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The industry continues to celebrate success and recognize that there is still work left to do as successful events occur in Canada, the NIVA conference commemorates progress, and additional aid sources surface.

Bring a Fan to Work DaySuperfly’s SUPERF3ST isn’t until 2023, but last Friday, fans could purchase one of 3,000 SUPERPASS NFTs, allowing them to help plan the community-built and Web-3 powered festival. A unique experience for fans who “always wanted to work at a music festival.” Think the NFTs come with a leatherman and toolbelt?

Stock Jump Affirm, a buy-now-pay-later payment method, partners with Seatgeek to offer fans the ability to pay over time for tickets to live events across multiple sectors. This is the first ticketing partnership for Affirm, and its stock saw a 5% jump from the announcement.

European EDM Takeover

DEAG acquires German festival Airbeat One and hopes to bring its EDM expertise to the event. Further, they want to expand their presence in the European music scene.

Spotify Partners Again

Name that Tune meets the 21st century. Heardle - Wordle for music - quickly started trending amongst all ages and has now struck a major deal with Spotify, adding to the app’s music discovery efforts.

Shiny New Fest

Live Nation and Graceful Events produce MetaMoon Music Festival. The NY festival will shine a light on the Asian music community.

Canadian Relief 

Unison Fund launched the Live Music Workers Fund, which has been supported by the Canadian government to a tune of $16 million. Event contractors are eligible for a one-time payment of $2,500. 

Stationhead secured a $12 million Series A round. The social platform will allow fans to stream music together in real-time. Diplo and Red Light Management were two notable investors.

Hottest New Series

The Department of Tourism in Dubai has announced Beat the Heat, an indoor concert experience hosted at the Sheikh Rashid Hall at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Spotlight Live Events will produce the summer series.

Superfly supported Lizzo’s album release in a fresh new way. A unique activation allowed fans to experience Lizzoverse, a two-day light show sponsored by American Express.

Vocalist Zack de la Rocha took a seat during the second half of the Rage Against the Machine’s reunion show. He injured his leg early in the show, left for a brief period, and returned, insisting that the show must go on.

Sound Talent Group hiring for a remote position as a music agent’s assistant. This role offers great exposure to international touring.

C3 is also hiring remotely. This time for a festival publicist working closely with the media to write press releases and to act as an on-site liaison.

Calling all Austin-based event pros. COTA is hiring part-time entertainment operations staff to assist with event setup.

New year, new day? BOH is debating releasing the newsletter on Wednesdays! What do you think?

Last Week's Results:

25% of BOH readers

have or plan on attending an industry concert this year. 

Inside Look at the First NIVA Conference 

During the NIVA conference last week, Bandsintown announced a partnership giving NIVA members exclusive access to its Promoter platform, including free “verified venue” accounts. The live music discovery platform also committed to supporting small venues through $100,000 marketing funds. 600 music industry pros gathered in what attendees are calling an “exceptional” experience. The conference inspired the independent venue community in a world where large players seem to have a stake in everything live. It also marked the achievement in surviving uncertain times and coming out on top as the industry starts anew. There is definitely room for improvement as the industry looks to stabilize. 

Credit: Ottawa Bluesfest FacebookMarked by great weather, the 10-day event, Ottawa Bluesfest, wraps as it makes its post-Covid debut. Fans came in the masses, with about 20,000 people attending each night. There were no ground-breaking Covid restrictions. The area around the main stage had expanded from years past, allowing fans to be a bit more spread out. It was suggested that fans, although not required, bring their own masks as we are introduced to a new Covid strain Omicron B.5.


Lord Huron offers a psychedelic spin to the typical music video allowing listeners to interact with the visuals. 

The chat room is open, and now you can DM with characters from the Iron Age. It is a unique way to learn about a different time period and from the unique experiences of those living in it. 


Digital design has more of a presence than ever as we are now fully submerged in a hybrid world. Check out the top trends that have been identified this year.

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