BEACHFRONT VENUE HEADS TO CALI’S HUNTINGTON BEACH
A beachfront live music venue is making its way to Huntington Beach, California. SeaLegs restaurant at Bolsa Chica State Beach off of Pacific Coast Highway is becoming SeaLegs Live starting with a Fourth of July performance by 90s rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot, the Orange County Register is reporting. Two SoCal entrepreneurs – Synergy Global Entertainment CEO John Reese and Prjkt Restaurant Group’s Alicia Whitney – met last November and agreed to the deal within minutes based on their mutual love of live music. SeaLegs Live will show live music at night before as many as 1,200 people, rain or shine. About 60 concerts are in the works through November.
MIDEM ATTENDANCE REMAINS STAGNANT
Despite the significant growth in the music industry in the last year, attendance for the 2017 music industry conference Midem remained the same as 2016. This year’s attendance matched 2016’s 4,400 over the weekend of June 6-9 in Cannes, France. Both years are down from 2015 when 5,500 attended the conference. Regardless of the stagnant attendance, all three major label groups were present at Midem 2017.
CONN GOV. SIGNS LAW RESTRICTING PAPERLESS TICKET SALES
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a law last week outlawing non-transferable tickets to stop companies like Ticketmaster from putting restrictions on paperless tickets. The law makes it illegal to restrict ticket transferability unless “the purchaser of such tickets is offered the option, at the time of initial sale, to purchase the same tickets in another form that is transferrable.” It mirrors a similar piece of legislation approved by Virginia lawmakers that was introduced by Del. Dave Albo after he discovered he wasn’t allowed to resell his ticket for an Iron Maiden show.