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Adele sends fans on an emotional rollercoaster over her last-minute Las Vegas postponement, the trailer for this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show is 🔥, The Grammys finally have a new date and new location, and Live Nation has us dreaming of our emo days (and outfits).

More Relief The National Independent Venue Foundation (NIVF) is re-launching its Emergency Relief Fund, providing financial help to independent venues, music and comedy clubs, festivals, and promoters. This news comes after a rep from NIVA, NIVF’s parent org, Raenne Presley, testified before Congress to address the challenges Omicron has imposed on the events sector.

Weekends With Adele 😭Hours before her first set would begin, Adele announced the postponement of her 24-date Las Vegas residency, “Weekends With Adele,” due to delivery delays and Covid cases among her crew. But Adele showed us once again why she is the Queen, FaceTiming with groups of fans who visited her merch store at Caesars Palace, giving them swag bags, and even personally FaceTiming a few individual fans.

Drones + Holy WaterIn India, thousands of pilgrims gathered for Gangasagar Mela by the river Ganges. In an attempt to thwart the spread of Covid during the traditional dip in the river, drones sprayed holy water from the river at the crowds, but it was mostly futile as, “most pilgrims are bent on defying the rules.”

New Festival AlertFlesh festival will be the UK’s first LGBTQ+ electronic music and camping festival. Set for May 28-29 at Springfield Farm in St. Albans, the event hopes to address long-term issues in festival programming with a lineup of majority women, trans, and non-binary artists.

Greener In Colorado In Colorado, promoters AEG Rocky Mountain Presents have turned away from single-use plastic cups. From now on, all AEG Colorado venues will commit to washing and reusing their cups, produced by r.Cup, for up to 500 uses. While still in its beginning phases, the program has already saved hundreds of pounds in plastic waste.

Restrictions Lifted

Northern Ireland and France have eased their Covid restrictions, and both are moving from negative test proof to vaccination proof for admittance to live events. In other changes, Germany has created a policy to make it easier for companies to reduce employee work hours without having to lay them off.

Zero-Covid PolicyFor the Beijing Winter Olympics, strict measures will be taken to ensure a “zero-Covid policy,” beginning with discouraging any chanting - maybe try clapping instead? Overseas spectators will not be joining, and athletes must be fully vaccinated (as opposed to the Tokyo Games where that was not mandated).

Time For A New Venue The 64th Grammy Awards have been rescheduled for the second year in a row, and will now take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 3rd, instead of the original January 31st date in Los Angeles.

Covid Passes LiftedLast week, the UK Government confirmed that ‘Plan-B’ restrictions will be relaxed in England beginning January 27, meaning Covid passes and masks will no longer be required for live entertainment venues. Many event organizers are welcoming this change following an “extremely difficult two years.”

Ariana Grande Fans Beware

Scam artists are posing as Ariana Grande’s agents through emails that promise a forthcoming album and a corresponding tour, along with hotel deal offers. These fraudulent messages are being sent to unknowing promoters - and unfortunately, this is not the first time it has been done.

 Looking to volunteer at SXSW? The festival is set for March 11-20 and SXSW EDU will take place immediately before from March 7-10. Volunteers must be fully vaccinated and will be expected to have roles helping over 20 different crews.  AEG’s Goldenvoice is hiring a Festival Administrative Assistant to facilitate communication between departments and optimize functionality within the company. Superfly is hiring a Production Accountant to work in New York City to partner with production and corporate finance teams, manage project budgets, and more. 

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Festival Updates

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is returning for 2022, with headliners including The Who, Stevie Nicks, and Lionel Richie - just to name a few. After taking a Covid-related hiatus last year, the two-weekend festival will take place April 29-May 1 and May 5-8.Also in New Orleans will be The Buku Music + Art Project festival, overseen by Winter Circle Productions. Following two years of Covid-related cancellations, the festival will return March 25-26, featuring headliners Tame Impala, Flo Milli, Tyler, the Creator, and more.In Allston, Mass., the Boston Calling festival will make its return with headliners Metallica, Foo Fighters, and The Strokes. Set for Memorial Day weekend, the festival is returning after two years of Covid-related cancellations. This past Thursday it was announced that Rage Against the Machine, who were supposed to headline 2022’s Boston Calling after their 2020 appearance was canceled, would not be performing.

The new trailer for the February 13th Super Bowl LVI halftime show features Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, and Dr. Dre, created by world-class director F. Gary Gray. The Jay-Z produced, the 12-minute performance is looking to be pretty hype! On a panel of Super Bowl LVI stakeholders, there was refreshing optimism and strategy for the successful follow-through for the big game. As of now, this Super Bowl’s home at the SoFi stadium in Inglewood, CA will not impose capacity restrictions. Necessary protocols include vaccine proof or a negative Covid test, along with a photo ID and mask at all times. Organizers explained, “With any event under any circumstance, we’re always going to be prepared for the worst but at the same time, we have every reason to feel optimistic about the future.”And of course, we’d be remiss not to mention NFTs in the newsletter - this time in the NFL: fans received commemorative tickets in the form of NFTs upon attending the recent Wild Card games. Further, for the first-ever Monday night playoff game with the LA Rams vs. Arizona Cardinals, fans were also eligible for the NFT ticket. Following a successful regular-season launch where fans received complimentary NFTs, this post-season launch is looking to be a success, with 100 NFT tickets per team selling out within 24 hours.

This week's spotlight is on ... When We Were Young 🔦

Credit: Twitter/whenwewereyoungLive Nation is presenting a new festival, When We Were Young, taking fans back to the ‘golden age of emo.’ Featuring headliners Paramore and My Chemical Romance, the festival was originally billed for October 22 at Las Vegas Festival Grounds. Over 12 hours, over 60 bands were set to play across three stages. The show is currently Paramore’s only announced date and comes amid tour reunion announcements from both headliners. The response to the festival announcement was so overwhelming that Live Nation initially added a second day, Sunday, October 23, and when that immediately sold out, they extended to a third date the following weekend, Saturday, October 29. Eager fans can sign up now for early access to the presale for the October 29 date.

ESA x OSHA

February 1-22: Over four consecutive Tuesdays, the Event Safety Alliance is hosting another edition of OSHA 1 - General Industry Training to educate industry professionals on all issues and topics within the live event working environment. Registration is full, but you can still join the waitlist!WIM 2022 Summit

January 19-21: Women in Music is hosting their 2022 Summit to reflect and celebrate the diverse and vibrant community of women in music, featuring three track options: Executive Leadership, Music Innovation, and Artists Teams & Services. 

 Barilla Italia now has its own Spotify profile, featuring some high-quality playlists for your pasta-cooking, namely ‘Mixtape Spaghetti’ and ‘Boom Bap Fusilli.’ Composer-pianist Sergei Rachmaninov’s last living pupil, Ruth Slenczynska, is planning to release another album at the ripe age of 97 after a nine-decade-long career. Now that’s a commitment to the craft.

 Space Entertainment Enterprise (SEE) is set to build a space station module containing a sports and entertainment arena, along with a content studio, by December 2024. Read about their out-of-this-world plans.

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