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2020 in review: September

Live entertainment and ticketing provider TEG restructured its management team with Cameron Hoy (pictured left) appointed to the new combined role of chief commercial officer and managing director of ticketing, while Ian Ball (pictured right) joined as chief operating officer.

TEG also acquired a minority stake in UK-based Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) to support the latter through the COVID-19 crisis. TEG pledged £160m towards the West End entertainment giant, which owns the Piccadilly and Apollo theatres.

The UK Government established a working group to explore high-tech solutions to allow more fans to return to stadia. The Sport Tech Innovation Group – announced in the wake of a limited number of fans being allowed to return to a Premier League stadium for the first time in five months – includes sport, health and tech experts as well as representatives of the Premier League, England & Wales Cricket Board and other sporting bodies.

Deutsche Entertainment AG (DEAG) entered the “extremely attractive” Irish market via a joint venture with three established concert promoters. Through its UK subsidiary Kilimanjaro Live, the German company founded the joint venture Singular Artists, holding a 55% stake, together with the promoters Fin O’Leary, Brian Hand and Simon Merriman.

Singular Artists will organise concerts and events in Ireland and Northern Ireland, with the aim of developing into an independent brand in the coming years. DEAG also plans to expand its ticketing business to Ireland with its MyTicket and Gigantic platforms.

It was confirmed that concerts streamed live on Twitch will be integrated into the Amazon Music app to allow fans and artists to connect amid the continued lack of in-person events due to COVID-19. Through the Amazon Music partnership, fans are able to interact with artists who are planning on streaming via Twitch, with the streams varying from live music to other music-related content, like artist interviews and variety shows.

The Irish government approved the drafting of anti-ticket touting legislation, paving the way for penalties of up to €100,000 and maximum prison terms of two years for people found guilty of reselling tickets above face value.

The drafting of the Sale of Tickets (Cultural, Entertainment, Recreational and Sporting Events) Bill 2020 was brought forward by former Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Under the bill, the resale of tickets at inflated prices to live events, matches and concerts in designated venues with a capacity of 1,000 or more is banned, although there are exemptions for amateur sports clubs and registered charities for fundraising purposes.