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10 @ 10: What A 10 Years It's Been..!

12 Mar 2013

It’s been 10 years since MusicTank started. That might not seem to be all that long on the face of it, however when you consider that this tumultuous period has seen the arrival of Apple’s iTunes Store and creation of a licensed digital music market; EMI being sold (twice); Virgin, Our Price and Woolworths disappear from the High Street; HMV enter administration; Live Nation and AEG dominate live music; Top of the Pops pulled from...

Andy Inglis: 10 Years After The Station Nightclub Disaster, Have We Learned Nothing?

31 Jan 2013

A couple of years ago, I was sitting with Dominique Czopr, owner of The Boileroom, a 250 capacity venue in Guildford. One of her many areas of expertise surrounds the Health, Safety and Legislation issues in live music venues. She told me of a deadly fire in a nightclub in Rhode Island called The Station...

Newsletter #94 January: 2013 - I Hope I Chart Before I Go Cold

15 Jan 2013

Somehow it seems entirely appropriate that the latest Music Week’s front cover is dominated by a wrap-around advertorial for Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, an album released 35 years ago. So striking is the odd-but-iconic image of Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood as Blackadder, that you’re immediately drawn to the magazine’s top corner to check the date...

Caitlin Graham, Which? The OFT Should Re-Examine Ticketing

15 Jan 2013

December’s MusicTank panel debate offered a unique opportunity to get various stakeholders into a room to discuss the challenge of getting primary tickets back into the hands of fans. The ticketing market, in its current form, is not working well for consumers...

Shane Mansfield: The Future Of Ticketing Is In Your Hands

09 Jan 2013

The ticketing industry, alongside the music industry in general, is in constant flux. From the days of ticket lists on club doors, to the advent of digital tickets encased in mobile phones, innovation and creativity is always on the move. Paradoxically, despite this innovation, it is still common to see both the old entrance lists and more modern methods in use across a whole spectrum of events.

Rebalancing The Ticketing Market: Sharon Hodgson, MP

19 Dec 2012

There are many points on which I would agree with the contribution to the secondary ticketing debate from StubHub's Navin Kekane, particularly on the need for greater transparency of primary allocations – letting fans know how many tickets are available on the onsale date, and how many are channelled elsewhere.

Face Value - The Secondary Market Conundrum: Navin Kekane, StubHub

11 Dec 2012

This week’s debate ‘Ticket To Ride: Getting Primary Tickets Back Into The Hands Of Fans’ at Music Tank made it clear there is still much we can do together to identify and address the true issues within the live music industry. For StubHub, as a technology company dedicated to providing a great fan experience, there are clear opportunities to work with willing partners to progress this...

Ticketing: A Statement From Live Nation's COO Paul Latham

04 Dec 2012

Promoters have argued for several years that secondary ticketing needs legislation. The rampant proliferation of the secondary market has created a parasitic business for profiteers who have no investment in the music industry. This creates a huge problem for those who have long-term interests in the financial stability of the business...

Keith Harris: Power To The People

27 Nov 2012

I was in Norway last week, and a chance comment made to me by one of the Kristiansand locals got me thinking. I was complaining that I had just had to buy yet another 4-way plug board at my house to accommodate the latest electrical gadget, and remarked on what the electricity must be costing me. Norway being easily the most expensive place that I have been this year, I was somewhat taken aback by his reply, “that’s not such an issue because we’ve got hydro-power”...

Newsletter #93 November: 2012 - Ticketing’s Annus Horribilis?

27 Nov 2012

The issues around ticketing are among 2012’s most contentious. This, of course, was mainly due to an edition of Channel 4’s Dispatches that brought to wider public attention what many working in the music industry knew and feared: that the primary and secondary markets for major live events are becoming inherently dysfunctional, and true music fans were being royally ripped off.

#92 Newsletter Editorial: Can Fans Get No Satisfaction?

24 Oct 2012

Revelations broadcast by Channel 4’s Dispatches back in February 2012 have failed to dent public confidence in the online secondary market although technological innovation will continue to help the primary (and secondary) market to operate more effectively - allowing artists to communicate directly with their audience and ensure, at least to some degree, that tickets end up in the hands of genuine fans.

Response From UK Music And The Musicians’ Union

10 Oct 2012

We want to thank Andy Inglis for his comments on the Music Tank blog around the Live Music Act. He articulated valid points which are central to the thinking around the Act; we all must consider its implementation.

Andy Inglis - Wanted: Nine Million, Affluent Gig-Goers

03 Oct 2012

Just the other day The Live Music Act 2012 became law in England and Wales, which ushered in the deregulation of live performance in rooms of no more than 200 people capacity. I’ve followed its progress for some time, attended debates, and been invited to give my perspective on it...

John King - Live Music Act Guidance: The Devil In The Detail

26 Sep 2012

The Licensing Act 2003 created three categories of music: live music, recorded music, and entertainment similar to live and recorded music. The Act itself offers little explanation of the first two categories, and no hint of what could be included in the last, which has led to local authorities enforcing differing interpretations. This matters because their purpose is surely to promote the objectives of the Licensing Act, by guiding the accurate targeting of licence conditions.

Keith Harris: Please, Sir, Can I Have Some More?

12 Jul 2012

The more I hear about what is going on with music at the Olympics, the more the words “snouts” and “troughs” come to mind. I know that the Olympic ideal is more about the taking part than the winning, but very few participants go in knowing that the odds are rigged for them to lose every time...

#90 Newsletter Editorial: GigTickets.Com

12 Jul 2012

Some of the problems faced by the live business, such as ticket fraud, could broadly be considered black and white issues, whereas secondary ticketing is fifty shades of grey (ba-boom)...With the Association of Independent Festivals soon to announce its ongoing efforts toward fairer ticketing, we wonder whether black and white or grey, the ticketing issues faced by the live music business, might yet get solved in the foreseeable future.

John King: Is There A Particular Ethnic Group Attending?

22 May 2012

In an 'intelligence' gathering move - more Laurel and Hardy than Holmes and Watson - Essex Police have reintroduced the music-profiling question “Music style to be played /performed”, but assumed that the genre 'bashment' was a spelling mistake and had renamed it 'basement'...

Keith Harris: Drugs, Booze & Rock ‘n’ Roll

10 May 2012

In the past week I have watched documentary films about two of British rock's most talented and creative musicians whose careers were both cut short by drug induced psychosis - Syd Barrett founder and creative force behind the early Pink Floyd, and Peter Green who had the same role in the early Fleetwood Mac...

Keith Harris: If It Ain't Broke Don't Sell It To Private Enterprise

02 Apr 2012

Why is Jeremy Hunt, the Minister of Culture, effectively kicking the Chair of the Arts Council out of her job by failing to renew her contract? The answer is apparently to get someone in who can bring more private investment into the arts. This seems to be a recurring theme...

Andy Inglis: Live Sector Compliance

29 Mar 2012

Venue owners and promoters face a slew of legislation top-down; from the proposed changes to the Licensing Act (seldom out of the news) to a burgeoning raft of health and safety legislation, noise abatement issues, security and temporary event notices...

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