As the event industry readies for the four-day weekend, we take a look at the biggest stories from the last 7 days, including our take on The Ticketing Technology Forum 2017.
- The annual Ticketing Technology Forum was staged in Dublin last week, with Ticket Arena and Event Genius Managing Director Reshad Hossenally invited over to talk on the New Faces & Disrupters Panel. Much of the forum’s debate centred on data and secondary ticketing, while demonstrations of the latest in innovative technology hoped to catch the eyes of the industry figures in attendance. Read more.
- More from The Ticketing Technology Forum, this time looking ahead to next year as Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, has been selected to host The Ticketing Business Forum 2018.
- New legislation to help stub out pyrotechnics at festivals and music events has been receiving plaudits from industry big hitters Live Nation and Music Venue Trust. The ban has been in effect as of 3 April and can result in a three-month prison sentence if found guilty. Read more.
- Tramlines Festival has been the subject of a crowd funding bid to buy back the festival “for the people”. A bid of £1.2m has been accepted and will see Sheffield based non-profit Music City Foundation increase its ownership of the festival from 15% to 100%.
- It’s not just the UK that’s fighting an up-hill battle to preserve its music venue culture. In Germany there have been calls for the government to offer more support to smaller venues under strain from increased taxation, noise complaints and restrictive licensing conditions. Read more.