From Black Rock City to Randalls Island

Issue #168 | September 5, 2023Last weekend was a tale of festivals: One you couldn’t get into and one you couldn’t get out of, on opposite sides of the US. Plus, Taylor breaks yet another ticketing platform and Phish raises millions.

Credit: SoFi StadiumTaylor does it againTaylor Swift’s The Eras Tour is coming [back] to your city - this time to your local AMC movie theater in the form of a movie documenting the making of the tour. The film will debut on October 13 (of course) and will show at least four times a day Thursday - Sunday through its initial run. In true Taylor fashion, there was a ticketing debacle. This time Swifties crashed the AMC app the day tickets went on sale. The app was anticipating the increase in volume, yet still experienced “technical difficulties.”  

DEAG expansion plansDeutsche Entertainment AG (DEAG), European promoter, venue operator, and ticketing company, has said they will continue to invest in new companies with new co-CEOs, Prof. Peter L. H. Schwenkow and Detlef Kornett at the helm. DEAG plans to sell 10 million tickets to their 6,000 events throughout Europe this year.

Hoping for swirlyFour women got into an aggressive fight outside - and then inside - the port-o-potties at a Morgan Wallen concert at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. Of course it was caught on video and the post’s comments alone, including one “hoping for a swirly”, are worth the watch.

Australian mall concertsLive Nation is planning to host a series of 20 concerts at 37 Westfield malls in Australia, starting September 17. The free shows include an hour-long set, a dedicated fan Q&A, and a meet and greet for guests. The partnership helps bring more guests into the malls and “provides customers with a new opportunity to access some of their favorite local artists,” according to Greg Segal, LN president of brand & marketing partnerships.  

Phish raises $3.5M for flood victimsPhish’s two concerts in Saratoga Springs, NY on August 25 and 26 raised over $3.5 million for those impacted by July flooding in Vermont and Upstate New York. 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales and merchandise went to the cause and fans were also able to donate directly to The WaterWheel Foundation’s 2023 Flood Recovery Fund. 

Amazon Music Live returns to TNF🏈Amazon’s post-game concert series, Amazon Music Live, is returning on September 21 with an Ed Sheeran performance live streamed on Amazon Prime and Twitch. 2 Chainz will return as the host and DICE is handling the “invitation only” ticketing for the season of performances following Thursday Night Football games.

Pyro close callEllie Goulding “face is intact” after a close call with on-stage pyro during a performance at Victorious Festival in Portsmouth, England at the end of August. Videos shared by fans show Goudling appear to get hit in the face with a firework, but barely missing a beat - other than a quick expletive. Goulding later shared on her IG story that she was OK and didn’t actually get hit in the face.  

Metallica sets SoFi recordMetallica - not Taylor Swift or the Super Bowl - has set the attendance record for SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, CA, with 80,000 tickets sold on the first night of their two-night stint. They sold 76,000 tickets for night two. Both shows were staged in-the-round, allowing for additional seats within the venue. (For the record, Taylor sold 70,000 tickets per show and 70,240 people were at the stadium for the Super Bowl.)  

Festival travel greatest contributor to carbon footprintAGF (formerly A Greener Festival) has released a new report that shows that travel (including guests, performers, staff, and vendors) has the largest impact on the average festival’s carbon emissions at 58%. This number, however, can vary greatly based on the size of the event and should not be the only area to consider when attempting to make the festival more sustainable. The full report can be found here. 

#PeopleNewsAEG has promoted Jenn Yacoubian and Stacy Vee to Executive Vice President. The two will oversee the talent booking department at Goldenvoice. 

Danny Wimmer Presents announced four new hires: Elizabeth Harsh as EVP of Brand and Experience, Johnny Firecloud as Director of Digital Communications, Anson Li as Director of Insights, and Britten Stephenson as Guest Services Manager.

  Events DC is hiring a Senior Vice President of Business Operations and Strategic Growth in Washington, DC.   Jumping Fences, Inc is looking for a full-time, remote Project Manager to work on the Berkeley Half Marathon & San Francisco Marathon. Salary: $80,000.     1/ST is hiring a Manager, Experiential & Events to plan and execute some of the largest racing and entertainment experiences in sports, on-site in Hallandale Beach, FL.

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Lineups, Festival & Tour Announcements

  • Jawbreaker’s 1234Fest, scheduled for September 9 in Denver and September 23 in Philadelphia (Camden, NJ) has been canceled. Following the announcement, Jawbreaker quickly announced one-off performances in both cities.

  • The September 29 - October 1 Treeline Festival (formerly Roots N Blues) has been canceled due to “significantly higher expenses” a month before it was scheduled to take place in Columbus, MO. The Columbus CVB expects the cancellation to cost the community over $1 million

  • Travis Scott has removed the Houston, TX stop from his Utopia tour schedule following backlash from the Houston Police Officers’ Union among others. 

  • Bassnectar announced two October shows in Asheville, NC, but they were canceled the same day due to public backlash as a result of his sexual misconduct allegations. Bassnectar replied with an IG post stating, “We don’t cancel culture, we create it” and that the Las Vegas shows were still on. 

  • Dave Matthews Band announced a short run of fall dates in the US, kicking off November 7 in Savannah, GA. 

  • Myke Towers and The Martinez Brothers will headline The Motherland Festival November 18 in Puerto Rico. The festival is a partnership between Disco Donnie and Puerto Rican based promoter Visionary Ally. 

  • Zach Bryan announced his 2024 “Quittin’ Time Tour" with 54 dates throughout the US and Canada. The announcement comes on the heels of setting the Intrust Bank Arena (Wichita, KS) attendance record last week. The previous record was held by Metallica. He also set the F&B record at the same venue.

About last weekend... A tale of two festivals

Burning Man (Black Rock City, NV)

Electric Zoo (Randalls Island, NY)


Parrotheads lost their leader over the weekend as legendary artist Jimmy Buffet passed away.



Taylor Swift joins The Weeknd as the only other artist to have 100 million monthly listeners on Spotify.


 LA Times has this fall’s can’t miss albums, concerts, and books. Road tripping this fall? Your carmates can now add songs to your Apple Music playlist via SharePlay on CarPlay in the latest version of iOS. 

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