Live Nation’s Ticketmaster subsidiary has settled its two-year legal battle with Songkick, the ticketing start-up that began out of a Brooklyn loft,despite the fact that the case’s trial was set for later this month in federal court.
Live Nation has subsequently agreed to pay Songkick’s owners $110-million in exchange for the company’s remaining assets.
The settlement’s closing arrives two years after the original legal battle began between the two companies, in which Songkick’s argument originally hinged on their rights to ticket sales. They’d believed Live Nation’s blocking of presale tickets and demanding fees on the sale of tickets was anti-competitive behavior. Eventually, Live Nation countersued, arguing they had given respective venues the right of determining how presale block tickets were to be sold.
The case only continued to deepen over time, wherein Songkick accused Live Nation of antitrust violations. Allegations arose when news leaked that a former Songkick employee was hired by Ticketmaster to monitor Songkick’s internal business, sales, and clients. Court documents reportedly show that Ticketmaster did indeed view Songkick as a competitive threat and stated: “that the company could possibly disrupt the exclusivity system in North America that allowed Ticketmaster to have a dominant marketshare.”
While it’s unsure at the moment what the direct ramifications of this settlement will be, Ticketmaster’s acquisition of Songkick could lead to a major shift in the current landscape of their ticketing commerce platform, as the company has gained access to Songkick’s anti-scalping algorithm, their API applications, and patent portfolio.
When Gary Richards (aka Destructo), father of HARD Events, announced his plans to leave parent company Live Nation after 2017’s HARD Summer, ambiguity surfaced over the future of the festival, which was then celebrating its 10th anniversary. To make matters worse, HARD had been receiving hefty backlash over the controversial 2017 installment of its HARD Summer trailer, which for years has been a staple of the imprint, hosting Porter Robinson and Dillon Francis‘ announcement of the fictitious Spoon Ü.
Nonetheless, HARD Summer is set to move forward into 2018 without its divine leader, scheduled for Aug. 4-5. Unsurprisingly, as it has run through seven locations in its 10 years running, HARD has yet to report where exactly the festival will take place.
Coveted tickets to Coachella Music Valley Music & Arts Festival’s 19th annual event officially went on sale yesterday, Friday, Jan. 5, and have sold out in record time. Weekend One general admission passes, which go for $429, were gone within 35 minutes, with Weekend Two passes selling out within a matter of hours, according to The Desert Sun.
The 2018 edition of the Golden Voice and Live Nation-produced event, which boasts headliners The Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Eminem, will take place April 13-15 and April 20-22 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. Travel packages are still available online.
The Vice President of Finance and Strategic Initiatives at Live Nation Entertainment, Andrew Macrae, has been arrested following the discovery that he routinely use a pen camera to take photos up women’s skirts on his daily London commute.
A Live Nation employee since 2004, Macrae was caught capturing the illicit images by an off-duty Metropolitan Police officer after he was observed “acting suspiciously.”
Macrae would obscure the camera by placing it partially inside of a laptop bag and then place the bag on the ground between the victim’s legs. Macrae drew the attention of the officer by “changing the angle of the bag, which he had placed between the legs of a blonde female wearing a red summer dress.” Macrae was promptly arrested and escorted to a south London police station.
Prosecutor Angela Mehadio has since informed the court handling the case that Macrae had “admitted his intention was to film up skirts for personal and sexual gratification.”
Officers have uncovered 49,000 additional images after searching Macrae’s home in Redhill. Authorities determined that Macrae had not only been filming unsuspecting victims on the train, but a female neighbor and house guest as well. Macrae has pleaded guilty to seven counts of voyeurism for the filming offences conducted from his home over a three-year period, further admitting to one count of outraging public decency between Clapham Junction and Vauxhall stations on July 19.
A married father, Macrae did not enter pleas on two additional counts of outraging public decency. Macrae is set to appear in court on November 7 for his sentencing.
Macrae has been relieved of his duties at Live Nation Entertainment.
The company has since released a statement on Macrae’s actions: “This matter is still before the courts and as such we are unable to comment on the case. We can confirm that these charges have been made against the individual personally and that he was terminated by Live Nation Entertainment in July 2017 following his arrest. Live Nation strongly condemns Macrae’s acts and is outraged by his offensive and criminal behavior which has no place at our company, city or the world at large.”
Live Nation is expanding the reach of its electronic music branch via Live Nation Electronic Asia, a new electronic-focused events division that will aim to meet the continent’s increased demand for large-scale dance music events.
Jim Wong, an independent promoter in Hong Kong will head the division, drawing on his comprehensive experience in the electronic music industry as he supervises the division’s overall development. Wong is notable for his orchestration of more than 500 concerts, festivals, and club bookings in Hong Kong and Mainland China over the past three years.
Live Nation Electronic Asia intends to broaden Asia’s accessibility to electronic music events “through both concerts and festivals.” Tiesto will appear in Shanghai in October as Electronic Asia’s inaugural performer in promotion of his next album, Clublife Vol. 5: China. The Tiesto led tour will span eight total dates across the continent.
Tiesto’s billing will be joined by a Creamfields Festival in Hong Kong from December 15-16. Another Creamfields Festival will be hosted in Taipei, Taiwan on December 17.
In an Instagram Live address to his fans on August 6th, Electric Daisy Carnival‘s owner and poster boy, Pasquale Rotella, discussed myriad issues concerning the dance music industry, his company Insomniac, and it’s relationship to HARD Events, and big changes on the horizon for EDC structuring and mission. Here are a few keys highlights from the address.
EDC New York may not be returning. The company is putting forth new efforts to desaturate the U.S. festival market that it helped to over inflate, focusing more on “quality over quantity of festivals.” This also means downsizing certain festivals like Nocturnal Wonderland from a three-day festival to a more boutique, limited capacity sized event.
Focus will be put on EDC Las Vegas’s transportation system, especially leaving the festival. Rotella doesn’t want to make an official public statements until all changes are solidified. However, EDM Sauce ventures to conjecture that major changes may include the rumored possible future venue change to Las Vegas’ new NFL stadium.
EDC will not move to two weekends and will not be changing the experience inside the festival. Rotella emphasized that the EDC brand and experience will always stand for electronic dance music, stressing that attendees likely won’t be seeing hip-hop on the lineup beyond producers bringing out live guest appearances, a decision that belongs to the artist.
Pasquale spoke to Hard Summer Music Festival founder Gary Richards leaving HARD Presents for LiveStyle. Rotella clarified that Insomniac has actually owned HARD for the past few years, based on a creative partnership Insomniac has with Live Nation Entertainment, the event conglomerate who purchased HARD from Gary Richards in 2012. HARD was able to operate on its own up until this year when Richard’s contract ran out.
On June 12, 2015 during that year’s Electric Daisy Carnival, 24-year-old Nicholas Austin Tom overdosed after ingesting MDMA. His parents are now suing the production companies behind the event, Insomniac Holdings and Live Nation Entertainment, alleging that the two companies were unprepared to offer adequate medical assistance at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway when their son needed it most.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that Tom suffered a seizure and then collapsed after ingesting the illicit drug. Other attendees were then slowed in their attempts to get him to the proper personnel by the large crowds and loud, disorienting music. Further, upon arriving at a medical tent, the lawsuit claims it was unattended and Tom was left alone for 30 minutes—during which, he died.
Tom’s parent’s lawsuit claims that Insomniac and Live Nation didn’t have proper medical supplies or trained staff available on-site to properly administer to their son, though during 2015, there were more than 1,400 medical calls placed, with more than 24 attendees admitted to the hospital and 0 other casualties.
At the time, an Insomniac spokeswoman issued a statement reiterating the company’s zero-tolerance regarding illicit drugs at their events.
“Due to enhanced security procedures, no bags or backpacks will be permitted into the venue except for small personal bags or purses (12″x12″x6″ max) or clear 1 gallon bags. All bags will be subject to a search. We encourage you to not bring in any bag whatsoever and make use of the express ‘no bag’ lanes.”
The statement was originally posted on Sasquatch Music Festival’s Facebook wall, but it has since been hidden. The extent of the new guidelines and how they will affect individual festivals has yet to be seen.
Using a lottery approach to their latest project, Live Nation Entertainment has just announced a never-before seen “Festival Passport” – giving access to over 90 music festivals around the world throughout the rest of 2017. Including massive events like EDC Las Vegas, Creamfields, and Electric Forest, Live Nation will release one thousand exclusive passes May 22 at 10AM Pacific Time. Notably, sold-out events will also be accessible with the passport.
A dream come true for destination festival fanatics, and wanderlust-driven individuals, Live Nation is offering this pass for $799 (not including transportation, accommodation, or airfare). To combat scalpers from acquiring the passes, Live Nation ensures that these all sales will be non-transferable, and must be used by the person who purchased it.
Making this opportunity run as seamless as possible, all the ticket-holder has to do is show up to the event with their Festival Passport, and go to will call with their valid ID to obtain their event wristband. Passports are available for purchase here.
Festival Passport holders have access to the following events:
Austin City Limits Music Festival – U.S. – Austin, TX
Barcelona Beach Festival – Spain – Barcelona
Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival – U.S. – NY
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – U.S. – Manchester, TN
Camp Bisco – U.S. – Scranton, PA
CBC Music Festival – Canada – Toronto
Center of Gravity Festival – Canada – Kelowna
Chasing Summer Music Festival – Canada – Calgary
Chicago Open Air – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Citadel Festival – England – London
Community Festival – England – London
Contact Winter Music Festival – Canada – Vancouver
Copenhell – Denmark – Copenhagen
Countdown NYE – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
Country LakeShake – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Creamfields – England – Daresbury
Creamfields Steel Yard – England – London
Crystal Coast Music Festival – U.S. – Atlantic Beach, NC
DCODE Festival – Spain – Madrid
Down the Rabbit Hole – Holland – Ewijk
Download Festival – England – Leicestershire
Download Festival Paris – France – Paris
Download Festival Spain – Spain – Madrid
Dreams Music Festival – Canada – Toronto
Dreamstate San Francisco – U.S. – San Francisco, CA
Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV
Electric Daisy Carnival – U.S. – Orlando, FL
Electric Forest Festival – U.S. – Rothbury, MI
Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival – Ireland – Stradbally
Escape Halloween – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
Faster Horses Country Music Festival – U.S. – Brooklyn, MI
Field Trip Music & Arts Festival – Canada – Toronto
Findings Festival – Norway – Oslo
Firenze Rocks Festival – Italy – Florence
Forecastle Festival – U.S. – Louisville, KY
Free Press Summer Festival – U.S. – Houston, TX
FVDED in the Park – Canada – Surrey
Glasgow Summer Sessions – Scotland – Glasgow
Governors Ball Music Festival – U.S. – New York, NY
Graspop Metal Meeting – Belgium – Dessel
HARD Summer Music Festival – U.S. – Los Angeles, CA
Heartland Festival – Denmark – Kværndrup
I Love Techno Europe – France – Montpellier
Independent Days Festival – Italy – Milan
Jamboree in the Hills – U.S. – Morristown, OH
Latitude Festival – England – Suffolk
Leeds Festival – England – Leeds
Lollapalooza Berlin – Germany – Berlin
Lollapalooza Chicago – U.S. – Chicago, IL
Lollapalooza Paris – France – Paris
Lovebox Festival – England – London
Lowlands Festival – Holland – Biddinghuizen
Main Square Festival – France – Arras
Music Midtown – U.S. – Atlanta, GA
Nocturnal Wonderland – U.S. – San Bernardino, CA
North Sea Jazz Festival – Holland – Rotterdam
Ohana Festival – U.S. – Dana Point, CA
One Love Music Festival – Canada – Calgary
Paradiso Festival – U.S. – George, WA
Parklife – England – Manchester
Popaganda Music Festival – Sweden – Stockholm
Reading Festival – England – Reading
Rock am Ring – Germany – Nürburgring
Rock im Park – Germany – Nürnberg
Rock im Pott – Germany – Gelsenkirchen
Rock Werchter – Belgium – Werchter
Roots Picnic – U.S. – Philadelphia, PA
Route 91 Harvest – U.S. – Las Vegas, NV
Sasquatch! Music Festival – U.S. – George, WA
Sloss Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Birmingham, AL
Summerburst Göteborg – Sweden – Gothenburg
Summerburst Stockholm – Sweden – Stockholm
The Falls Music & Arts Festival – Australia – Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle
The Isle of Wight Festival – England – Newport
The Meadows Music & Arts Festival – U.S. – Queens, NY
The Peach Music Festival – U.S. – Scranton, PA
The Warehouse Project – England – Manchester
Trackside Music Festival – Canada – Ontario
TRNSMT Festival – Scotland – Glasgow
TW Classic – Belgium – Werchter
V Festival – England – Chelmsford & Staffordshire
Voodoo Music + Arts Festival – U.S. – New Orleans, LA