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June 15th, 2021
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ladies  festivals are hoping you can us a urinal

Today's read...8 minutes

The US government sends some venue owners cryptic death messages, a clever way around the vaccine passport ban in Florida, and don’t panic, but porta-potties are in short supply and that might mean urine trouble.

PLUS, it’s our one-year anniversary of Back of House Live! 🎉

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NITO issued a statement
The long-awaited SVOG funding has still not been distributed to the majority of struggling venues, and NITO issued a statement imploring action from the SBA. 

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New Toronto venue
Looks like Drake’s ‘workin’ on the weekend like usual’ as the rapper and Live Nation Canada team up to 
launch a new Toronto venue called History.

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Capacity restrictions lifted
All capacity restrictions will be lifted for concerts in the Netherlands and Denmark next month with proof of vaccination or negative test. Also, with the majority of the population vaccinated, there are no longer any restrictions on mass gatherings in Israel, allowing the live industry to function normally (paywall).

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Venue updates
Some venues are closing up while others are just getting started. Big Sky Amphitheater in Montana has canceled its programming for 2021. However, Oxbow RiverStage in California shared their list of artists to perform starting August 14.

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Only four COVID-19 infections
Out of the 11,000 attendees of the World Snooker Championships in England, only four COVID-19 infections were detected. There are still questions regarding the safety of indoor events in the future.

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Tickets through Clubhouse
You might be able to buy tickets through Clubhouse in the future as the founders seek to monetize and reach new consumers.

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Reopening plans
The New York Times has created a comprehensive guide to the 
reopening plans for all 50 US states. See where your state falls on the timeline based on current data. 

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Another layer of protection
A new patented thermometer will supposedly take individuals’ temperature without any physical contact, a technology that would add another layer of fan and worker protection (paywall).

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Female urinals
Bathroom lines at festivals might be speeding up. Companies are developing female urinals to improve the event experience (and prompting a “hard no” from the females here at BOH Live).

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The future of stagecraft
AR might change the game of concert production. Read Rolling Stone’s take on the future of stagecraft.

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  • GLOW Holiday Festival is looking for a remote Box Office Expert to manage the customer facing communication and ticket questions, build the ticketing for the 2021 festival, and work with their marketing/social media and finance teams. There will be some on-call nights to help troubleshoot any ticketing questions from home. The position will last from mid-September through early January.

  • Insomniac Events is in need of a Community Engagement Coordinator in Los Angeles to answer customer service-related questions, comments, and requests across festival and brand social media channels.

  • The Chicago Cubs are seeking a full-time Event Program Manager to develop, curate and support all public-facing events and programs at Gallagher Way.

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Festival Updates

  • (Queens, NY) Rolling Loud New York will be held in late October featuring headliners, J. Cole, Travis Scott, and 50 Cent. 

  • (Indio, CA) After recently announcing next year’s dates, Coachella 2022 has completely sold out. Ticketholders are still awaiting the lineup for the festival’s big return.  

  • (New Orleans, LA) Live Nation and C3 Presents’ Voodoo Music + Arts Experience has been cancelled for this year.

  • (Des Moines, IA) The annual electronic and hip-hop festival, 515 Alive, has been called off for this year. 2022 dates have yet to be announced.

  • (San Francisco, CA) Stern Grove Festival will be held in-person June 20 through August 29 with performances from Thundercat, Ledisi, Perfume Genius, and more. Only 30% capacity will be allowed for the initial dates, but organizers hope to increase the number of guests throughout the summer.

  • (Boom, Belgium) Tomorrowland will move forward with its August and September weekends following the decision from the Belgian government allowing open-air festivals to host up to 75,000 people

  • (Melbourne, Australia) Due to the extension of the city’s lockdown, RISING Festival had to cancel the entirety of its debut event after its launch on May 26.

  • (Chorzów, Poland) FEST Festival will take place this August with no capacity restrictions for a vaccinated crowd. Admittance for non-vaccinated people is still undecided. 

  • (Edinburgh, Scotland) The festival industry has received millions of pounds of emergency funding to keep them afloat during the upcoming season with restrictions.

  • (Online) In celebration of Juneteenth, Unityfest, a livestream hosted by the Robert Randolph Foundation, will feature performances from Nile Rodgers, Darius Rucker, Khruangbin, Black Pumas, Earth, Wind & Fire, and more.

  • (Online) The Australian Splendour In The Grass festival has announced a virtual reality version of the event called Splendour XR.


The Big Apple Plans a Big, Big Concert

Live events are returning to the Big Apple. In less than a week, Foo Fighters are reopening Madison Square Garden to a full capacity crowd. Anyone over the age of 16 must be fully vaccinated to attend. Also, to celebrate the city’s reopening, Mayor de Blasio has called on industry legend, Clive Davis, to plan a mega-concert on the Great Lawn of Central Park this August. Though artists have not been announced, the Mayor says “It’s going to be an amazing lineup. The whole week is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before in New York City.” 60,000 people expected to gather along with a virtual audience all over the world for the three-hour “Official NYC Homecoming Concert in Central Park.”

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Do you have a spotlight event? We encourage you to tag us in your festival and events photos on Instagram using @backofhouse.live and #backofhouseviews. 

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To Hybrid and Beyond
June 18: Award-winning events software provider, VenuIQ, will host the virtual event, To Hybrid and Beyond, which will discuss the new increased uptake in hybrid events, why this will be a continual trend within the industry, and what the post-pandemic landscape might look like.

Midem Africa
June 28 - July 1: Midem Africa is a free, virtual 4-day event that will map out the African music industries, highlight the most exciting trends and opportunities, and provide key insights and practical tools to foster networking and accelerate careers and business among key local music players and their regional and international counterparts.

The RightsTech Summit

September 15-16: The RightsTech Summit will discuss technology developments and innovation in the management, licensing and monetization of copyrights across all media sectors and formats.

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