Arthurs Voting Opens
Ahoy’s Double Celebration
Voting for the ILMC Arthur Awards – the most established awards in the live music industry calendar – has opened, and organisers have announced an additional category for the 2011 edition. The new annual award will focus on unsung heroes from different sectors of the business, with the first year recognising those powers behind the industry’s thrones, the personal assistants. It’s one of 12 gongs to be handed out during the ILMC Gala Dinner on 12 March at Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London. “From humble beginnings, our Gala Dinner and The Arthur Awards have become the real jewels in the crown
The longest-standing arena in Holland is gearing up for a month-long reopening party in January having finished a major refurbishment that includes a new roof, an entirely new bank of seating and acoustic treatment. The Ahoy in Rotterdam has undergone a year-long bout of modernisation that has seen the capacity increased from 10,500 to 15,000. Usher will kick off the
of the ILMC weekends,” says conference head Martin Hopewell. “The Arthurs were always intended as something of a side-swipe at industry award shows, but they really mean something to people now – in fact they’re probably the best-loved trophies in the business – so I’d urge everyone to get involved, vote and help put a smile on somebody’s face next year.” In addition to The People’s Assistant award, other categories include Promoters’ Promoter, Second Least Offensive Agent, Liggers’ Favourite Festival, Least Painful Tour and Tomorrow’s New Boss. Voting is now open online at www.ilmc.com.
French Growth Unfinished
With the purchase of the country’s second largest ticket seller, Live Nation Entertainment (LNE) caps a year of change for its French operation. Ticketnet, which sells 6.6 million tickets annually for over 40,000 events and employs 100 staff, was purchased in November for an undisclosed sum and a statement confirmed that company MD François Thominet will remain at the helm. The move comes after a reshuffle at the company’s French office in December
2009 which saw Angelo Goppe from Nous Productions; and Armel Campagna and Damien Chombard-Boudet from Gerard Drouot Productions replace outgoing MD Jackie Lombard. Jazz specialist Jonathan Miltat’s Deluxe Productions was also acquired, while in July, LNE’s Main Square Festival in Arras (twinned with Rock Werchter in Belgium) pulled 33,000 in its third year. “France has always been a key European market for us, so the purchase of Ticketnet is certainly part of our plan to expand the LNE business there,” says Alan Ridgeway, CEO of international music. “It is still early days... I would certainly expect to see future additions and growth in the business over the next couple of years.”
celebrations on 14 January, 40 years to the day when the Ahoy opened. Later that month, a string of Dutch stars will appear as part of the seven-date Friends of Amstel event. “We’re aiming for between 120 and 130 events next year,” says venue general manager Peter van der Veer. “It’s a difficult market at the moment, but we’re confident that our new world-class facilities will see us far beyond next year.”
Festival Payout at Eurosonic Organisers of the Eurosonic Noorderslag weekend are reporting record numbers of delegates registering for the 25th anniversary edition of the showcase and conference event. When it takes place from 12-15 January in Groningen, Holland, 3,000 music professionals are expected to be in attendance. “We’re accommodating 200 more people than last year,” says creative director Peter Smidt. “Some of our sponsors are having problems, but registrations are up and we sold out all 15,000 public tickets for the festival in 20
minutes, so the response has been phenomenal.” Marking its 25th anniversary, organisers are launching a zone for working media at the Oosterport where the conference element of the event takes place. Also new this year is a partnership via which festivals that go on to book showcasing artists through SonicBids’ website will be paid €500 for the first booking and €1,000 for the second. “SonicBids want more access to European festivals, so we developed this scheme,” Smidt says. “We think it’s an offer that festivals can’t refuse.” Around 260 European artists are expected to perform across 30 different venues around the city, while the professional element of the weekend includes a keynote by industry commentator Bob Lefsetz. Additional panel topics include the future of festivals, booking agencies, health & safety, and artist management.
IQ Magazine issue 33.