First Impressions and Reputation Ruiners

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While Oak View Group works to enhance the fan experience at their venues, the new US program “GOAL” is working to provide venues with more resources to help further sustainability efforts. Tour cancelations continue for various reasons, and BOH brings those job hunting a fresh list of applications for various roles.

Credit: Veronika Sitovska'Clean-Up Raves'Repair Together, a Ukrainian volunteer organization, has taken cleaning up damaged spaces to a new level by turning them into raves. They drew 200 people to a recent Clean Up Rave with DJ Oleksandr Buchinskiy blasting out techno music. 

BTS: The Pollen CollapseWant to know how things really went down at Pollen? Check out this detailed BTS timeline of the startup’s rise in 2014 to its very public demise in 2022. 

TwitchCon TwerkMegan Thee Stallion twerked on Halo’s Master Chief during her headlining set at TwitchCon in San Diego, CA, over the weekend.

DDP Scholarship AwardedAlexandra Maynard is the first recipient of the Leon Jackson Memorial Scholarship, which will help her attend the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt. The scholarship was created by Disco Donnie Presents and is named for Leon Jackson, the late music and event promoter who helped to bring live electronic music to Nashville.

Oak View Group enhances first impressionsFirst impressions matter, and Oak View Group is making them count with two new partnerships: The SmartGateway system, which quickly and securely scans guests upon entry without the need to remove items from pockets, and ParkHub, which improves the parking experience through more efficient operations, payments, and real-time insights.

Green EffortsIn the US, the Green Operations & Advanced Leadership (GOAL) program has been created to give venues a roadmap, tracking, and resources focused on sustainability to guide them toward more sustainable practices. In Mexico, UK-based A Greener Festival (AGF) is providing a “Cultura Circular Toolkit” to provide 30 Mexican festivals with training on developing sustainable festivals.

Country Star PassingLegendary country star Loretta Lynn passed away last Tuesday at 90. The Country Music Hall of Famer was the first woman ever to win Entertainer of the Year at both the CMAs (1972) and the ACMs (1975). 

Lizzo’s Magic FlutesLizzo played James Madison’s 1813 crystal flute during her Washington, DC concert - the first person ever to do so. Additionally, the flutist filed several trademark applications for her signature “Sasha Flute” across several categories, including NFTs, virtual environments, animated TV programs and movies, toys, clothing and accessories, and more. 

Courtroom ChatterCA Governor Newsom signed the ‘Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act,’ (a similar act exists in NY), preventing prosecutors from entering rap lyrics as evidence. Elton John is taking part in the lawsuit accusing Daily Mail of “gross breaches of privacy” along with Prince Harry, Elizabeth Hurley, and others. Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off lawsuit from 2017 continues with her lawyers stating that plaintiffs signed away their rights to sue when they signed their publishing deals.

People NewsDanny Wimmer Presents promoted Del Williams to Global Head Of Talent. Concerts West (AEG) named Jesse Stoll VP of Touring.Have more people news to share? Send it to us at [email protected]

AVMS is hiring a Director of Audio Visual Services in Austin, Texas; looking for 2 - 3 years of experience. 

Live Nation is looking for a Venue Operations candidate to support events in Grand Rapids.

Engine Shop is looking for an Atlanta-based Account Supervisor, Experiential to assist with program planning and management.

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Tour Cancellations While 2020 was the year of the Covid Cancelation, 2022 is shaping up to be the year of the Everything Else Cancelation. The list of artists and tours ending their seasons early continues to grow:

  • Animal Collective cancels European tour (economic reasons)

  • Lindsey Buckingham cancels European dates (ongoing health issues)

  • Ed Sheeran cancels New Zealand February 1 show (“ongoing uncertainties with global touring”) - though his February 2 show at the same venue is still on as scheduled

  • Rage Against the Machine cancels 2023 tour (Zack de la Rocha torn Achilles tendon)

  • Justin Bieber postpones Justice World Tour until 2023 (prioritizing health)

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Credit: BetterHelpIn honor of World Mental Health Day yesterday (October 10), singer-songwriter Lauv and BetterHelp, the world’s largest therapy platform, are teaming up to provide up to $3 million in free therapy to anyone who applies. Any new fan can sign up at http://www.betterhelp.com/lauv for a free month of therapy.

Some fan-sourced tips on how to look out for your mental health as the winter approaches.

Donate to Music Health Alliance 

If you need help, it’s available free 24/7—dial 988.


Korn’s Jonathan Davis debuted his new Freak on a Leash product line in partnership with DWP at Aftershock Festival this weekend. The line officially releases on October 28th.

 Flying Ferries are landing in Stockholm. The electricity-fueled ferries will replace the current fleet that runs on diesel.

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