Irish Competition Regulators Clear Live Nation's MCD Production Acquisition

Last summer, and as part of the promoter’s acquisition spree, Live Nation confirmed a new purchase.

Partnering with LN-Gaiety Holdings (LNG), by the promoter and Denis Desmond’s Gaiety Investment, Live Nation acquired MCD Productions.

Desmond, who co-owns Gaeity alongside his wife, succeeded John Probyn as Chairman of Live Nation in the UK and Ireland four years ago.  He also owns MCD Productions.

That quickly raised red flags.

The acquisition prompted an investigation from Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CPCC).

Shortly after the start of the new year, the Irish regulator wrote,

Following a preliminary investigation, the CCPC has determined that a full investigation is required in order to establish if the proposed transaction could lead to a substantial lessening of competition in any market for goods or services in the State.

The CPCC had silently undertaken its Phase 1 preliminary investigation.  That prompted a public Phase 2.  The CPCC couldn’t ensure the proposed transaction will not lead “to a substantial lessening of competition in any market for goods or services.”

Over in the UK, the joint venture owns several companies along with multiple music festivals.  These include Academy Music Group, Festival Republic Group, Reading, Leeds, Isle of Wight, and Latitude.

Two months ago, UK regulator Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced it would also investigate the Live Nation-MCD Productions purchase.  By July 11th, the CMA will either clear LNG or launch its second phase of the investigation.

Now, the global promoter has successfully cleared one hurdle.

Ireland gives the A-OK to Live Nation.

As part of the purchase, Live Nation and MCD Productions had made several concessions to the CPCC.

First, both would immediately notify the Irish regulator of any possible music festival acquisitions in the future.  Then, Live Nation-owned venues won’t exclusively share confidential booking information with MCD.  This includes the identify of artists proposed by indie promoters.  Finally, MCD and Live Nation’s Ticketmaster business would remain completely independent.

Clearing both companies of the investigation, the CPCC would these concessions are sufficient.

Isolde Goggin, Chair of the Irish regulator’s, wrote,

The CCPC’s review of the proposed transaction included economic analysis of the affected markets and evidence from third parties active at all levels of the supply chain including promoters, ticketing services providers, and live event venues.  Taking into consideration the commitments provided by the parties, there’s no evidence that the proposed transaction will result in a substantial lessening of competition in any market for goods or services in the state.

These commitments, wrote Goggin, are now “legally binding.”  They also include “requirements in relation to compliance reporting.”

Praising the decision, Desmond wrote,

We’re pleased to learn that following a comprehensive investigation, the CCPC [has] approved MCD becoming part of the Live Nation Gaiety family.

The UK continues to investigate the deal.  It remains unclear whether today’s announcement will affect the outcome of the CMA’s investigation.

 


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Live Nation UK Launches EDM Division, Electronic Nation

Live Nation UK has launched a new electronic music division.

Dubbed Electronic Nation, Scott Barton, the global live promoter’s division of Cream, will lead the new company.  Based in London, Electronic Nation will focus on expanding the company’s EDM festivals, tours, and club performances in the United Kingdom.

Barton, a 25-year EDM veteran, currently oversees the Steel Yard and Creamfields music festivals.  The latter, a four-day festival, first launched in 1998.  Creamfields has attracted major names in the EDM genre, including Calvin Harris, Tiësto, deadmau5, Eric Prydz, Carl Co, Swedish House Mafia, The Chainsmokers, Skrillex, and The Chemical Brothers, among many others.  The event also has events in Chile, Abu Dhabi, Ibiza, Malta, China, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Australia, and Hong Kong.

The 2019 edition of Creamfields UK will take place August 22nd to the 25th.

Steel Yard, a portable 15,000-capacity arena, first debuted in Liverpool three years ago.  The event takes place in both London and Liverpool.  Steel Yard has hosted sold-out performances for Above & Beyond, Eric Prydz, and Armin van Buuren, among others.

Steel Yard London 2019 took place between May 25th and May 26th.

Live Nation’s Cream has grown into a club business for multiple tours and shows.  The company has worked with artists deadmau5, Marshmello, Porter Robinson DJ Snake, Above & Beyond, Skrillex, Swedish House Mafia, Calvin Harris, and others.

Speaking about the launch of Electronic Nation and Barton’s appointment, Denis Desmond, Chairman of Live Nation UK and Ireland, said,

With Scott’s outstanding record managing global brands Cream and Creamfields, this new division is a major advance for Live Nation and for artists and acts in this genre.

Sharing his thrill over the appointment as well as his vision for the new EDM division, Barton added,

Electronic music has always been at the heart of what we do.  We have a dedicated team who work hard to connect fans to electronic music events across the UK.  As the scene continues to grow, the knowledge and experience we have is key to our success.

 


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As Part of $20-$25 Million Spending Spree, Live Nation Acquires LA's Spaceland Presents

Live Nation has acquired Los Angeles’ Spaceland Presents as part of a $20 million spending spree in Southern California.

Spaceland Presents, a Los Angeles-based concert promoter, owns popular small venues in the city, including Echoplex, the Echo, and the Regent.

Financial terms of the acquisition, which was completed on Thursday, remain undisclosed.  This represents the eleventh acquisition in the Southern California region for Live Nation.

According to the global promoter, the Spaceland Presents acquisition will provide more options for musicians and bands.  Ron Bension, the company’s President of Clubs & Theaters, said offering smaller venues will allow Live Nation to “get involved with artists earlier in their careers.”

To be able to move bands through these venues…is an advantage to the bands, fans, and to us.

In addition to the smaller venues, the company has also acquired Spaceland’s promotions business.  This business has booked performances at events, including First Fridays at the L.A. Natural History Museum, the Santa Monica Pier, and Echo Park Rising, among others.

Spaceland Presents President Mitchell Frank will continue in the same role following the buyout.  The company will also keep its current employee headcount of 170.

In the Southern California region, Live Nation has reportedly spent $20 million to $25 million in acquisitions in the past year.  The company’s local portfolio now includes venues such as The Wiltern, Palladium, Observatory, Ventura Majestic Theatre, Soma, and Fox Riverside, among others.

The acquisitions from Live Nation and AEG have also placed pressure on independent concert promoters to adequately compete in the region.  Both major companies have dominated the local concert promotion business.

Hinting at the reason for the acquisition, Frank admitted it remains difficult for indie promoters to lock down larger venues without AEG or Live Nation’s help.

I felt limited in the size and scope of shows that we could do.

Speaking about the acquisition, Ben Weeden, COO of Live Nation Clubs and Theatres, added,

We’re looking forward to helping [Spaceland] continue to be champions of artists on multiple fronts, ranging from marketing to performance opportunities, to help an artist grow from small 250-cap. rooms to full potential, whether it’s a 3,000-cap. venue or arena.

 


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Live Nation Denmark Acquires PDH Music; UK Watchdog Confirms Investigation Into the Global Promoter

Live Nation has made another key acquisition.

The global promoter’s division in Denmark has acquired PDH Music, a Danish booking agency and artist management company.

Financial terms of the deal remain undisclosed.  PDH’s roster includes Fries before Guys, Ida Red, Fool, and Daniel Joy, among other musicians.

With the acquisition, PDH artists will leverage Live Nation’s platform to not only reach more fans in Denmark, but also around the world.  Live Nation Denmark will also strengthen its foothold in Northern Europe.

The move follows other recent acquisitions in the region, including Tons of Rock, a Norwegian music festival, and Blockfest, an urban festival in Finland.

Speaking about the deal, Henrik Seifert, PDH Music’s Managing Director, explained,

Live Nation has the global reach and infrastructure to further strengthen PDH Music, and PDH Music has a roster of local artists that Live Nation is committed to investing in and developing.  It’s a match made in heaven and we’re excited about our future together.

This year, PDH will leave its current HQ in Østerbro, Copenhagen, and will move into the global promoter’s Danish division in Frederiksberg.  Founders Seifert and Micky Pramming, along with the PDH Music team, will continue operating under the PDH Music brand as part of Live Nation Denmark.

Yet, not every acquisition has gone as smoothly for the global promoter.  Now, the company faces a major investigation by an influential British watchdog.

A second watchdog investigation.

Last summer, LN-Gaiety Holdings (LNG), a UK promotion joint venture by Live Nation and Denis Desmond’s Gaiety Investment, confirmed a new acquisition – MCD Productions.

Desmond, who co-owns Gaeity alongside his wife, had succeeded John Probyn as Chairman of Live Nation in the UK and Ireland four years ago.  He also owns MCD Productions.

The acquisition first prompted an investigation by Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) earlier this year.

The CCPC wrote,

Following a preliminary investigation, the CCPC has determined that a full investigation is required in order to establish if the proposed transaction could lead to a substantial lessening of competition in any market for goods or services in the State.

In the UK, LNG owns the Academy Music Group, Festival Republic Group, and multiple music festivals, including Reading, Leeds, Isle of Wight, and Latitude.

The CCPC had first silently undertaken its preliminary Phase 1 investigation.  Phase 2 only takes place when “the CCPC is unable to conclude that the proposed transaction will not lead to a substantial lessening of competition in any market for goods or services.”

Joining its Irish counterpart, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed it will also investigate the LNG-MCD merger.  The CMA had previously launched an investigation into Live Nation’s acquisition of Isle of Wight Festival two years ago, eventually clearing the global promoter.

The CMA has confirmed it will publish its decision about the acquisition by July 11th, either clearing LNG or launching the second phase of the investigation.

 


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Live Nation Denmark Acquires PHD Music; UK Watchdog Confirms Investigation Into the Global Promoter

Live Nation has made another key acquisition.

The global promoter’s division in Denmark has acquired PDH Music, a Danish booking agency and artist management company.

Financial terms of the deal remain undisclosed.  PDH’s roster includes Fries before Guys, Ida Red, Fool, and Daniel Joy, among other musicians.

With the acquisition, PDH artists will leverage Live Nation’s platform to not only reach more fans in Denmark, but also around the world.  Live Nation Denmark will also strengthen its foothold in Northern Europe.

The move follows other recent acquisitions in the region, including Tons of Rock, a Norwegian music festival, and Blockfest, an urban festival in Finland.

Speaking about the deal, Henrik Seifert, PDH Music’s Managing Director, explained,

Live Nation has the global reach and infrastructure to further strengthen PDH Music, and PDH Music has a roster of local artists that Live Nation is committed to investing in and developing.  It’s a match made in heaven and we’re excited about our future together.

This year, PDH will leave its current HQ in Østerbro, Copenhagen, and will move into the global promoter’s Danish division in Frederiksberg.  Founders Seifert and Micky Pramming, along with the PDH Music team, will continue operating under the PDH Music brand as part of Live Nation Denmark.

Yet, not every acquisition has gone as smoothly for the global promoter.  Now, the company faces a major investigation by an influential British watchdog.

A second watchdog investigation.

Last summer, LN-Gaiety Holdings (LNG), a UK promotion joint venture by Live Nation and Denis Desmond’s Gaiety Investment, confirmed a new acquisition – MCD Productions.

Desmond, who co-owns Gaeity alongside his wife, had succeeded John Probyn as Chairman of Live Nation in the UK and Ireland four years ago.  He also owns MCD Productions.

The acquisition first prompted an investigation by Ireland’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) earlier this year.

The CCPC wrote,

Following a preliminary investigation, the CCPC has determined that a full investigation is required in order to establish if the proposed transaction could lead to a substantial lessening of competition in any market for goods or services in the State.

In the UK, LNG owns the Academy Music Group, Festival Republic Group, and multiple music festivals, including Reading, Leeds, Isle of Wight, and Latitude.

The CCPC had first silently undertaken its preliminary Phase 1 investigation.  Phase 2 only takes place when “the CCPC is unable to conclude that the proposed transaction will not lead to a substantial lessening of competition in any market for goods or services.”

Joining its Irish counterpart, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has confirmed it will also investigate the LNG-MCD merger.  The CMA had previously launched an investigation into Live Nation’s acquisition of Isle of Wight Festival two years ago, eventually clearing the global promoter.

The CMA has confirmed it will publish its decision about the acquisition by July 11th, either clearing LNG or launching the second phase of the investigation.

 


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Live Nation's Q1 2019 — $1.7 Billion in Revenue, $24 Million in Operating Losses

Live Nation has released its financial report for the first quarter of 2019 (Q1 2019).

Live Nation’s revenue grew 17% year-over-year to $1.7 billion.  Yet, the company also posted an operating loss of $24 million.  In addition, at $115 million, the global promoter reported its highest first-quarter adjusted operating income (AOI).

Sharing its operating income and AOI projection for the full year of 2019, the promoter wrote,

We have now booked enough concerts, sold enough tickets, and secured enough sponsorship commitments to expect that the company will deliver double-digit operating income and AOI growth for the full year.

Live Nation continues to benefit from a “structurally growing” global concerts industry which includes “strong tailwinds” for supply and demand.  The company also experienced profitable growth in its on-site, sponsorship, and ticketing business.

Breaking down its concerts business, the promoter reported a 22% increase in fan attendance, which totaled 15 million.  This was primarily led by arena and theater shows, which both grew by over a million fans.  For the concert business, revenue grew 27% and operating loss rose 7%, with the company delivering its first ever positive Q1 AOI.

Through mid-April, Live Nation sold over 49 million tickets for concerts so far this year, up 5%.  The company also expects average per fan spending to grow $2 in its amphitheaters.  Live Nation also saw a 9% decrease in ticketing revenue.  The company pinned the blame on sales that occurred in late Q4 2018.

In addition, sponsorship and advertising delivered continued growth for Live Nation.  Revenue, operating income, and AOI grew 1%, 3%, and 2%, respectively.  Through mid-April, the company has paced double-digits ahead of last year in committed net income.  So far this year, the company has reached over 80% of its target for all of 2019.

Breaking down Ticketmaster’s Q1 2019, the ticketing giant had the fourth highest transacted free-bearing gross transaction value (GTV).  The company’s Q1 2019 GTV trailed Q4 2018, Q1 2018, and Q4 2017.  Through mid-April, Ticketmaster also sold four million more concert tickets for shows over the same period last year.

Sharing the company’s vision for the ticketing giant, Michael Rapino, President and CEO of Live Nation, wrote,

Our roadmap at Ticketmaster remains very clear and focused — deploy digital ticketing at scale and establish the foundation for a direct relationship with our fans, which will improve the fan experience and provide opportunities for content, venue operators, and sponsors to deliver greater ongoing value to the live event fan.

To accomplish this, Live Nation remains on track to have its presence installed at over 500 venues, with more than 135 million fans entering through Ticketmaster so far this year.

 


 

Appeals Court Finds Live Nation Not Liable for Drunk Festivalgoer's Broken Ankle

No, drunk festivalgoers can’t sue Live Nation nor concert venues for breaking a bone after a heavy day of drinking.

Good news for Live Nation.

A Michigan court of appeals the promoter, along with Michigan International Speedway (MIS), can’t be held liable for an intoxicated concertgoer who broke her ankle following a music event.

Three years ago, Brandi Roe and her friends attended the Faster Horses Country Music Festival.  Following an admitted ‘day of drinking’ – including heavy beer and mixed vodka –  she left the music festival at the end of the night.

Roe had followed her friend, who had gone into an adjacent “dark, wooded area to relieve himself.”  Once the unnamed companion called out her name, asking for help, she went off the well-lit pathway.  After taking two steps into the wooded area, Roe fell down a ravine into a creek bed, breaking her ankle.

In her initial lawsuit, Roe claimed Live Nation and MIS knew about the “steep drop-off” in the wooded, unlit area.  Citing an earlier case, she claimed the landowner has the duty to invitees to exercise reasonable care and protect them from an unreasonable risk of harm caused by a dangerous condition on the land.

This danger, Roe argued, was “open and obvious.”  Yet, both the promoter and the venue chose to ignore it.

A trial court judge disagreed.  A “reasonable person,” ruled the judge, would have foreseen the danger.  Thus, the judge dismissed the lawsuit.

Roe disagreed, appealing her case.  She stated the dangerous condition “was unavoidable” due to her companion’s cries for help.  The unguarded ravine drop-off remains “unreasonably dangerous.”

The appellate panel disagreed.

In the panel’s opinion, Roe should never have gone into the dark, wooded area.

We conclude that an average person of ordinary intelligence would have, upon casual inspection, been able to discover and appreciate the danger and risk associated with venturing off a well-lit pathway intended for pedestrian ingress and egress in order to enter a dark, wooded area with possible varied terrain at night.

Concluding the trial court didn’t err in its ruling, the appellate panel ruled in favor of Live Nation and Michigan International Speedway.

A reasonable person in plaintiff’s position would have foreseen the danger, and that MIS and Live Nation were entitled to summary disposition of plaintiff’s claim.

You can view the opinion below.

 


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Federal Judge Dismisses Class-Action Lawsuit Against Ticketmaster

A sneaky contract clause has ‘saved’ Ticketmaster in the US.  But, the ticketing giant may not get away so easily in the UK.

Bad news for Ticketmaster consumers angered over .

A federal judge in California has dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit first filed by Allen Lee last year.

Filed in the US District Court of Northern California, Lee Ticketmaster and Live Nation have failed to treat consumers fairly.

The lawsuit came after a video surfaced of the ticketing giant’s ties with scalpers.  Unearthing the company’s dirty little secret, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and the Toronto Star found Ticketmaster’s resale unit turns a blind eye to scalpers – known only as ‘resellers’ – who use bots and fake IDs to purchase bulk tickets. Through TradeDesk, a members-only program, the ticketing giant then supposedly allows these ‘resellers’ to sell the tickets for inflated prices.

Lee’s class-action lawsuit claimed Ticketmaster has “facilitated the sale of tickets to the secondary market.”  Through its TradeDesk program “built expressly for resellers” – i.e., scalpers – the company failed consumers just to obtain more revenue.

U.S. District Court Judge Vince Chhabria disagreed.  On Wednesday, he ruled Lee must individually arbitrate his claims directly with the ticketing giant.

In the ruling, Chhabria claimed Ticketmaster presented evidence of its online terms of use policy.  The fine print by using its online website, Lee and other customers have waived their rights to sue the company.

The sneaky underhanded contract clause strategy apparently worked in court.

Yet, the ticketing giant may not get away so easily overseas.

Great Britain v. Ticketmaster.

A British law firm has filed a £5 million ($6.5 million) legal complaint against Ticketmaster.

Last June, the ticketing giant’s UK arm identified a major security breach.  The company identified malicious software on a third-party support product hosted by tech company Inbenta Technologies.

A digital bank had notified the company months before about the actual breach.   On April 12th, 2018, Monzo told Ticketmaster the malicious software had stolen customers’ information.  Yet, the ticketing giant didn’t publicly announce the hack until June 27th.

According to the company, hackers had only stolen information from “less than 5%” of its global consumer base.  This largely impacted UK customers, not North American users.

Yet, the ticketing giant never published the actual numbers.  Sources pointed to the hack affecting around 40,000 consumers in the region.  Information potentially stolen included consumers’ names, physical and e-mail addresses, and payment and login details.  According to the company, they’ve contacted each affected customer.

The law firm leading the complaint – Hayes Connor Solicitors – said it only launched the legal action “following unsuccessful negotiations with Ticketmaster which maintains that it is not liable for the data breach and the subsequent damages suffered by its customers.”

As a result of the hack, over two-thirds of affected consumers have suffered “multiple fraudulent transactions.”  This, said the law firm, had led to consumers experiencing “significant stress and heightened anxiety.”

[The] effect on victims is significant and ongoing.

Stolen personal information, particularly in instances where a significant number of individuals are involved, is often used in batches so some victims may yet to experience any fraudulent activity, however, may still be at risk.

Back in the U.S., Lee’s attorney, Steve Berman, has vowed to file an appeal over Judge Chhabria’s ruling.  Lee “didn’t agree to arbitration many years ago when he opened an account.”  Thus, Ticketmaster shouldn’t have the right to toss a lawsuit over a clause it “buries” in the ticketing order process.

 


 

Live Nation Acquires Switzerland's Mainland Music

As different European reside music markets decline, Live Nation desires to capitalize on Switzerland’s wholesome touring market.

Live Nation has made a number of vital strikes within the Swiss market.

First, the worldwide leisure firm acquired the Openair Frauenfeld competition final summer season.  The following month, Live Nation unveiled Ticketmaster Switzerland.

Meek Mill Concert Shooting Victims Families Demand $6M To Settle Lawsuits: Report

Back in 2016, a capturing at a Meek Mill live performance left two males lifeless. The households  males filed lawsuits towards the rapper, Oakdale Musical Theatre Company, and Live Nation for negligence. While Meek has continued to disclaim any wrongdoing within the state of affairs, two the households are demanding $6M to settle the wrongful demise fits towards the rapper.

Meek Mill Concert Shooting Victims Families Demand $6M To Settle Lawsuits: Report
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According to The Blast, the households Jaquan Graves and Travis Ward filed court docket paperwork explaining that they are prepared to settle their separate lawsuits towards Meek Mill for $6M in complete. The two estates stated they will settle for $3M every to finish their case towards Meek Mill. Meek’s but to answer the fers.

Meek was hit with two separate lawsuits final 12 months by the households Jacquan Graves and Travis Ward after they had been each shot and killed outdoors  Oakdale Musical Theatre Company in Connecticut the place Meek Mill was performing. In each lawsuits, Meek Mill, the venue, and Live Nation had been accused being negligent in the way in which they dealt with the safety the live performance. Meek’s lyrics had been additionally identified within the go well with, accusing the rapper’s music inciting violence. The additionally identified that comparable conditions have occurred at earlier Meek Mill live performance.

Meek Mill has beforehand denied any allegations that he was concerned within the capturing, claiming he could not have recognized capturing was going to happen. 

Meek Mill Concert Shooting Victims' Families Asking For $6 Million Settlement

Meek Mill is making an attempt to remain as far-off from a courtroom as potential, however the legislation is regular on his tail. Meek has been free for a couple of months now, however an outdated lawsuit is threatening to pull the CHAMPIONSHIPS rapper right into a authorized battle. As reported by The Blast, the households the 2 males killed throughout a taking pictures outdoors Meek’s live performance at the moment are demanding $6 million to settle the wrongful demise lawsuits towards him.

The Blast bought their arms on courtroom paperwork that had been filed on November 21 by the estates for Jaquan Graves and Travis Ward. The households each victims declare they’re prepared to settle within the case. Of course, their value is not low cost, as every household is asking for $three million. Still, that could be cheaper than battling in courtroom. Both households are suing individually over a taking pictures at a 2016 Meek live performance in Connecticut that left two lifeless. 

The estates Graves and Ward are blaming Meek for the carnage, claiming that his lyrics incite violence and there have been incidents at his previous exhibits. The Oakdale Musical Theatre Company and Live Nation are additionally named in each lawsuits for being negligent in achieving safety on the live performance. Meek has already denied all involvement and allegations, claiming the scenario was out his arms and unfathomable. 

Meek Mill Announces Foot Locker "CHAMPIONSHIPS" Deal & CRWN Interview

Meek Mill is gearing as much as give the sport a present this Christmas. Coming by means of sturdy within the waning moments the fourth quarter is Meek, who introduced his CHAMPIONSHIPS album shall be dropping on November 30. The challenge shall be Meek’s first album since being launched from jail, and one can solely think about the warmth that the Philly rapper cooked up whereas simmering behind bars. 

Prior to the album launch, Meek is fering followers a brand new Foot Locker deal. Starting at present, followers can go to pick out Foot Locker shops nationwide, buy a CHAMPIONSHIPS collector’s booklet for $three.50, and obtain an instantaneous obtain and entry to stream Meek’s new album (upon launch). The deal additionally comes with six months free streaming on TIDAL. Thanks, Jay-Z. After redeeming the code, customers can unlock an unique Meek Mill expertise on TIDAL, together with entry to his hand-curated playlists, tickets to Meek’s future reveals, and never-before-seen photos from his studio periods and performances.

Meek Mill Announces Foot Locker "CHAMPIONSHIPS" Deal & CRWN InterviewMike Coppola/Getty s for TIDAL

Meek additionally introduced that on December 2, he shall be sitting down with Elliott Wilson for a CHAMPIONSHIPS centered episode CRWN. Meek shall be chronicling his journey to create the extremely anticipated album, whereas additionally highlighting the challenges he is confronted in getting so far in his profession.

London's Wireless Festival No Longer Allows Artists To Swear Or Wear Vulgar Clothing

London’s annual Wireless Music Festival has agreed to a brand new time period insurance policies to make sure that it is regular location at Finsbury Park will keep the identical. The Friends Finsbury Park had regular complaints  noise ranges, drug taking, and anti-social behaviour and Live Nation was solely granted a renewal on their license after a brand new set guidelines. 

BBC stories that the brand new circumstances embrace a “request that performers don’t sing or play any vulgar, obscene or banned songs or perform indecent acts or make any vulgar gestures, actions or remarks through the efficiency.” Performers should additionally “not fend most of the people” similar to “apparel which exposes the groin, personal components, buttock or feminine breast(s)”. The final day the competition will now finish 30 minutes sooner than regular and sound limits will even be put into place. 

Past headliners the competition embrace Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, and The Weeknd. The Finsbury Park affiliation are joyful their requests have been met, however their predominant want wanting fewer attendees was rejected. The occasion attracts crowds as much as 37,000 individuals and has sparked 67 complaints about noise. 

Rejoice! Live Nation + SJM Deal Secures Camp Bestival's Future

Looks like Camp Bestival festivalgoers might lastly get their refunds, all due to Live Nation.

Late final month, Digital Music News found Bestival Group, the corporate behind the Bestival and family-friendly Camp Bestival music festivals, confronted main monetary issues.

The 2018 Camp Bestival’s cancellation on the final day over unhealthy climate in July – amongst different issues – had pushed the competition group to the brink of chapter.

The firm solely admitted it had confronted “monetary challenges.”  Undeterred, the competition group vowed to make Camp Bestival 2019 occur, thus shifting ahead “into a brand new period.”  Bestival Group has but to refund festivalgoers their cash for the occasion’s abrupt cancellation.

Then, Richmond Group made a suggestion of £1.1 million ($1.four million) to buy the Bestival Group.  The British creditor had beforehand loaned the competition group £1.6 million ($2.1 million) final yr.

Now, it appears just like the deal has ‘saved’ Camp Bestival.

Live Nation to the rescue.

The Bestival Group has introduced a brand new cope with Live Nation and SJM, a British promoter.