Canadian Performing Arts Venues Hit With More Layoffs
TO Live, the Canadian agency that operates various arts venues, announced multiple layoffs amid widespread cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Already, 480 unionized, part-time, and casual staff employees were laid off or placed on temporary leave, and now, an addition 115 full-time positions have been affected, according to... 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
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
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
Live Nation, Music Industry Take Part In Blackout Tuesday Movement
Amid the civil unrest in the country following the death of George Floyd, some of the world’s major music companies are joining together for a movement dubbed #theshowmustbepaused to offer solidarity with the black community. Floyd, an unarmed black man, died last week after a white police officer held... Read more
New Zealand To Hold First Socially Distant Shows This Weekend
The current pandemic has impacted New Zealand’s entertainment industry, but shows will soon resume. Live Nation New Zealand is experimenting with the country’s first socially distant shows to revive the industry post-coronavirus. Two shows this weekend will make up the “Together Again” concert series held at The Tuning Fork... Read more
Ticketek To Be World’s First Ticketing Platform To Offer Afterpay
TEG, the global live entertainment, ticketing and technology company, is proud to announce that Ticketek will be the world’s first ticketing platform to offer Afterpay, the world’s largest buy-now-pay later service. Afterpay will be integrated into the Ticketek website and apps as a payment option in the coming months. It will... Read more
Israel Concert Marks Largest Gathering Since Virus Hit
Live events have been ultimately halted across the globe due to the coronavirus pandemic as venues prepare how to slowly reopen to the public. However, over the weekend, Tel Aviv held the largest concert gathering since news of the virus broke earlier this year, packing 5,000 fans at a... Read more