Track whether festivals are cancelled with ‘Sick Festivals’

We’re seeing many of the world’s biggest festivals get cancelled or put on hold as Coronavirus grips the worl. So many it can be hard to track.

Thankfully, music data company Viberate have launched a brand website that keeps track of roughly 5,000 festivals and whether or not they’re cancelled. ‘Sick Festivals’ monitors the festivals so that they can immediately mark them as cancelled or postponed whenever the status changes.

They say that over 300 festivals have already been cancelled or postponed and that number is likely to only increase over the next few months. Just today Live Nation had to announce the cancellation of their second major UK festival Download after Glastonbury was postponed for a year last week.

The idea was birthed last week when techno DJ UMEK, who helped found the startup, faced an onslaught of gig cancellations. He said: “Just a week ago, I played on the Resistance stage at Ultra in Melbourne and Sydney, nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

“When I landed back home and turned my phone back on, most of my upcoming gigs had already disappeared from my calendar. That was when I realised how serious this outbreak had become in a matter of days. It feels eerily dystopian.”

To help both artists and fans who are in the same boat around the world he launched Sick Festivals with Slovenia-based company Viberate. He adds: “Now it’s up to us to do whatever we can to manage the damage.

“At Viberate, we quickly put together a service that we hope will help people see what’s going on with the festival they had been planning to visit, and shed a light onto the industry professionals’ income loss, which is no laughing matter.”

Head to the site for daily updates on the status of festivals: www.sickfestivals.com

Bandsintown are live streaming concerts on Twitch all day, every day

If you’re like us you’re already missing getting out and seeing a gig whilst self-isolating, but Bandsintown have you covered with their new livestream channel.

As we’re all well aware, Coronavirus is having a destructive effect on gigs and concerts around the world. Performers are being hit hard by this and so are people who love live music and are facing months without seeing music played live.

Bandsintown are famously a concert sharing platform and as such have been left with little they can do for a while. So in response, they’ve set up a Twitch channel to live stream live music all day every day for week so artists can play and fans can tune in to gigs.

On their Twitch channel ‘Bandsintown Live‘ they will also be streaming concerts themselves every day throughout the day so that there is never a shortage of live music to tune in to. Their marathon is running all week and will raise money for the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

530,000 of Bandsintown’s registered artists can promote their live-streamed shows on their new WATCH LIVE feature connecting fans and artists. The feature allows artists to share on Facebook, Instagram and other sites when they will be going live to stream concerts online.

WATCH LIVE is being rolled out to Bandsintown artists for free on ‘Bandsintown For Artists‘. The Bandsintown live music marathon starts today and will carry on for the next week, head there now:
twitch.tv/bandsintown/

Live Nation sees shares crash after Glastonbury and other cancellations

With festivals and events cancelling around the world, COVID19 is having a drastic effect on the stock market.

Coronavirus is effecting industries around the world, especially music. Musicians and performing artists around the world are seeing gigs and tours cancelled. Beyond that the industry are also being hit as Live Nation have revealed with plummeting share prices.

The entertainment company is affiliated with the promotion and ticketing of many of the world’s biggest events. With associated festivals like the UK’s Glastonbury announcing that they won’t be going ahead this year, Live Nation has seen a drastic effect on their shares.

On Wednesday they saw their share prices fall 31.9% in their first three hours of trading following the blows to major events. Thankfully by the end of the day they had slightly recovered and finished only 13.03% down following an aid package to US taxpayers boosted the market.

Since then the company has seen more recovery though it is clear that this is a shaky time for events companies worldwide. Live Nation told Variety: “Artists and fans will be eager to connect at concerts and festivals when the time is right, and as shows ramp back up our stock will follow.”

Their rep continued: “We’ve had nine consecutive years of growth, which speaks to the growing global demand for live events and our proven business model. Our steady success has set us up with a strong balance sheet and we are ready to adapt to do what’s right for our industry, employees, artists and communities during this time.”

Following Glastonbury festival’s announcement the Eurovision Song Contest announced their first cancellation in 64 years. It’s put pressures on the music industry around the world and is going to leave many artists in a sticky spot.

Some have begun initiatives that they hope will help artists, like Bandcamp who are today relinquishing their fees so artists keep 100% of their sales. We have to hope that governments also step up to perform self employed musicians who rely on touring and gigs for income.

Glastonbury festival has been cancelled

The UK’s biggest festival has added itself to the list of major events around the world that will no longer go ahead.

The huge and world-renowned Glastonbury festival has been cancelled for 2020. Following the situations surrounding the Coronavirus has had too much of an impact already for the organisers to feel they can go ahead with the gathering of music and entertainment in June.

The organisers, Michael and Emily Eavis, made the announcement today. Whilst the 135,000 who have already paid their deposits for ticket’s clearly won’t be heading to the fields of Glastonbury this year they are offering every one of them the chance to roll it over to 2021 – guaranteeing them a ticket.

They wrote:

The cancellation of this year’s festival will no doubt come as a terrible blow to our incredible crew and volunteers who work so hard to make this event happen. There will also inevitably be severe financial implications as a result of this cancellation – not just for us, but also the Festival’s charity partners, suppliers, traders, local landowners and our community.

We were so looking forward to welcoming you all for our 50th anniversary with a line-up full of fantastic artists and performers that we were incredibly proud to have booked. Again, we’re so sorry that this decision has been made. It was not through choice. But we look forward to welcoming you back to these fields next year and until then, we send our love and support to all of you.

Coachella postponed for 6 months if Coronavirus has its way

Coronavirus is cancelling events all around the world and Coachella are reportedly looking not to cancel but wait half a year to relaunch.

As the Coronavirus spreads to countries around the world it is having a harsh impact on events, festivals, conventions and any large gathering, really. Coachella are the latest rumoured to be re-considering plans to go ahead.

Coachella is one of the biggest festivals in the world and by that extension brings a lot of people from all over the globe into one space. AEG Presents and Goldenvoice are trying to reach a compromise in which the events organisers only postpone the huge festival by 6 months rather than cancel it.

Whilst reports are suggesting that they may settle on this half a year postponement, they haven’t committed and are expecting to give their final decision soon. They’re expecting that even if they decided to go ahead with the festival, the Riverside County health officials would call off the event themselves.

It would be a major shame for an event of such magnitude and notoriety to be cancelled, but would postponing it really be the answer? The issue isn’t just as simple as pushing the dates forward. Artists have their own schedules with gig and tour commitments, punters may have vastly different plans later in the year, the weather will be in an entirely different cycle.

We will have to see what they say when they finally announce their decision. It’s unlikely that it will go ahead, but I think it’s almost as unlikely that they will decide to delay it by 6 months and go ahead with it.

Coronavirus will cancel gigs and festivals

As the China-born virus spreads around the world it’s starting to make an impact on events and could be damning as festival season approaches.

The Coronavirus has become an international discussion as it hops from country to country with an unfortunate trail of deaths. The contagious virus is now beginning to impact events and conferences, particularly ones that involve large gatherings of people.

Ultra Music Festival today announced that they have cancelled their annual event amidst fears of spreading the Coronavirus. 165,000 people were set to attend the event from around the world. Whilst it’s an upsetting cancellation, it would make the perfect breeding ground for a giant spread of the deadly virus.

Miami’s Commissioner Joe Carollo said: “We’re saying suspend it to a later date when we’ll have a better idea of where heading with the coronavirus. I can tell you that just in the last 24 hours, I have received countless emails and messages of all kinds urging the city to act.”

It’s not the first major music event to be cancelled and it is unfortunately unlikely to be the last. The big festival SXSW has already been cancelled and South Korean group BTS amongst others have cancelled their tour plans.

This week a Coronavirus patient in New Hampshire completely ignored rules of isolation by going to a social event at Dartmouth Business School. To make matters even more unfortunate the man, who has now been officially ordered to isolate himself, was a hospital employee! He should have known better.

If you’re planning to go to any events where there will be lots of people, particularly from abroad, then be careful. Remember the rules; wash your hands with soap and warm water for 2 sings of Happy Birthday. And most importantly, listen to healthcare professionals if they tell you quarantine yourself!

Spotify team up with Resident Advisor to send listeners to gigs

Spotify are looking to drive support for local venues and send listeners to more gigs with Resident Advisors help.

Spotify are one of the largest digital music platforms in the world and Resident Advisor are “the largest global platform for independent music scenes”. Together in a new partnership they’re looking to connect Spotify listeners directly with gigs they’ll be interested in.

The partnership will see Resident Advisor’s access to local gigs and venues to provide even more access to events through Spotify’s concert section for artists. Resident Advisor claim to list more venues in cities than any other platform.

Resident Advisor cofounder, Nick Sabine says: “The vitality of local scenes is essential for the sustainability and creativity of the global electronic music community. Our collaboration with Spotify is a brilliant evolution of the work we have been doing for almost two decades to support the work of the independent artists, venues and promoters which act as the pillars of those scenes.”

Resident Advisor have been an online music magazine specialising in the electronic scene since 2001. They have built their platform up to become one of the most influential publishers on electronic music in the world with over 5 million readers a month. They claim to play “an indispensable role in supporting the electronic music industry worldwide”.

Resident Advisor sell millions of tickets a year to clubs and concerts around the world from small underground venues to major festivals. Spotify listeners will now be able to find local events from artists they love promoted in the app.

Deezer start hosting live gigs around the world

Deezer are taking some of their most popular playlists such as Rocket, Popstar and Certified on the road, inviting artists to perform in different cities worldwide at their ‘playlist parties’.

Deezer will hand pick artists from some of their top playlists to perform intimate invite-only shows they’re calling ‘LIVE’.

They’re hoping to span multiple genres, starting with their Rocket playlist this week in Paris, featuring Circa Waves & Twin Atlantic.

If you’re not one of the lucky few to get invited to one of these events, Deezer users will be able to find recordings of the session, exclusively on the platform.

Our editors make playlists to perfectly suit fans’ tastes and moods.
For the first time, we’re bringing these hand-picked selections to life in a really cool party atmosphere.
Fans can get closer to the artists they love, from the playlists they love, all in a live setting.

Nigel Harding, VP of Artist Marketing, Deezer

Spotify and Apple Music have also hosted similar ‘playlist style’ events in the past. With Spotify’s RapCaviar & Who We Be, as well as Apple Music’s Up Next Live.

The agencies behind the Reading and Leeds lineup

Indie agencies shined in signing up their artists to fill out the massive and vibrant line-up for the Reading & Leeds festival.

Rostr have compiled a great article looking at the talent agencies who have been behind booking their artists for this year’s Reading and Leeds festival. The major UK is one of the world’s biggest music events.

They note that whilst there are a “big four” of talent agencies, 54% of the lineup was booked through agencies that weren’t them: WME, CAA, Paradigm or UTA.

Rostr have recreated the lineup poster with the talent agency behind each artist so you can clearly see how the headliners have been booked and the agencies behind them.