Some of Australia's biggest music festivals are threatening to cancel their shows in New South Wales in the midst of the government's 'war on festivals'. Splendour in the Grass, Listen Out and Laneway are just some of the festivals who have threatened to pull out, claiming they are being ignored by the government. The threat comes in the wake of a controversial bill that was introduced to Parliament last week, requiring festivals to develop new safety management plans to create a better environment for revellers. Organisers of the events lashed out at the government's new safety regime, demanding they be involved in discussions surrounding the new laws. Some of Australia's biggest festivals are threatening to pull out NSW shows, saying they have been 'ignored' by the government (pictured: Splendour in the Grass) Danny Rogers, co-director for Laneway Festival said they may be looking elsewhere after being 'continuously ignored' by the government. 'Right now what we're … [Read more...] about Major music festivals including Splendour in the Grass threaten to quit NSW over increasing red tape – as government introduces MORE laws to protect revellers from drug deaths
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At a time when many critics believe we are living through a golden age of TV, it seems no new drama with aspirations to credibility is complete without a soundtrack to match. As content on on-demand platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video has proliferated, and shows such as Stranger Things, Breaking Bad and Transparent have won acclaim, so fans have rushed to track down the music in their favourite shows. Figures provided exclusively to the Guardian by PRS (Performing Rights Society) for Music, show that the use of music across major on-demand platforms has more than tripled (up 238%) in the past five years – from 145bn minutes in 2014 to 490bn minutes in 2018. In 2012, the makers of Mad Men paid the Beatles $250,000 (then about £130,000) for the use of Tomorrow Never Knows. While that deal was exceptional, the royalties and boost to an artist’s profile that use of their music in TV generates is significant at a time when physical sales of music are low. … [Read more...] about TV streaming services revitalise music industry, figures show
Radio 3 is launching a new weekly programme dedicated to video game soundtracks. Running from Saturday 26 October, the hour-long show will be presented by composer Jessica Curry, who won a Bafta for her work with UK studio The Chinese Room and created and presented Classic FM’s video game music programme, High Score. “[BBC presenter and journalist] Tom Service and his producer Brian Jackson came to interview me for Radio 3 at Chinese Room a couple of years ago, and we all really hit it off,” said Curry. “Tom’s an avid gamer and there was a definite feeling of excitement about the gaming scene and the music that’s being composed for games. “Lots of people think that it’s all battle music and aggression. The show will prove that that couldn’t be further from the truth.” Video game music has undergone a boom in interest and appreciation in the past five years, as the art form has grown and matured. The Distant Worlds concert, … [Read more...] about ‘It’s a new golden age’: Radio 3 launches video game music show
The fallout from Gold Coast Titans star's Ryan James' blunder at the NRL Grand Final continues with a long-time major sponsor parting ways with the club, citing the player's 'offensive' gaffe. Construction and event hire company TFH has reportedly called full-time on its six figure agreement as the Titans' major sponsor and has labelled the club captain's blunder as 'embarrassing'. A red-faced James forgot the words while conducting the Welcome to Country prior to kick-off in front of 80,000 fans and millions of television viewers at a sold-out Sydney's ANZ Stadium on October 6. The Gold Coast Titans have reportedly lost their major sponsor after club captain Ryan James' (pictured with wife Anna) embarrassing blunder at the NRL grand final TFH director Brett Thomas wrote a letter to the Titans to inform the club it will be tearing up its sponsorship agreement 'effective immediately', The Courier Mail reported. 'The embarrassing performance of Ryan James in his speech last … [Read more...] about ‘Give him a break!’ Outrage as major sponsor pulls the plug on NRL club after star’s ’embarrassing’ and ‘offensive’ welcome to country blunder ahead of the Grand Final
Disney remains in charge of the kingdom Finally some good news for those plucky young upstarts at Disney. While it might not be a surprise that the studio made money this season, not many could have predicted just how much money it would make. With four $1bn-plus hits, Disney broke a new record and ensured that the industry survived another summer with their films accounting for 50% of the overall gross for the season. What’s most important is that their successes come from three different strands (Marvel, live-action/CG remakes and Pixar) and while none of their hits are based on original properties, it’s a sign of how the company has grown in the last decade. Avengers: Endgame, the endlessly hyped concluding chapter in the Avengers franchise (for now, anyway) made even more money than anticipated with $2.796bn worldwide, edging away from Avatar to become the most successful film of all time. It was the ending that Marvel and Disney have been working toward for the last 11 … [Read more...] about Summer box office 2019: what are the major lessons of the season?