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Arena Market: Philippines

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Live Nation recently announced its acquisition of leading Filipino promoter Music Management International (MMI), which has brought the likes of Coldplay, U2, Shawn Mendes, Blackpink, The Chainsmokers, Maroon 5, OneDirection, The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, and Backstreet Boys to the country in recent years.

Many of these acts perform at the striking-looking SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, just south of Manila, which has long been a popular stop on international tours. With an eye-shaped exterior, it is one of the largest arenas in the region and can be configured for between 4,000 and 20,000 people.

It has plug-and-play fibre-optic cabling for camera points and an outside broadcast van set-up that can enable livestreaming of shows.

Acts include The Script, LANY, All Time Low, and Billie Eilish. When it opened in 1960, Smart Araneta Coliseum in the Quezon metropolitan district of Manila was the largest covered coliseum in the world. Today, it’s part of a bustling entertainment district and can be configured for up to 15,657 people in the round, depending on stage size.

At the time of writing, Westlife and Avril Lavigne were due to perform.

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