🍾Poppin’ Bottles

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There’s a big weekend of celebration coming up with Star Wars Day (May the 4th), Cinco de Mayo, Weekend 2 of NOLA Jazz Fest, King Charles’ Coronation, and The Kentucky Derby. But we’re starting the celebrations early with the sesquicentennial issue of BOH. Cheers to 150! 🥂(And all those other things.)


Credit: AFP via Getty ImagesFrank Ocean Footage Removed26-year-old filmmaker Brian Kinnes created an unofficial film of Frank Ocean’s Coachella performance by stitching together clips from approximately 150 videos he found on YouTube of the infamous Weekend 1 performance. Shortly after posting it online, he received a cease and desist order from AEG threatening legal action if the performance wasn’t removed and destroyed. He pulled it down from YouTube and also from his site, however, Kinnes says “the video is going to be online forever,” as “hundreds of people were able to download it before everything got shut down, and those people are re-uploading it.” 

Two New Ticketing Bills from US Senate

The US Senate introduced the “Unlock Ticketing Markets Act,” in an effort to increase competition in ticketing by “empowering the Federal Trade Commission to prevent the use of excessively long multi-year exclusive contracts that lock out competitors, decrease incentives to innovate new services, and increase costs for fans.” A separate group of US Senators introduced the “Transparency in Charges for Key Events Ticketing (TICKET) Act” requiring ticketing companies to disclose the full ticket prices, including fees, upfront and it will require resellers who don’t have the tickets in their possession to let buyers know.

Pearl Jam is All-In

Pearl Jam is on board with all-in pricing for its upcoming summer tour, promising that the ticket price is the full out-of-pocket price. They have also announced that tickets will be non-transferrable “to continue to protect fans’ access to fairly priced tickets” in all states except Illinois due to laws prohibiting that. In a statement on their website, Pearl Jam says, “We apologize in advance to Illinois fans who may be subject to increased ticket prices on the secondary market.” 

O2 Arena’s New Private ClubO2 Arena in London has announced “The Residence,” a private club set to launch later this year. The 300-person space will include “breath-taking, uninterrupted views of the incredible headline acts,” intimate lounges, a restaurant, premium bars, including a floating champagne bar, and “The Walkway.” The Walkway is a first-of-its-kind retractable viewing platform suspended 70’ above the ground. Access to The Walkway will only be available before shows begin to avoid distracting the crowd. Membership starts at £15,000 per year. Enquire here.

Poppin’ Bottles at VeldCan’t afford a year of membership at The Residence? How about $20,000 CAD for 3-days of bottle service at Veld Music Festival in Toronto? The package includes a bottle of premium champagne, 4 bottles of premium liquor, 1 case of beer or seltzer, cases of water, Red Bull, and food per day. Of course, this is on top of the VIP ticket required to access the bottle service area and the amenities that are included with VIP.

Atlantic City gets BamboozledA week before the Bamboozle festival was supposed to make its long-awaited return to Atlantic City, it was abruptly canceled. The fest was scheduled for May 5 - 7 after an 11-year hiatus with Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and others. Promoters haven’t publicly stated why the event was canceled last minute, but reports from the city indicate that they were the ones to pull the plug due to not getting documents such as insurance certificates, medical and emergency plans, and various fees. According to the Bamboozle website, “Refunds should be requested at point of purchase.”

The FORCE: a Traveling Hip-Hop ExtravaganzaRock The Bells & Live Nation Urban announced The F.O.R.C.E. (Frequencies of Real Creative Energy) Live Tour starting June 25th in Boston, MA and ending in Los Angeles, CA on September 3. The tour will  feature “a nonstop musical mash up with artist performances interwoven within one continuous musical set backed by The Roots.”  DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Z-Trip will be at all dates, with a rotation of performers at each show, including Salt-N-Pepa, Queen Latifah, Rakim, Common, MC Lyte, Method Man & Redman, Big Boi, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Ice T, Juvenile, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, De La Soul, Goodie Mob, Jadakiss, Rick Ross. 

LIVE Talks Announces 2023 Talks, PartnersLIVE (Live Music Industry Venues & Entertainment) has announced its next LIVE Talk on May 16, as part of Mental Health Awareness Week in conjunction with Music Support. The series of free online workshops and talks for the UK Live music industry are focused on EDI, sustainability and wellbeing. AEG, Kilimanjaro Live, Live Nation (LN), SJM and Serious have signed on as partners for the series. Talks continue throughout the year, check out the schedule here.

Live Nation 🤝Ritmos e BluesLive Nation has bought a controlling stake in Ritmos e Blues (Rhythm and Blues), Portugal’s leading promoter and co-producer of Rock in Rio Lisbon. It also bought an “indirect controlling stake” in Ritmos e Blues and Arena Atlântico, owners of Altice Arena in Lisbon, the country’s largest arena.

 Superfly is looking for an Experiential Designer/3D Spatial Designer to join its NY, NY team in a hybrid role. Salary range is $75,000 - $95,000.  Royal Caribbean Group is hiring a Specialist, Specialty Musicians to book (recruit, screen, interview, negotiate) musicians for its Live Music program. 

 Major League Baseball needs a Specialist, Music & Media Clearances to monitor and make sure clearance is secured for media content used on air. The role is based in Secaucus, NJ.

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Headliners, Lineups, Festival & Tour Announcements

  • Morgan Wallen postponed shows in Grand Rapids, MI, Moline, IL, and Lincoln, NE last week due to vocal issues. All dates have been rescheduled to later in the summer.

  • Rolling Loud is producing Levi’s Presents 501-Day across 4 cities (Bay Area, London, Paris, and Tokyo) on May 20 in celebration of 150 years of 501.

  • Day Trip Festival will feature Dombresky, Duke Dumont, and Dom Dolla June 24 and 25 in Long Beach, CA

  • TC Summer Fest - a new event at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN - announced The Killers and Imagine Dragons as headliners for the July 14 - 15 event.

  • ✌️Out Aerosmith: The legendary band’s farewell tour, Peace Out, will span 40 dates across North America, starting September 2 in Philadelphia, PA and ending January 24 in Montreal, CAN.

  • The Park City Song Summit will have a mix of performances and panels across various genres, including Bob Weir, Joy Oladokun, Chuck D, September 7  - 9 in Park City, UT.

  • Miami, FL’s III Points Festival announced phase 1 of its lineup with Fred Again.. and Iggy Pop at the top of the bill; October 20 - 21.

Weekend Recap

  • Stagecoach (Indio, CA)

  • Jazz Fest Weekend 1 (New Orleans, LA)

  • Willie Nelson’s 90th Birthday Concert (Los Angeles, LA)

    • A star-studded lineup of guests on Night 1, including Neil Young, George Strait, and Snoop Dog; emceed by Owen Wilson, Helen Mirren, Ethan Hawke, and Jennifer Garner.

    • And even more guests on Night 2: Keith Richards, Billy Strings, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews, Kris Kristofferson, Norah Jones, Jamey Johnson and Lukas Nelson.

  • Gasparilla Festival (Tampa, FL)

    • Fans were evacuated and Day 1 (Saturday) of the festival was ultimately shut down due to severe weather. Refunds are “in the works.”

    • Saturday wristbands were able to be used on Sunday by those not requesting refunds.

  • Something in the Water (Virginia Beach, VA)

May 15 - 18: Music Biz Conference, Nashville, TN

 Southwest is giving away tickets, hotel, and flights for a show at Red Rocks each month through September.


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