The latest industry news to your inbox.


I'd like to hear about marketing opportunities


I accept IQ Magazine's Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy


Arena tech: The groundbreakers

From beating the queues to tracking Muse’s drones, IQ takes a look at some of the tech whizzes who are improving the live experience for both venues and fans

By Jon Chapple on 03 Nov 2017

Yondr pouch, arena tech, European Arena Yearbook 2017

Yondr's lockable pouch prevents people using their phones during live performances

The global live music business is in a state of technological flux, with innovations such as virtual and augmented reality, live streaming, blockchain and bots all being touted as potential new sources of revenue for an increasingly mature industry.

But while the monetisation of live-streamed concerts is, by most estimates, still some way off, a handful of pioneers in the arena space are already delivering concrete results through clever tech to some of the world’s leading entertainment venues.

Meet DigifoodArchaioRukkus, VertedaClair GlobalLiveStyledCastBottoms UpKontakt.ioYondr and Hurdl: eleven innovators working behind the scenes to make large entertainment venues smarter, more connected and more profitable than ever before…


Read the rest of this feature in the digital edition of IQ’s definitive guide to the European arena market, the European Arena Yearbook 2017:

More news

EAY 2018: 10 tech tips for arena bosses From the European Arena Yearbook 2018, ten great innovations that arena managers should consider introducing in order to improve their businesses
Special report: Spotlight on arena security With terrorists now deliberately targeting venues and events, Richard Smirke talks to Europe's top security experts to hear how the industry is...dealing with the threat
LiveStyled lands major AEG Europe partnership The UK developer will produce new apps for The O2, Hamburg's Barclaycard Arena and three other AEG Europe arenas, with AEG praising the "strength" of...its mobile platform
EAY 2018: Protecting the events sector From the pages of the European Arena Yearbook, Richard Smirke reports on the challenges facing today’s arena security teams
LiveStyled enhances AEG ties with BST, APE apps The app developer, which already provides mobile apps for a number of AEG arenas, worked with AEG Presents on All Points East and BST Hyde Park