THE MAJORITY OF NORWEGIANS SAW LIVE MUSIC IN 2016
According to a study done by Statistics Norway, people who don’t go to concerts are in the country’s minority. The Norwegian Culture Barometer, which tracks the popularity of various forms of arts, found that more than six out of ten Norwegians went to a live concert in 2016. Attending a concert is now more popular than sporting events, performing arts, museums and every other form of entertainment except films. With the live music industry growing, most notably for individuals from 45-64 years-old, the Norwegian music business is worth $440 million USD.
CAPITAL TALENT AGENCY ADDS JOHNATHAN LEE IVERSON
Capital Talent Agency has added Johnathan Lee Iverson, Ringling Bros. first African American circus ringmaster, to its growing roster of clients. Beginning in 1998, as the circus’ first African American ringmaster, Iverson set box office records and earned critical acclaim. Iverson and CTA are strategically planning his return to the screen and stage with a special emphasis on New York and regional theater, film and television appearances, hosting for live events, and voice-over work.
MANCHESTER ARENA WON’T REOPEN UNTIL SEPTEMBER
Manchester Arena will remain closed until September to repair damage sustained in the May 22 terrorist attack. The arena shut its doors after 22 people were killed and over 100 were injured at an Ariana Grande concert. Shows by Kings of Leon, Blink-182, and Kiss have already been canceled and a Radiohead residency has been relocated to Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground stadium. A statement from venue operator SMG said “Whilst it was always our intention to honor our existing summer events, the damage caused to the main public area outside of the arena has left us with no other option than to remain closed until September.”