UK lockdown easing: What happens next for music venues?

The UK government have announced changes to lockdown next month which will see pubs and restaurants re-open but no news for venues. From July 4th restaurants, cinemas, pubs, galleries, hotels and hairdressers will be allowed…

Live Nation announce cuts to artist fees as gigs return; artists called them out and now they’re backtracking

Live Nation felt the anger of artists earlier this month after announcing they’d cut their fees whilst expecting them to perform as usual. It’s going to be a difficult transition as we return to some…

Over 3/4 of a million people paid to watch BTS livestream a concert last week

With all of their concerts cancelled for the foreseeable future BTS took to the web to HUGE success. Over 750,000 people tuned in to watch BTS’s ‘Bang Bang Con The Live’, their livestreamed online performance….

Eventbrite sued over COVID-19 refunds, accusers saying they’re not taking responsibility

Eventbrite are the latest ticket-sellers to be hit with a lawsuit following the fallout of COVID-19 event cancellations. Refunds for live events and gigs have been a source of immense frustration for venues, vendors, and…

Coachella and Stagecoach are now offering full refunds for 2020

After 2 of the US’ biggest festivals cancelled any 2020 plans they’re offering customers a ticket to next year or limited time refunds. Last week festival organisers announced the plans for Coachella and Stagecoach music…

Australia & Germany reveal how they’ll relaunch live music following Coronavirus

As we approach the midway point of 2020 countries are starting to look at how we’ll rebuild after the effects of COVID-19 and it’s impact on industries like live music. The Coronavirus has had a…

BTS’s label Big Hit Entertainment partner with live video tech startup Kiswe

Kiswe Mobile sign a partnership deal with Big Hit Entertainment to help provide the technology for live streaming concerts. Kiswe Mobile are a video technology startup founded in 2013 that provide the tech behind live…

9 out of 10 independent music venues in the US may shutdown after Coronavirus

A new report suggests a shocking statistic that 90% of independent venues in the US may shutdown from lack of business and government support. National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) have published the results of a…

Instagram to launch monetisation tools for creators next month

Along with other live streaming platforms, Instagram has become a new home for musicians and entertainers in lockdown and they can soon get paid too. Last month Instagram announced that they had plans to help…

Apple acquires virtual reality startup NextVR

Apple have bought live sport, music and entertainment VR events host NextVR. It is unknown how much this cost Apple, but reports estimate around $100 million. NextVR work with companies such as Live Nation and…