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VIP- News - December 2009

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Artist Power was a feature of the year,

with the formation of the Featured Artists

Coalition in the UK. At ILMC Brian

Message, of ATC Management, which

co-manages Radiohead, dance act

Faithless, and singer Kate Nash, said,

“We’re experiencing an artists’ revolution

around the world. Artists need to

make more decisions about what affects

them, including in what’s going

on in secondary ticketing and peer-topeer

file sharing. If someone is making

a profit [from their work], then we want

a share of that!”. It will be interesting to

see how the artists continue to mobilise

and how they apply their joint energies

in 2010.

There were casualties amongst the

Festivals, Hultsfred for instance went

bankrupt again, but will be back in

2010 (see story in this issue), particularly

new events suffered, others coped

by cutting ticket prices or introducing

staggered payment schemes, but the

big ones continued to sell out – with

Glastonbury having already sold out

for 2010 even before announcing U2

as headliner, and others following fast,

plus there are plans for new events.

More and more it seems that people

are treating their festival visits like holidays,

and are not prepared to sacrifice

them for budgetary reasons.

The worrying thing as we mentioned

in the last issue is the sustaining of the

small and mid sized venues, the stages

vital for the start-up and development

of the talent that will hopefully play

arenas and festivals in the future. The

article by Don Foster MP, and the story

about London’s Halfmoon pub venue

in this issue highlight these concerns.

However, a gig I went to in a pub in

Brixton, South London, last week has

left me feeling quite optimistic, four

new, and mostly very good, bands (one

American) played to a packed venue

and I was introduced to four young

promoters, all full of ideas and all prepared

to offer a raft of services to the

acts that they are working with in order

to be successful. None of them were

going on about the woes of a declining

business, they are all too busy dealing

with what is, not what was, and were so

positive that, if this, as I suspect, is happening

elsewhere, then I think we (or

they) are going to be fine!

So, with that positive and happy prospect

in mind – we’ll be back in January

after returning from Noorderslag/Eurosonic

in Groningen. In the meantime

have a great holiday, and a Happy New

Year!

Live Nation

Grows in France

Allan McGowan am@vip-booking.com

Live Nation has significantly expanded

its promoter team in France, the World’s

6th largest music market.

Angelo Goppe, formerly with Nous Productions,

will join the Company as Senior

Vice President Promotions charged

with growing Live Nation’s volume of international

and local concerts in France.

Armel Campagna and Damien Chombard-Boudet,

both formerly with Gerard

Drouot Productions, and Jonathan Miltat,

formerly with Deluxe Productions,

will join him.

Alan Ridgeway, Live Nation CEO of International

Music, commented, “It is a pleasure

to welcome this exciting young team of

promoters to Live Nation. Since we entered

France in 2007 through our partnership

with Jackie Lombard, we have seen a huge

opportunity to bring more international

and local concerts to music fans in Paris

and the rest of France. This great team of

promoters, under the leadership of Isabelle

Gamsohn, Managing Director for France,

ensures that we are now well positioned

to take full advantage of these opportunities.”

Angelo Goppe commented, “I am looking

forward to working alongside Isabelle

and the international and global touring

teams at Live Nation to become the leading

concert promoter in France.”

Live Nation’s other activities in France

currently include partnerships with

promoter Jackie Lombard, Main Square

Festival in Arras with France Leduc and

Belgium’s Herman Schueremans and

with Vega SA for the management of the

Nikaia arena in Nice.

Upcoming events promoted by Live Nation

France include Paul McCartney (10

December), Depeche Mode (17-20 January

2010) and Cirque du Soleil’s Saltimbanco

(21 January – 5 February 2010).

Full details can be found on:

www.livenation.fr

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