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PREMIUM ›› VOL. 94 ›› AUGUST 2007

McGowan’s Musings:

So, following our break, we’re glad to be

back with, regrettably some bad news to

report initially. The early part of the European

summer touring and festival season

has had more of its fair share of misfortune.

In Germany on June 21 a paramedic

was killed by flying debris after 75 mph

winds demolished the tent stage at the

Southside Festival. Riggers Benno Goldewijk,

and Alfredo Pecina Matias died

in a fall from The Rolling Stones set at the

Vincente Calderon stadium Madrid on

June 29, and Neil ‘Nelly’ Bates fell to his

death at Bray Studios in Windsor, Berkshire

whilst working on the July 21 load-out following

The Cure’s pre-tour production rehearsals.

All at Vip send their condolences

to families and friends.

Severe weather beset a large part of the

Festival programme, at worst, high winds,

torrential rain and floods caused the death

at Southside and injuries at the Heineken

Jammin’ Festival in Venice, others escaped

casualties but as with Glastonbury and

Roskilde were turned into seas of mud.

In the UK events were cancelled and with

those festivals still to take place (as we go

to press) like V and Reading, it is literally

all hands to the pumps!

For some, thankfully, as reported in this

News, the sun shone, but with weather

patterns changing as they are, organis-

Allan McGowan

ers are increasingly realising that nothing

can be taken for granted in the future.

Research has, I am sure, already begun for

new precautions and safeguards, insurance

arrangements will be looked at very

closely by both insurers and promoters,

and in some cases this year will be the

last. It seems however that festival goers

refuse to be put off – T-in the – Park for

instance sold all tickets for 2008 a few

days after mopping up this year’s event.

Perhaps it’s time to move into the rubber

boot business – now there’s a branding

opportunity!

This month’s Musings has a sombre tone

and I’m afraid we have one more piece of

bad news to report; one of the UK’s major

music industry characters, Tony Wilson,

passed away on Friday August 10, aged

57. The entrepreneur, who founded Factory

records, the label behind New Order

and the Happy Mondays, and set up the

Hacienda nightclub and the In the City

music trade event in Manchester, had

been suffering from kidney cancer. He will

be missed.

Well, in conclusion it is obvious that apart

from doing all we can to ensure that we

take all aspects of health and safety very

seriously in our personal and business

lives, we’re never going to completely see

off the forces of nature or the Grim Reaper,

so let’s just make sure we do the best we

can, and enjoy life while we’re at it!

In an effort to lighten the mood, I draw

your attention to a recent report on the

music industry by respected market research

company Mintel, which states:

‘Live music is enjoying a renaissance,

with record numbers of fans going to

concerts. Far from killing live entertainment,

the boom in downloading music

from the internet also appears to be encouraging

ever more people to see their

favourite performers in the flesh. The

amount of money being spent on live

music, which had been in steep decline

just a few years ago, has been revived

by a combination of new venues, the

festivals boom and networking websites

such as YouTube, MySpace and Bebo. An

estimated £743million (I presume this is

UK only) was spent on live music this year

in venues ranging from the back room of

pubs to the new 90,000-seat Wembley

stadium. That represents an eight per

cent rise on last year.’

So, there you go - here’s the News!

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Mama Gets Bigger

– The Fiddler Becomes a Republic

Allan McGowan am@vip-booking.com

Adam Driscoll - Mama Group

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The ambitiously expanding Mama Group set

up in 2002 by Channelfly founder Adam Driscoll

and joint chief executive Dean James,

has extended its stable of London venues

by buying the original Mean Fiddler in Harlesden,

North-West London, along with the

Jazz Cafe, The Garage and The Borderline,

as well as a majority stake in Britain’s best

known gay club operator G-A-Y – from The

Mean Fiddler Group. Reports of the purchase

price vary between 6 and £8m.

The iconic Mean Fiddler was Vince Power’s

original club, from which he built the hugely

successful Mean Fiddler Group. It was one

of the capital’s favourite music venues in the

1980s and 1990s, but the venue closed five

years ago and has stood unused ever since.

The Mama Group, which is listed on the

junior Aim market recently purchased the

Hammersmith Apollo and the Forum in

Kentish Town and owns seven Barfly music

venues around Britain, now has the right to

trade under the Mean Fiddler name.

The sites were sold by Mean Fiddler Group, a

business taken private two years ago jointly

by US firm Live Nation, the world’s largest

live music group, and Irish veteran promoter

Denis Desmond, having bought out rival

and founder Vince Power for £13m.

Melvin Benn, formerly MD of MFMG, has

formed the new company Festival Republic

to further exploit the original Company’s

festival assets including Reading and Leeds

and the interest in Glastonbury. MAMA did

not purchase these and although they are

now owners of the Mean Fiddler brand and

Web site, through the terms of the deal, the

Group cannot use the name for festivals

with capacities in excess of 10,000. Festival

Republic has indicated that the sum received

from MAMA will be invested in plans

to extend their festival business to the US.

The upcoming Reading and Leeds festivals

take place from Aug. 24, with headliners Red

Hot Chili Peppers, Smashing Pumpkins and

Razorlight. These will no doubt see The Festival

Republic brand given its first airing.

Melvin Benn - Festival Republic

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Summer in Benicassim

Jake McGowan jm@vip-booking.com

So once again I find myself amongst the

ever-increasing British population that

decide to forget about the soggy summer

at home, and retreat to warmer climates

for our summer festival needs. This year

I was amongst the 150,000 who traded

wellies for flip-flops, at the Festival International

de Benacassim, FIB’07.

»Our streets are flooded with

humanity, inspiration and rave,

Benicassim touches the stars

lifted by your youth and hymns

of freedom...«

- Mayor Francesco Colomer

Older comeback acts including Iggy

and the Stooges, Devo and Dinosaur

Jnr shared the stage with headline indie

acts including Arctic Monkeys, Muse and

Kings of Leon, with a smattering of local

Spanish bands and electro acts, keeping

the fiesta going till dawn.

VIP lounge at Benicassim

is acceptable compensation for 5 days of

youthful disruption.

The town’s Mayor Francesco Colomer

seems to enjoy all that the festival brings

to his constituency, his statement- slightly

strangely translated, and found stuck

to a wall in the town’s tourist information

centre- reads like the words of a very tolerant

and wise man.

“Our streets are flooded with humanity,

inspiration and rave, Benicassim touches

the stars lifted by your youth and hymns of

freedom. It is the universal magic of music,

the triumph of life and arts over decadence

and tiredness. FIB is a transfusion of tolerance

in a world sick of selfishness. Benicassim

shares its beat with the world, in days of

vanguard and nights of fraternity”

The acts at this year event supplemented

a long list of musicians that have been enticed

to the event, due to its reputation of

being a fantastically run festival in a great

setting, with the clincher of a backstage

pool and hospitality area, which easily

sets the standard for the European festival

circuit. The first time I heard of the

now infamous stage side pool was an

anecdote on how Belle and Sebastian extended

an extensive world tour to return

to FIB, purely to dip their toes in the pop

ridden pool before and after their performance.

As the event has increased with popularity

so has its media coverage, evident in

the hospitality areas, completely filled

with reporters and camera crews performing

quick rotation interviews with

the weekend’s performers. 800 reporters

from 225 different Spanish outlets were

in attendance with a further 364 foreign

press attendees from 169 outlets. Maybe

it was the ever-present lenses that kept

the usual rock and roll hospitality area

clichés from happening, although last

year’s Pete Doherty and Shane MacGowan

tag team would definitely be a hard

act to follow.

Another seamless event occurred between

the ocean and mountains this year

and with 180 tickets sold on the final day

for next year’s event, even without one

band confirmed for the line up, 2008

looks set to be another quick sell out.

Since 1995 FIB has been transforming the

town of Benicassim (near Valencia) into

a cultural concoction of arts and music,

and now in its 12th year shows no sign of

slowing down in diversity or popularity.

The local residents -I hope- have got used

to the influx of young folk flocking to this

usually sedate commuter town of Spain,

if not, then I’m sure the 14 million euros

input to the local community’s economy

Backstagepool at Benicassim

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Popkomm Goes Live

Allan McGowan am@vip-booking.com

For the first time, with the market for concerts

and live acts booming, Popkomm

2007 will be presenting its own Live Entertainment

Area, under the banner of ‘Life

is Live’ for representatives of the concert

business. This year’s edition will take place

from September 19-21 and Vip will be co

- hosting the area.

A face usually more associated with the ILMC

will appear on the Popkomm podium when

Carl Leighton Pope, MD of The Leighton-

Pope Organisation delivers a keynote speech

focussing on the role and the responsibilities

of the live industry in the music business at

midday on Friday, September 21st. Also the

following conference will kick off the event:

Live Entertainment

– The Culture and Economic Factor

This year’s Popkomm opening event in Berlin’s

Palais am Funkturm on the 18th September

is the conference “Live Entertainment

- Culture and Economic Factor”. With

support from the Ministry for Economics

and Technology together with the Federal

Government Commissioner for Culture

and the Media, the German Association of

the Promotions Industry (idkv) is hosting

the event in cooperation with the trade

magazine musikmarkt+musikmarkt LIVE!

and Popkomm.The conference addresses

the three central issues of the branch’s legal

framework: the future of reduced tax

liability in the light of the European Court

of Justice’s ruling, various current tax legislation

problems in the branch and artist

social security contributions liability when

working together with foreign tour producers

and in events abroad. In addition to

numerous renowned branch experts from

all over Europe the association was able to

attract European Commission representative

Mr. Volker Heydt as well as Secretary

of State Dr. Barbara Hendricks from the

Federal Ministry of Finance and Secretary

of State Heinrich Tiemann from the Ministry

of Labour and Social Affairs. The finale

of the event will be a debate between MPs

from all parties of the German Bundestag,

all of whom are either culture or industry

politicians.

“The event is about compiling suggestions

to optimise the framework of live entertainment

as the strongest revenue factor in the

promotion industry”, Jens Michow, president

of the German Association of the

Promotions Industry, outlines the conference’s

aims. “It’s not about the promoters

themselves. In the planning and running of

any event there are regularly a whole host

of service companies involved. A prospering

German promotion branch is a guarantee for

thousands of jobs and apprenticeships. And

last but not least we are an indispensable

motor for the German culture industry. The

Federal Government Commissioner for Culture

and the Media, Minister of State Bernd

Neumann, will give the opening speech for

the conference.”

Following this Secretary of State Dagmar

Wöhrl from the Federal Ministry of Economics

and Industry will inform the participants

of the ministry’s current engagement

in the area of creative industries in

Germany. In its conferences “Music as an

Economy” the German Association of the

Promotions Industry (idkv) has already, in

2002 and 2004, dealt with the general conditions

of the music business and specifically

the promotion industry. With the new

conference “Live Entertainment - Culture

and Economic Factor” the promoters are

underlining the fact that this year’s event

focuses exclusively on the legal frame

work of the promotion industry. With an

annual turnover in excess of three billion

Euros the branch has occupied first place

in the music business turnover rankings in

recent years.

A participation fee of €150 (incl. VAT) for

the conference applies. Lunch and drinks

are included in the price.

For registration and further information

contact: kongress@idkv.com

Color Line Arena starts ‘Non-Smoking’ into

the next season

Allan McGowan am@vip-booking.com

Following the new German ‘non-smoker

protection law’, Color Line Arena in Hamburg

will be a non smoking venue effective

as of the start of the new season 2007/2008.

The bowl itself has been a non-smoking

area already since the opening of the arena.

Smoking will only be permitted in the sky

boxes (70 business boxes, 3 group boxes

and 1 business club box) but not on the balconies.

Color Line Arena will of course set

up various areas for smokers – particularly

near the main entrances and on the patios.

Color Line Arena has decided to be proactive,

before the new law becomes effective

on January 1st, 2008. Color Line Arena General

Manager Uwe Frommhold says: “We

host more than one million guests per year

and believe, that it’s the right way to start the

conversion of the law with the beginning of

the new season.”

Color Line Arena - Hamburg

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New Manager

for Hultsfred

Allan McGowan am@vip-booking.com

ADE 2007 – The Acts Line Up

Manfred Tari mt@vip-booking.com

Following the sacking of JP Bordahl

said to be due to poor ticket

sales following this year’s mid June

festival Per Alexandersson, currently

the manager of Malmö Festival,

will be returning to Hultsfred

to take over as Director.

Alexandersson will start at Hultsfred

in the middle of September

after completing this edition of

the Malmö event. Lennart Beijer,

Chairman of the organization

Rockparty behind the festival, says

that the focus will be to get the festival’s

economy back in order and

complete next years festival. Alexandersson

was one of the founders

of Rockparty nearly 26 years

ago and without him the festival

would not have started in the first

place. He also worked with the festival

for many years before moving

onto other challenges.

Per Alexandersson

Director Hultsfred Festival

For professional ravers it’s a must. The

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) is the

annual gathering for the dance music

business community But ADE is also an

event that attracts the consumers that

pay the professional’s wages bringing a

club audience of about 65.000 visitors

to Amsterdam for the ADE festival.

»The festival takes places in

around 30 venues...«

ADE General Manager Richard Zijlma

explains where these masses come

from: “Last year 15,000 people came from

outside the Netherlands and this year we

expect more visitors from abroad, after

all where else can you find a city festival

providing such a rich and diverse line up

of DJ’s/acts performing in one place”.

The festival takes places in around 30

venues such as the Escape, Fantasio,

Flex Bar, Hotel Arena Tonight, Jimmy

Woo, The Mansion, Melkweg, Café Pakhuis

Wilhelmina, Odeon, OT301, Panama,

Paradiso, Powerzone, Rain, The

Sand, Studio K, Sugar Factory, Studio 80,

Winston Kingdom, The Zebra.

Confirmed artists so far are Adultnapper

(us), Live: Alpha Omega (uk), Live:

Alter Ego (de), Andy Norman (uk), Andy

Stott (uk), Benjamin Bates (nl), Live:

Bogusman (be), Dave Clarke (uk), Dave

Vega (de), Live: David Gilmour Girls (nl),

David Guetta (f), Dennis Ferrer (us),

Digital Mystikz (uk), Dirt Crew (de), DJ

Andy Daniels (uk), DJ Benno Blome

(de), DJ’s Dash & Bx (uk), DJ Eddie Argos

(uk), DJ FeatureCast ( uk), DJ $jammie

the Mon€y (nl), DJ Joyce Muniz (br), DJ

Marcelle (nl), DJ Sun-E (nl), & Dexon (nl),

Live: Ebola (uk), Live: Electric kettle (f),

Erick Morillo (us), Fedde Le Grand (nl),

Flow (KRANG, nl), Granite & Phunk (us),

GusGus (is), Live: Gregor Tresher (de),

HEY-O HANSON (de), Ingy (nl), Jean (nl),

Johannes Heil (de), Judge Jules (BBC Radio

1, uk), John Doe (nl), Jussi-Pekka (f),

Live: Justin Harris (UK), KRANG (nl), Laidback

Luke (nl), Lucky Goat (nl), Marco V

(nl), Martin Eyerer (de), Martinez (se),

Live: Mason (nl), Mattafix (uk), Maurizio

Vitiello & Uto Karem (it), Live: Dj Metope

(de), Menno de Jong (nl), DJ Matthew

Dekay (nl), Michel de Hey (nl), Live: Miss

Kittin & The Hacker (f), Moonbootica

(de), Mr. Oizo (f), Live: Neil Landstrumm

(uk), Nocturnalists (uk), Nouvelle Vague

(f), Oliver Huntemann (de), Olivier Klein

(de), Paul van Dyk (de), Live: Pink Skull

(us), Peter Eilmes aka Platten Peter (de),

Peyton/Hed Kandi (uk), Pilooski (fr),

Plastician (uk), Live: Play Paul (f), P. van

Dongen (nl), Pressure (ie), Ramses (be),

Raymundo (nl), Rino Cerrone (Loose

Records, it), Live: Receptor (live), (de),

Robert Babicz (p), Robert Owens (us),

Ron Carroll (us), Ryan Marciano & Sunnery

James (nl), Saïg/laptop set (uk),

Live: Sickboy Milkplus (be), Sinden (uk),

Skream (uk), Speedy J (nl), Steven Quarré

(nl), Stonebridge (se), Swedish House

Mafia (se), Terry Toner (nl), Live: Three

Cheers for Dirty (f), Tiesto (nl), Live: Todd

Bodine (de), Tomcraft (Kosmo Music,

de), Vitalic (f), Live: Yogi Rumblist (f).

The convention will again be located in

the Felix De Meritis in the centre of the

town. Until October 1 the registration

fee is 240 Euro. The dates for ADE 2007

are October 18 to 20. For further information

please check:

www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl

ADE General Manager Richard Zijlma

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CTS Eventim - The Price Debate

Manfred Tari mt@vip-booking.com

It was SES Research who prompted a debate

about the share price of CTS Eventim

at the beginning of July. The main essence

of the 51 page research report was already

expressed in the headline: ‘The Completely

Wrong Price’. The Analysts of SES

Research prognosticated a price target

for CTS of just 19 Euros at a time when the

share price was still indicated at 36.28.

In a highly critical resume the analysts of

SES Research came to a sell conclusion

for CTS shares. Immediately after the report

was published on July 10 the share

came under pressure and dropped below

32 Euro, recovering slightly, hitting the

34 Euro border before dropping again to

just 28 Euro at the beginning of August.

The share again recovered to 30 Euro but

then followed the general negative trend

on the stock market caused by the US loan

crisis and finally went down to 27.36 Euro.

However, although the report starts, “Everything

looks so simple...”. What follows is a

summary of almost every negative aspect

that could affect business development

for CTS Eventim. The exclusive deal by CTS

with Live Nation expires in mid 2008; also

the high profit margins in the CTS ticketing

division attracted the interests of competitors.

Furthermore SES Research revealed

that adjusted figures excluded from ticket

sales of the 2006 Championship have appeared

in the 2007 first quarter report,

putting these results under pressure.

The high profit margins in the ticketing

division of CTS have in the past been the

driving force for the share price. SES Research

expects a negative news flow and

currently cannot identify potential growth

structures for the company. Rather the

analysts report concludes that the international

expansion plans of CTS Eventim

failed, that the ticketing software is not

well developed and that may need a cost

intensive improvement. SES Research also

identifies Ticketmaster, Ticketonline, Ticketcorner

and Ticketpro as competitors

The analysts checked almost every single

aspect of CTS and highlighted even minor

details, for instance; that the office building

used by most of the staff for which CTS

pay a rent of about 400.000 Euros is owned

by CEO Klaus Peter Schulenberg. It also reveal

that the KPS Concertbüro (Klaus Peter

Schulenberg) which promotes 60 to 70

shows per year with acts such as Rolling

Stones, Grönemeyer, Take That or The Police

in Northern Germany, is not part of the

CTS Group. As such SES Research indicates

a possible conflict of interests.

The report shows that the authors of this

analysis, Jochen Reichert and Robert

Suckel did their homework, and reveals

an extensive knowledge of details. This

has created a particularly inconvenient

summer For CTS. Nevertheless the Company

is still the undoubted market leader

in the German concert market and CTS

founder Schulenberg so far was, and still

is, the most successful entrepreneur, having

been able to bring together some of

Germany’s top promoters and impresarios

under one company roof. But this report

removes something of the promise that

normally inspires investors to invest in a

company.

Since the US loan crisis has hit the market it

will become even harder for CTS to retain

former share prices of 36 Euro and above.

Even if the Company is able as in previous

years to maintain the high level of record

results, it looks like it won’t be the same.

CTS need to revamp its growth story including

the reality that the risks are rising.

Klaus Peter Schulenberg owns the office

building where CTS has it’s headquater

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Ingenious Raise Capital for

Live Entertainment Investments

Manfred Tari mt@vip-booking.com

Ingenious Live VCT has raised exactly

£18,485,690 for investments within the

live entertainment sector. The fund was

launched in November 2006. Ingenious

also announced an agreement with The

Rival Organisation to co-promote a series

of ‘Open air picnic concerts at stately

homes in 2008’. Besides the open air

events The Rival Organisation intends to

realize new concert venues in the UK.

In the announcement Duncan Reid, Commercial

Director of Ingenious, commented

on the agreement: “The Rival Organisation

has an established track record of

delivering commercially successful open air

concerts and we are pleased to support its

2008 summer schedule and the roll out of

the format to new venues next year.”

In July Ingenious released a press release

declaring that it would invest in the ‘Underage’

and ‘Field Day’ music festivals.

Ingenious act as co-promoter for these

events cooperating with Waxarch Limited,

the company that promotes the Underage

Club, an exclusive concert series

for an under 18 years target group.

Reid describes Underage as: “A successful

club brand providing entertainment to a significant

market not catered for elsewhere. As

such, it has significant commercial potential

in the live entertainment market and we are

confident that Field Day will have similar appeal

as already indicated by very strong early

ticket sales. There has already been considerable

public demand for this summer’s festivals

and we anticipate a long term relationship

with Waxarch to develop the shows and

roll them out to other venues.”

Tom Baker from Waxarch (and Eat Your

Own Ears) said: “We are very excited to

be working with Ingenious on these two

events; we feel there is a thirst for live music

events which don’t just follow the usual obvious

programming, and that have a twist.

We have tried to be open to booking new

acts and mix genres and musical styles a

Duncan Reid - Director Ingenious

bit more than usual. We feel Ingenious will

allow us to grow Underage and Field Day

organically by giving us the backing and

expertise needed to take this out of London

and regionally. This is a great partnership.”

Ingenious is currently the latest example

of how the financial markets are able to

capitalize the music business. Slightly different

than many other private equity investors

Ingenious is specialized in music

and media.; A perfect candidate for the

watch list of corporate companies within

the live entertainment industry.

Live Nation Reports Half Year Results

Manfred Tari mt@vip-booking.com

The one and only world wide concert business

leader announced results for the second

quarter of 2007 (Q2-2007) . The key

figures are as always impressive except for

the profit results. As revenue Live Nation

reported $ 1,04 billion, while the total operating

expense was declared with $1,003

billion. The operating income therefore

comes down to $36 million, the “normalized

income after tax” as reported on Reuters.com

to, astonishingly, $4 million.

Nevertheless CEO Michael Rapino commented

on the results, saying, “Our vision

is to build a global live music network that

provides touring artists the opportunity to

maximize their revenues and expand fan

reach all under one aligned platform. We are

already a leader in the global concert industry

with tremendous fan access and we seek

to augment and solidify that position and

grow our business by providing artists with

the ‘triple play’ of services:

+ Leadership in global concert promotion

and venue services

+ A one-stop-shop that can provide products

and services to artists in-house

+ Direct sales channel to fans through

livenation.com and via our extensive fan

database”

Even if the profit results remains minimal,

Live Nation improved revenue results. In

Q2-2006 the turnover was just $768 million.

Nevertheless the “normalized income

after tax” was $ 9 million.

In the current report, entitled “Improved

Core Business Despite Softer 2007 Concert

Season” Live Nation reported that

the online business is “beginning to flourish”.

According to Nielsen/Net Ratings the

US-websites of Live Nation in June 2007

were visited by 4.1 million unique visitors

which was the highest number of visitors

ever recorded for this for those sites. On

all websites operated by Live Nation the

company estimated a figure of about 11.9

million visitors.

The results were released on August 9 after

the closing bell rang, from August 10 to

13 the share price rose to $ 22,30 before it

slowly went down to $ 20.01on August 16.

Michael Rapino - CEO of Live Nation

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Mama on Shopping Tour

Manfred Tari mt@vip-booking.com

See also: Mama Gets Bigger – The Fiddler

Becomes a Republic: in this News.

Mama is shopping around and has bought

some of the assets the former Mean Fiddler

Music Group COO and short time CEO and

current Co-Chief Executive Dean James is

already familiar with.

MAMA buys from the Mean Fiddler Holdings

Limited the venues Jazz Cafe, The

Borderline, the Garage and the former

Mean Fiddler. Also as part of the bulk deal

MAMA has acquired a 75 percent stake in

Manto Soho Limited (“MSL”)to which the

‘G-A-Y’ bar and ‘G-A-Y Late’belongs.

The Bank of Scotland financed the deal.

The price for the acquisition is declared at

£6 million and wasbeen paid in cash.

In a joint statement Adam Driscoll and

Dean James, the Co-Chief Executives of

MAMA commented on the acquisition:

”We are delighted that we have been able

to acquire the Jazz Cafe, The Borderline, the

Garage and the original Mean Fiddler venue

businesses through the simpler medium of

acquiring Mean Fiddler Holdings Limited. In

essence the deal is the same, but this acquisition

structure is simpler and quicker than

the proposed exercise of our options over

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G! Festival: The Land of Maybe

Allan McGowan am@vip-booking.com

Festivals of one sort or another have of course

been with us since pagan times, bringing together

people to celebrate anything from the

harvest to the appeasement of the weather

gods. Music being just the banging of a drum,

chanting or something more sophisticated

played an integral part. Arts festivals have a

fine tradition, but Music Festivals, particularly

‘popular’ music, as we know them used to be

isolated events catering only to those interested

in the genre, and apart from possible local

annoyance at the influx of ‘weird’ people as

at Woodstock in the 60’s they had little bearing

on the overall cultural and economic life

of the community. This has changed radically

over the past few years, festivals now have a

very real impact on the areas, and even the

countries in which they take place, contributing

to the economy and becoming more and

more an integral attraction for the tourist industry

- in some cases, as described here, they

help to put places on the map for those previously

unsure or unaware of their location and

way of life:

I must admit that until not very long ago

I was somewhat vague about the geographical

location of The Faroe Islands.

I’ve since discovered as I’ve been telling

people about my visit to the G! festival,

that many people are unsure where the

Islands are – guesses included; off the

coast of South America, near Portugal,

and... Egypt

In fact The Faroes lie in The North Atlantic,

halfway between Scotland and Iceland.

There are 18 islands, one uninhabited,

two are home to one family each,

and the entire population is 50,000.

Torshavn is the smallest capital in the

world, home to 19,000 people. See how

much I know now! The G! Festival, the

reason for my visit takes place on the

beach at Gøta on the island of Eysturoy,

where, due to the fact that there are no

hotels, I was fortunate enough to enjoy

the hospitality of the local mayor and

his family.

The Faroes were dubbed ‘The Land of

Maybe’ by a Scotsman stationed on

the islands with the British Army during

the Second World War, due to the fact

that everything was dependent on the

highly unpredictable weather. Even a

wedding would ‘maybe take place on

Saturday’ dependent on the priest being

able to make it from one island to

another. All of the international guests

and the artists were offered several alternative

flights in and out, because

‘maybe’ the planes would not be able

to land or take off. But, for this July 19-

21 sixth edition of the festival founded

by the local musician Jón Tyril, the sun

shone, and a constant conversation

topic was that there had been no rain

for at least a couple of weeks. This was

very lucky, two weeks later the Faroes

other major festival Summarfestivalurin

was, like so many others, beset by bad

weather, so much so that the Saturday

was cancelled.

G! Festival

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Before the event I had one or two misgivings

about sending another McGowan

to Spain to disport himself in the sun

drenched back stage pool at Benicassim

(see report in this News), whilst I opted for

a meteorologically unpredictable spot in

the North Atlantic. However I now know I

made the right choice, the Faroes have a

very special quality, the scenery, a cross

between the Scottish Highlands and Scandinavian

glacial regions, and the people

are as friendly and hospitable as you’ll

meet anywhere. Three days of sightseeing

on land and sea, music, partying and fantastic

seafood in a land where it never really

gets dark did the trick for me! Even the

dried pilot whale and blubber served with

the drinks was an experience at least! (A

school of pilot whales had been beached

on the very site of the main festival stage

the week before, and in age-old traditional

fashion they were killed and shared out

amongst the villagers.)

The Faroes have a strong musical, and storytelling,

tradition and the islands are producing

musicians who can definitely hold

their own on any international stage. It’s

estimated that there are 70 or so bands on

the Islands, of these Eivør Pálsdóttir, Teitur

Lassen, Lena Anderssen, Boys In A Band

and Sic appeared at G!

The founding intention of the Festival was

to change the whole musical landscape of

the Faroes, and to bring wider attention to

the area by bringing together leading international

musicians as well as local musicians.

This year’s line up presented Natasha

Bedingfield (UK), Guillemots (UK), Young

Dubliners (US), The Dixie Hummingbirds

(US), Nephew (DK), Hatesphere (DK), Ser-

Hans Mourits Foldbo mayor of Gøta

ena Maneesh (NO), Adjágas (NO), Polkaholix

(DE), Pétur Ben (IS) and Dr. Spock (IS)

The Faroes have a working partnership

with Iceland, and G! exchanges acts with

Iceland Airwaves. There is a growing collaboration

on music export with all the

Nordic countries.

»We want to create

a space to be different,

the festival does this, it gives

a social focus and pride,

but also makes people think

of the bigger picture«

- Mourits Foldbo

I asked the mayor of this 1,070 strong community,

my host, Mourits Foldbo, what the

festival meant to Gøta, he told me, “It has

been a great benefit in terms of attracting

people, it is good for The Faroes and good for

Gøta internally. Now the village is known by

everybody, and not just for the good fishing.

Our people have a strong community spirit

and liberal character, although we believe in

the philosophy that you must not think you’re

too special. (Apparently this is summed up by

a Norwegian word, Jante, some of our readers

I’m sure will know this).”

Mourit’s daughter Katrin has recently returned

from spending a year at University

in St. Louis, Missouri, US, and says that the

younger generation are keen to support

the festival, but as usual have their own

wish lists as to who should be on the bill.

She agrees with her father about the community

spirit, and says that many of the

Peter Smidt from Buma Cultuur, Netherlands and Anna Hildur export Music Iceland

young people that go abroad to further

their education return to The Faroes.

The local council contributes 350,000

Faroese Krona, about 45,000 Euros to the

infrastructure of G! Mourits reckons they

get this back as all villagers are entitled to

free entry to the festival, 3 day tickets cost

1000 Kr. The Mayor continues, “We want

to create a space to be different, the festival

does this, it gives a social focus and pride,

but also makes people think of the bigger

picture. Some were originally against it, now

the majority are all convinced, the Council

wants to help by creating spaces for music

schools etc. This will perhaps attract artists

etc who want to live in the area.”

This desire to bring music as a focus to The

Faroes is being taken very seriously as we

international visitors were told on a visit to

the ancient grass roofed Parliament House

in Torshavn. We were also taken to the

small island of Nolsoy, where an old fish

factory will hopefully be the location of a

centre housing recording studios and rehearsal

spaces.

So, now you know where The Faroes and

the G! Festival are, I recommend you pay

a visit!

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GOSSIP ››

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Things that make you laugh

30 Years since Elvis died - or did he

ARTIST AVAILS ››

Alvin Youngblood Hart

Territory: Europe

Period: October 2007

Agency: Kultopolis GmbH

Agent: Markus Sollner

Phone: +49 (0) 686 193 9980

E-mail: booking@kultopolis.com

Homepage: www.kultopolis.com

Eve

Territory: Scandinavia - Baltic’s and Russia

Period: September - October 2007

Agency: Urbania Group Ltd.

Agent: Orlando John

Phone: +37 167 186 690

E-mail: orlando@urbaniagroup.com

Homepage: www.urbaniagroup.com

Elvis got balls

Kurt Elling

Territory: Europe

Period: July & August 2007

Agency: Ted Kurland Associates

Agent: Sean Greene

Phone: +1 617 254 0007

E-mail: sean@tedkurland.com

Homepage: www.tedkurland.com

If you know this man

- you know Elvis

Lee Memphis King - One Night with Elvis

Territory: Worldwide

Period: Ongoing

Agency: Prima Artists

Agent: Tony MacDonnell

Phone: +44 (0) 1424 203500

E-mail: tony@prima-artists.com

Homepage: www.elvis-theshow.com

Slaves to Gravity

Territory: UK based. Touring all territories

Period: NOW: 21st Century

Agency: ITB

Agent: Steve Zapp

Phone: +44 207 637 6979

E-mail: steve@itb.co.uk

The king as dictator

West End Rocks!

Territory: Worldwide

Period: October 2007 to March 2008

Agency: World Concert Artists Ltd.

Agent: Corrado Canonici

Phone: +44 30 8906 6587

E-mail: corrado@worldconcertartists.org

Homepage: www.worldconcertartists.org

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Amsterdam Dance Event

18th - 20th October 2007

The Worlds Biggest Club Festival

Organised by Buma Cultuur, The Amsterdam

Dance Event is the worlds biggest

club festival with over 600 DJs and acts

in 40 of Amsterdam’s finest venues, DJ

cafés, record stores, lounges and art galleries.

Now in its twelfth year, the ADE has

grown into a business conference that attracts

1900 key professionals and a club

festival audience of 65,000.

“Last year 15,000 people came from outside

the Netherlands and this year we expect

more visitors from abroad. Where else can

you find a city festival providing such a rich

and diverse line up of DJ’s/acts performing

in one place” enthuses ADE General Manager

Richard Zijlma.

The Netherlands has given rise to some of

the best known DJ’s and producers and for

3 days and nights you can see them all in

one place, alongside the biggest international

dj’s/artists and the hottest new talent,

resulting in one of the most exciting

and diverse programs in the electronic

music realm.

For this year ADE is proud to announce the

following artists are now confirmed;

Adultnapper (us), Live: Alpha Omega (uk),

Live: Alter Ego (de), Andy Norman (uk),

Andy Stott (uk), Benjamin Bates (nl), Live:

Bogusman (be), Dave Clarke (uk), Dave

Vega (de), Live: David Gilmour Girls (nl),

David Guetta (f), Dennis Ferrer (us), Digital

Mystikz (uk), Dirt Crew (de), DJ Andy Daniels

(uk), DJ Benno Blome (de), DJ’s Dash

& Bx (uk), DJ Eddie Argos (uk), DJ Feature-

Cast ( uk), DJ $jammie the Mon€y (nl), DJ

Joyce Muniz (br), DJ Marcelle (nl), DJ Sun-

E (nl), & Dexon (nl), Live: Ebola (uk), Live:

Electric kettle (f), Erick Morillo (us), Fedde

Le Grand (nl), Flow (KRANG, nl), Granite &

Phunk (us), GusGus (is), Live: Gregor Tresher

(de), HEY-O HANSON (de), Ingy (nl), Jean

(nl), Johannes Heil (de), Judge Jules (BBC

Radio 1, uk), John Doe (nl), Jussi-Pekka (f),

Live: Justin Harris (UK), KRANG (nl), Laidback

Luke (nl), Lucky Goat (nl), Marco V

(nl), Martin Eyerer (de), Martinez (se), Live:

Mason (nl), Mattafix (uk), Maurizio Vitiello &

Uto Karem (it), Live: Dj Metope (de), Menno

de Jong (nl), DJ Matthew Dekay (nl), Michel

de Hey (nl), Live: Miss Kittin & The Hacker

(f), Moonbootica (de), Mr. Oizo (f), Live:

Neil Landstrumm (uk), Nocturnalists (uk),

Nouvelle Vague (f), Oliver Huntemann (de),

Olivier Klein (de), Paul van Dyk (de), Live:

Pink Skull (us), Peter Eilmes aka Platten

Peter (de), Peyton/Hed Kandi (uk), Pilooski

(fr), Plastician (uk), Live: Play Paul (f), P. van

Dongen (nl), Pressure (ie), Ramses (be), Raymundo

(nl), Rino Cerrone (Loose Records,

it), Live: Receptor (live), (de), Robert Babicz

(p), Robert Owens (us), Ron Carroll (us),

Ryan Marciano & Sunnery James (nl), Saïg/

laptop set (uk), Live: Sickboy Milkplus (be),

Sinden (uk), Skream (uk), Speedy J (nl), Steven

Quarré (nl), Stonebridge (se), Swedish

House Mafia (se), Terry Toner (nl), Live:

Three Cheers for Dirty (f), Tiesto (nl), Live:

Todd Bodine (de), Tomcraft (Kosmo Music,

de), Vitalic (f), Live: Yogi Rumblist (f).

Amsterdam Dance Event

Apart from the club festival, ADE offers

music industry professionals the opportunity

to meet international business partners,

introduce their business to an international

audience and get in touch with

new people, new music and new trends.

Held in the centre of Amsterdam at the

historic canal-side Felix Meritis building,

the ADE conference is not only a great

place to do business but also a place to

get inspired. With four networking and

business lounges and a broad program

of panels, keynotes and meetings, ADE

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one who’s working in the electronic music

business. The ADE gives you the opportunity

to get heard, be seen and experience

the best of what dance music has to offer.

Says Richard Zijlma “People in the industry

see it more and more as essential to be here

and the event has found its own dynamic

and is growing every year.”

Comments

Fedde le Grand the dj/producer behind

the worldwide hit ‘Put Your Hands Up For

Detroit’ performed five times on last years

ADE, which included Pete Tong’s show on

BBC Radio 1.

‘I was very impressed with the set up, the location

and the professionalism of the whole

event. Business was genuinely done in the

day and the panels seemed to provoke some

meaningful debates. The night life was pretty

awesome. Across three nights there were

some amazing parties – all very busy and

very exciting. I was very happy we took the

radio show to Amsterdam, the timing could

not have been better with Fedde Le Grand

and Mason riding high with two of the hottest

records in the world right now!’

Pete Tong (BBC Radio 1)

‘There is no place in the world with this atmosphere.’

John Acquaviva

‘The most impressive range of dance music

you’ll ever see concentrated in one city’

DJ mag / UK

Conference Package: Register now for €240

until 1st October. A full registration entitles

you access to all day and night activities at

the ADE, plus access to online delegates

database. To register log onto www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/conference

Organised by: Buma Cultuur

Conference Location: Felix Meritis

Club Locations; 11, Akhnaton, Bimhuis, Bitterzoet,

BG, Cineac, Club 8, Club NL, Escape,

Fantasio, Flex Bar, Hotel Arena Tonight,

Jimmy Woo, The Mansion, Melkweg, Café

Pakhuis Wilhelmina, Odeon, OT301, Panama,

Paradiso, Powerzone, Rain, The Sand,

Studio K, Sugar Factory, Studio 80, Winston

Kingdom, The Zebra, and many more...

www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl

The PSA Ride2Plasa

On 9th September a group of slightly under-sane

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Anyone is welcome to join the ride, as long as

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We’re raising money for Cancer Research

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