MINNEAPOLIS VARSITY THEATER GOES WITH LIVE NATION

The 950-capacity Varsity Theater is set to reopen in February and will be booked and managed by Live Nation, Pollstar is reporting. Last year the venue was sold to Hong Kong firm GAW Capital Partners. Josh Lacey will serve as the building’s talent buyer. Last year Jason McLean sold the building for $2.5 million following sexual misconduct allegations dating back to the 1970s and 80s.

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FORMER TAG/UTA AGENT GEOFF MEALL JOINS CODA

Leading live agent Geoff Meall has joined the management team at Coda Agency in London. Meall was formerly Managing Director at The Agency Group, where he had been since 1992, and which was acquired by UTA in 2015.

“I’m delighted to start the next chapter of my agency life,” said Meall. “Once I made the decision to make a move there was only really one choice — CODA in my opinion are the most dynamic agency in the business. Their A&R signings and successes over the last few years have been unparalleled. They have the benefits of their partnerships with Paradigm, X-Ray and ITG yet retain a maverick and independent culture. It’s also a fun place to work and that should always be the first priority! I’m excited to be part of the future of Coda.”


TWO BIDDERS FOR HOLLAND CIVIC CENTER PLACE

VenuWorks and SMG have responded to a city request to manage Holland Civic Center Place in Central Michigan following $14.15 million in renovations. VenuWorks has offered to invest $150,000 in the form of an interest-free loan in the Civic Center while SMG offered the city $50,000 in the form of a contribution to be used on the Civic Center if the company is chosen. A vote will be held by the venue’s board and then must be ratified by the Holland City Council.

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