Pledge fulfilled ✅

Issue #175 | October 24, 2023This week, learn about industry successes and mistakes, economic impacts and promotions, and so much more. Plus, for those looking for a job, we've got you with three new tips, plus, the tour we've all been betting on is here (coming 2024).

Credit: Beau Austin & Danny Wimmer PresentsPledge fulfilled ✅Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena has fulfilled its pledge Amazon, Oak View Group, and the Seattle Kraken made when it opened in 2020 to become the world’s first net-zero carbon arena. The arena was named for the pledge top companies around the world have taken to reach net-zero carbon by 2040. The Zero Carbon Certification is awarded to buildings that are energy efficient, can demonstrate a significant reduction in carbon footprint, and offset the remaining embodied carbon and energy use through high-impact offset programs.

Master Tour x BacklineEventric Master Tour has partnered with Backline to add an in-app button within the Master Tour Mobile App that directs users toward mental health resources immediately. Touring is demanding and Master Tour continues to support its users in every way possible, including by providing a direct link to The Crisis Text Line, The National Suicide Hotline, and Backline’s suite of resources wherever and whenever they need it.

Also be sure to check out the Adventures in Venueland podcast’s Mental Health series in conjunction with Backline. 

Success in SacramentoDanny Wimmer Presents’ Aftershock (classic rock) and GoldenSky (country) festivals on back-to-back weekends in Sacramento, CA drew 220,000 guests. The 4-day Aftershock festival was sold-out with 160,000 guests coming from all 50 states, 40 countries, and every continent besides Antarctica. 2-day GoldenSky drew 60,000, a record for the 2nd year event, which plans to expand to 3 days in 2024. The two events brought $40 million in economic impact to the Sacramento area.

Lil Yachty concert cut shortA Lil Yachty concert at UBC's Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver, BC was cut short on Saturday. The rapper invited guests to come to the front to fill up the pit, but when it got overcrowded, fans refused to leave, Live Nation and the promoter made the joint decision to shut it down. According to an official statement, there were no safety or police-related incidents.  

New Astroworld lawsuitSpeaking of overcrowding, a new lawsuit was filed last week on behalf of 17 people who suffered personal injuries and emotional trauma from the 2021 Astroworld Festival. The plaintiffs are seeking $1,000,000 from 11 defendants including Live Nation Entertainment, Travis Scott, Drake, Apple, and ASM Global, LLC and have requested a jury trial.  

SXSW goes down underSXSW made its international debut last week as it expanded to Sydney, Australia and the results are mixed. Destination NSW, the state government’s tourism and major events agency, reportedly paid $12 million+ for the rights to host the event that brought the weeklong festival with more than 300 acts across 25 venues. After initial confusion (including around ticketing), early curfews, and stuffy brand activations, things seemed to settle into a rhythm, but the jury is out on its future.

Eras Mistakes?While Taylor Swift: Eras Tour movie grossed $123.5 million globally during its opening weekend, experts are questioning some of the moves made prior that potentially left money on the table. Taylor Swift’s decision to work directly with AMC on the release instead of working with a traditional studio or distributor may have led to confusion around AMC exclusivity (it wasn’t exclusive), sold-out misconceptions leading to pre-sale plateaus (it wasn’t sold out), a surprise early release, and over-hyped viewing experiences, among others. Yes, Taylor, turns out you may actually be the problem. 

VA Beach festival economicsBoth Something in the Water (SITW) and Beach It! festivals in Virginia Beach, VA had good ROI for the city this year. The city got a $1.04  - $1.18 return for every $1 it spent on SITW, which generated $970,000 in tax revenue and had an economic impact of $26 million to $29 million. Beach It! had higher returns of $1.93 to $2.17 for every $1 spent by the city, but lower tax revenue of $350,000 and economic impact between $11.3 million and $12.8 million.

Over 1,000 Australian venues shut downAustralia saw a 400% growth in royalties from concerts and events year over year, the biggest source of growth within public performance. However, at the same time, the country has faced a substantial loss of 1,300 live music venues and crowds at nightclubs have been cut in half in the post-pandemic landscape. This decline has raised concerns about the future of live music in the country, as these venues play a crucial role in nurturing emerging talent, hosting live performances, and fostering vibrant music communities. 

#PeopleNewsRich Schaefer has been appointed President, Global Touring of AEG Presents and will oversee worldwide touring deals, operations, and talent relations. Schaefer was previously AEG Presents’ Senior Vice President, Global Touring, and has been with the company since 2018.

Have people news to share? Send it to us at [email protected].

  Insomniac Events seeks an Operations Coordinator in Calabasas, CA, reporting to the Marketing Manager and Promo Manager. Salary $60,000 - $65,000.  Loud and Live is hiring a Senior Manager, Production Services to support the Client Services team and oversee all production functions and activities in Miami, FL.  XL Event Lab is looking for a Tour Director to oversee and manage all aspects of the company’s various touring events. Salary $130,000.

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Lineups, Festival & Tour Announcements

  • Green Day announced a tour next year (no dates or locations released yet) along with the Smashing Pumpkins, Rancid, and the Linda Lindas. They will also headline this week’s Amazon Music Live show following Thursday Night Football on October 26.  

  • Warren Haynes Presents Christmas Jam to benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity and BeLoved Asheville in Asheville, NC will include Slash & Myles Kennedy, Billy F. Gibbons, and Gov’t Mule; December 9. 

  • U2 has added 11 shows to their Sphere residency in early 2024 extending the run through February, for a total of 36 shows (for now).

  • In addition to hosting SNL last week, Bad Bunny announced his “Most Wanted” tour making stops in the US and Canada next year. The first show is February 21 in Salt Lake City, UT and the final show is May 26 in Miami, FL. 

  • Blake Shelton is also going out on a 17-date US and Canada “Back to the Honky Tonk” tour starting February 22 in Hershey, PA and ending March 29 in Wichita, KS. 

  • Pitchfork Music Festival is heading to Mexico City for the first time March 6 - 9. The festival will take place in various venues throughout the city. Lineup and locations TBA.

  • Disco Donnie Presents and Probably Nothing have announced Tycho, Big Gigantic, Barclay Crenshaw, Zeds Dead, and LP Giobbi in the first wave of artists for their Texas Eclipse festival, April 5 - 9 in Burnet, TX. 

  • Dreamville Festival will return to Dorothea Dix Park April 6 - 7 in Raleigh, NC.

  • blink-182’s “One More Time Tour” will span 30-dates in North America over the summer. The tour kicks off June 20 in Orlando, FL and ends August 15 in Toronto, ON.

  • C3 Presents is planning a new 2-day “destination festival” in conjunction with the city of Huntsville, AL the last Saturday in September each of the next 3 years. The first edition could be as soon as September 28 - 29 of next year. Festival name and genre TBA.

  • Rihanna has signed a £32 million deal (approximately $39 million USD) with Live Nation for a world tour in 2024 - 2025, once she is ready to come back from maternity leave. TDB on timing.

“The definitive text on the business of music written by the man the most talented artists in the world look to for advice.” - Rick Rubin

Today, Don Passman releases the 11th edition of his renowned music business "Industry Bible” (LA Times), All You Need to Know About the Music Business. In print and consistently updated since 1991, this influential book has been a launchpad for thousands of music industry careers including Katy Perry, Adam Levine, and Jimmy Iovine. 

The latest edition addresses the most pressing issues in today's music industry, which is changing more rapidly than ever before. The impact of AI, TikTok, mega-million dollar catalog sales, and streaming are all investigated in depth within this new edition, reaffirming its status as the go-to guide for both aspiring and working professionals in the music business three decades after its initial publication.


Imagine a newspaper full of only good news. You can get it from the library.




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