Live Nation home and away
News that Madonna has decided to take the Live Nation millions (a story which has had legs for quite some time and which will inevitably feed into the current end-of-the-world feeling about the record industry) comes on the same day …
News that Madonna has decided to take the Live Nation millions (a story which has had legs for quite some time and which will inevitably feed into the current end-of-the-world feeling about the record industry) comes on the same day as Simon Carswell has a story in the paper about Dublin venue owner Harry Crosbie doing a deal with the multinational concert promotion giant.
As a result of the deal, Live Nation will manage all four of Crosbie’s venues: the Point (which currently has the builders in), the proposed Daniel Libeskind-designed 2,000-seat theatre at Grand Canal Square, the brand new Vicar Street 2 (a smaller venue to be located beside the Point) and, what is probably the best venue in Dublin, Vicar Street on Thomas Street.
While some aspects of the story aren’t new (Live Nation have managed the Point since they took over the Apollo Leisure Group a good few years ago and they were slated to look after the Grand Canal Square venue since it was first mooted back in 2004, albeit under their old Clear Channel name), the news that Crosbie has done a deal with Live Nation for Vicar Street is very interesting.
Since it opened in 1998, Aiken Promotions have managed the venue for Crosbie and, while they have been very open and helpful to independent promoters, their biggest rivals MCD have not had access to the diary. Will this change now that there’s a new management company in place? Especially a new management company whose parent company are in bed with MCD on the ownership of a couple of British venues and festivals? Yet another interesting twist in the city’s ongoing live music story to keep an eye on.