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Melvin Benn
Festival Republic Eyes U.S. Festival

New renamed music company Festival Republic, created from the remains of the U.K.’s Mean Fiddler Music Group following the company’s massive name and assets deal with MAMA Group, is planning to branch out into the U.S. with plans to host a new music festi


MAMA To Purchase Mean Fiddler Name And Venues

Mean Fiddler Music Group has struck a $12 million cash deal with media and marketing firm MAMA Group plc to sell its brand and a set of London venues to the company.


Fflam Festival Cancelled

A month after announcing that the Fflam Festival would be postponed due to inclement weather, the rock event featuring Keane and Manic Street Preachers has been axed entirely.


Robert Ayling
Ayling, Board Directors Exit Sanctuary Group

Sanctuary Group chairman Robert Ayling and three non-executive directors have left the board of Sanctuary Music, less than two weeks after Universal Music Group announced that it would buy the music group for $87.68 million.


Hayes Rocks Out At Soggy WOMAD

This year’s rain-soaked WOMAD Festival in Wiltshire saw its high points from performers, including a highly acclaimed performance by soul legend Isaac Hayes.


Quintain Sets Ultimatum For HBOS Bid

The development company that owns the land surrounding Wembley Stadium has called on the British Takeover Panel to issue an ultimatum notice to HBOS.


Jarrett
Jazz Legend, Keith Jarrett, Hates Cell Phone Cameras

Last month, jazz musician Keith Jarrett, once a member of Miles Davis' inner circle, was permanently banned from Umbria's annual jazz festival.


Elton John
Elton John To Give Queensland Concert

After much controversy surrounding where he would perform in Australia, Elton John has announced that he will perform in the small Northern Queensland city of Townsville.


Saudi Arabia Makes First Music Video

The Arab world's hugely popular music video industry often features sexy performers in revealing clothes crooning about love.


Good News For DEAG

German entertainment company DEAG has posted a tidy profit for the first half of 2007. A recent financial statement showed that sales were up by 35% to $57.1 million from the same period in the previous year.


Maazel & The Phil
NY Philharmonic Gets North Korean Invite

The New York Philharmonic has been invited to play somewhere the famed orchestra has never been -- North Korea.


UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra To Tour US And Europe

Considered the leading training orchestra in the world, the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra, embarks on its 7th annual world tour in November 2007.


Thai Elvis!
Thai Elvis Keeps Fans All Shook Up

You'll find no Heartbreak Hotel in Bangkok, but the spirit of Elvis endures in this cosmopolitan Southeast Asian capital three decades after the passing of the king of rock and roll.

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