UK’s Music Venue Trust warns of ‘red alert’ status for venues
This remains a terrible time for independent music venues in many parts of the world, especially in countries where Covid-19 infections are spiking again, delaying moves to bring physical concerts back. The UK for example,...
October 1, 2020
UK’s Musicians’ Union delivers new warning over Covid-19
With the UK bracing itself for a 'second spike' of Covid-19 cases in the autumn and winter, things aren't looking good for the return of physical live concerts. Now the Musicians' Union has published the results of its latest...
September 22, 2020
Saving independent venues: ‘It is a challenge for the entire industry’
The whole music industry should be throwing its weight behind independent venues' struggle to survive, according to Ana Rodriguez, co-chair of international managers body the IMMF. Speaking at Music Ally's Sandbox Summit...
September 21, 2020
Spotify adds livestreams to its in-app concert listings
Spotify has been showing artists' upcoming tour dates on their profiles for years, although data on how effective those listings are at selling tickets is scarce. With the live industry still shut down in many parts of...
September 16, 2020
Why the Covid-19 struggles of small venues are a big problem
During the Covid-19 pandemic, we've been writing about campaigns on both sides of the Atlantic to save independent music venues. These spaces may seem a world away from the big concert halls, arenas and stadiums of the...
September 14, 2020
British firms present tech to get crowds back to live events
An initiative from a group of British companies is hoping to combine Covid-19 testing and other technology to help bring music concerts back. Led by a company called VST Enterprises, it's described as an "end to end rapid...
September 14, 2020
Survey: 30% of musicians are planning weekly livestreams
Bandsintown has been one of the companies around live music that has pivoted during Covid-19 – in its case, turning its site and app into places for fans to discover livestreams by artists, as well as launching its own...
August 25, 2020
Save Our Stages Act aims to help independent US venues
Even as Covid-19 lockdowns ease and physical concerts tentatively start to return, independent music venues are still facing a battle to survive. The level of support they’ve been getting from governments varies widely...
August 19, 2020
How to successfully livestream a music event
*Learn more about Music and Livestreaming: reaching fans AND making money Another day, another livestream. Well, probably another thousand of them. A year ago, livestreams were defined by their rarity, now they...
August 13, 2020
Live Nation’s Crew Nation Covid-19 fund has raised $15m
Crew Nation is Live Nation's Covid-19 relief fund for the crew members who work in the live music industry: many of whom are freelancers whose incomes have been shattered by the concerts shutdown. Launched at the end...
August 13, 2020
Wuhan set for VAC Music Festival in August in outdoor venue
Wuhan’s Vision and Colour (VAC) is central China's largest dance-music festival, attracting 50,000 ravers over two days for a bill of local and international talent. The 2019 edition took place in Wuhan just a couple...
August 12, 2020
Metallica preps drive-in gig with $115 ‘per vehicle’ tickets
$115 to see Metallica? We know concerts are in short supply, but this is outrageo... Oh wait. Metallica's upcoming concert does cost $115 for a ticket, but that ticket covers a vehicle with up to six people: potentially...
August 11, 2020