Swiftes are rejoicing

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As the year is winding down and “best of 2022” lists are starting to fill our inboxes and newsfeeds, Swiftes are rejoicing at a second chance to unwrap tickets. We’re not quite done yet at BOH, we’ve got one more issue for you next week before we take a much-needed EOY break. 

Until then, have a very Happy Hanukkah, Festivus, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and anything else you are celebrating. Cheers!

Credit: Drew de F FawkesAsake Crowd Crush Injures 8An Asake concert at The O2 Academy in Brixton, UK was cut short when a large number of fans attempted to force entry into the venue on Thursday night. 8 people were injured, with 4 in critical condition following the stampede. The sold-out show was the 3rd of 3 shows at The O2 Academy, no incidents were reported at the earlier shows.

Swifties Get Another ChanceTicketmaster is offering Taylor Swift fans who received a boost during the Verified Fan presale but didn’t purchase tickets the opportunity to purchase tickets via Ticketstoday, a subsidiary of TM. The roughly 170,000 remaining tickets for the Eras tour will be processed away from the public by emailing those eligible fans directly over a period of time. The process is supposed to be completed before 12/23.

Rolling Loud Heads to GermanyThe Rolling Loud empire continues its international expansion with the announcement of Rolling Loud Munich, July 7-9; lineup has not been released yet. This new event joins other 2023 Rolling Loud festivals in California, Thailand, Portugal, and Rotterdam. In 2022, events were also held in NYC and Toronto. 

Acrisure Arena OpensOVG’s Acrisure Arena in Palm Springs, CA opened last week to a full slate of concerts including Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle (Dec 14), Doobie Brothers (Dec 15), and Grupo Firme (Dec 16). The 11,000 seat arena is also home to AHL team Coachella Valley Firebirds who played their first game there on Saturday. 

Amazon x Live Nation = +44Amazon Music partners with Live Nation to bring its Black music playlist brand, +44, to life via a series of concerts. The first show will feature JAE5 and guests at Lafayette in London on February 22.

Doune (but not out of) the Rabbit Hole

Stirling UK’s Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival will continue in 2023, despite the organizing company, Doune the Rabbit Hole 2022, entering liquidation following significant losses tied to the pandemic, increased costs, and rising cost of living. The organizers for the upcoming 2023 event (Festival Beverage and Property Services Ltd) aren’t exactly new though - they also ran the event in 2018 and 2019 and have pledged “to try to repay artists, crew and suppliers from the event in 2022 as soon as possible.”

ISP Altice USA sued by Music CompaniesBMG, Concord, and Universal Music Group (UMG) filed a +$1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against internet service provider Altice USA. The suit claims that Altice was aware that its subscribers were using its internet services to “illegally distribute or reproduce copyrighted works, including music, without authorization.” Rather than cutting the offenders off, it allowed them to continue using the platform, valuing “corporate profits over its responsibilities.”

Festival Phone Theft on the RiseHave you ever lost your phone at a festival? Lost and Found booths are typically full of recovered phones, but if you weren’t able to find it there, it may have been stolen. In fact, phone thefts at festivals is a serious problem with some thieves leaving with 100+ stolen phones

Twitter Changes and the Music IndustryAs Elon Musk’s changes to Twitter start to take hold, many are questioning the future of the platform, including those in the music industry. Here’s a look at what the future of Twitter could look like for musicians and music marketers. 

Festival of the Year?Online publication Consequence has named Danny Wimmer Presents’ Louder than Life its 2022 Festival of the Year. The 4-day rock fest set attendance records (170,000 guests) and its lineup, stages, and experiences rivaled those of European festivals that until now had been unmatched in the US. 

Do you agree? If not, tell us what YOU think the 2022 festival of the year was.

This week instead of posting job openings, we are featuring a BOH reader seeking a new opportunity. If you want to be featured in an upcoming issue, hit us up at [email protected].

Meet Kimberly Maldonado: A progressive professional with experience in music coordination, live show production, music administration and management experience Kimberly seeks to bring innovative and creative approaches to the world of music business. She holds an undergraduate degree in music business and is currently working on an a-synchronous masters degree in music entrepreneurship. Have an opening that Kimberly is perfect for? Check her out on LinkedIn or reach out to Kimberly directly

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Festival News

  • Welcome to Rockville announced Slipknot, Tool, Avenged Sevenfold, and Pantera as headliners for the May 18-21 fest in Daytona Beach, FL.

  • WonderWorks Music Festival will make its debut in Pittsburgh, PA on May 27-28. Elevation Festivals is producing the event and it joins WonderRoad (June 17-18 in Indianapolis, IN), WonderStruck (July 8-9 in Kirtland, OH), and WonderBus (August 25-27 in Columbus, OH)

  • Ontario’s Thunder Bay Blues Fest is canceled again in 2023 with no future date announced. The event last took place in 2019.

  • Milwaukee’s 9-day Summerfest announced James Taylor and Sheryl Crow as headliners, joining previously announced Zach Bryan, Imagine Dragons, Marcus King, and Zac Brown Band. 

  • Peach Music Festival will be headlined by Goose, Week, My Morning Jacket, and Tedeschi Trucks Band, June 29 - July 2 in Scranton, PA. 

Jan 4-5: ESA’s Weather Planning for Mass Gatherings Workshop (formerly Severe Weather Summit). In-person in Austin, TX or virtually online. 


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