UK gives TM/LN a Christmas present
The United Kingdom’s version of anti-trust regulators has given Ticketmaster/Live Nation a surprise holiday gift. They are now allowing the merger to go through on their side of the pond. This should open the door and allow the U.S. to move forward. I hear we could see the merger completed in the first quarter of 2010.
This week means one of two things to people in the live event industry. You are either lucky enough to have the holidays off or your lucky enough to be working your ass off. While Hollywood usually shuts down over the holiday period, the shows on the road are trucking along at full speed. This is a very busy time for arena venues. I remember several Christmas and New Year’s nights spent in Toronto with the cast of Disney On Ice. While it is traditional to spend the holidays with family, my wife and I both agree we really did enjoy spending those holidays with our road show family too.
This holiday period can be our version of “Black Friday”. I hope that stockings are filled Christmas morning with tickets to all our events. Let’s make the best of the next two weeks and put lots of butts in the seats.
I wish everyone either at home or on the road a wonderful holiday season!