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Music Concerts and Festivals - UK - October 2014

“With companies like Live Nation promoting thousands of concerts and festivals each year, or AEG having such a strong position in London in terms of the sheer number of major venues that it operates, there is the potential for promoters to offer a season ticket, which could be used mainly to develop attendances at smaller and mid-level performances.”

– Michael Oliver, Senior Leisure and Media Analyst

This report cover the following issues:

  • Top-end demand is strong, but mid-level acts are losing out on sales
  • What more can artists and promoters do to counter ticket abuse?
  • How can the industry maximise the potential of digital channels?

The live music industry bounced back in 2013 from a quiet year in 2012 which was the result of both competition from the Olympics and the lack of availability of major music venues due to some of them being used as Olympic venues.

While demand for high-profile artists remains strong, a continued squeeze on incomes, combined with rising ticket prices, has meant that the core market of mid-level and emerging artists has struggled a bit in the past few years, as consumers prioritise the concerts they go to, focusing on the big acts.

Promoters and venues still face a number of challenges: ticket abuse continues to be a major problem for the industry, while Mintel’s research for this report shows that two thirds of music concert visitors go to fewer than four performances a year, with a quarter going to just the one. However, there are also opportunities, mainly driven by growing digital device ownership, both to make consumers’ lives easier when it comes to buying tickets and finding their way around music venues or festival sites but also to operators in terms of receiving payments, issuing tickets and scanning tickets on the door.

The concerts and festivals examined in this report include live musical performances at concert venues in the UK for which customers pay an entrance price. Festivals are defined as musical events held on consecutive days in which various musical artists perform a live set. It does not include the many festivals organised mainly by local councils that hold a variety of arts-based events usually over the course of a month, or concerts where admission is free.
 

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction

      • Definition
        • Abbreviations
        • Executive Summary

            • The market
              • Figure 1: UK music concerts and festivals market, 2009-19
            • Market drivers
              • Figure 2: Attendances at National Arenas Association (NAA) member venues*, 2009-13
            • Companies, brands and innovation
              • Figure 3: Leading music concert and festival operators, ranked by UK turnover*, 2013
            • The consumer
              • Music concert and festival visiting habits
                • Figure 4: Music concert & festivals attended in 2013, by type, May 2014
              • Where people watch live music
                • Figure 5: Where people watch live music, May 2014
              • Number of music concerts attended
                • Figure 6: Number of music concerts attended in past 12 months, May 2014
              • How concert or festival tickets are bought
                • Figure 7: How concert or festival tickets are bought, May 2014
              • Digital devices used to make ticket bookings
                • Figure 8: Digital devices used to make ticket bookings, May 2014
              • Attitudes towards music concerts and festivals
                • Figure 9: Attitudes towards music concerts and festivals, May 2014
              • Interest in alternative ways of watching concerts and festivals
                • Figure 10: Interest in alternative ways of watching concerts and festivals, May 2014
              • What we think
              • Issues and Insights

                  • Top-end demand is strong, but mid-level acts are losing out on sales
                    • The facts
                      • The implications
                        • What more can artists and promoters do to counter ticket abuse?
                          • The facts
                            • The implications
                              • How can the industry maximise the potential of digital channels?
                                • The facts
                                  • The implications
                                  • Trend Application

                                      • Trend: Fauxthenticity
                                        • Trend: Life Hacking
                                          • Mintel Futures: Access Anything, Anywhere
                                          • Market Drivers

                                            • Key points
                                              • Arenas’ live music business bounces back in 2013
                                                • Figure 11: MUSIC PERFORMANCES AND ATTENDANCES AT NAA MEMBER VENUES*, 2009-13
                                              • Arenas’ live music business is quite seasonal
                                                • Figure 12: ATTENDANCE AT NAA MEMBER VENUES*, BY QUARTER, 2013
                                              • Pop and rock are the dominant live music genres for arenas
                                                • Figure 13: PERFORMANCES AND ATTENDANCE AT NAA MEMBER VENUES*, BY GENRE, 2013
                                              • Arena ticket prices show signs of stabilisation in 2013
                                                • Figure 14: AVERAGE MUSIC PERFORMANCE TICKET PRICES AT NAA MEMBER VENUES*, 2012 AND 2013
                                              • Market bounces back from the ‘Olympic effect’
                                                • Secondary ticketing comes under Parliamentary scrutiny
                                                  • Promoters begin to tackle the excesses of the secondary ticket market
                                                    • Early signs indicate that Live Music Act has stimulated the market
                                                      • Music Venue Trust predicts ‘tsunami’ of music venue noise complaints
                                                        • Central government funding declines in real terms
                                                          • Figure 15: Major Arts Council-funded classical orchestras, 2012-14 to 2015-17
                                                        • Ulster Orchestra under threat
                                                          • Figure 16: Major Arts Council-funded jazz projects, 2012-14 to 2015-17
                                                        • Digital device ownership continues to grow
                                                          • Figure 17: Household/personal ownership of consumer technology products, April and June 2014
                                                        • Incomes being squeezed
                                                          • Figure 18: Trends in inflation and average weekly earnings, January 2009-July 2014
                                                        • Unemployment continues to be a worry
                                                          • Figure 19: Trends in the UK unemployment rate*, Q1 2009-Q2 2014
                                                          • Figure 20: UK unemployment rate, by age group, Q2 2014
                                                        • Strengthening of Pound makes bringing foreign acts less costly
                                                          • Figure 21: Trends in Sterling exchange rates, 2009-14
                                                        • Live more important than recorded music in revenue terms
                                                          • Figure 22: Live versus recorded music revenue trends, 2009-13
                                                        • UK market outperforms US
                                                          • Figure 23: PERFORMANCE OF US LIVE MUSIC MARKET* IN FIRST SIX MONTHS OF YEAR, 2009-14
                                                      • Who’s Innovating?

                                                        • Key points
                                                          • Travelling festivals
                                                            • Students opt for coffee and music
                                                              • Ticketing innovations dominate
                                                                • Making ticket payments easier
                                                                  • Ticketscript facilitates on-the-door ticketing via mobiles
                                                                    • See Tickets speeds up entry with mobile phone scanner
                                                                      • Ticketmaster aims to beat the bots
                                                                        • Improving the lot of festival-goers
                                                                          • Mobile battery charging service for festival-goers
                                                                            • Wireless uses app to provide crowd control data
                                                                              • Green Man seeks to increase economic impact
                                                                              • Market Size and Forecast

                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                  • Live market bounces back in 2013
                                                                                    • Figure 24: UK MUSIC CONCERTS AND FESTIVALS MARKET SIZE TRENDS, 2009-19
                                                                                  • Forecast
                                                                                    • Figure 25: UK music concerts and festivals, forecast market value, 2009-19
                                                                                • Segment Performance

                                                                                  • Key points
                                                                                    • Tickets still account for three-quarters of live revenues
                                                                                      • Figure 26: UK MUSIC CONCERTS AND FESTIVALS MARKET, BY SEGMENT, 2009-13
                                                                                    • Concerts
                                                                                      • Festivals
                                                                                        • Figure 27: MAJOR UK MUSIC FESTIVALS, 2014
                                                                                      • Independent festivals continue to thrive
                                                                                      • Market Share

                                                                                        • Key points
                                                                                          • Live Nation holds dominant position in UK live market
                                                                                            • Figure 28: Leading music concert and festival operators, ranked by turnover*, 2013
                                                                                        • Companies and Products

                                                                                            • Live Nation Entertainment Inc.
                                                                                              • Background
                                                                                                • Financial performance
                                                                                                  • Figure 29: Live Nation (Music) UK Ltd, key financials, 2009-13
                                                                                                  • Figure 30: Live Nation (Music) Ltd, key performance indicators, 2010-13
                                                                                                • LN-Gaiety Holdings
                                                                                                  • Figure 31: LN-Gaiety Holdings Ltd*, key financials, 2009-13
                                                                                                  • Figure 32: LN-Gaiety Holdings, key performance indicators, 2010-13
                                                                                                • Academy Music Group
                                                                                                  • Figure 33: Academy Music Group Ltd, key financials, 2009-13
                                                                                                • Festival Republic
                                                                                                  • Figure 34: Festival Republic, key financials, 2009-13
                                                                                                • DF Concerts Ltd
                                                                                                  • Figure 35: DF Concerts Ltd, key financials, 2011-13
                                                                                                • C.I. (Events)
                                                                                                  • Figure 36: C.I. (Events) Ltd, key financials, 2011-13
                                                                                                • SJM Concerts and Metropolis Music
                                                                                                  • Background
                                                                                                    • Financial performance
                                                                                                      • Figure 37: SJM Ltd, key financials, 2009-13
                                                                                                      • Figure 38: Scriptograph Ltd, key financials, 2009-13
                                                                                                    • Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)
                                                                                                      • Background
                                                                                                        • Financial performance
                                                                                                          • Figure 39: AEG Live (UK) Ltd, key financials, 2009-13
                                                                                                          • Figure 40: AEG Live (UK) Ltd, turnover by geographical location, 2010-13
                                                                                                        • Marshall Arts
                                                                                                          • Background
                                                                                                            • Financial performance
                                                                                                              • Figure 41: Marshall Arts Ltd, key financials, 2009-13
                                                                                                            • Glastonbury Festival
                                                                                                              • Background
                                                                                                                • Financial performance
                                                                                                                  • Figure 42: Glastonbury Festival Ltd*, key financials, 2008-12
                                                                                                                • Recent activity
                                                                                                                  • MAMA & Company
                                                                                                                    • Background
                                                                                                                      • Financial performance
                                                                                                                        • Figure 43: MAMA GROUP LTD, TURNOVER OF KEY SUBSIDIARIES, 2011/12-2012/13
                                                                                                                      • Recent activity
                                                                                                                        • Other operators
                                                                                                                          • Kilimanjaro Live Ltd
                                                                                                                            • Raymond Gubbay Ltd
                                                                                                                              • DHP Family Ltd
                                                                                                                              • Brand Communication and Promotion

                                                                                                                                • Key points
                                                                                                                                  • Top three players lead way with live music adspend
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 44: Leading music concert and festival promoters’ main media advertising spend, 2011-14
                                                                                                                                  • Festivals prominent among the leading artists/events promoted
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 45: Leading artists/events by main media advertising spend, 2014*
                                                                                                                                  • Press remains the most popular advertising medium for live music
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 46: Main media advertising expenditure on live music concerts and festivals, by media type, 2014*
                                                                                                                                  • Social media is growing channel for brand communication
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 47: Facebook likes and Twitter followers of leading music concert and festival companies, August 2014
                                                                                                                                • Music Concert and Festival Visiting Habits

                                                                                                                                  • Key points
                                                                                                                                    • A third of adults visited a music concert in 2013
                                                                                                                                      • Figure 48: Music concert & festival visiting, May 2014
                                                                                                                                  • Where People Watch Live Music

                                                                                                                                    • Key points
                                                                                                                                      • Wide range of venues used for live music
                                                                                                                                        • Figure 49: Where people watch live music, May 2014
                                                                                                                                    • Number of Music Concerts Attended

                                                                                                                                      • Key points
                                                                                                                                        • Most concert visitors go two or three times a year
                                                                                                                                          • Figure 50: Number of music concerts attended in past 12 months, May 2014
                                                                                                                                        • Pop and classical concert visitors go least often
                                                                                                                                          • Figure 51: Number of music concerts attended in past 12 months, by music concert & festival visiting, May 2014
                                                                                                                                          • Figure 52: Number of music concerts attended in past 12 months, by music concert & festival visiting, May 2014
                                                                                                                                      • How Concert or Festival Tickets Are Bought

                                                                                                                                        • Key points
                                                                                                                                          • More than half of concert visitors buy via websites
                                                                                                                                            • Figure 53: How concert or festival tickets are bought, May 2014
                                                                                                                                        • Digital Bookings

                                                                                                                                          • Key points
                                                                                                                                            • Laptop/notebook is by far the preferred digital device for ticket bookings
                                                                                                                                              • Figure 54: Digital devices used to make ticket bookings, May 2014
                                                                                                                                          • Attitudes towards Music Concerts and Festivals

                                                                                                                                            • Key points
                                                                                                                                              • Strong support for urban festivals and ethical ticketing
                                                                                                                                                • Figure 55: Attitudes towards music concerts and festivals, May 2014
                                                                                                                                            • Interest in Alternative Ways of Watching

                                                                                                                                              • Key points
                                                                                                                                                • Live streaming of concerts generates the highest levels of interest
                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 56: Interest in alternative ways of watching concerts and festivals, May 2014
                                                                                                                                              • Appendix – Market Size and Forecast

                                                                                                                                                  • Figure 57: UK music concerts and festivals, value forecast scenarios, 2014-19

                                                                                                                                              Companies Covered

                                                                                                                                              • Academy Music Group Ltd
                                                                                                                                              • Anshutz Entertainment Group
                                                                                                                                              • Competition Commission
                                                                                                                                              • DF Concerts
                                                                                                                                              • Festival Republic
                                                                                                                                              • Glastonbury Festivals Ltd
                                                                                                                                              • Live Nation
                                                                                                                                              • Metropolis Music
                                                                                                                                              • Raymond Gubbay Ltd
                                                                                                                                              • Ticketmaster

                                                                                                                                              Music Concerts and Festivals - UK - October 2014

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