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Rave Family Block Fest Minecraft festival has bumpy start

We already reported on the name and date change for the Electric Blockaloo dance-music festival, which was due to be held on 25-28 June using the game Minecraft as its platform. Now called Rave Family Block Fest, it...
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Liam Payne set to launch ticketed livestreams on Veeps

Veeps! Another new livestreaming startup for artists? Actually, no, this one's been around since 2017, and was founded by Benji and Joel Madden from rock band Good Charlotte. It's a platform for ticketed livestreams, and...
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Sandbox Issue 256: PRIMAL STREAM 📱🎧 Making lockdown concerts work

Lead: Livestreams have moved to try and fill the massive hole left by the total cancellation of tours and festivals around the world. As more acts do them, however, it becomes incrementally harder to stand out and draw...
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Covid-19: US music industry ‘missed out on nearly 900m streams’

Research firm Nielsen Music/MRC Data has published the 'fifth wave' of its ongoing study of Covid-19's impact on the music and entertainment industries, based on surveys in the US up to the week of 10-14 June. Among the...
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Marc Rebillet earned $523k from drive-in concert tour

In May, we reported on artist Marc Rebillet’s plans for a series of concerts at drive-in cinemas across the US. The jaunt went well. According to Billboard, the 12 gigs collectively grossed $523k, with all but one...
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British music industry unites for #LetTheMusicPlay campaign

For every social-media hashtag campaign that takes off, many more wither and die without anyone noticing. So hats off to the British music industry for avoiding the latter fate with its #LetTheMusicPlay campaign this week...
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Covid-19 tipped to spark €4.5bn loss for French music industry

In June, we reported on a claim by French industry body SNEP that the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic could deliver a €235m blow to recorded music revenues in France this year. But that's just a fraction of the anticipated...
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Viagogo and StubHub’s $4bn merger to face further review

What's worse than agreeing to pay $4bn to buy a live-event ticketing company just before a global pandemic shuts down live events across the world? Having the planned merger held up due to regulatory investigations, that's...
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Grid app aims to help events return with social distancing

Concerts are returning in some countries as Covid-19 lockdown measures ease, but with a variety of social distancing measures. Grid is a new app that’s positioning itself as helping: not just music concerts, but other...
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Electric Blockaloo virtual festival delayed and renamed

Two risks of organising a virtual music festival online. One: holding it within a game that might get a big update slap bang in the middle of when your event is kicking off. Two: choosing a name that might be seen as similar...
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Live Nation launches a new series of US drive-in concerts

Drive-in cinemas in the US are having a bit of a moment when it comes to live music, as venues that by definition are well suited for socially-distanced concerts. A Garth Brooks concert on 27 June will be shown at more than...
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Campaigns to prevent venue closures step up in US and UK

In a growing number of countries, Covid-19 lockdown measures are easing, and some concerts are coming back – albeit with careful social distancing measures. But independent venues are still under threat of closure, as...