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Finding love through your love of music? Plus, Dutch festivals are protesting the country’s ban on live events and some positive financial indicators for the industry’s future amidst another slew of cancellations.

Well above their pre-pandemic rate 

If anyone is ready for the return to live, it’s WME. CEO Ari Emanuel says based on their Q2 earnings, their bookings for the second half of this year are well above their pre-pandemic rate (paywall).

State of emergency over coronavirus concerns

The 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, set to begin on August 24, will not allow spectators as much of the country is in a state of emergency over coronavirus concerns. 

Ban on music festivals

After months of asking for guidance and even a lawsuit from production company ID&T, over 450 festivals in the Netherlands are protesting the government’s extended ban on music festivals in a movement called “Unmute Us.”

3 days to request a refundTicketholders for Milwaukee’s Summerfest who would not be willing to comply with the new requirement of proof of vaccination or a negative test were only given 3 days to request their refunds.

Concert-going population vaccination rateAccording to a report by the UK’s Music Venue Trust, the country’s concert-going population had double the vaccination rate of the general population (paywall). 

Vivid Seats revenue returnVivid Seats saw revenue return in Q2 of 2021 with the return of concerts, as well as baseball and hockey games.

1.1 million attendees over 11 days

Pennsylvania’s Musikfest welcomed over 1.1 million attendees over 11 days. From an indoor mask requirement to a paperless ticketing system, here’s how it went.

Accessible Employment Guide Attitude Is Everything, the charity behind the Accessible Employment Guide, conducted research as restrictions on live events are easing, and revealed that with heightened safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, deaf, disabled, and neurodivergent people are eager but cautious for the return of live events.

Not yet sold outAn investigation is being conducted on 1,000 tickets for the TRNSMT festival being sold on Viagogo for far above their face value. The festival has not yet sold out, and it’s been revealed that these tickets had never actually been purchased originally

Motor CityHey Detroiters, are musicians still leaving the Motor City off their touring schedule?

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 AEG Presents/Goldenvoice are seeking a Project Coordinator in Los Angeles for the credentials team, responsible for coordinating various credential projects across Goldenvoice festivals.

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Your Weekly Vaccine Requirement Update

With coronavirus still ravaging much of the world, new mandates and regulations continue to pop up across event industries. 

 Los Angeles County is now requiring everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a face mask at large outdoor gatherings like festivals and sporting events. This rule does not apply to theme parks like Universal Studios Hollywood and Six Flags Magic Mountain

 Attendees of Austin City Limits, set for October, will have to present a negative test or proof of vaccination.

 Live Nation Canada, just like Live Nation US and UK, has announced its requirement for artists and fans to provide proof of vaccination or negative test. Live Nation Australia is also considering taking that step, especially as several of their notable events have been cancelled.  

 According to the governor, indoor venues in Nevada will not have to require guests to wear masks, as long as proof of vaccination is presented.

 Fans attending the New Orleans Saints games this season will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test and will not be offered a refund if they refuse.

 At Laivā, a summer festival in Latvia on Jugla Lake, to keep them separated, vaccinated fans watched on the shore, while unvaccinated fans had to watch from boats (paywall). 

 Here’s everything that REDEF has gathered on vaccine mandates and other new requirements. 

The Tour Cancellations Continue

Though some shows are carrying on, like WILLOW’s newly announced 2021 Life Tour, more tours and events bite the dust because of the pandemic.

 BTS has cancelled their world tour. 

 Having already been rescheduled for October, the Byron Bay Bluesfest has been moved again. The festival will now take place early next year. 

 Nine Inch Nails has cancelled all of their 2021 concerts, including Riot Fest. Slipknot and Morrissey will be joining the lineup as replacements.

 Along with the Jazz Festival, New Orleans’ French Quarter Festival has been cancelled for this year, leaving the city’s hopes of recovery behind.

 Planet B for BUKU Project, slated for  October, has been cancelled. 

 Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will no longer be performing at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion because the event is not requiring proof of vaccination. Hear what he thinks about the trend of vaccine mandates in the concert industry.

 Korn member, Jonathan Davis, has tested positive, causing the delay or cancellation of several of their shows with Staind.

 Neil Young will no longer be performing at Farm Aid.

 The String Cheese Incident have dropped their August shows, but are still scheduled for Suwannee Hulaween in October.

 Garth Brooks has cancelled the rest of his 2021 North American tour.

 Here’s Billboard’s growing list of all cancellations so far.

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An event cut short by Hurricane Henri. With a focus on the COVID-19 Delta variant, is your event prepared for severe weather? Check out this 

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The Event Event ReplayNow - August 26: There’s still a couple days left of The Event Event Replay. The Event Event, presented by Event Hub and Back of House, offered expert guidance across marketing, operations, and sponsorship, and audiences have the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge best practices in hybrid programming, non-traditional revenue opportunities, and other top-of-mind subjects. Re-watch it now!Women Leadership: This New NormalToday: Navigating the Industry and Roles in This New Normal. Women Leadership is a quarterly panel series presented by Stellar, Goldstar and The International Ticketing Association (INTIX).DIY Musician ConferenceAugust 26 - 28: CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference is going virtual for 2021 and it’s going to be totally free.Optimized TouringSeptember 1: Lunch Break - Optimized Touring. This free, 1-hour Zoom conversation and Q&A will focus on sharing observations, experiences, challenges and opportunities relating to physical and mental health in the touring music industry.Global Citizen LiveSeptember 25: Global Citizen Live aims to defend the planet and defeat poverty. VenuesNow ConferenceOctober 21 - 22: In Seattle, Washington, the VenuesNow Conference presented by CAA Icon will discuss the future of the industry.

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