A Guide for the Aging Festival-Goer

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A back-of-house account of the "insanity" during NYC's Homecoming Concert. Plus, a controversial pandemic protest song, navigating a festival in your "later years", and more go/no-go festival & touring updates.

New Record Label AlertTomorrowland has launched Tomorrowland Music, a new record label in partnership with Universal Music Group with distribution by Virgin Music Label & Artist Services.

Cali protocol for capacities over 1,000The state of California will require everyone, including children, to show either proof of vaccination or a negative test in crowds of 1,000 or more. 

Women's safety campaignA new campaign focused on women’s safety at festivals and concerts has been launched by White Ribbon UK with The O2.

40,000 fan event with no proof of vaccination Kanye’s Donda listening party in Chicago did not require its almost 40,000 fans to show proof of vaccination or a negative test. Vaccines were offered on site though.

11 and up vaccination proofA UK surf and music festival called Boardmasters might be linked to almost 5000 new coronavirus cases. Attendees over the age of 11 were required to show proof of full vaccination.

New virtual events platformUTA and Halsey are among the investors who contributed to a series of funding for Moment House, a platform for exclusive virtual live events.  

This Has Gotta Stop

Opinions are split for artists on vaccine requirements and COVID safety concerns. As we know, Neil Young dropped out of Farm Aid, and he continues to express that “these are super spreader events.” Meanwhile, Eric Clapton released the single, “This Has Gotta Stop,” potentially alluding to his frustration with lockdowns and mandates. Additionally, Travis Tritt believes that vaccination requirements are discriminatory.

Revenue increase Madison Square Garden Entertainment saw a $90 million increase in revenue from Q2 of 2020 to Q2 of 2021  

Funding for SpainA $3 million round of funding will be going to venue operators in Spain from the Catalan government for pandemic losses during the first half of this year.

Homecoming recapHere’s what it was like working the chaotic NYC Homecoming Concert

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 IMGN of Warner Music Group is seeking a full-time Talent Booker in New York to work across multiple Twitch streaming platforms.

 Apply to be the General Manager of The Roxy in Los Angeles to be responsible for the overall management, promotion and operation of the facility including booking, private event sales, P&L/finance management, marketing, staffing, production maintenance and all related operations.

 Hitco Music in Los Angeles is hiring a Marketing Intern who should be familiar with Administration, Social Media Marketing, Graphic Design, Marketing Analytics and Strategy Development. 

Is there such a thing as being “too old” for a camping festival?


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Two roads diverged in the 2021 touring business… 

 Harry Styles announced his North American tour starting on September 4th. Everyone in attendance will be required to wear a mask and provide either proof of vaccination or a negative test. 

 Don Toliver’s North American tour with BIA will kick off on September 20th.

 Pixies cancelled their September dates in the US.

 Phoebe Bridgers has shifted most of her upcoming tour to outdoor venues. 

 Florida Georgia Line has cancelled their upcoming tour.

 The New York and California shows from Widespread Panic have been rescheduled.

 Kings of Leon have cancelled several shows because a band member tested positive.

 Iowa banned vaccine passports so Spoon cancelled their show in Des Moines.

 Following Charlie Watts’ death, the Rolling Stones have announced that they will continue with their 2021 tour in North America.

 James Taylor and Jackson Browne have added 18 new dates to their North American tour.

 Modern English has postponed their North American tour.


 (Reno, Nevada) Burning Man has been cancelled, but there will be a Virtual Black City Rock. In the meantime, check out the newly released Burning Man: The Musical.

 (Ottawa, Ontario) RBC Bluesfest and CityFolk have announced two live, in-person events for September. 

 (Yelgun, New South Wales) Australia’s Splendour in the Grass festival has been postponed to 2022 citing slow growing vaccination rates.

 (Cambridge, UK) The Strawberries & Creem festival, slated for mid-September, has added several artists to the lineup including Little Simz.

 (Queensland & New South Wales) Two major Australian festivals, Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash and Birdsville Big Red Bash, have already announced plans to require vaccination for attendees in 2022.

 (El Paso, Texas) Disco Donnie’s new Freakazoid Robots festival, scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, has been cancelled due to safety concerns from the city’s health officials and County Commissioner’s Court.

 (San Diego, California) Wonderfront Music & Arts Festival has been postponed to November of next year. 

This week's spotlight is on ... Surviving a music festival🔦

From camping to music this article is the ultimate guide to navigating festivals in your later years 


VenuesNow ConferenceOctober 21-22: In Seattle, VenuesNow Conference 2021 is a two-day event discussing various sectors of the facility business including technology, operations, sanitization, security, sustainability, tenants & teams, branding & sponsorships, ticketing, concessions, design, financing, bookings & content. 

Music Tectonics ConferenceOctober 25-27: Music Tectonics Conference is back uniting innovators across the music and tech landscapes: startups, major labels, indie labels, streaming services, distributors, social media platforms, investors, accelerators, legal experts, live event execs, gear makers, consultants. Early Bird tickets are sold out, but you can still get your ticket. 


Little Caesars Arena in Detroit has been named the

by Kulture City.

 Check out the best Governors Ball performances according to Consequence of Sound.

 John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme: Live In Seattle will be released in October.

 “good 4 you” is officially Spotify’s most-streamed song of the summer.

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