January 17th, 2023
summer of foo
Today's read...9 minutes
You get a festival lineup, and you get a festival lineup, EVERYBODY gets a festival lineup. If last week felt like a whirlwind, you weren’t alone. Once Coachella finally released its 2023 lineup, it opened the doors for many other festivals to announce too. Lineups for everyone - and multiple chances to see the Foo Fighters return to the sage.
OVG Theaters Unite
Oak View Group has created a national Theater Alliance comprising some of its North American venues, modeled after its own Arena Alliance launched in 2015. Members of the smaller Theater Alliance “will benefit from collective buying power, routing of non-traditional content, sponsorship opportunities, industry best practices, and resources, as well as shared proceeds from an annual fundraising gala.”
Patron Technology acquired Fan Interactive Marketing
Patron Technology boosted its suite of live event technology offerings - which already includes multiple ticketing companies and access control options, marketing solutions, and apps - by acquiring Fan Interactive Marketing, a fan engagement and data-driven marketing platform.
See Tickets Offers Insurance
See Tickets North America has partnered with TicketPlan to offer ticket refund insurance via GoReady to ticket buyers in the US. While this does offer purchasers some piece of mind, the insurance still only covers a very specific list of reasons to miss the event. Warning: the dog eating your tickets isn’t one of them.
MGM Takes a Bet on Ticketing
BetMGM, the mobile betting app, sold pre-sale tickets for its own West Fest, a Super Bowl Weekend event at Westgate Entertainment District in AZ, in its app, becoming the first betting app to do so. The February 11th festival features Tim McGraw and Bailey Zimmerman. After the 24-hour in-app pre-sale, tickets went on sale via Fevo.
Barclay’s Ticketing U-Turn
Brooklyn, NY’s Barclay’s Center announced it is breaking up with new ticketing partner, SeatGeek, and going back to its ex, Ticketmaster, just 15 months into its 7-year contract with SeatGeek. NY Times writer Ben Sisario suggests that the switch - effective immediately - “may have been driven by a desire to book more concerts, given Ticketmaster's long-term partnership with concert promoter Live Nation.” It’s also assumed that SeatGeek Plaza will be renamed post-breakup.
FTX Out in Miami
Speaking of arena breakups, a US Bankruptcy Judge finally ruled in favor of Miami-Dade County, FL, allowing them and the Miami Heat to remove the FTX branding from FTX Arena, following the FTX fallout. The area will now be known as Miami-Dade Arena until a new partner is secured. Branding and signage will be updated in the coming weeks.
Woodstock Goes to South Korea
Peace & Love are heading to South Korea when the first-ever Woodstock festival outside of the US takes place at the end of July. The festival has signed an official copyright agreement with the Woodstock Music and Art Fair and will be held in memory of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement. A similar attempt was made to host Woodstock in Korea in 2010, but it was thwarted by copyright and artist issues.
Dr Dre Selling Out?
Dr Dre is reportedly close to finalizing a deal to sell his music and revenue rights to Universal Music and Shamrock Holdings for somewhere between $200 and 250 million.
More UK Venue Grants
Music Venue Trust provided more grants from its Pipeline Investment Fund to 14 new recipients, totalling £70,000 ($85,000 USD); more than doubling that of its initial round of funding in 2022. “The fund prioritizes support for organizations that may have been excluded from other available funding and is open to all venue operators and organizations that meet the definition of a ‘Grassroots Music Space.’”
Jeff Beck, one of the greatest guitar players of all time, passed away last week after a battle with meningitis. Beck, 72, was a two-time inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an eight-time Grammy Award winner, and an influence to a great many artists over his lifetime. See Billy Joel’s tribute during his recent MSG show.
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Live Nation Concerts is hiring a Production Coordinator to support and collaborate with the Production Director and Production Manager in Burbank, CA. The salary range is between $64,480 - $65,000 USD.
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The Coachella lineup FINALLY dropped last Tuesday, revealing BLACKPINK, Frank Ocean, and Bad Bunny as headliners for both weekends, April 14-16 & 21-23 in Indio, CA. Once announced, the floodgates opened, and more festival lineups started pouring in…
Foo Fighters, The Lumineers, and Paramore top the Boston Calling lineup, May 26-28 in Allston, MA. This will be the first non-tribute gig for the Foo following Taylor Hawkins’ death last year.
Foo Fighters, Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, and KISS are headlining DWP’s Sonic Temple Festival when it returns to Columbus, OH, May 25-28 after a 3-year hiatus.
We’re sensing a theme here…
The Town, a new festival in Brazil by the creators of Rock in Rio, announced Foo Fighters as the first headliner on September 9th.
The New Orleans Jazz Festival will feature Ed Sheeran, Lizzo, and Robert Plant and Allison Krauss during weekend 1, April 28-30 and Mumford & Sons, the Lumineers, Santana, and Dead & Co., on weekend 2, May 4-7.
Insomniac is launching (sorry, we couldn’t resist) EDSea, a nautical spin-off of its EDC events, cruising from Miami to the Bahamas, November 4-8.
This week's spotlight is on ... Transportation Management Services at the World Cup 🔦
Transportation Management Services, Inc. (TMS) and its family of companies provide transportation solutions for international events of all shapes and sizes. With an already rich 18-year body of work in the State of Qatar, it's not surprising that TMS Global was selected in 2019 as the national transport provider Mowasalat’s event overlay partner for the tournament bus services (TBS) project. These services for spectators, fans, and members of the public culminated recently with the transportation of the final spectators for FIFA’s World Cup held in Doha, Qatar.
The program assembled for the World Cup was one of the largest for any mega event, consisting of over 3,000 buses, 6,500 drivers, and more than 2,900 operations staff. The delivery team consisted of local members and transportation professionals from 48 countries who facilitated the transportation of over 5.5 million passenger movements during the World Cup.
The first-ever World Cup in this region not only meant the opening of fascinating unique cross-cultural opportunities and experiences for fans, but for the first time ever, venues were at most 40 miles away, allowing spectators to attend multiple matches on any given day. Stadium to Stadium services meant you could watch Ghana v Uruguay at Al Janoub stadium at 6:00 pm, then ride the bus to Lusail and take in Cameroon v Brazil at 10:00 pm.
“The range of languages within our team at any given stadium, transport hub, or metro shuttle meant we could help fans in such a unique way, as we loaded up to 24,000 bus riders in 90 minutes,” said TMS Global Project Director Jimmy Campbell.
In sustainability terms, the TBS program utilized the largest fleet of electric buses (800+) during the tournament, and the Mowasalat Lusail bus depot is officially the largest electric bus charging station in the world.
“After three years of strategic planning with our partners, it is an honor for it to culminate with such success,” said TMS Group CEO Frank Sherman. “From our logistical team to the ground operators and the drivers, it has been an immense pleasure to see our global team come together with our partner Mowasalat to achieve such a historic accomplishment.”
Because we’re not quite over the Coachella lineup drop yet, here are 21 thoughts on this year’s poster.
Looking for a new playlist to start off the year? Check out DJ Jim Q’s first playlist of 2023: Sanctuary.
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr Day yesterday, we looked into the role music played in the creation of the US holiday and found none other than Stevie Wonder.