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Twenty One Pilots announce global headline outing

Twenty One Pilots have announced their biggest-ever headline tour, with stops in North America, Europe, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

The Clancy World Tour, produced by Live Nation, will span 60 arena dates worldwide between August 2024 and May 2025.

Kicking off in North America, the tour stops off at venues including Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena, LA’s Inuit Dome and Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena, before wrapping on 12 October.

On 21 November, the duo will perform one show in New Zealand at the Spark Arena before heading to Australia for a trio of dates.

The Clancy World Tour will resume on 7 April for the European and UK leg, visiting venues such as The O2 in London, WiZink Arena in Madrid and Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam.

The tour will mark the release of their forthcoming album, Clancy, to be released on 17 May via Fueled By Ramen.

Twenty One Pilots are represented by CAA worldwide.

The Clancy World Tour dates:

August 15, 2024 Denver, CO Ball Arena

August 18, 2024 Salt Lake City, UT Delta Center

August 21, 2024 Portland, OR Moda Center

August 22, 2024 Seattle, WA Climate Pledge Arena

August 24, 2024 Oakland, CA Oakland Arena

August 25, 2024 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center

August 27, 2024 Los Angeles, CA Intuit Dome

August 28, 2024 Los Angeles, CA Intuit Dome

August 30, 2024 Phoenix, AZ Footprint Center

August 31, 2024 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena

September 3, 2024 Austin, TX Moody Center

September 4, 2024 Houston, TX Toyota Center

September 6, 2024 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

September 10, 2024 Duluth, GA Gas South Arena

September 11, 2024 Orlando, FL Kia Center

September 13, 2024 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena

September 14, 2024 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center

September 15, 2024 Baltimore, MD CFG Bank Arena

September 17, 2024 Newark, NJ Prudential Center

September 18, 2024 Brooklyn, NY Barclays Center

September 20, 2024 Boston, MA TD Garden

September 25, 2024 Montreal, QC Bell Centre

September 27, 2024 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena

September 28, 2024 Cleveland, OH Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse

September 29, 2024 Detroit, MI Little Caesars Arena

October 1, 2024 Chicago, IL United Center

October 2, 2024 Chicago, IL United Center

October 4, 2024 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena

October 5, 2024 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena

October 8, 2024 Indianapolis, IN Gainbridge Fieldhouse

October 9, 2024 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena

October 10, 2024 St. Louis, MO Enterprise Center

October 12, 2024 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

November 17, 2024 Auckland, NZ Spark Arena

November 19, 2024 Melbourne, AU Rod Laver Arena

November 21, 2024 Brisbane, AU Brisbane Entertainment Centre

November 24, 2024 Sydney, AU Qudos Bank Arena

April 7, 2025 Hamburg, DE Barclays Arena

April 8, 2025 Berlin, DE Uber Arena

April 9, 2025 Lodz, PL Atlas Arena

April 12, 2025 Prague, CZ O2 Arena

April 13, 2025 Vienna, AT Wiener Stadthalle

April 16, 2025 Zurich, CH Hallenstadion

April 17, 2025 Bologna, IT Unipol Arena

April 21, 2025 Madrid, ES WiZink Center

April 22, 2025 Barcelona, ES Palau San Jordi

April 24, 2025 Lyon, FR LDLC Arena

April 27, 2025 Munich, DE Olympiahalle

April 28, 2025 Milan, IT Forum

April 30, 2025 Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome

May 1, 2025 Cologne, DE Lanxess Arena

May 2, 2025 Paris, FR Accor Arena

May 5, 2025 Glasgow, UK OVO Hydro Arena

May 6, 2025 Birmingham, UK Resorts World Arena

May 8, 2025 Belfast, UK SSE Arena Belfast

May 9, 2025 Dublin, IE 3Arena

May 11, 2025 Manchester, UK AO Arena

May 13, 2025 London, UK The O2

May 14, 2025 London, UK The O2

 


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P!nk’s record-breaking ANZ ticket sales celebrated

Australia and New Zealand’s love affair with P!nk shows no signs of abating after the singer’s Summer Carnival Tour took her ticket sales in the territory past three million.

The US star, whose real name is Alecia Moore, will have been seen by nearly one million people on the tour’s ANZ leg by the time it wraps up at Queensland Country Bank Stadium on 23 March.

The 20-show run represents the most stadium dates ever performed by any artist in the region on a single tour, with the sales taking P!nk’s total ticket sales to more than 3.1m during her six Australasian tours – the largest career sales ever achieved by any international performer in Australia and New Zealand.

“P!nk is one of the most amazing live performers to ever walk onto the stage,” says Live Nation Australasia chair Michael Coppel, P!nk’s long-standing promoter in Australia. “I’ve been very privileged to share in her epic 20-year journey in Australia and New Zealand, where she has played more than 200 shows.”

P!nk broke the attendance records at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium and at Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium, and also became the first female artist to headline at Eden Park, New Zealand’s national stadium. The two Auckland shows shattered the attendance record at the venue.

“There is a palpable mutual love affair between the Australasian audience that love seeing her perform live, and an artist who clearly loves being here”

Live Nation Australia joined P!nk’s manager Roger Davies and record label Sony Music Australia to congratulate the 44-year-old on her achievements.

“There is a palpable mutual love affair between the Australasian audience that love seeing her perform live, and an artist who clearly loves being here,” adds Coppel. “Congratulations, Alecia, on yet another stunning record-breaking tour and on an incredible career, with even greater success surely to come.”

Following the conclusion of the ANZ dates, the Summer Carnival Tour will resume in Europe in June before switching to North America in August.

The team behind the tour gave a unique glimpse behind the scenes of the global trek at the recent ILMC Production Meeting (IPM). Revisit the panel report here.

 


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New 55,000-seat stadium proposed for Auckland

A new 55,000-seat stadium has been proposed for the Quay Park area of Auckland, New Zealand.

The stadium would form part of a wider 15-hectare precinct known as Te Tōangaroa, which would also include hotels, bars, restaurants, retail and office space, residential apartments and green spaces.

Designed by architecture firm HKS Australasia, the proposed stadium features an innovative U-shaped design, with the roof drawing inspiration from Maori culture.

The stadium will allow configurations for both sports and concerts, while the retractable roof will allow for indoor and outdoor events to take place, irrespective of the weather.

“The last thing Auckland needs is another cookie cutter, cake tin solution that is imported from Australia or Europe”

The Auckland Council is reviewing a number of projects for a major stadium development in the city. One of these proposals has been put forward by Eden Park, New Zealand’s national stadium, which is planning on fitting a new retractable roof.

Other projects in the mix include potential waterfront stadiums at Bledisloe Wharf and Wynyard Point. Last year, it emerged that the Auckland Waterfront Consortium (AWC), which first revealed a proposal for a NZ$1.8 billion venture back in 2018, was planning a new venue that could seat up to 70,000 people.

Speaking about the unique design of the stadium, Andrew Colling, a director at HKS Australasia, told the NZ Herald: “Every city deserves a unique response and especially New Zealand. The last thing Auckland needs is another cookie cutter, cake tin solution that is imported from Australia or imported from Europe. We felt very strongly that this was an opportunity to take a fresh start.

“It reflects the unique context and backdrop and hopefully when people see the images they feel a strong sense of connection that yes, this is New Zealand, this is Auckland. That was the key driver; when you are in the stadium you can’t be anywhere else in the world.”

Colling added: “We hope that our design excites the community, shows what is possible and hopefully the momentum keeps going. It’s a catalyst to look at the east side of the city a bit differently.”

 


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ANZ records tumble for P!nk’s Summer Carnival Tour

P!nk’s Summer Carnival Tour is poised to break the record for the most stadium concerts by any artist touring Australia and New Zealand.

The American singer launches the Live Nation-produced run, which will stop in 10 cities for 20 shows across 44 days, with two nights at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium this weekend (9-10 February).

Summer Carnival is already the biggest selling AU/NZ tour ever for a female artist and is set to place her among the top three biggest selling artists ever in the region, with close to one million fans expected to attend her dates in Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Townsville, Dunedin and Auckland.

“I said it was going really well but ‘I’ve got a challenge for you. Ed Sheeran did 18 concerts on his last stadium tour, and if you do add one more city, you’ll break his record,’” Live Nation Australasia chair Michael Coppel tells the Daily Telegraph. “She said ‘Let’s do it!’

“At this point we are over 850,000 tickets and she will sell 900,000 before we’re done, which will probably make it the second biggest tour ever in Australia [trailing only Sheeran in terms of ticket sales]. It will be the biggest ever tour by a female artist.”

The imminent tour will also see P!nk reach the milestone of more than three million tickets sold across her career in Australia and New Zealand – comfortably the highest number of tickets sold in those countries by any artist.

“One of the reasons Australians loves P!nk is she has put the time into coming here for more than 20 years,” says Coppel, who recalls the star’s first visit to the region in 2004.

“She sparked something with Australia because she is who she is, and the albums got bigger and bigger, and the tours got bigger and bigger”

“That first tour was a real struggle,” he explains. “She didn’t have an audience here yet, we sold 25,000 tickets over six shows, and we lost a lot of money as the promoter. But then she sparked something with Australia because she is who she is, and the albums got bigger and bigger, and the tours got bigger and bigger.”

Joining P!nk as special guest on the tour will be multi-platinum award-winning Australian singer and songwriter, Tones And I.

“P!nk was really keen on having Tones open because she wants to be empowering of female artists,” adds Coppel. “You’ve seen in America she had Pat Benatar and her good friend Brandi Carlile play.”

The blockbuster trek is also returning to Europe between 11 June and 25 July, before returning to North America.  P!nk also recently announced a second outing in North America for 2024, dubbed P!nk Live.

IPM will also delve behind the scenes for the Inside P!nk’s Summer Carnival session on 29 February at this year’s ILMC. Key individuals from the production and team will walk through the tour to discuss just how it came together, the key challenges it has faced, and how the production has delivered such monumental impact.

Confirmed for the panel are Okan Tombulca of eps, alongside Marshall Arts’ Barrie Marshall and Craig Stanley, while production manager Malcom Weldon – the recipient of this year’s IQ Gaffer Award – will join the discussion from on tour in Australia.

 


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Pandemonium over new Oz rock festival

The Sydney edition of Pandemonium Rocks is under threat after the local government said the festival could not coincide with ANZAC Day, a national day of remembrance for army corps from Australia and New Zealand.

The new touring festival, featuring rock and post-punk icons, was slated to take place in the New South Wales (NSW) capital on 25 April, at The Domain.

But after backlash from veteran groups, NSW Premier Chris Minns responded: “There’s not going to be a rock concert in the middle of the city on ANZAC Day.”

“Pandemonium festival organisers, Apex Entertainment, are working collaboratively with the NSW State Government”

Minns added that the festival, promoted by Andrew McManus’s Apex Entertainment, going ahead on that date is “completely inconsistent with ANZAC Day.”

Alice Cooper, Blondie, Placebo and Deep Purple are due to perform on the Pandemonium Rocks festival tour, which will also visit venues in Melbourne, Gold Coast and Bribie Island.

Wheatus, Dead Kennedys, The Psychedelic Furs, Gang Of Four and Palace Royale are also on the bill, which was teased in early January.

“Pandemonium festival organisers, Apex Entertainment, are working collaboratively with the NSW State Government on a solution pertaining to the location of Pandemonium Sydney, scheduled for Thursday, April 25 in Sydney NSW,” reads a statement from the organisers. “We’ll issue an update very soon, and thank you for your patience.”

 


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New Zealand projects record touring business

A record year is being forecast for New Zealand’s concert scene, with Live Nation APAC revealing it has already sold out 80% of its shows in the market for 2024.

Artists including Foo Fighters, Jonas Brothers, Queens of the Stone Age, Blink-182 and Iron Maiden are due to play at venues across the country in 2024.

And national stadium Eden Park has two dates scheduled with P!nk from 8-9 March and three nights with Coldplay on 13 & 15-16 November. Spokesperson Duncan Blomfield tells 1News it will be the first year that music events outsell sporting events at the 60,000-cap Auckland stadium.

“The biggest one will of course be Coldplay, we’ve already got three concerts announced,” says Blomfield. “Sixty thousand people at each concert — so 180,000 to 200,000 just for that one event.”

P!nk will also perform at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin on 5 March.

“Concerts used to be something that people would go to once or twice a year, but now it’s something they’re going to four or five or six times a year,” says Mark Kneebone, MD New Zealand at Live Nation APAC. “The excitement is huge. The demand for tickets is massive.”

Frontier Touring, meanwhile, will present Foo Fighters at the 47,000-cap Go Media Stadium in Auckland on 20 January. The band will also perform at Apollo Projects Stadium in Christchurch on 24 January and Wellington’s Sky Stadium on 27 January.

“We have had to wait a long time to bring Laneway Festival back to Aotearoa”

St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, which debuted in the country in 2010, will take place in New Zealand for the first time since 2020. After two years of pandemic cancellations, the 2023 edition was scrapped due to flooding.

Laneway 2024 will return to Aotearoa on Waitangi Day, 6 February, at the outer fields at Western Springs. Acts include Stormzy, Steve Lacy, Dominic Fike, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Raye and AJ Tracey.

“We have had to wait a long time to bring Laneway Festival back to Aotearoa,” says Laneway Festival co-founder Danny Rogers. “We were humbled by the outpouring of support shown to us earlier this year, and can’t wait to return, bringing an epic lineup of some of the world’s most exciting performers to this incredible venue in 2024.”

Plus, Tom Jones will perform a NZ exclusive performance at McLean Park in Napier on 6 April.

Elsewhere, Auckland’s Spark Arena has upcoming shows by artists such as Kid Laroi, The National, Jonas Brothers, Iron Maiden, Thirty Seconds to Mars and Tate McRae, while Wolfbrook Arena in Christchurch will welcome Matchbox Twenty, Queens of the Stone Age, Blink-182 and Incubus in the first half of the year.

PwC’s Economic Contribution of the NZ Music Industry 2023 report found that live performance had an estimated total economic impact of $167m and 1,703 FTEs, after accounting for multiplier effects, with homegrown content contributing just over a quarter of these impacts.

According to the 2023 Global Promoters Report, new festivals and venues are expected to see significant growth in New Zealand over the next decade.

 


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Brian Jonestown Massacre axe tour after brawl

The Brian Jonestown Massacre have cancelled the remainder of their Australian tour following an onstage scuffle between two band members at a show in Melbourne.

The US group were performing at Forum Melbourne on Tuesday (21 November) when a fight broke out between frontman Anton Newcombe and guitarist Ryan Van Kriedt.

Footage from shared on social media shows Newcombe saying, “Cut off this guy’s mic, put down my guitar, party’s over captain,” to Van Kriedt, adding: “We actually don’t need you. Go. Put my guitar down on the stage and think about what’s happening.”

Van Kriedt then responded: “You better think about this one, man. Because this is forever!”

The band’s ANZ tour began in Auckland, New Zealand on 9 November

NME reports that Van Kriedt then appeared to leave the stage before the pair began to brawl and were separated by security.

The ANZ tour, which began in Auckland, New Zealand on 9 November, was promoted by Melbourne-based Principal Entertainment. It was due to wrap up this week with dates at Theatre Royal, Castlemaine and Northcote Theatre in Victoria, and Uni Bar Wollongong University in Gwynnville, NSW.

The band is yet to offer any comment on the cancellations, while the Castlemaine venue says the scheduled 22 November gig was axed “on medical grounds”.

 


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The Weeknd postpones Australia & New Zealand run

The Weeknd has postponed his Australia & New Zealand stadium tour two weeks before it was due to start, citing “unforeseen circumstances”.

The Canadian singer, real name Abel Tesfaye, was set to perform 11 dates in the region from 20 November to 9 December this year, spread across Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, Sydney’s Accor Stadium, Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium and Eden Park in Auckland.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we must reschedule the Australia/New Zealand tour,” says a statement from The Weeknd. “New dates will be announced next year and current tickets will be valid for the new shows. Refunds will be available for those unable to attend the new dates. Deeply disappointed but can’t wait to be there with you!”

A message from Live Nation Australia & New Zealand reads: “We understand fans will be disappointed, and Live Nation is focused on working with The Weeknd to secure a new tour schedule. We will make a further announcement as soon as possible.”

The After Hours til Dawn Tour launched in the US in July last year and has been attended by more than three million people so far.

“Everybody was hoping the situation would resolve and the shows would still go ahead – there have been over 600,000 tickets sold”

A tour insider tells Yahoo Lifestyle: “Some venues heard rumours earlier this week the announcement may be coming, but everybody was hoping the situation would resolve and the shows would still go ahead – there have been over 600,000 tickets sold.

“Postponing with this short notice is a logistical nightmare. Nobody knows what’s up, Abel and his team are keeping quiet about the reasoning.”

The Weeknd pulled in over 1.6 million fans to the tour’s European leg earlier this year and shattered Wembley Stadium’s record for sales with a traditional concert set up with the stage at one end with 87,000 tickets sold. The artist also set a new attendance record for London Stadium after drawing 160,000 fans over two nights in July.

After Hours Til Dawn‘s most recent tour stop was in Latin America in September/October.

 


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Oz scene at ‘crisis point’ after 1300 venues close

Australia’s live music’s scene has reached “crisis point” after it was revealed that more than 1,300 venues closed permanently since the start of the pandemic.

The sobering statistics were laid bare in collection society APRA AMCOS’ 2022/23 Year in Review report, which warns that emerging artists now have “markedly fewer places to perform, hone their performance skills and develop an audience and fanbase”.

Nightclubs crowds have also almost halved since 2019 – down to 1.6 million clubbers from over 2.8m pre-Covid.

“There remains considerable concern regarding the decimated venue-based live music market,” says the organisation’s CEO Dean Ormston. “We have lost more than 1,300 live music venues and stages across Australia and crowds at nightclubs have almost halved than prior to the start of the pandemic.

“We are lobbying state and territory governments to legislate for the establishment of special entertainment precincts to foster and protect new and existing live music venues. We are also calling on the Australian government to commit to a live music venue tax offset to act as a catalyst in jump-starting live music nationally.”

Speaking to the Guardian, Ormston adds: “The market has been decimated and we’re asking the government to look at this with some urgency. It really is a simple ask, it’s affordable and it will absolutely jumpstart businesses presenting live music on a national basis, and that’s what we need. We can’t wait for years and years for venues to organically come back online, we need something more immediate than that.

“Pubs and clubs are really where Australian bands get to cut their teeth, develop their own audiences, build their own profile and fan base and develop their own careers. With so many venues now lost, it’s absolutely a crisis point. We need an intervention.”

Despite the mounting concerns, the APRA AMCOS Australia and NZ Group reported an otherwise strong financial year, with revenue up 12% year-on-year to an all-time high of A$690.5 million (€411m).

Notable tours mentioned in the report include Ed Sheeran Elton John and Harry Styles

In addition, revenue from major concerts and festivals jumped 400% in the period – the first full post-Covid year – which covers July 2022 to June 2023. Excluding concerts and events, public performance revenue – e increased 23.5% to $87.8m, while the society’s membership has now grown to more than 119,000.

Notable tours mentioned in the report include Ed Sheeran Elton John and Harry Styles; Rufus Du Sol, Crowded House, L.A.B. and SIX60, as well as festivals Listen Out, Laneway and Knotfest.

Meanwhile, Sounds Australia executive producer Millie Millgate has been named as the inaugural director of national music development agency Music Australia.

Music Australia was established by the Australian government as part of Creative Australia to support and promote Australian contemporary music and develop the industry’s markets and audiences.

“I’ve worked with Millie Millgate for nearly 15 years and watched her develop and evolve the music export programme Sounds Australia from an idea and a blank piece of paper to an internationally recognised and admired music export office,” adds Ormston.

“I’m so excited for Millie, and for the industry, that she’ll be heading up Music Australia. Millie has big ideas, a big heart, the respect of the industry, and the drive and determination to make big things happen. Millie’s appointment as the inaugural head of the agency is a testament to her dedication and vision over many years.”

Veteran promoter Michael Chugg was appointed to the Music Australia Council earlier this year.

 


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APRA pushes back royalty payment change

Australian collection society APRA is to delay the implementation of its new royalty rate.

The proposed change to the distribution practice was announced in May, whereby songs performed by a support act at major concerts in Australia and New Zealand will be allocated a fixed 20% of APRA royalties from the concert, compared to the headliner’s 80%.

The plans were originally due to be brought into play in November, but have now been pushed back to next June as they had not taken into account “negotiations on guaranteed fees for support acts that were underway prior to the announcement”.

Currently, the split is roughly 66/33 in favour of the headliner, although that can shift in certain situations such as when there are multiple support acts. While the move will bring the territory into alignment with other countries and collecting societies, one artist manager told The Music Network that the changes would mean a “massive difference” in the performance royalties generated by Aussie support acts.

An amendment was approved for a new start date for the changes to the distribution practice for major concerts to be effective for all setlists provided after 1 June 2024

TMN understands that one of the sticking points was Australian pop star’s Tones and I’s upcoming support slot for Pink, produced by Live Nation. Since the activation date for the new split has now been deferred, APRA will apply equal weighting to the tour.

“Following the announcement, discussions continued with members and managers to further understand the implications of the proposed changes,” says an APRA statement. “We’ve taken this feedback on board and acknowledge the proposed November 2023 rollout did not take into consideration negotiations on guaranteed fees for support acts that were underway prior to the announcement.

“At the August APRA board meeting, an amendment was approved for a new start date for the changes to the distribution practice for major concerts to be effective for all setlists provided after 1 June 2024.”

The proposed changes do not apply to music festivals licensed by APRA.

 


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