LIVE UK, a sister publication to AUDIENCE, is the only publication dedicated to the country's contemporary live music business, providing news, features, tour plans and information to the people that drive the industry – promoters, festival organisers, venue operators, artiste managers, booking agents, ticketing companies, media and key professionals in dozens of related sectors.
The UK's Best Venues for Contemporary Live Music as an annual round-up of the most prominent and proactive venues, from pubs to stadiums and open-air sites, that play a part in keeping the UK a world leader in contemporary music. This 84-page publication features interviews with venue operators, profiles key personalities – from pub landlords to stadium bosses, and includes a survey of trends in areas such as ticketing and marketing.
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Audience is the world's leading monthly magazine for the international contemporary live music industry, providing news, features and information to professionals in more than 80 countries worldwide. Circulation includes thousands of promoters, festival organisers, venue operators and key people in dozens of related sectors.
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We are grateful to the following sponsors for their support:

LG Arena:
The NEC Birmingham

Birmingham’s iconic NEC Arena is to have a new look and name through a £28 million funding package that includes a major sponsorship deal with global electronic giants LG.

The concert and event venue, which welcomes one million visitors every year, was officially renamed the LG Arena on 1 September, with work already underway to create brand new seating, hospitality, bars, restaurants and other essential customer facilities as well as improved backstage areas.

The sponsorship deal with the world-wide technology manufacturer and innovator in electronics - famed for its motto ‘Life’s Good’ - will help support repayment of the £28million redevelopment of The NEC Arena into a must visit, world class venue.

The multi-million pound improvement works are essential to improve ageing facilities and infrastructure and help the venue compete in a global marketplace with a host of newer venues.

The redevelopment of the venue, which has helped boost the reputation and the economy of the region since it opened its doors 28 years ago, will ensure that Birmingham stays firmly on the map as a must stop city on major UK and international tours during a buoyant live touring market, and will provide visitors with a 21st century total entertainment experience.

See Tickets

See is now owned by Stage Ticketing International which is part of Joop van den Ende’s Stage Entertainment. Stage Ticketing International also has ticketing operations in Germany, France, Spain, The Netherlands and Belgium and sells in excess of 40 million tickets per annum.

In the UK, See has offices in both London and Nottingham.  It is the second largest ticketing company in the UK, selling over 9 million tickets per year.  See sells tickets for a wide range of events including West End Theatre, Concerts, Festivals, Events, Exhibitions and Sport.  Major Clients include Really Useful Theatres, Festival Republic, Glastonbury Festival, SJM, Metropolis 3A, Brand Events, Single Market Events, Live Nation, AEG and Vince Power Music Group.  See also owns Seethreesixty, a fully integrated ticketing system used by football clubs and has recently won Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United and Stoke City as clients.

See’s Managing Director is Nick Blackburn (020 7087 7800) and Chief Operating Officer is Rob Wilmshurst (0115 912 9215).

Showsec: setting the standards in live music

Customer focus and a dedication to team training: these are the qualities that have made Showsec one of the most respected crowd management and security companies in the live music industry. Through these values, Showsec has earned a multitude of awards, demonstrating the respect in which it is held by both its customers and industry peers. Showsec’s team of 2,500 qualified employees has a full understanding of vital event disciplines such as risk assessment, event safety plans, ingress, egress and front-of-house pit management.

Among the venues and events Showsec works with are the Hyde Park events, (including Nelson Mandela’s 46664, Hard Rock Calling and O2 Wirless), Live8, Bestival, the Brit Awards, Creamfields, Wembley Arena, Earls Court, MEN Arena, Cardiff International Arena, Shepherd’s Bush Empire and a range of University Unions. The company also carries out consultancy projects for the BBC, MTV and key UK tours, while expansion is continuing internationally with projects in Dubai, Romania, Holland and Denmark.

For more information about Showsec’s people-focused approach to crowd management and security at your concert, tour or festival, visit or contact one of the company’s nine offices nationwide.

Millenium Stadium

The Millennium Stadium is pleased to be a sponsor of  Live UK – The Summit. It is truly the icon of modern Wales, standing proud over the skyline of the capital city. Since its opening in 1999, the Millennium Stadium has attracted over 10  million visitors to a plethora of events ranging in diversity from Madonna to the Rugby World Cup and FA Cup Finals creating an annual economic impact of over £105m.

With the UK’s only fully retractable roof, removable pitch and arena curtain, creating a genuinely versatile space, the Stadium can host everything from International sports to concerts ranging from 15,000 to 60,000. It unique  city centre location together with its variable capacities make the Millennium Stadium one of Europe’s must-play venues. In its short history the stadium has attracted artists such as The Rolling Stones, Robbie Williams, Madonna, The Police and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers to name but a few. Under its fully retractable roof, entertainment has never looked so good.

DHP Group

Media Sponsor:
Music Week

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Apex Insurance Ltd

Last Second Tickets

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