Seats has found itself in the crosshairs of legal troubles as the pandemic has ground on, with a more than $7.5 million refund settlement in a class action pending approval. The company also saw its parent Vista Equity Partners embroiled in controversy after it became known that leader Robert Smith was cooperating with federal authorities in exchange for immunity related to a massive tax fraud scheme. Vista has also drawn attention for a pattern of donations to since-disgraced New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, which raised questions about investigations related to ticket resale companies by his office.

Rather than a traditional public offering, this public move would be accomplished by merging Vivid Seats with the already public holding company started by Boehly. A similar deal is reportedly in the works between a second Boehly company and a EU-based gambling operation.

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Live Shows are Back in Canada – Top 5 Artists who are Booked for 2021 https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/03/live-shows-are-back-in-canada-top-5-artists-who-are-booked-for-2021/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=live-shows-are-back-in-canada-top-5-artists-who-are-booked-for-2021 https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/03/live-shows-are-back-in-canada-top-5-artists-who-are-booked-for-2021/#respond Tue, 30 Mar 2021 14:33:31 +0000 https://www.ticketnews.com/?p=58320 For the longest time, it seemed live events were never going to return. Canadians were relatively cautious and fearful of social distancing compared to many other countries, and so a lot more focus turned to the digital world instead. Entertainment events that took place in venues with no live audience...

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For the longest time, it seemed live events were never going to return. Canadians were relatively cautious and fearful of social distancing compared to many other countries, and so a lot more focus turned to the digital world instead.

Entertainment events that took place in venues with no live audience being streamed online became the norm. Many turned to online alternatives like Canada’s popular JackpotCity online casino for gaming, where the dealers are actually physically hosting you – and interact via text chat – but you can only watch through the stream. This means that traditional table games like Poker and Blackjack can be played online with friends around the world, fulfilling the social aspect that land-based casinos offered.

Likewise, DJ sets, live music concerts and even stand-up comedy shows were streamed online, however those were slightly more awkward endeavors that lacked the interactive part.

The difficulty isn’t just in the legal restrictions, either. Many people have totally abandoned land-based venues, for example, for JackpotCity because it’s got a much bigger game variety – and is accessible from anywhere. In other words, we could safely assume that this trend will continue after the pandemic at least in some activities.

Netflix and other movie streaming services have been doing this to the cinema for a good while too, though it’s not for certain how other industries like music shows, where attending in-person remains a vital part of the experience, will react once restrictions are lifted.
Is this shift permanent or just Covid-induced?

Fortunately, 2021 looks promising for live music shows to go ahead, with vaccinations being administered at an increasing rate.

So, without further ado, here are the top 5 widely popular artists that might shatter any apprehension towards returning to live shows in Canada in 2021.

ZZ Top

ZZ Top return to the stage for a US-Canada tour. Two shows have been canceled so far (Victoria Canada on the 21st of April and Lethbridge Canada on the 28th of April), but the rest remain in place. The first two events are now in Brandon and Saint Johns, Canada, on the 4th and 14th of May respectively. They will swiftly be back in the states from June onwards for their US tour.

Celine Dion

Canada’s treasured Celine Dion is also taking to the stage in 2021, with an even more optimistic tour. She hopes to visit Israel, France, Italy, Switzerland, Romania, and countless other countries in the summer of 2021. Of course, Canada is on the agenda, which is dated the 28th and 29th of August.

Rammstein

Germany’s greatest industrial metal band, Rammstein, currently has tickets on sale for their 2021 tour. Lots of dates have been rescheduled, but things look to have settled now. They kick off their North American tour in Montreal on the 22nd of August, which is the only Canadian venue they will play.

Foreigner

British-American rock band, Foreigner, led by legendary musician Mich Jones from The Clash, kicks off a very early tour in Canada on the 18th of May. Providing things go to plan (the date has already been rescheduled), Foreigner should be in River Cree Resort, AB, and the Grey Eagle Resort, Calgary, on the 18th through to the 20th of May.

Green Day

One of the biggest American rock bands of the 21st century is setting up for a huge 2021 tour. From May to September, there are endless densely packed bookings around the world. Unfortunately, there is only one date for Canada set, which is the 17th of August in Rogers Centre, Toronto.

There’s More (to look for)

There are many honorable mentions to this list, such as Blackberry Smoke, Blink 182, King Crimson, BTS, and Milky Chance. Of course, there will be many more to add to the list, with some artists holding off until the last possible moment to avoid cancellations or rescheduling. There will likely be an appetite for the end of 2021 going into 2022, as there will likely be much more certainty surrounding live event rules and demand.

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Arizona Governor Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses, Events https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/03/arizona-governor-lifts-covid-19-restrictions-on-businesses-events/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=arizona-governor-lifts-covid-19-restrictions-on-businesses-events https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/03/arizona-governor-lifts-covid-19-restrictions-on-businesses-events/#respond Fri, 26 Mar 2021 19:47:21 +0000 https://www.ticketnews.com/?p=58318 Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey lifted restrictions on businesses and events in the state, effectively paving the way for live events to return at the discretion of event operators and venues. The Republican  announced the changes Thursday, alongside a new rule prohibiting local authorities from enforcing mask mandates outside of government...

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey lifted restrictions on businesses and events in the state, effectively paving the way for live events to return at the discretion of event operators and venues. The Republican  announced the changes Thursday, alongside a new rule prohibiting local authorities from enforcing mask mandates outside of government property or public transporatation.

“In Arizona, we never did a shutdown, so it’s impossible to have a grand reopening,” Ducey says. “Instead, we are continuing to take reasonable, safe and sensible steps. The measures put in place last summer allowed Arizona to fight back COVID-19. Today, we are in a different spot.”

Ducey’s ruling means that events allowing more than 50 people no longer will require approval from the government to go forward. In effect, what had previously been requirements for local event operators have been shifted to be recommendations, which means concerts, sporting events, and other live entertainment can go forward at whatever level operaters and venues feel comfortable.

While case numbers in the state are declining as vaccinations continue, public health officials expressed concern that such a rollback may be premature.

“The numbers are encouraging, because we’re doing mitigation strategies and vaccinations right now,” Dr. Ross Golberg, surgeon and president of the Arizona Medical Association says. “We don’t want to let up.”

Local authorities also expressed displeasure at the move to strip them of their ability to enforce mandates for their communities as they see fit depending on specific local circumstances. “It is unfortunate that Gov. Ducey is caving to political pressure from the far right instead of following the science and doing what’s best for Arizonans,” says Tucson mayor Regina Romero, a Democrat.

While the change will allow unfettered reopening for Arizona businesses, many are planning to continue to adhere to public health recommendations for crowd capacity and social distancing.

“The challenging part will be what the rest of the country does,” says Ralph Marchetta, general manager at Phoenix Suns Arena. “For an artist to route a tour, if you’ve still got a large number of states or municipalities that are shuttered, it just becomes more difficult. So I don’t think in the short term, it’s going to change a whole lot.

“Obviously it’s good news and a good sign,” he continued. “And I think it just means we’re all headed in the right direction. I’m hoping that by August, September, we’re back in the concert business. And that’s my expectation. If it’s sooner, that’d be a bonus.”

Currently, the Arizona Diamondbacks plan to host up to 25 percent of stadium capacity for home games as the 2021 season gets underway next week. It is unclear whether or not the team will adjust that number upward in the wake of Doucey’s announcement.

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Vivid Seats Proposes $7.5 Million Settlement Over Cancellation Claims https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/03/vivid-seats-proposes-7-5-million-settlement-over-cancellation-claims/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vivid-seats-proposes-7-5-million-settlement-over-cancellation-claims https://www.ticketnews.com/2021/03/vivid-seats-proposes-7-5-million-settlement-over-cancellation-claims/#respond Fri, 26 Mar 2021 18:12:00 +0000 https://www.ticketnews.com/?p=58316 Vivid Seats is hoping to put a class action to bed with a multi-million dollar settlement, according to Law360.com. The lawsuit involves consumer claims that the resale platform discontinued an existing refund policy due to the pandemic, and attempted to make it retroactive to events that were cancelled due to...

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Vivid Seats is hoping to put a class action to bed with a multi-million dollar settlement, according to Law360.com. The lawsuit involves consumer claims that the resale platform discontinued an existing refund policy due to the pandemic, and attempted to make it retroactive to events that were cancelled due to COVID.

Filed last April, the lawsuit included claims of breach of contract, unjust enrichment, negligent misrepresentation, as well as the violation of a number of state consumer protection statutes related to refunding customers for events that were cancelled.

“Absent this settlement, this litigation would be hotly litigated, extraordinarily costly, time-consuming and ultimiately reduce the likelihood that a mutually beneficial resolution could be reached moving forward,” reads a motion filed in Illinois federal court asking that the $7.5 million proposed settlement be approved.

Affected consumers would each receive a settlement amount equal to the price paid for tickets to cancelled events, unless the total claim amounts exceed the available amount in the fund. In that event, awards would be reduced across the board by an equal percentage. Plaintiffs are also seeking awards up to $2,500 for each class representative and up to $2.5 million in attorney fees and costs for the attorneys involved.

Beyond the settlement, consumers will see credits good towards future purchases issued by Vivid Seats extended through December 21, 2022.

Vivid Seats is far from the only company to be targeted by consumers over refunds and credits towards future purchases in the wake of the COVID pandemic. Live Nation successfully pushed similar lawsuits to arbitration earlier this year. Vivid Seats also saw legal action associated with its ownership in the tumultuous past 12 months, as Robert Smith of Vista Equity Partners was implicated in an enormous tax fraud scheme, escaping charges by cooperating with federal authorities investigating the alleged laundring operation.

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