Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino has been bullish on concerts and festivals returning in 2021 and now we have further evidence that he is convinced of this idea. According to a published report by Kerrang (via IQ Mag) Rapino spoke on an Investors call on November 5th in which he said expects concerts to return “at scale” next year, depending on the region.He further shared that the promoters were working on a “roadmap to get back to live safely”, with current “progress on testing technology treatments and vaccines” looking encouraging. Though Michael admitted the “exact timeline of this return will vary by region, and so we continue to focus on remaining flexible”, he added that Live Nation “expect shows at scale next summer”.
In a story we have been following, ticketing company Ticketmaster has issued a statement in response to an outcry from music fans after it recently adjusted the language on its web site regarding refund policies. A few weeks ago — before the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancelation or postponement of most large events and public gatherings — it said people could get refunds “if your event is postponed, rescheduled or canceled”; now it lists only cancelation as a reason for getting your money back, though it suggests there may be other circumstances in which refunds might be considered. Continue reading
In a new report by www.digitalmusicnews.com, in the maelstrom that is the current concert and music festival landscape with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Ticketmaster has quietly and perhaps deceitfully changed its refund policy to be even less accommodating and unfair than before in light of the current economic situation facing many fans and venues. In other words, because of the entire industry shut down due to coronavirus, they are opting to leave fans holding the bag from cancellations and postponements. Thus, fans will have a near-impossible time getting refunds when many in the world are out of work. As fans are looking for refunds, Ticketmaster changed its refund policy to cover only canceled events — not the many functions that promoters have indefinitely “postponed” or rescheduled to a date/time that some ticket holders cannot make. Continue reading
In 2020 Metallica has announced they will take part in the Global Citizen’s 10-hour “Live Aid”-style concert event happening on September 26, 2020 on five continents: Central Park in New York, Lagos in Nigeria, and to-be-announced cities in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. The event will be the culmination of a yearlong campaign dubbed “Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream” that will benefit United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals with aims at ending extreme poverty and tackling climate change. Also set to perform are Billie Eilish, Coldplay, Eddie Vedder, MUSE, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pharrell Williams with co-hosts for the event Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman, Idris Elba, Jill Vedder, Katie Holmes, Rachel Brosnahan, Trevor Noah, and Uzo Aduba. Continue reading