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19 May

Results from Belgium’s first-ever cultural test events, which took place at the Royal Flemish Theatre (KVS) and concluded in early May, have been deemed a success. The two-week test series took place in KVS’s 500-capacity room with 50–250 attendees and examined how the air quality in the room was impacted by the presence of an […]

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18 May

Belgium’s Rock Werchter has announced a smaller stand-in event for the flagship festival which was cancelled in March. The concert series, dubbed Werchter Parklife, is set to run for four days a week between 1 July and 1 August 2021 in a temporary open-air arena at the Werchter festival site. Already confirmed for Werchter Parklife […]

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17 May

Swedish music fans will have to endure another barren festival summer following a slate of cancellations from the country’s biggest events. Sweden Rock (9–12 June), Lollapalooza Stockholm (2–5 July), Way Out West (12–14 August) and Statement Festival (3–4 September) have been called off. Urkult, Bingsjöstämman, Storsjöyran, Dance Band Week in Malung, Gefle Metal, Putte in […]

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14 May

Festival Republic plans to follow up its recent Sefton Park Pilot event in Liverpool with a second test festival, this time with camping, next month. Sefton Park Pilot, along with Tuesday’s Brit Awards one of two live music events held as part of the UK’s Events Research Programme (ERP), took place on 2 May, welcoming […]

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12 May

Norway’s 2021 festival season has been effectively wiped out with the cancellation of Live Nation-owned festivals Bergenfest and Tons of Rock, Superstruct-backed Øya Festival, Over Oslo, Picnic in the Park, Stavernfetsivalen, Seljord Festival and Country Festival. The cancellations come after the minister for culture last week (6 May) announced preliminary guidelines which would restrict festivals […]

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12 May

New research into livestreamed concerts, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council, has found artists are overwhelmingly positive about the power of reaching new audiences through virtual shows, even post-pandemic. The research, led by Middlesex University and King’s College London, also offers insight into fan experiences of and expectations for livestreamed events and […]

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11 May

Live Nation’s executive president of international touring, Phil Bowdery, and AEG Presents’ CEO of European festivals, Jim King, are among the senior UK live music execs confirmed for the 2021 Event Production Show (EPS), which takes place in Farnborough this later this month. Running from 26–27 May under government Covid-safe guidelines, EPS comprises an exhibition, […]

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10 May

Open’er, Poland’s largest annual music festival, has been cancelled for the second year running due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement, the organisers wrote: “This is a difficult moment for us. Another one in the midst of the pandemic. Over the last few months we have fought and done so much to make this […]

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07 May

The gradual return of live music in key markets is cause for optimism for Live Nation which has reported a 34.2% increase in concert revenue from the fourth quarter of 2020. In the company’s Q1 2021 earnings call, CEO Michael Rapino said Live Nation is experiencing the effects of ‘significant pent-up demand’ for live events. […]

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06 May

UK trade body LIVE (Live music Industry Venues and Entertainment) has conducted a survey of 25,000 music fans, the results of which reveal an overwhelming desire for live music to return as quickly as possible. More than half of fans are ready to attend music events right now if they could with a further 25% willing […]

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