LAFC Strips Season Tickets From Fans Over Ticket Resale
One of the major side-stories of the increased forced shift to digital-only ticketing systems is teams using the data they access about their season ticket holders usage of tickets and taking action – from increased in-stadium marketing, to cutting off ticket access if fans sell them too frequently. Fans... Read more
Live Nation Venues Grabbed Millions in Independent Venue Pandemic Aid
A number of venues and affiliates received millions of dollars in pandemic relief intended to keep independent venues alive during the pandemic, according to reporting by the Washington Post analyzing Small Business Administration records. Nearly $19 million in aid was taken in by companies that are either direct subsidiaries... Read more
Broadway Announces Continued Mask Requirements Through End of June
Masks will remain a requirement at all 41 Broadway venues in New York for at least another month, according to The Broadway League. The extension will keep face masks a requirement through at least June 30, though the requirement that all patrons show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 ended... Read more
Kid Rock Says He’ll Cancel Any Concert With Venue COVID Protocols
Kid Rock took a hard stance against any COVID-related restrictions at venues he plays, saying he’ll cancel any show rather than endure any restrictions. The rap/rocker says the routing of his recently announced “Bad Reputation” tour was done with potential restrictions in mind, and that he wouldn’t hesitate to... Read more
Elton John Postpones Texas Shows After COVID Diagnosis
Barely a week after beginning a U.S. leg on his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, Elton John has reportedly tested positive for COVID, causing at least two shows to be postponed. The singer, who is 74, made the announcement on Tuesday, postponing performances scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday in... Read more
Broadway Expands Vax Requirements, Extends to End of April
The Broadway League announced that its rules requiring most audience members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 would be in place through at least the end of April, and expanded the requirements for patrons under the age of 12. The extension will also apply to the “Buy With Confidence”... Read more
NHL Temporarily Pauses Games Amid COVID Surge
The National Hockey League temporarily suspended play this week, amid a surge in COVID cases that was already impacting its schedule. The pause began Wednesday, with plans to resume play on December 27. All team facilities will be closed from Wednesday through Saturday as part of the pause, with... Read more
Foo Fighters Cancel Planned Minnesota Show Over COVID Policy
The Foo Fighters abruptly called off a planned performance in Minnesota after the venue refused to adhere to the band’s requested requirements related to COVID-19 vaccination. The performance, announced Tuesday as part of the group’s Live in North America 2022 tour, was planned for August at Huntington Bank Stadium... Read more
Concerns over COVID “Omicron” Variant Cause Live Nation Stock Drop
A new variant of COVID has been deemed a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization, sparking new fears of renewed restrictions on live event attendance and causing a sharp drop in stocks, including Live Nation (NYSE: LYV). The omicron variant has been detected in numerous countries since... Read more
Broadway’s Aladdin Cancels More Shows After COVID Outbreak
Aladdin, which had to call off a performance almost immediately after reopening due to breakthrough COVID-19 cases among its company is paused once again, calling off several shows due to additional positive COVID tests. Hopes are that the musical, which cancelled Wednesday’s performance a week ago, played Thursday, but... Read more