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NOW WITH DISTANCING: The return of audiences to U.K. venues does not mean packed crowds like this one cheering Ali Campbell of UB40 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. (Getty Images) United Kingdom Indoor Concerts Are Returning Limited capacities, e-tickets among government guidelines The U.K. government is rolling out the fourth stage of its five-stage roadmap to bring back performing arts in the country. Starting Aug. 1, audiences will be allowed back inside U.K. venues, but under the new regime audiences, performers and venue staff are expected to maintain a mandated distance at all times. To ensure distances can be maintained, venues are required to limit their capacities accordingly. Tickets will be bought online and venues are encouraged to use e-tickets to reduce contact and help track visitors in case authorities want to reconstruct a chain of infection. To indicate appropriate distances to their visitors, venue operators should have markings […]

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Hapka Leaving AEG Post in Berlin

Michael Hapka joined AEG’s Berlin operation in 2012. Mercedes-Benz Arena GM out as company restructures Michael Hapka, vice president and managing director of Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, is leaving Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns and operates the arena. Hapka spent more than eight years in his role, joining AEG in October 2012 as managing director of the 17,000-capacity arena in the German capital. Ole Hertel will take over as general manager. Hertel worked as senior director of events and deputy general manager at Mercedes-Benz Arena and has been in charge of AEG’s events division in Berlin since 2008. The move comes as AEG undergoes operational restructuring in light of the challenges posed to the live events industry by the coronavirus pandemic. AEG’s president and CEO, Dan Beckerman, informed employees of cost-reduction plans Monday. “The Anschutz Entertainment Group would like to thank Michael Hapka for his long service with the company […]

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D.Live’s Brill: Venue ‘No Longer Just a Shell’

BRILL THING: “We have to be very flexible, we have to be innovative, we have to know our market,” says Michael Brill. (Courtesy D.Live) Dusseldorf venues chief on how business has changed, what’s next Michael Brill knows what it’s like to shape a city’s live entertainment landscape. After spending 22 years in management positions at SMG Europe, including in the role of senior vice president, Brill joined the management of Düsseldorf, Germany’s sports, events and meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition venues in 2017. Since August 2018, the live entertainment and sports events are handled by the newly formed D.Live, which Brill oversees as CEO. D.Live operates Merkur Spiel-Arena (54,000 capacity), ISS Dome (13,000), Mitsubishi Electric Halle (7,500), Castello Düsseldorf (3,000)and the Alltours open air cinema. In 2019, D.Live joined the OVG International Venue Alliance as founding member (OVG is the parent company of VenuesNow). Brill has been a panelist at […]

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D.Live Joins OVG International Venue Alliance

Merkur Spiel-Arena has a capacity of 54,000. (Peter Weihs/ D.Live) Venue operator has five facilities in Düsseldorf, Germany The Oak View Group International Venue Alliance continues its growth into continental Europe by adding German venue operator D.Live to the list of founding members. OVG is VenuesNow’s parent company. D.Live operates five venues in the German city of Düsseldorf: Merkur Spiel-Arena (54,000 capacity), ISS Dome (13,000), Mitsubishi Electric Halle (7,500), Castello Düsseldorf (3,000)and the Alltours open air cinema — which have now become first members of OVG’s International Venue Alliance from continental Europe. D.Live is also working on securing a permit for an open air park with a capacity of 80,000. D.Live Managing Director Michael Brill told VenuesNow that the project “requires an intensive planning process in order to ensure that all requirements are met for the future. We are confident that the process will be successfully concluded in the next year […]

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