Christopher Barrett

UK’s One Industry One Voice lobby rebrands to The Power of Events

One Industry One Voice (OIOV), the UK coalition of associations and businesses created to champion the country’s events industry, has been expanded and rebranded The Power of Events (UK). The recently formed collaborative not-for-profit organisation has been built on the back of OIOV, which was launched in July 2020 to represent seven core event industry sectors, including outdoor events and...

ASM Global to spend £50m on upgrading AO Arena in Manchester

International venue management company, ASM Global said it plans to expand the capacity of the AO Arena in Manchester, UK and spend £50m (US$65m) over the next three years upgrading the facilities at the venue, formerly known as the Manchester Arena. ASM Global was launched in 2019 following the merger of AEG Facilities and then Manchester Arena operator SMG. It said the AO Arena refurbishment wil...

NTIA calls for Welsh Parliament revote on Covid passport implementation

After yesterday’s 28 to 27 vote by the Welsh parliament in favour of the introduction of a Covid Pass to enter nightclubs and live events venues, the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) Wales Commission said it was outraged a Tory member in Senedd, who was set to vote against the move, was denied a vote by the Speaker due to a technical error. The Labour-led Welsh government has suggested the...

UK Government outlines details of its live events reinsurance scheme

The UK Government has published an outline of the scheme rules for its Live Events Reinsurance Scheme, which was announced on 4 August. The £750m scheme offers cost indemnification if an event has to be cancelled, postponed, relocated or abandoned due to new UK Civil Authority restrictions in response to Covid-19. It will run to 30 September 2022 with a review point in Spring next year. Cover will...

Scotland to lift most Covid-related restrictions but limits remain on events

Following the announcement by Scotland first minister Nicola Sturgeon that most Covid-related restrictions would be lifted in the country on 9 August, minister for culture, Europe and international development Jenny Gilruth has clarified that operators of outdoor events with capacities of more than 5,000 will still be required to apply for permission to local authorities. Organisers of events indo...

Barcelona pilot show for 5,000 concert-goers hailed a success by organisers

A group of Barcelona’s leading festival and concert promoters collaborated to stage a 5,000-capacity concert on Saturday, 27 March, with a standing audience and no social distancing. Doctor Josep Maria Llibre, who led the experiment, told EW‘s sister publication Access that the test concert by the Spanish band Love of Lesbian at Barcelona’s Saint Jordi Arena (cap. 17,000) was carried out und...