System Of A Down, Slipknot, and Bring Me The Horizon are Booked to Headline Sick New World Festival 2024


Following a meteorically successful inaugural year, Sick New World is set to return to the Las Vegas Festival Grounds April 27, 2024 with an enormous collection of the world’s biggest hard rock, alternative, and up and coming artists. With a closing performance from returning headliner System Of A Down, this colossal lineup features over 65 artists across five stages, including Slipknot, Bring Me The Horizon, A Perfect Circle, Alice In Chains, Danny Elfman, Bad Omens, Sleep Token, Knocked Loose, and many more.

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Live Nation Partners with Willie Nelson for “On The Road Again” Initiative to Reduce Merch Cuts and Pay Venue Staff More in 2023


Live Nation has announced it will no longer take cuts of merchandise sold by artists playing any of its club-sized venues. This is only through the end of 2023, according to the fine print from the press release, and they will offer $1,500 stipends per show to all headlining and support acts. This is in reaction to the growing unrest from bands about merch cuts including many outspoken artists and fans clapping back on the practice. Watch a video of Willie explaining what the program entails.

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Live Nation Answers The Federal Investigation Into Ticket Pricing and Practices with Support of a “Fair Ticketing Act”


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Live Nation /Ticketmaster have come under fire in recent years for what many concertgoers and bands decry as price fixing and artificially inflating ticket pricing, and scalping/reselling. The brand has been under investigation by the US Government after a major public outrage by fans after ticket fiascos such as Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and recently Blink-182. Live Nation has been the past recipient of ire from metalheads after proof of collusion with bands to create a resale market with major bands, such as Metallica, causing a major embarrassment for the band. In their rebuttal to the case being made against them (one of which is that they hold an unfair monopoly on the entire concert industry) they claim they are not unfair and entrants into the field for ticket sales have caused them to defend their brand. Check out Live Nation’s response to the investigation below. Continue reading


Live Nation Launches Limited “Club Pass” – Upcoming Shows Include Amon Amarth, Bad Omens, I Prevail, Jinjer, Marcus King, Toadies, and Trivium


 

Today, Live Nation announced the launch of Club Pass, a new pass that lets music fans enjoy concerts at more than 50 participating Live Nation venues across the country. With Club Pass, fans will have a fast and seamless experience to gain access to all General Admission shows at their favorite clubs.Continue reading


Metallica Called Out For Their Past Dealings with Ticketmaster on “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver”


John Oliver’s program Last Week Tonight With John Oliver took on Ticketmaster/Live Nation on the show this week, calling out corrupt practices, shady fees, price gouging and the creation and manipulation of the secondary market for tickets. In addition to resellers such as Stubhub and Seatgeek and others, Olvier pointed out the common practice where bands do not release swaths of tickets to each to the public, but hold them back to charge huge sums as resale tickets that were never publicly available in the first place. Among the artists called out: Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey and Metallica. Famously Metallica was outed after their original “S&M2” at the Chase Center in 2019 sold out in minutes as scalpers bought most of the tickets, with resales in the $1000s. Many top bands like Metallica have their own operative that works with Ticketmaster/Live Nation to choose the best seats at every show, so they can in effect “scalp their own tickets.” In fairness to Metallica, they did put on a second show geared toward fanclub and sales to real fans, as opposed to scalpers and bots. Ghost Cult covered that story extensively, which you can read here and even the US Congress reviewed the scandal. Continue reading


Animals As Leaders Books a Headline Tour for “The Parrhesia”


Animals As Leaders have booked “The Parrhesia Tour” which will see the band perform 2 sets per night in nineteen cities across the US to support their upcoming album of the same name. This monumental tour, produced by Live Nation, will feature two special sets by the progressive metal outfit – one of which will feature the new album Parrhesia (out on March 25th via Sumerian Records) in its entirety. Direct support acts will be announced soon. Tickets go on general sale at 10AM local on Friday, January 21st at the link below. Continue reading


Judas Priest Postpones The Rest of their 50 Years of Heavy Metal Tour Due to Richie Faulkner’s Heart Condition


Devastating news as Judas Priest shredder Richie Faulkner has a major medical condition (heart) that has landed him in the hospital for treatment. Thus the Judas Priest tour is postponed until a later date. News was proken by the Judas Priest PR team. The Priest were finally celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with the The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour, with Sabaton as openers.Get well soon Richie! Continue reading


Live Nation Brings Back It’s $20 Summer Ticket Sale


Shows and festivals are coming back, as we discuss nearly weekly here at Ghost Cult. Live Nation is often the scourge of concert goers since they service all of the tours and own many of the venues worldwide in the music business. To celebrate the return of live music and honestly, our social life, Live Nation are offering $20 “All-In” tickets for nearly 1,000 shows from tons of artists, such as Slipknot, Korn, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Alice Cooper, Rise Against, 311, Coheed and Cambria, Alanis Morissette, KISS, The Black Crowes, and more!

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Judas Priest Rebooks North American Leg of their 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour


Heavy Metal legends Judas Priest, will finally celebrate their 50th anniversary this year with the launch of a North American tour this fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature Sabaton as openers and is being fueled by the highest-charting album of Priest’s career, ‘Firepower,’ which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, June 11 at 10 am local time at the link below. Produced by Live Nation, the North American tour – which will run throughout September (kicking off on September 8th in Reading, PA) and November (concluding on November 5th in Hamilton, Ontario), will feature a variety of special effects, and a new stage show for the iconic live act.

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The USA Concert and Live Event Industry Unites to Offer Collective COVID-19 Vaccination Infrastructure and Staff


In a letter to recently sworn-in President Joseph Biden today AEG, Bandit Lites, Broadway League, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), Live Nation, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the National Independent Talent Organization (NITO), the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), Oak View Group (OVG), and We Make Events formally offered their venues, staff, and expertise to the COVID-19 vaccination effort. The live event industry is in a unique position to help – the pandemic has fully shuttered operations, leaving venues empty and the furloughed crowd-management oriented staff who operate them eager to help out and get back to work.

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