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Friday round-up: World news in brief 14/1/22

Welcome to IQ‘s weekly round-up of news from around the world. Here, in bite-sized chunks, we present a selection of international stories you may have missed from the last seven days…

UNITED STATES:

A man was arrested after allegedly making a bomb threat in an attempt to jump the queue ahead of Doja Cat’s free show in Indianapolis on 8 January. “Indianapolis IMPD has arrested a man who was trying to get through the security line for AT&T’s Playoff Playlist Live at Monument Circle,” says a police spokesperson. “Nearby witnesses told police the individual said he had an explosive on him. IMPD officers responded, searched his bag and did not find an explosive. The man had unrelated outstanding warrants and was immediately arrested for those.” The concert went ahead as planned.

NETHERLANDS:

European showcase festival and conference ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) has finalised its festival programme. The five newest additions to the festival line-up are Dutch acts MEROL, Wies, Pom and Cloudsurfers, who will be playing Noorderslag, and Tinlicker at Eurosonic. For the second consecutive year, the Groningen event has moved entirely online from 19–22 January 2022 in response to the government’s latest Covid-19 measures.

BELGIUM:

Paradise City festival has been awarded the maximum four-star rating by not-for-profit organisation A Greener Festival for the second time in a row, making it the greenest music festival in Belgium and among the greenest festivals in the world. Last year, CO2 emissions per visitor were reduced by 16% compared to the previous edition, despite a larger capacity. Paradise City returns to Ribaucourt Castle, near Brussels, from July 1-3.

ICELAND/UNITED STATES:

European ticketing operations and management software company Tix Ticketing has announced the launch of its US operations, led by newly hired business development manager Aren Murray. Murray, who oversaw the growth of Texas A&M’s centralised arts box office, as well as ticketing operations at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, will be responsible for overseeing business development initiatives, assisting venues and organisations in streamlining their ticketing operations. Launched in Reykjavik in 2014, Tix has existing offices in Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden, as well as the Netherlands and the UK.

UNITED KINGDOM:

Manchester venue Band on the Wall is re-opening its doors this spring following the completion of a £3.5 million expansion project. The building has been transformed with the main room capacity extended to 500 and a whole floor dedicated to its learning programme, World of Music. The refurbishment was made possible thanks to a £1.4m grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, along with support from Arts Council England, Foyle Foundation, Oglesby Foundation, DCMS, Charities Aid Foundation, Carlsberg, Ticketline, Lloyds Bank and Manchester City Council.

UNITED STATES:

Live event ticketing technology and analytics firm Logitix has named Jed Weitzman to the newly created position of head of music. Weitzman brings over 25 years of executive experience, specialising in talent management, technology, and ticketing. Most recently, he built the music division for Ticket Evolution and consulted for over 60 major tours. Weitzman will lead the music division for Logitix to optimise concert ticket sales through real-time data, dynamic pricing, and distribution.

SWEDEN:

Premium livestreaming platform Staccs has announced its first local artist collaboration with singer-songwriter, Lars Winnerbäck. Fans will be offered exclusive access to Winnerbäck’s performance at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, filmed last August. “Following the success of our first collaboration with Nightwish, we are excited to continue to bridge the relationships between fans and artists,” says Staccs co-founder and COO Jonas Sellberg.

UNITED KINGDOM:

The Music Venue Trust (MVT) has announced a new campaign to encourage music fans to enjoy live music in safe environments by supporting their local grassroots music venues. The #golocal campaign puts the emphasis on enjoying live music in a safe environment by urging music fans to visit local grassroots music venues, avoiding mass transport and large crowds of people. “We see this difficult and uncertain period as an opportunity to put the focus firmly back on local music venues and to encourage people to investigate the many amazing opportunities to safely experience live music within their own communities,” says MVT CEO Mark Davyd.

 

 


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Major UK artists to play grassroots music venues

Major UK artists will “return to their roots” as part of a crowdfunding campaign to help grassroots music venues, which have been struggling to stay open during the Covid-19 crisis.

The crowdfunding campaign, Passport: Back To Our Roots, will open on 17 August when fans can donate a minimum of £5 to help support their favourite venues.

Everyone who donates will be entered into a prize draw to win entry for a show for themselves and a friend.

Among the concerts announced so far are Elbow performing at Night & Day Cafe in Manchester, Everything Everything at Bedford Esquires, Public Service Broadcasting at Amersham Arms in London, and The Slow Readers Club at The Trades Club in Hebden Bridge.

Organisers say the series of one-off intimate gigs will take place when live shows can safely return without social distancing measures, most likely between March and September next year.

The initiative was launched by registered charity and independent grassroots venue Band on the Wall, the Music Venue Trust and Stephen Budd Music (creator of War Child’s Passport: Back to the Bars & Passport: To BRITs Week series).

Sally Cook, co-founder of Passport: Back to Our Roots and director of operations at Band on the Wall says: “This project has been a long time in the making and it’s incredibly exciting to see artists supporting the grassroots venues that form the foundation of the UK’s live music industry, acknowledging their importance and celebrating the unrivalled experience of watching your favourite bands up close and personal, surrounded by friends and united in appreciation for live music in all its loud and sweaty glory.”

“These shows will be awe-inspiring for fans and also a joy for the artists who are helping keep live grassroots venues alive”

Stephen Budd, founder and CEO of Stephen Budd Entertainment says: “I’m delighted to help put this amazing series of shows together. I’m doing this on a not-for-profit basis as I did for the successful War Child shows I helped put together, using the same mechanism we created which has proved so workable and simple for artists and it won’t impact negatively on their own show plans.

“There is nothing like seeing your favourite artist in a venue that is closest to the artist’s hearts. These shows will be awe-inspiring for those fans who are lucky enough to win the prize draw and also a joy for the artists who participate knowing they are helping keep live grassroots venues alive.”

Of all money raised, 80% will go to the Music Venue Trust (MVT), who in turn will distribute half of the amount to the host venue and the other half to their Crisis Fund, which will benefit all UK venues in need of financial support.

The remaining 20% will go to Inner City Music, the charitable organisation that operates Band on the Wall in Manchester, which is responsible for the administration of the project and will cover its overheads.

Aside from its involvement with Passport: Back To Our Roots campaign, MVT also recently partnered with Fightback Brewing Company in support of the #saveourvenues initiative. 

Fightback Lager, which is stocked in over 60 grassroots music venue bars across the UK, now makes a 5p donation to MVT from every pint sold.

 


This article forms part of IQ’s Covid-19 resource centre – a knowledge hub of essential guidance and updating resources for uncertain times.

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