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MSG raises banner to mark Harry Styles’ residency

Harry Styles has become only the third music artist to have a banner raised to the rafters at New York’s Madison Square Garden in celebration of his 15 consecutive nights at the 20,000-cap arena.

The banner was unveiled and presented to Styles during the encore of the final show of his sold-out Love on Tour residency, which ran from 20 August to 21 September. Every fan in attendance received a feather boa to mark the occasion.

“Selling out 15 consecutive nights at Madison Square Garden is a massive accomplishment and reinforces Harry Styles as one of the most impactful artists of his generation,” says MSG Entertainment executive chairman and CEO Jim Dolan.

The Live Nation-promoted 15-night run saw MSG transformed into “Harry’s House”, with interactive photo activations placed around the venue; custom postcards distributed at each show; and exclusive specialty food and beverage options created specifically for the run. A merch pop-up was also set up at MSG throughout the run and was accessible to all fans, regardless of whether they had tickets.

“It is a testament to Harry and his fans that a banner celebrating this remarkable achievement will hang from the rafters alongside some of the most legendary artists and athletes in history”

Billy Joel and Phish are the only two other musical acts to have banners hanging from The Garden’s rafters. Last week it was announced that Joel has added another show to his record-breaking MSG residency, with the star’s 13 January show marking Joel’s 87th monthly and 133rd lifetime show at the venue.

“It is a testament to Harry and his fans that a banner celebrating this remarkable achievement will hang from the rafters alongside some of the most legendary artists and athletes in history,” adds Dolan.

Styles and Live Nation will be donating more than $1 million in proceeds from the tour to Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund – the education, research and litigation arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organisation in the US.

The 28-year-old was 2021’s top worldwide ticket seller according to Pollstar‘s year-end rankings, selling 669,051 tickets for his Love on Tour arena dates, generating $86,723,984 (€80,530,991). The tour heads to Latin America later this year following the conclusion of Styles’ US dates, and continues in 2023 with stadium dates in Australasia and Europe.

 


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DF Concerts celebrates record-breaking summer

Scotland’s DF Concerts has heralded a record-breaking summer, having sold one million tickets between June and August.

The promoter says that, as a result, it has made an economic impact of around £72.4 million on tourism and hospitality businesses in its domestic market.

The Glasgow-headquartered company expects that, by the end of 2022, it will have welcomed over 50% of the population of Scotland to one of its concerts or events.

DF promotes some 1,000 concerts per year, as well as its festivals TRNSMT (Glasgow), Connect (Edinburgh) and Summer Sessions (Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee). In addition, the promoter owns and operates grassroots music venue, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (Glasgow).

This year’s sold-out edition of TRNSMT topped DF’s best-selling events of the summer, attracting 50,000 attendees on each of its three days.

Other highlights include two nights from The Killers at Falkirk Stadium (cap. 25,000), and Harry Styles performing to 50,000 people at Glasgow’s Ibrox football stadium.

“It’s looking like it will be more of the same next year”

This summer also saw DF revive Connect, a music festival that originally took place in Argyll, Scotland, in the mid-noughties.

The reboot took place at The Royal Highland Centre (RHC), an exhibition centre and showgrounds located near Edinburgh airport, between 26–28 August.

The Chemical Brothers, The National, Little Simz, Mogwai and Bombay Bicycle Club were among the artists that performed at the camping festival.

In total, DF Concerts had 33 days of outdoor shows from June to August, at venues including Slessor Gardens in Dundee, Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre Showgrounds and Princes Street Gardens, SWG3 Galvanizers Yard, Glasgow Green, and Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, plus Hampden Park, Ibrox and Falkirk Stadiums.

“This has been a really special summer season for all involved,” Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts, tells IQ. “It has seen a seven-figure investment in new events for music lovers across the country, diversifying the experiences available in Scotland.

“With two stadium shows, one greenfield and two festivals already announced for summer 2023 and more to come very soon, it’s looking like it will be more of the same next year.”

 


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Harry Styles announces 2023 European stadium run

Harry Styles will continue his current Love on Tour outing with a run of stadium shows in Europe next spring and summer.

The newly announced 2023 leg, which includes two more nights at London’s Wembley Stadium, will be the British superstar’s first full stadium tour of the region.

Kicking off on 13 May at Denmark’s CASA Arena, Love on Tour will visit Munich, Edinburgh, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Warsaw, Vienna, Barcelona, Madrid and more, before wrapping at Reggio Emilia, Italy, on 22 July.

Wet Leg will be joining Styles on all European tour dates, with Inhaler performing on 10 June 2023 in Slane, Ireland.

The former One Direction star has also announced additional shows for his current US run, taking the Live Nation-produced world tour up to 83 dates across 22 countries.

The North America run has gained an extra night at Austin’s Moody Center on 3 October and another at Chicago’s United Center on 15 October, totalling six shows in each city.

Wet Leg will be joining Styles on all European tour dates, with Inhaler performing on 10 June 2023 in Slane, Ireland

After wrapping up the NA tour dates on 15 November 2022, the 28-year-old will head to Latin America, with a final show added in São Paulo, Brazil at Allianz Parque on 13 December.

His 29 November show in Lima, Peru, has received a venue upgrade due to high demand and will now take place at Estadio Nacional (cap. 43,086), elsewhere in the capital city.

The tour will then move to Australia and New Zealand for a seven-date stadium run between 20 February and 7 March 2023, as previously announced, before heading to Europe.

Earlier this summer, Styles returned to Europe for the first time since the pandemic, selling out two nights at London’s Wembley Stadium on 18 and 19 June with a total of 147,269 tickets grossing $14.8 million, according to Pollstar.

Other highlights from his 2022 European leg included two nights at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester on 15 and 16 June, selling 99,526 tickets and grossing $9.5m.

That comes after Styles last year was named 2021’s top worldwide ticket seller in Pollstar‘s year-end rankings after selling 669,051 tickets for his Love on Tour arena dates, generating $86,723,984 (€76,916,720).

See the European 2023 dates for Love on Tour below.

Sat May 13 – Horsens, Denmark – CASA Arena

Wed May 17 – Munich, Germany – Olympiastadion

Mon May 22 – Coventry, UK – Coventry Building Society Arena

Fri May 26 – Edinburgh, UK – BT Murrayfield Stadium

Thu Jun 1 – Paris, France – Stade De France

Mon Jun 5 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Johan Cruijff Arena

Sat Jun 10 – Slane, Ireland – Slane Castle

Tue Jun 13 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium

Wed Jun 14 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium

Tue Jun 20 – Cardiff, UK – Principality Stadium

Sat Jun 24 – Werchter, Belgium – Festival Park

Tue Jun 27 – Dusseldorf, Germany – MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA

Sun Jul 2 – Warsaw, Poland – PGE Narodowy

Wed Jul 5 – Frankfurt, Germany – Deutsche Bank Park

Sat Jul 8 – Austria, Vienna – Ernst Happel Stadium

Wed Jul 12 – Barcelona, ​​Spain – Lluis Company Olympic Stadium

Fri Jul 14 – Madrid, Spain – New Mad Cool Space

Tue Jul 18 – Lisbon, Portugal – Alges Maritime Tour

Sat Jul 22 – Reggio Emilia, Italy – RCF Arena

 


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Harry Styles’ Denmark gig cancelled after shooting

Harry Styles’ concert at Copenhagen’s Royal Arena was cancelled after three people were killed in a mass shooting at a nearby shopping centre.

The 16,000-cap venue was evacuated shortly before the singer was due to perform a sold-out show on Sunday (3 July).

The BBC reports that two 17-year-old Danish citizens and a 47-year-old Russian were killed in the apparently random attack. Police say 30 people were injured in total, with one person remaining in a critical condition.

A 22-year-old man was arrested at 5.48pm local time in relation to the incident and has been charged with murder.

“I’m heartbroken along with the people of Copenhagen”

Styles took to social media to share his thoughts with fans.

“I’m heartbroken along with the people of Copenhagen,” he tweeted. “I adore this city. The people are so warm and full of love.

“I’m devastated for the victims, their families, and everyone hurting. I’m sorry we couldn’t be together. Please look after each other.”

Pearl Jam’s performance at the arena tomorrow night is still currently scheduled to go ahead as planned.

 


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Man injured in balcony fall at Harry Styles show

A man has escaped serious injury after falling from a top tier balcony during Harry Styles’ concert at Glasgow’s Ibrox Stadium in Scotland, UK.

Styles was performing the encore on the opening night of his Love on Tour UK stadium run on Saturday (11 June) when the 20-year-old victim reportedly fell from a VIP box and landed on the stand below.

According to the Daily Record, the man was rushed to hospital but suffered just two black eyes, bruising and concussion. A spokesperson for promoter DF Concerts confirmed to Metro that no one else was involved or injured on the level below.

“There were no suspicious circumstances and the man was seen to by medical staff”

A spokesperson for Police Scotland says: ‘Officers were made aware of a man falling from a club deck at a premises on Edmiston Drive, Glasgow at around 10.15pm on Saturday, 11 June, 2022. There were no suspicious circumstances and the man was seen to by medical staff.”

Styles, who has sold out his 42-date tour in its entirety, was the first music artist to play the 50,000-cap home of Glasgow Rangers FC since Bon Jovi in 2017. The tour is due to continue tomorrow (15 June) with the first of two shows at Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford.

The singer was 2021’s top worldwide ticket seller according to Pollstar‘s year-end rankings.

 


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LN, Harry Styles pledge $1m to gun safety fund

Live Nation and Harry Styles have pledged to donate more than $1 million in proceeds from the singer’s Love on Tour 2022 dates to a gun safety organisation.

In the wake of recent mass shootings across the US, including the horrifying events in Uvalde, Texas last week, Styles has announced he will be donating proceeds from the tour to the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, with Live Nation matching the pledge.

Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund is the education, research, and litigation arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organisation in the States.

“I have been absolutely devastated by the recent string of mass shootings in America”

“Along with all of you, I have been absolutely devastated by the recent string of mass shootings in America, culminating at Robb Elementary School in Texas,” says Styles. “On our North American tour, we will be partnering with Everytown who work to end gun violence, donating to support their efforts, and sharing their suggested action items.”

Styles has sold out his 42-date tour, staged in support of his new album Harry’s House, in its entirety, including five additional shows in both New York and Los Angeles. He recently played two special One Night Only shows in New York and London to launch the record.

Produced by Live Nation, the tour kicks off on 15 August at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada. Styles will continue his residencies in New York City for 15 nights at Madison Square Garden, Austin for five nights at Moody Center, and Chicago for five nights at United Center, before wrapping up at Los Angeles’ Kia Forum for a 15-night run concluding on 15 November.

Styles was 2021’s top worldwide ticket seller

First of all, the 28-year-old will play stadium shows at Glasgow’s Ibrox Stadium (11 June), Manchester’s Emirates Old Trafford (15-16 June) and London’s Wembley Stadium (18-19 June) in his native UK, followed by a string of European dates.

Apple Music launched its new recurring live music series Apple Music Live with Harry Styles: One Night Only in New York at UBS Arena in Long Island on 20 May.

Styles was 2021’s top worldwide ticket seller according to Pollstar‘s year-end rankings, selling 669,051 tickets for his Love on Tour arena dates, generating $86,723,984 (€80,530,991).

 


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Harry Styles to kick off Apple Music Live series

Apple Music has announced the launch of a new recurring live music series, Apple Music Live.

Kicking off with Harry Styles: One Night Only in New York at UBS Arena in Long Island on 20 May, the livestream series promises to “give the biggest stars in music the biggest possible platform to flaunt how they connect with audiences and how their songs translate to live performance”.

The show will be streamed exclusively to Apple Music subscribers at no extra cost at 9pm EDT/6pm PDT and coincides with the release of Styles’ third album Harry’s House. There will also be encores on 22 May at 12pm EDT/9am PDT and 26 May at 4 pm BST.

“No matter how much time and effort an artist may spend crafting music in the studio, it’s on the stage where they really get to show their work”

“No matter how much time and effort an artist may spend crafting music in the studio, it’s on the stage where they really get to show their work,” says the tech company. “Apple Music Live is a new recurring series designed to do just that: give the biggest stars in music the biggest possible platform to flaunt how they connect with audiences and how their songs translate to live performance.”

Details of other acts set to take part in the series are yet to be revealed. Apple previously ran the iTunes Festival (later the Apple Music Festival) in London from 2007-16, which starred artists such as Adele, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Oasis, Elton John, Britney Spears and Robbie Williams.

 


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Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Ye to headline Coachella ’22

Coachella Valley Arts & Music Festival organisers have announced the full line-up for the upcoming 2022 edition.

Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Ye (aka Kanye West) are to headline the festival’s first in-person event since 2019, which will run across two weekends (15–17 and 22–24 April) at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

Styles’ headline set will mark his debut Coachella performance, while Eilish’s will qualify her as the youngest-ever headliner at Coachella, following a seminal performance at the festival back in 2019.

Travis Scott was reportedly set to top the bill but was allegedly removed following the crowd crush tragedy at his Astroworld event last year.

Other artists billed for the Goldenvoice-promoted festival are Swedish House Mafia, Flume, Megan Thee Stallion, Disclosure, 21 Savage, Phoebe Bridgers, Doja Cat, Joji, Jamie xx and Run the Jewels.

Danny Elfman, Carly Rae Jepsen, Big Sean, Idles, Spiritualized, Stromae, Brockhampton, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Caribou, Caroline Polachek, Vince Staples, Ari Lennox and Kim Petras are also slated to perform.

Travis Scott was reportedly set to top the bill but was allegedly removed following the tragedy at his Astroworld event

According to today’s announcement, the 2022 edition will also include a collaboration with 88rising, a US-based artist management company, record label and media brand focused on east Asian artists.

The poster references the label’s annual LA-based music festival, Head in the Clouds. No further details have been revealed yet.

Coachella had its 2020 festival postponed twice due to the pandemic. It was rescheduled to April 2021, but postponed once again in January of that year, when the public health officer in charge of Riverside County, where the festival is held, signed a public health order cancelling Coachella and its sister festival, the country music event Stagecoach.

News emerged last October that Goldenvoice had signed a long-term agreement with the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, which will enable the promoter to stage additional festivals on the site.

Goldenvoice is one of the world’s biggest promoters; the company produces several festivals, including recently announced California Vibrations, operates 14 mid-sized venues and promotes over 1,800 shows per year.

 


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Harry Styles crowned 2021’s top ticket seller

Harry Styles has been named as 2021’s top worldwide ticket seller, while the Rolling Stones had the highest-grossing tour, according to Pollstar‘s year-end rankings.

Styles sold 669,051 tickets for his Love on Tour arena dates, generating $86,723,984 (€76,916,720), to lead the way ahead of The Hella Mega Tour starring Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer, which moved 659,062 tickets. The Top 5 was rounded off by Dead & Company at No.3 with 588,658 ticket sales, Dave Matthews Band at No.4 (583,399 sales) and Phish at No.5 (572,626).

Completing the Top 10 were Jonas Brothers (No.6, 528,630), Luke Bryan (No.7, 522,966), the Rolling Stones (No.8, 516,624), Chris Stapleton (No.9, 516,395) and Alanis Morissette (No.10, 499,296).

By every measure, 2021 was both quantitively and qualitatively better than 2020

However, the Stones were head and shoulders above the rest when it came to revenue. The band, whose legendary drummer Charlie Watts died in August, generated $115,498,182 (€102,474,854) from their shows – almost $30m clear of their nearest contender, Styles.

“What a difference a year makes,” wrote Ray Waddell of Pollstar owner Oak View Group. “By every measure, 2021 was both quantitatively and qualitatively better than 2020, which was catastrophic.

“Every chart in last year’s Year End issue marked a precipitous drop in shows, revenues, ticket sales and all other touring metrics. This year, however, is a markedly different story, especially Q4, which augers exceedingly well for 2022.”

 


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Harry Styles show to launch OVG’s New York arena

Harry Styles has been confirmed as the first music artist to perform at Oak View Group’s new UBS Arena at Belmont Park, New York.

Styles’ show at the 19,000-cap venue, which will be the finale of the his 2021 Love On Tour, will take place on Sunday, 28 November. The concert will spearhead the building’s opening month celebrations, with numerous other events planned throughout November.

Home to the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders, the US$1.1 billion multi-purpose arena will host more than 150 major events annually, with other acts lined up to appear over the coming months including Eric Church, Genesis, Imagine Dragons, Tool, Journey, John Mayer and New Kids on the Block.

UBS Arena intends on being carbon neutral for operations before 2024, which will make it the first arena to do so on the eastern US seaboard.

UBS Arena is poised to become a global landmark entertainment and sports destination

The redevelopment project, which Oak View Group (OVG) is working on in collaboration with the New York Islanders and Sterling Project Development, is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs and 3,000 permanent jobs, generating approximately $25bn in economic activity over the term of the lease.

“UBS Arena is poised to become a global landmark entertainment and sports destination, leading us to partner with one of the world’s premier brands, UBS,” Tim Leiweke, CEO of OVG and leader of the arena project, said earlier this year.

UBS Arena will celebrate its opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on 19 November, ahead of its official opening with the New York Islanders’ home opener against the Calgary Flames the following day.

Ground was broken on the project on in September 2019 and halted in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Work started back up two months later on 27 May.

Styles has made an investment in OVG’s Co-op Live development in his hometown of Manchester, UK. The development will become the UK’s first all-electric arena when it opens in 2023.

 


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