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by: Rugby Scruggs Nov 26, 2020 On Saturday, November 21, the nation’s largest retailer of music equipment filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the midst of debt restructuring. The beloved Guitar Center, which has long been a second home for DJs and producers thanks to their hearty inventory of Pioneer DJ products and other electronic […]

by: Rachel Narozniak Nov 24, 2020 An exclusive partnership between UK-based event and festival operations company Swallow Events and Roche will yield a rapid, full-scale COVID-19 testing strategy aimed at ensuring attendee safety at live events. Through the collaborative effort, the logistics entity will offer Roche’s MHRA-, CE-, and PHE-approved 15-minute COVID-19 test (96.52 percent […]

by: Austria Masim Nov 21, 2020 Kraftwerk will headline Playground Festival, topping the bill for 2021’s event. The Glasgow festival returns next year, running July 30 – August 1, at Rouken Glen Park. The three-day festival commonly hosts a mix of established and new acts, though the first crop of talent announced comes with a […]

by: Sami Weisband Nov 18, 2020 Event Entertainment Group, Ultra Music Festival‘s parent company, has filed a lawsuit against staging company AG Production Services for allegedly withholding a deposit of nearly $800,000. Event Entertainment Group is reported to have paid the sum at the time of contractual signing with AG Production Services. The agreement, which […]

by: Rachel Narozniak Nov 17, 2020 Four DJs tapped to play Road to Ultra: Taiwan’s 2020, single-day installment have been fined NT$10,000 ($351 USD) for violating quarantine protocol under Article 58 of the Communicable Disease Control Act, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center. The four acts are reported to have “met in a common […]

Clubs around the world have been hit hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — but a new court ruling could save German nightlife. It might sound strange, and rather obvious, but the country has officially declared techno to be music. That means nightclubs and dance music venues are allowed the same tax break as concert […]

by: David Klemow Nov 12, 2020 Well, this one’s a no-brainer. The Weeknd is an obvious choice for the Super Bowl halftime show in 2021 after the career year he put together amid a pandemic-stifled 2020. Coming off a critically lauded fourth studio album, After Hours, earlier this spring, The Weeknd released one of the […]

by: Sami Weisband Nov 11, 2020 Stocks for live music companies such as Live Nation immediately increased following Pfizer and BioNTech’s November 9 announcement that their co-developed COVID-19 vaccine was more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 in patients without prior SARS-CoV-2 infection. Specifically, Live Nation’s stock rose by 20.8% ($67.73); Madison Square Garden […]

by: Farrell Sweeney Nov 10, 2020 Live Nation‘s CEO Michael Rapino has confirmed that the company is working on a series of measures that will allow for “full scale” shows by the summer of 2021. The goal is a “COVID secure” live music experience, which will include strict venue sanitation procedures in addition to fan-friendly […]

It’s a “great day for humanity” as Pfizer has reportedly discovered a vaccine to fight COVID-19 that’s over 90% effective. Early test results are in and, so far, Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech SE have found no glaring safety issues. If the U.S. approves emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine this month, pending full trial results, it could […]