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VIP- News - April 2009

Fritz Im Freien –

New Festival for

Berlin

Manfred Tari mt@vip-booking.com

UK Music Exports Hit Record

Level

Allan McGowan am@vip-booking.com

Four Artists and partners launch a Radio

Festival in July.

The date is set and the location is chosen.

On the 10th of July Four Music together

with Motor Tours will promote a

one-day event in the live arena Zitadelle

Spandau. The venue is a historic fort and

therefore provides the event with quite

a unique atmosphere.

Taking the name of media partner Radio

Fritz the festival is entitled Fritz im Freien,

which more or less means Fritz in

the Open. The festival will be headlined

by Clueso with Selig as a co-headliner,

Selig recently undertook a comeback

club tour after 10 years of absence. The

agency have also confirmed the appearance

of local act Super 700, which is represented

by Motor Tours, a subsidiary of

Motor Records.

According to PRS for Music, collectors

of songwriter and composer royalties

British musical talent, in marked

contrast to the generally worsening

economic situation, earned a record

15% more in royalties from abroad

during the 12 months to the end of

December 2008. Steve Porter, PRS

chief executive, said: “Music is a great

UK success story. Britain is the number

one home of musical talent in the

world.”

Royalties from UK acts touring rose

from £121.2m in 2007 to £139.6m last

year. The Police were Britain’s leading

touring act last year, with Coldplay

and Iron Maiden boosting the overall

income added to by demand for acts

including the Spice Girls, Girls Aloud,

Elton John, The Cure and Mark Knopfler.

The US was the most lucrative market

for British artists, with revenues rising

to £21.7m. Germany came in second

with £15m, followed by £11.6m from

France.

PRS pointed out that international

royalties have more than doubled

since 1999, when they stood at £68m.

Originally the festival was to have been

called Motor im Grünen and was scheduled

for the 27th of June. Tickets purchased

previously for this show will be

accepted

The Police were Britain’s leading touring act last year

From Visions to FKP Scorpio

Manfred Tari mt@vip-booking.com

Roman Pitone takes on the former post of

Stephan Thanscheidt.

Stephan Thanscheidt is moving on. After

being at Visions since 2001, Thanscheidt

will take on a new post at FKP Scorpio from

June onwards. At Visions he was in charge

of the music magazine’s live music events.

At FKP Scorpio he will become the head

of the local promoter division of the company

and will also support the Company’s

festival booking division.

Thanscheidt left Visions in mid April

and can be reached in the near future at

stephan.thanscheidt@fkpscorpio.com.

Roman Pitone will take over the former duties

of Thanscheidt and can be reached at

pitone@visions.de.

FKP Scorpio Stephan Thanscheidt

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