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Taylor Swift set to break Scotland’s stadium record

Taylor Swift is set to break the record for Scotland’s biggest-selling stadium show when she performs at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield on 7, 8, and 9 June.

On Monday (25 March), Edinburgh Council granted promoter AEG Presents permission to increase Murrayfield’s capacity by 8.73% from 67,130 to 72,990.

The concerts will see Swift unseat previous record holder Harry Styles, who performed to more than 65,000 fans at the same venue in 2023.

Prior to that, Styles’ band One Direction held the title for selling 64,000 tickets there in 2014.

Swift’s Scotland shows will be part of her highly successful Eras Tour, which has grossed more than $1bn (€927m) since beginning on 17 March last year.

“My dad is super proud of our Scottish heritage”

Swift last year described Scotland as “a really special place”. “Last time I was there the crowd were amazing and I felt like we really connected. My dad is super proud of our Scottish heritage – he told me that pretty much most of our family can be traced back to Scotland so of course it’s obviously very cool for me to get to perform there as part of the tour.”

Like many cities featured on the Eras Tour, Edinburgh has noted a boost in the local economy with more than 20 around the city centre sold out over the three dates.

Recently, the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce calculated that Swifties attending three concerts at Friends Arena are expected to spend half a billion kroner (€43.6m).

The Eras Tour will resume in May with the European leg, which kicks off at LA Défense Arena in Paris. In the meantime, Swift’s next album, The Tortured Poets Department, is due out on 19 April.

 


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Beyoncé scores top-grossing European gigs of ’23

Beyoncé’s multi-night stand at London’s Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has been crowned as the highest-grossing European concert run of 2023.

According to Pollstar, the singer’s five-show residency from 29 May to 4 June grossed $38,986,169 from 240,330 ticket sales to head this year’s pack. General ticket prices ranged from £50-200.

The UK concerts edged out Harry Styles, who finishes a close second on the list after his four Wembley Stadium dates, held from 13-17 June, generated $37,341,665. More tickets (335,394) were sold for Styles’ gigs, but at lower prices (£46.25-140.25).

Coldplay’s Music of the Spheres Tour occupies the No.3 to No.6 slots with the band’s four concerts at each of Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam, Netherlands ($30,322,573); Milan’s San Siro Stadium in Italy ($29,439,180); Barcelona’s Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys ($27,262,896) and Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden ($26,242,821) from May to July. The top 6 engagements were all promoted by Live Nation.

Beyoncé’s record-breaking Renaissance World Tour officially wrapped at the start of this month

Elton John’s nine-date Farewell Yellow Brick Road residency at The O2 in London, promoted by AEG Presents/Marshall Arts between 2-17 April checks in at No.7, having earned $25,263,019.

Coldplay feature again at No.8 and No.9 with their four-show stops at Manchester UK’s Etihad Stadium ($24,164,085) – staged by SJM/Live Nation/Metropolis – and Coimbra Stadium in Portugal ($21,473,885) – presented by Live Nation – respectively, with the top 10 rounded off by FKP Scorpio’s Hurricane Festival in Germany ($20,065,948). The top 25 can be viewed in full here.

Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour officially wrapped at the start of this month after earning more than $579 million worldwide at the box office. The 56-date 2023 tour saw the star perform for over 2.7 million fans around the globe and set numerous records, including overtaking Madonna’s 2008/09 Sticky & Sweet trek to become the highest-grossing tour by a female artist ever.

 


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Harry Styles’ Love on Tour grosses $600m

Harry Styles has grossed close to $600 million with his recently wrapped outing, Love On Tour.

The Live Nation-produced world tour kicked off in September 2021 and spanned nearly three years, combining post-pandemic shows in support of his 2019 album Fine Line with 2022-23 dates promoting his more recent Grammy-winning LP Harry’s House.

The $590.3m run, which combined arena and stadium shows, saw 4.7 million people attend 165 shows across five continents, according to Billboard.

This puts Love on Tour in fourth place on Billboard Boxscores top 10 highest-grossing tours of all time, after Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road ($939m), Ed Sheeran’s The Divide Tour ($776m) and U2’s 360° Tour ($736m).

The $590.3m run, which combined arena and stadium shows, saw 4.7 million people attend 165 shows across five continents

Highlights of the tour include 20 sold-out nights at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, 18 nights at Los Angeles’ Kia Forum, and four nights at London’s Wembley Stadium which grossed $36.4m and sold 335,000 tickets.

The last full month of the tour was also notable, with Styles earning $105.4 million and selling 967,000 tickets from 15 stadium shows. This saw the former One Direction star shoot to number 1 on Billboard’s Top Tours chart in June.

The 29-year-old is only the second act to earn a nine-figure monthly gross after Bad Bunny raked in $123.7 million in September 2022 on World’s Hottest Tour.

Of the $600m gross, Styles raised and donated more than $6.5m to a long list of charities and nonprofit organisations around the world, including Planned Parenthood, Save the Children, Black Minds, Choose Love, the Sydney Zoo and Every Town for Gun Safety.

Styles, who is represented by CAA, wrapped the final show of Love on Tour in Reggio Emilia, Italy, on 22 July.

 


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Five blockbuster tours top $100m gross in 2023

A record five tours have grossed more than $100 million (€913m) in the first six months of 2023, as the era of stadium touring takes hold of the concert business.

In an industry-first, blockbuster tours by Taylor Swift ($300.8m), Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band ($142.6m), Harry Styles ($124m), Elton John ($110.3m) and Ed Sheeran ($105.3m) all hit the nine-figure mark in H1 2023, leading Pollstar to declare “the age of the blockbuster tour is upon us”.

Pollstar‘s Top 100 worldwide tours show double-digit increases on 2022, including a 64.7% upturn in average show gross, a 49.3% rise in average tickets sold and a 10.3% hike in average ticket price.

“You’re seeing the strength and the conviction of the consumers,” Live Nation president of US Concerts Bob Roux tells the publication. “The shift in discretionary spending to live events and experiences over things has given our industry a big boost over the last couple of years and that trend continues and is growing.”

The list of the top 10 live music tours is rounded off by Red Hot Chili Peppers ($91.5m), Coldplay ($65.4m), Daddy Yankee ($60.5m), Bad Bunny ($49.1m) and Luke Combs ($47.2m).

The report notes that tours by artists such as Beyoncé, The Weeknd, U2 and Metallica are expected to impact the rankings – and the bottom line – in the second half of 2023, as the gulf between the A-listers and the rest accelerates markedly.

“It’s a very select group of artists who are in the stratosphere with demand to see them on a whole other level”

Dennis Arfa, chair of the music division at the newly formed Independent Artist Group, says the results highlight how the top dozen or so acts (adding the likes of U2, Billy Joel, Beyoncé, Metallica and the Rolling Stones to the current top 10) are in a league of their own, dubbing them the “billionaire’s club”.

“It’s a very select group of artists who are in the stratosphere with demand to see them on a whole other level,” he says. “No matter what’s going on in the economy, they are as close to bulletproof as you can get.”

The top grossing promoters, meanwhile, were Live Nation ($1.66 billion), AEG Presents ($423.2m), Mexico’s Ocesa ($327.8m), and Australia’s Frontier Touring ($189m) and TEG ($143.8m).

Other European promoters to make the top 30 include the UK’s SJM Concerts at No.13 (1.6m tickets sold), Italy’s Vivo Concerti at No.14 (1.5m sales), Germany’s Semmel Concerts at No.15 (1.3m sales), FKP Scorpio at No.28 (763,935 sales) and Italy’s Friends & Partners at No.29 (560,826 sales). See Pollstar‘s full mid-year results coverage here.

Elsewhere, ASM Global recently reported the biggest year ever for stadium concerts at its venues, selling 1.8 million tickets for 41 shows at six NFL stadiums in the US so far to generate $360m, according to data provided to Venues Now by ASM EVP Doug Thornton.

Chicago’s Soldier Field and Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium have each hosted nine gigs in 2023, closely followed by Houston’s NRG Stadium on eight; State Farm Stadium in Glendale, where Swift kicked off her Eras Tour, on seven; and US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on six.

 


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Harry Styles breaks Scottish stadium record

Harry Styles has broken the record for the highest-selling stadium concert in Scottish history, according to the venue.

The 29-year-old, who is represented by CAA, drew 65,000 fans to Murrayfield in Edinburgh this past Saturday – breaking the previous best of 64,000 that the singer set with One Direction in 2014.

“Saturday night’s Harry Styles concert is the highest-selling stadium concert in Scotland ever with an attendance of over 65,000,” says a spokesperson for BT Murrayfield, who adds that the DF Concerts-promoted event was “fantastic”.

Styles’ Live Nation-promoted Love on Tour was the fourth highest-grossing in North America last year, delivering US$160.4 million at the box office from 47 shows, according to Pollstar. The star was also 2021’s top worldwide ticket seller, selling 669,051 tickets for a total gross of $86,723,984.

Love on Tour is due to finish up in Italy at the RCF Arena in Reggio Emilia on 22 July

The European leg continues this week with two shows at Stade de France in Paris (1-2 June), followed by three nights at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena in the Netherlands (4-6 June).

The run then reverts to the UK and Ireland with dates at Slane Castle in Ireland (10 June), four shows at London’s Wembley Stadium (13-14 & 16-17 June) and a two-night stand at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium (20-21 June).

Love on Tour will continue with concerts in Belgium, Germany, Poland, Austria, Spain and Portugal before finishing up in Italy at the RCF Arena in Reggio Emilia on 22 July.

 


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Styles fans banned from camping outside venue

Harry Styles fans have been warned they could be refused entry to the singer’s upcoming Australian stadium show if they attempt to camp overnight ahead of the gig.

The 29-year-old singer will perform a sold-out concert at the 32,000-cap HBF Park in Perth on 20 February as part of his Live Nation-promoted Love on Tour.

However, the venue, which is operated by VenuesWest, has released a statement on social media advising that camping is not permitted.

“For the wellbeing and safety of our patrons, camping for the Harry Styles Love on Tour Concert is strictly prohibited,” it says. “Any patrons queuing or camping prior to 8am on event day will be asked to move.

“No priority entry will be given to anyone camping outside the venue prior to event day, and fan made early line systems will not be honoured”

“No priority entry will be given to anyone camping outside the venue prior to event day, and fan made early line systems will not be honoured.”

A spokesperson for VenuesWest tells WAtoday the decision was prompted by early indications that large numbers of fans intended to camp outside, possibly for days, which presented safety concerns.

The Perth date is the opening night of Styles’ Australia & New Zealand tour, with upcoming shows scheduled for Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium (24-25 February), Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast (28 February), Sydney’s Accor Stadium (3-4 March) and Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand (7 March).

The CAA-repped star was the big winner at last weekend’s BRIT Awards at The O2 in London, picking up four awards to add to his Grammy for Record of the Year. Last year, he became 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.

 


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Grammys features raft of blockbuster performances

Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Lizzo, Kim Petras and Sam Smith were among a raft of artists that performed at the annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last night (5 February).

The 65th edition took place at the Crypto.com Arena in LA, with additional performances from Brandi Carlile, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Chris Stapleton, Steve Lacy, DJ Khaled and Luke Combs.

Topping Billboard’s rankings of Grammy performances was a tribute to 50 years of hip-hop, curated by Questlove and featuring an all-star cast.

Missy Elliott, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Lil Wayne, Nelly, Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, Run-D.M.C. and Salt-N-Pepa were among 29 iconic artists that performed during the tribute to the genre.

Beyoncé has now won 32 Grammys, securing her place as the most-awarded artist in the history of the ceremony

Elsewhere, the in-memoriam segment of the ceremony saw Kacey Musgraves, Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, and Migos’ Quavo perform songs popularised by Loretta Lynn, Christine McVie, and Takeoff.

The top four awards of the 65th ceremony went to Harry Styles (Album of The Year for Harry’s House), Lizzo (Record of The Year for About Damn Time), Bonnie Rait (Song of The Year for Just Like That) and Beyoncé (Best Dance/Electronic Album for Renaissance).

Beyoncé also won best R&B song, best dance/electronic recording and best traditional R&B performance at last night’s ceremony. She has now won 32 Grammys and is the most-awarded artist in the history of the ceremony.

In doing so, she overtook Hungarian-British conductor George Solti, whose record of 31 Grammys had stood for more than 20 years.

See a complete list of winners and nominees for the 2023 Grammys here.

 


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Wasserman’s Holly Rowland on the rise of Louis Tomlinson

Wasserman Music agent Holly Rowland has spoken to IQ about Louis Tomlinson’s 2023 European arena tour.

The former One Direction star is to embark on a 39-date outing across 28 countries next year, having recently completed a pandemic-delayed tour that spanned 57 dates in Europe, South America, Asia and Australia.

“Louis wanted to go everywhere,” says Rowland, who represents Tomlinson with Wassmerman’s Alex Hardee.

“One Direction never really toured Europe extensively – they did the major cities and the stadiums – but they never went to Eastern Europe for example. During their solo careers, Harry Styles has never done it and Niall Horan has never done it.”

Rowland believes that unlike Styles and Horan, who have also carved out solo careers since the best-selling boyband disbanded in 2016, Tomlinson’s worth is often underestimated.

“When I say I’ve booked a 39-date arena tour for Louis, people can’t believe it,” Rowland tells IQ. “They don’t believe his sales or the fact he has his own festival.”

“Even markets which are typically late sellers are nearly sold out even though the concerts are still a year away”

If Tomlinson was overlooked before, it all looks set to change now. Last Friday (18 November), the star beat Bruce Springsteen to score his first solo UK No. 1 album with ‘Faith In The Future’ via BMG. At the same time, ticket sales for his forthcoming tour are “really strong” despite going on sale a year in advance.

“It will sell out,” says Rowland. “London’s The O2 [cap. 21,000], for example, is on 90% and even markets which are typically late sellers, like Greece, are nearly sold out even though the concerts are still a year away.”

Rowland says it’s thanks to a symbiotic album-tour campaign that Tomlinson’s sales are strong on both the recorded and the live side.

“You wouldn’t typically go on sale with a tour so early but we needed to go out before the album so we could get the pre-orders,” she explains. “Synchronicity with recorded and live has sometimes been missed before but now, more than ever, it’s so important. An artist does well because their whole team is across everything and is communicating with each other.”

Rowland and Tomlinson’s team are particularly proud of the ticket prices for the tour, which start at £27.50 regionally.

“He’s a man of the people,” she says. “For example, he won’t do any golden circles or platinum or flexible ticketing or increased isle seating or paid meet-and-greets. That’s his philosophy.

“He won’t do any golden circles or platinum or flexible ticketing or increased isle seating or paid meet-and-greets”

“The issue nowadays is costs are going up so you have to cover your base but also keep it fair for the customer. The promoters crunched the numbers on their side and there was a lot of back and forth on the ticket price but obviously, the tour is spread across multiple dates so that helps. Plus it’s something Louis really wants to do.”

Promoters working on Tomlinson’s forthcoming tour include Live Nation (Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria), 8 Days a Week (Baltics), Pop Farm (Greece), Follow The Step (Poland), Charmenko (Romania), Fource Entertainment (Czech Republic) and SJM (UK).

The Faith In The Future 2023 outing is the follow-up to Tomlinson’s first world tour, which concluded in September, having been pushed back due to the pandemic.

Highlights from the tour include South America – “one of Louis’s biggest markets” – which saw the star sell 30,000 tickets in Brazil, 30,000 in Buenos Aires and 21,000 in Mexico.

Rowland also notes an open-air show in Milan, Italy, at the beginning of September, which saw 34,000 tickets fly off the shelf in 48 hours.

2022 also saw the evolution of Tomlinson’s own festival, Away From Home, which launched last year in Crystal Palace Park, London, and was free to attend.

“Louis’s fanbase is so loyal and they hang on every word he says”

This year the event moved to Malaga in Spain and featured The Vaccines, Sun Room, Stone and Hinds, all of whom performed alongside Tomlinson. This time around the event was ticked and Rowland says it sold 15,500 tickets in two days.

“I programmed it [alongside Louis] so it was quite fun to be on the other side of things, being the promoter and offering out supports to agents,” says Rowland.

Launching a festival was the natural progression for Tomlinson, who is known to hand-pick his own tour supports – many of whom go on to see great success, according to Rowland and Hardee.

“His fanbase is so loyal and they hang on every word he says,” says Rowland. “He’ll go onstage after the support acts and say ‘How amazing were they, go out and follow them,’ and that’s what his fans do because they really believe in him and trust him.”

Rowland notes that Tomlinson’s fanbase is surprisingly young – between 14–18 years old – which translates into strong merchandise sales, thanks to the parent pound.

“He can’t hide from his past in One Direction but we need to respect his path and see him for the artist he wants to be”

“What’s crazy is that his fanbase is so young, they weren’t even around when One Direction were having their heyday. They must’ve found the band through siblings or something…” she notes.

When asked if it has been difficult to extricate Tomlinson from his previous work in One Direction, Rowland says: “He can’t hide from his past – One Direction were one of the biggest boybands of all time – but we need to respect his path and see him for the artist he wants to be and not who he was.

And as for comparisons to his former bandmates’ solo careers, she adds: “Harry is pop, Niall is more singer-songwriter and Louis is indie. That’s the music he loves and you can see that through the acts he requests to support him. It’s time now to shine the light on who he is.”

 


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Harry Styles reveals 2023 Asia dates

Harry Styles will continue his current Love On Tour outing with six newly announced shows across Asia, in March 2023.

Produced by Live Nation, the now 102-date global run across 28 countries includes 44 shows across North America, 14 shows across Latin America and seven nights in Australia and New Zealand.

The tour will also see the British superstar undergo his first full stadium tour of Europe, next spring and summer, which will be preceded by the newly announced Asia leg.

The Asia run will kick off at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium (cap. 51,552) on 11 March 2023, before visiting Manila’s Philippine Arena (50,000), Singapore’s National Stadium (55,000), Seoul’s KPSO Dome (15,000) and Tokyo’s Ariake Arena (15,000) for two dates.

See Styles’ Love On Tour dates below.

HARRY STYLES LOVE ON TOUR 2022 NORTH AMERICAN DATES:

Mon Aug 15 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena is Harry’s House^

Tue Aug 16 – Toronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena is Harry’s House^

Sat Aug 20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*!

Sun Aug 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*!

Mon Aug 22 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*!

Fri Aug 26 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*!

Sat Aug 27 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*!

Sun Aug 28 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*

Thu Sep 01 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*

Fri Sep 02 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*

Sat Sep 03 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*

Wed Sep 07 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*

Thu Sep 08 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*

Sat Sep 10 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*

Wed Sep 14 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*

Thu Sep 15 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*

Wed Sep 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden is Harry’s House*

Sun Sep 25 – Austin, TX – Moody Center is Harry’s House~

Mon Sep 26 – Austin, TX – Moody Center is Harry’s House~

Wed Sep 28 – Austin, TX – Moody Center is Harry’s House~

Thu Sep 29 – Austin, TX – Moody Center is Harry’s House~

Sun Oct 02 – Austin, TX – Moody Center is Harry’s House~

Mon Oct 03 – Austin, TX – Moody Center is Harry’s House~

Thu Oct 06 – Chicago, IL – United Center is Harry’s House#

Sat Oct 08 – Chicago, IL – United Center is Harry’s House#

Sun Oct 09 – Chicago, IL – United Center is Harry’s House#

Thu Oct 13 – Chicago, IL – United Center is Harry’s House#

Fri Oct 14 – Chicago, IL – United Center is Harry’s House#

Sat Oct 15 – Chicago, IL – United Center is Harry’s House#

Sun Oct 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House+!

Mon Oct 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House+!

Wed Oct 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House+!

Fri Oct 28 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House+!

Sat Oct 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House+!

Mon Oct 31 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House+

Wed Nov 02 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House+

Wed Nov 09 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House+

Fri Nov 11 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House+

Sat Nov 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House+

Mon Nov 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House+

Tue Nov 15 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House+

Thu Jan 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House — RESCHEDULED

Fri Jan 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House — RESCHEDULED

Sun Jan 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Kia Forum is Harry’s House — RESCHEDULED

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HARRY STYLES LOVE ON TOUR 2022 LATAM DATES:

Sun Nov 20 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Arena VFG^^

Tue Nov 22 – Monterrey, Mexico – Arena Monterrey ^^

Thu Nov 24 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol^^

Fri Nov 25 – Mexico City, Mexico – Foro Sol^^

Sun Nov 27 – Bogotá, Columbia – Coliseo Live^^

Tue Nov 29 – Lima, Peru – National Stadium^^

Thu Dec 01 – Santiago, Chile – Florida Bicentennial Stadium^^

Sat Dec 03 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – River Plate Stadium^^

Sun Dec 04 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – River Plate Stadium^^

Tue Dec 06 – São Paulo, Brazil – Allianz Parque^^

Thu Dec 08 – Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – External Area of ​​Jeunesse Arena^^

Sat Dec 10 – Curitiba, Brazil – Paulo Leminski Quarry^^

Tue Dec 13 – São Paulo, Brazil – Allianz Parque^^

Wed Dec 14 – São Paulo, Brazil – Allianz Parque^^

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HARRY STYLES LOVE ON TOUR 2023 AUS + NZ DATES:

Mon Feb 20 – Perth, Australia – HBF Park!

Fri Feb 24 – Melbourne, Australia – Marvel Stadium!

Sat Feb 25 – Melbourne, Australia – Marvel Stadium!

Tue Feb 28 – Gold Coast, Australia – Metricon Stadium!

Fri Mar 3 – Sydney, Australia – Accor Stadium!

Sat Mar 4 – Sydney, Australia – Accor Stadium!

Tue Mar 7 – Auckland, New Zealand – Mt Smart Stadium!

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HARRY STYLES LOVE ON TOUR 2023 ASIA DATES:

Sat Mar 11 – Bangkok, Thailand – Rajamangala Stadium – JUST ADDED

Tue Mar 14 – Manila, Philippines– Philippine Arena — JUST ADDED

Fri Mar 17 – Singapore, Singapore – National Stadium — JUST ADDED

Mon Mar 20 – Seoul, South Korea – KSPO Dome — JUST ADDED

Fri Mar 24 – Tokyo, Japan – Ariake Arena — JUST ADDED

Sat Mar 25 – Tokyo, Japan – Ariake Arena — JUST ADDED

HARRY STYLES LOVE ON TOUR 2023 EU DATES:

Sat May 13 – Horsens, Denmark – CASA Arena!

Sun May 14 – Horsens, Denmark – CASA Arena!

Wed May 17 – Munich, Germany – Olympiastadion!

Thu May 18 – Munich, Germany – Olympiastadion!

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

Tue May 23 – Coventry, UK – Coventry Building Society Arena!

Fri May 26 – Edinburgh, UK – BT Murrayfield Stadium!

Sat May 27 – Edinburgh, UK – BT Murrayfield Stadium!

Thu Jun 1 – Paris, France – Stade De France!

Fri Jun 2 – Paris, France – Stade De France!

Sun Jun 4 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Johan Cruijff Arena!

Mon Jun 5 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Johan Cruijff Arena!

Tue Jun 6 – 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!

Fri Jun 16 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium!

Sat Jun 17 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium!

Tue Jun 20 – Cardiff, UK – Principality Stadium!

Wed Jun 21 – Cardiff, UK – Principality Stadium!

Sat Jun 24 – Werchter, Belgium – Festival Park!

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

Wed Jun 28 – Dusseldorf, Germany – MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA!

Sun Jul 2 – Warsaw, Poland – PGE Narodowy!

Wed Jul 5 – Frankfurt, Germany – Deutsche Bank Park!

Thu Jul 6 – 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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100k-cap Italy concert venue up and running

The largest outdoor music venue in Europe is now up and running in Italy after its opening was delayed due to the pandemic.

Construction work on the 100,000-cap RCF Arena in Reggio Emilia, near Bologna, started in 2018 and the venue was originally set to open its doors in September 2020 with a 30th anniversary show by local superstar Luciano Ligabue.

Following two postponements caused by Covid-19, Ligabue finally christened the arena this June, almost two years later than originally planned, with Harry Styles booked to play  on 22 July next year as part of his Love On Tour European run.

Designed by Iotti + Pavarani Architects, Tassoni & Partners and Studio LSA, the venue is operated by the SPV C.Volo network of seven enterprises and was built on unused land at the Reggio Emilia Airport, with audio company RCF acquiring the naming rights. The project has echoes of Tempelhof Airport in Berlin, Germany, which has served as a public park and outdoor concert venue since closing in the 2000s.

“RCF Arena’s aim is to make Reggio Emilia the capital of live music, and to create a Music Valley of international scope”

“Airports, like other large infrastructures or urban voids, often entail the availability of extremely large spaces, proximity to road infrastructure, distance from population centres, a hybrid and surreal character of uninhabited space but ready to come alive at events,” architect Paolo Iotti tells Fast Company.

The RCF Arena, which “features a slope of 5% to guarantee the best possible views and acoustics”, is being managed by C.Volo partner Arena Campovolo S.r.l., formed by Ligabue’s manager Claudio Maioli and Ferdinando Salzano, director of CTS Eventim-owned Friends & Partners.

“RCF Arena Reggio Emilia aims to make the most of the potential for growth in the live events sector to boost tourism in the region,” says a press release. RCF Arena’s aim is to make Reggio Emilia the capital of live music, and to create a Music Valley of international scope – deservedly joining the system of valleys in the region dedicated to motor vehicles, food and wellness – able to welcome, thrill and amaze people from all over Europe.”

PHOTO: Iotti + Pavarani Architetti, Arch, Guido Tassoni, Lauro Sacchetti Associati

 


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