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Glasto’s Live at Worthy Farm gets cinema release

Glastonbury’s Festival’s upcoming Live at Worthy Farm live stream will also be broadcast at cinemas around the UK, organisers have announced.

Through a partnership with Trafalgar Releasing – the company behind record-breaking concert film releases by the likes of BTS and Coldplay, the latter of whom will play Live at Worthy Farm – the virtual festival, broadcast from Glastonbury’s Worthy Home site on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May, will screen in tandem at cinemas across the UK on Saturday.

Tickets for the cinema screenings, which go on sale today (12 May), are priced from £19.99.

Glastonbury Festival also today announced set times and new guests for the five-hour event, with a “unique spoken-word narrative” featuring PJ Harvey, Jarvis Cocker, Kae Tempest, George the Poet, Kurupt FM, Little Amal and festival founder Michael Eavis adding to previously announced sets from artists including Coldplay, Damon Albarn, Haim, Idles and Jorja Smith.

Live at Worthy Farm will be broadcast across four separate time zones (for EMEA; central, south and the east coast of North America; the west coast of North America; and Asia Pacific) on Saturday, with two global “encore” screenings on Sunday 23rd, at 2pm and 7pm BST. Tickets are priced at priced at £20, €23, US$27.50 & A$35.

 


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Di-rect show in big-screen cinema moves 14,000 tickets

Dutch rock band Di-rect sold more than 14,000 tickets for their latest concert live stream, held at the Omniversum cinema in the Hague last Friday (5 March).

The show, the band’s sixth in the last 12 months, saw Di-rect perform in front of Omniversum’s giant, Imax-style domed screen – which at 840m² is 4,500 times larger than a home television, and wraps halfway around the audience – against the backdrop of immersive light show created by projection-mapping company Mr Beam.

Like previous Di-Rect live streams, tickets for the Omniversum event were sold by GUTS Tickets on a pay-what-you-choose model.

“A band in great shape, a high-quality livestream from a unique location, and the ‘pay-what-you-like’ ticketing defines its success”

“It’s great to see so much enthusiasm for Di-rect’s livestream concerts,” says promoter Agents After All in a statement. “Even though it was their sixth live stream in a year, it was their best sold one to date. The combination of a band in great shape, a high-quality livestream from a unique location, and the ‘pay-what-you-like’ ticketing with GUTS ticketing defines its success, we believe.

“A great compliment to everyone involved and we look forward to the next event on 1 May with the Hague Philharmonic Orchestra.”

Tickets for Di-rect’s seventh live stream, from AFAS Circus Theatre in the Hague, are on sale now via the band’s website. Pay-what-you-like pricing starts from a minimum of €2.

 


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Ahoy! Floating theatres take to the water

On the back of the first-ever float-in music festival, cinemas are getting in on the aquatic entertainment action, with new floating movie theatres opening up in the UK, Italy, Israel, Canada and the US in the coming weeks.

In Britain, floating film experiences which place moviegoers in socially distanced rowing boats are planned for cities including London, Birmingham and Liverpool, screening a mix of new films and old favourites, while an amphibious theatre under construction in Rome’s EUR district plans to show Italian classics, along with the Italian premiere of stop-motion movie Missing Link.

“During lockdown, when we dreaming of being outdoors, we got a lot of calls from people who wanted us to set up a drive-in,” says creator Gianluca Giannelli. “But we didn’t like the idea of people going from being locked down in their living rooms to being locked down in their cars at a time when nature was taking over. So we thought of a natural space to show movies within the city.”

“We didn’t like the idea of people going from being locked down in their living rooms to being locked down in their cars”

The London cinema, moored on the Regent’s Canal in Merchant Square in Paddington, will feature 16 boats providing seating for up to 128 people. Planned films include Toy StoryThe Lion King and musicals Rocketman and The Greatest Showman.

Another, on Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park lake, opened for a test screening on 20 August, with around 200 people sitting in 70 pedal and rowing boats to watch the film Paddington 2.

“It was an amazing evening. It’s great to see a cinema corona-style,” attendee Galia Resnick told Reuters. “We had an amazing time. The whole family enjoyed it. Good move, Tel Aviv.”

Floating cinemas will also sail into Miami, New York, Vancouver and Houston, Texas, later this summer.

Unlike the cinema events, guests were able to bring their own boats to Laiva, the Latvian festival that pioneered the floating music festival concept earlier this month.

Latvia paves the way for float-in music festivals


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D.Live transforms car park into drive-in cinema

German venue operator D.Live has transformed a car park near the shuttered Messe Dusseldorf exhibition centre into a lockdown-friendly drive-in cinema.

With Autokino Düsseldorf (Drive-in Cinema Dusseldorf), D.Live aims to provide Dusseldorfers with “nice experiences in this time of social distancing”, says the company, by showing movies in the P1 car park, which is usually occupied by exhibitors at the Messe.

At the Autokino, which features Europe’s biggest portable screen, tickets are scanned through car windows, while food orders are to delivered to straight to patrons’ vehicles.

:The drive-in cinema is the perfect solution”

The cinema opened on 8 April with a screening of Udo Lindenberg biopic Lindenberg! Mach dein Ding, attended by some 1,000 people in 500 cars. It also hosted Easter services over the Easter weekend.

D.Live managing director Michael Brill says: “With so many restrictions, worries and frustration, we all have a need for variety, distraction and a little entertainment more than ever. The drive-in cinema is the perfect solution to both comply with the necessary rules on the one hand, and to get finally get out [of the house] on the other.”

D.Live – whose venues include Dusseldorf’s 51,500-seat Merkur Spiel-Arena, 12,500-capacity ISS Dome and 7,500-cap. Mitsubishi Electric Halle – is the only non-UK member of Oak View Group’s International Venue Alliance, which it joined in October 2019.

 


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Venues experiment with ‘chequerboard’ seating

Several entertainment and leisure venues in Europe, North America and Australasia have begun to experiment with so-called ‘chequerboard’ seating – a formation some believe could present a safe alternative to forcing seated venues to close until the coronavirus threat has passed.

Chequerboard seating involves leaving every other seat in a venue empty, mimicking the grid used by the games of draughts (US ‘checkers’) and chess, spreading patrons out diagonally to minimise the spread of pathogens from person to person. While the formation will leave a venue half empty, it does allow planned events to go ahead while reducing the risk of spreading the virus.

Venues to have implemented chequerboard seating plans include the TIFF Bell Lightbox cultural centre in Toronto, the Court Theatre in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Alamo Drafthouse cinema in San Francisco, and the Irish cinema chain Omniplex, which has movie theatres in both Northern Ireland and the Republic.

In New Orleans, all bars and restaurants were told earlier this week to reduce seating by up to 50%, with “a checkerboard-type seating pattern” suggested as a way of doing so, with New Mexico venues now under similar restrictions. The White House Correspondents’ Association of journalists, meanwhile, is similarly spacing out its members for US government press briefings in Washington DC.

Chequerboard seating involves leaving every other seat in a venue empty, mimicking the grid used by draughts and chess

TicketNews (TN) reports that one enterprising company has already created its own “seating distancing system”, dubbed Checkerboard Seating, that separates attendees by a horizontal distance of a minimum of three feet (0.91m).

Citing scientific studies which suggest disease-carrying droplets decrease in amount and size beyond 3ft, the site explains: “Built on the notion of minimizing [sic] the potential spread of pathogens by spreading attendees out, Checkerboard Seating staggers individuals throughout rows, distancing them to a horizontal distance of three feet at minimum.

“While it requires the sacrifice of [not] filling every seat, the checkerboard design relies on the understanding that transmission of droplets (which carry potential pathogens from one individual to another – when they sneeze, for example). Research says that the amount and size of droplets decreases exponentially after three feet. And in a theater-seating scenario, patrons are not facing each other, which further reduces the risk of transmission.”

For now, the majority of venues – including those which had formerly reduced capacity – have simply closed their doors. However, “if Checkerboard Seating pans out, we may see a new configuration at those first events once this blows over,” concludes TN.

 


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Live music triumphs at the Oscars 2019

Sunday night’s 91st Academy Awards were a celebration of both live music and cinema, as Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and music touring road film Green Book were among the evening’s most successful films.

Bohemian Rhapsody, the filmic celebration of Queen, the band’s music and lead singer Freddie Mercury, took home the most awards of the night. Rami Malek’s portrayal of Mercury earned him the Oscar for best actor, following his Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Bafta wins.

The film, directed by Brian Singer and Dexter Fletcher, also won the awards for film editing, sound editing and sound mixing.

Another big music-focused winner came in the form of Peter Farrelly’s Green Book, a film inspired by the true story of African-American pianist, Dr Don Shirley, and his 1962 tour across the deep south of the United States with driver and de facto road manager, Anthony Vallelonga.

Green Book won the coveted Oscar for best picture, as well as the original screenplay award. Mahershala Ali took home the prize for best supporting actor for his role as pianist Shirley.

 

Live performances on the night came from Queen, as well as from artists featuring in the best original song category.

Fronted by Adam Lambert in the place of the late Mercury, Queen opened the ceremony with live renditions of ‘We Will Rock You’ and ‘We Are the Champions’. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper performed A Star is Born hit ‘Shallow’, winner of best original song.

Other performances came from Bette Midler, who sang ‘The Place Where Lost Things Go’ from Mary Poppins Returns. Jennifer Hudson performed ‘I’ll Fight’ from RBG, the documentary film about the career of US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Grammy award-winning Kacey Musgraves introduced David Rawlings and Gillian Welch’s live rendition of ‘When a Cowboy Trades his Spurs for Wings’ from Coen brothers western The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Elsewhere, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma won three awards, for best director, cinematography and best foreign language film. It is the fifth time in six years that a Mexican director has won the award.

Black Panther also proved successful, clinching the awards for original score, production design and costume design. The film’s score consists of original songs produced by Kendrick Lamar and compositions by Swedish composer Ludwig Göransson.

See a full list of winners below:

Best Picture
Green Book

Director
Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Actor
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Actress
Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Supporting Actress
Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Original Screenplay
Green Book

Adapted Screenplay
BlackKklansman

Foreign Language Film
Roma

Animated Feature
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Sound Editing
Bohemian Rhapsody

Visual Effects
First Man

Film Editing
Bohemian Rhapsody

Animated Short
Bao

Live Action Short
Skin

Documentary Short
Period. End of Sentence.

Original Score
Black Panther

Original Song
‘Shallow’ from A Star Is Born

Production Design
Black Panther

Cinematography
Roma

Costume Design
Black Panther

Makeup and Hairstyling
Vice

Documentary Feature
Free Solo

Sound Mixing
Bohemian Rhapsody


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Everyone wants a piece of André

The celebrity violinist has once again made cinematic music event history, as André Rieu New Year’s Concert from Sydney grossed over US$4.6 million worldwide, achieving unprecedented growth in music event cinema.

The so-called King of Waltz enjoyed the biggest opening weekend recorded for a concert in the box office. Broadcast in cinemas worldwide, the concert grossed $4.6 million over the weekend, including $2.3 million in the UK alone.

Piece of Magic Entertainment (POM), a company co-founded by Rieu in July 2017, produced and distributed the concert. The show beat competition from other event cinema titles released in the last year, such as Coldplay – A Head Full of Dreams and Muse Drones World Tour, which grossed $3.5 million and $2.5 million respectively.

With the addition of several encore screenings, it is expected that André Rieu’s New Year Concert will surpass $5 million in global takings.

“Once again the figures prove André’s enduring success”

Rieu’s fiercest competition is himself. In 2016, his Maastricht show became the highest-grossing music concert of all time in the UK box office, taking £1.4 million. Rieu went on the beat this record two years on the trot. His 2018 release, Amore – My Tribute to Love, grossed £1.66 million in box offices in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Since POM took over the distribution of Rieu’s cinema events in 2017, the artist has enjoyed rapid growth in established markets such as the UK (24%), as well as internationally, growing by 308% in Spain, 120% in Germany, 39% in Canada, and 23% in the Netherlands.

“Once again the figures prove André’s enduring success,” says POM co-founder and CEO Caspar Nadaud.

“We are especially proud of opening new markets and establishing steady growth across the world. Our aim is to continue this growth with André in cinemas.”

 


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BTS smash box-office records with tour movie

Burn the Stage: the Movie, the first film from K-pop superstars BTS, has sold the highest-ever number of tickets for an ‘event cinema’ release, beating previous record-holders One Direction.

The film, which opened on 15 November, has sold more than 1.4 tickets – compared to 1.2m total for One Direction: Where We Are – according to distributor Trafalgar Releasing, which last week achieved similar success with Coldplay’s A Head Full of Dreams, shifting 300,000+ tickets in a single night.

That 1.4m figure is a record figure for an event, or alternative content (music, sport, comedy, etc.), cinema release. At press time, Burn the Stage had seen limited release in 79 countries, in more than 2,650 cinemas, for a global box-office tally of around US$14m.

Johnny Carr, alternative content manager for Vue Cinemas (UK and Ireland), says: “At Vue, we were delighted to have welcomed so many fans to screenings of both A Head Full of Dreams and Burn the Stage: the Movie.

“Events like these bring in new audiences to experience the power of the big screen. They afford artists the opportunity to give their fan base a unique and unforgettable night out.

“Events like these bring in new audiences to experience the power of the big screen”

“The feedback from audiences has been incredible, with many BTS fans booking to see an additional encore performance.”

Burn the Stage and A Head Full of Dreams close a profitable 2018 for music releases from Trafalgar Releasing, which also saw the UK-based distributor bring Distant Sky: Live in Copenhagen and Muse: Drones World Tour to cinemas around the world.

CEO Marc Allenby says: “It’s been extraordinary to witness yet again, through these two very distinct acts, the power of the big screen to bring fans together. I’m proud of the team at Trafalgar for pulling off an incredibly busy week and look forward to seeing what 2019 brings for us.”

The follow-up to the Wings tour (on which Burn the Stage is based), the Love Yourself world tour, was announced in April, with a history-making stadium date at Citi Field in New York wrapping up a US leg last month.

 


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Eventim acquires cinema ticketer Kinoheld

CTS Eventim has taken full control of German online movie ticketing platform Kinoheld.

Eventim was previously the majority shareholder of the start-up, having acquired 51% in 2015.

Kinoheld provides white-label box-office systems to hundreds of small and medium-sized cinemas across Germany. A 23 October entry in the German Trade Register (Handelsregister) reveals the event ticketing giant now holds 100% of the company’s shares.

Confirming the acquisition, a CTS Eventim spokesperson tells financial news site Gründerszene: “The transaction does not change anything regarding the daily operating business of Kinoheld.”

Eventim’s last acquisition was of Venuepoint, a pan-Scandinavian ticket agency formerly co-owned with Nordisk Film.

 


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Cliff Richard grosses £1.1m from single live show

Last Friday’s Cliff Richard show at Manchester’s 2,341-seat Bridgewater Hall grossed more than £1.1 million after being broadcast to cinemas in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

The concert – part of the veteran singer’s Live Nation-promoted Cliff Richard Live: 60th Anniversary Tour – was broadcast live on Friday 12 October, with encore screenings on Sunday 14th. Over the two dates, the event was shown in 517 cinemas on almost 1,000 screens across the British Isles, and was attended by over 80,000 people.

The live broadcast was directed by Brian Klein and produced by Sassy Films and CinemaLive. Total gross so far is £1,115,797, with several cinemas still to report their takings.

CinemaLive co-director and executive producer Janelle Mason says: “We feel so privileged to have brought Sir Cliff’s 60th-anniversary concert to so many excited fans around the world. We knew this would be a very special event as this legendary artist has impacted the lives of thousands with his music.

“The box-office result is proof that a live cinema broadcast is a wonderful way to bring artists and fans together”

“The box-office result is proof that a live cinema broadcast is a wonderful way to bring artists and fans together to simultaneously share in an immersive and uplifting experience. A smash hit for all concerned.”

The concert was also broadcast to cinemas across Europe (Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain, Gibraltar and Malta) over the weekend, and will be screening in Denmark on 24 and 28 October, Canada on 6 November and Australia and New Zealand on 10 and 11 November.

Malcolm Smith, manager of Sir Cliff (pictured), comments: “Cliff was keen to try something new for his 60th anniversary year to make sure as many of his fans as possible could be a part of his celebration tour. We are delighted with the success of the live cinema broadcast, and the response from his fans around the world has been extremely positive.”

The record for the most successful concert screened in UK/Irish cinemas is held by violinist André Rieu, whose 2018 Maastricht concert grossed more than £1.66m.

 


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