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News in brief (Thursday 7 April 2016)

Coachella promoter's new festival approved, VR-synced concert in Israel, another exclusive for TicketWeb

By IQ on 07 Apr 2016

Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Michael Li

Coming soon to the Rose Bowl: Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival

image © Michael Li


Goldenvoice plot festival in Pasadena
Pasadena City Council has approved a new festival in southern California by Coachella and New Orleans Jazz Festival promoter GoldenVoice. The multi-day Arroyo Seco Music and Arts Festival, which will take place at the Rose Bowl stadium, is expected to begin in 2017. (Pasadena Now)

TicketWeb inks another exclusive
After a “highly competitive tender process”, Ticketweb – the indie-focused subsidiary of Ticketmaster UK which earlier this week announced an exclusive deal with east London music venue St John-at-Hackney – has become the exclusive ticketing partner for the soon-to-open 800-capacity Wylam Brewery Palace of Arts venue in Exhibition Park, Newcastle.

International stars play VR concert in Jerusalem
Forbes yesterday hosted “large-scale live musical performance synced to virtual reality”. (Years & Years clearly aren’t large-scale.) The concert in Jerusalem, “designed to promote co-existence”, featured Okieriete Onaodowan from Hamilton, Palestinian Arab rapper SAZ with Israeli funk band Lucille Crew, London rapper Little Simz and US rock group Mae. (Forbes)

Glastonbury ‘still pale, male and stale’
As long as female performers are outnumbered by male ones, Glastonbury Festival “cannot claim equality”, opines Jess Denham. (The Independent)