Virtual conference brings top names from music and sport together to discuss the impact on societal health and wellness and the need for a pan-European strategy for the return of indoor live events

The Arena Resilience Alliance, a lobby group established by the European Arenas Association, will host a free virtual conference in December, which will explore the urgent need for the development of a pan European strategy for the return to live events.

The special event, named ‘A Game of Two Halves’, will take place on Tuesday 8th December 2020 and will explore why ‘getting fit for purpose’ will be essential to bringing live music and sports events back to Arenas and large-capacity venues across Europe.

The virtual conference will address the essential role of arenas as the central hub of the live event ecosystem across Europe, and as key partners to those who organise, promote, play and perform. Arenas are major local employers, hubs for freelance workers and third-party providers, in addition to centres for social gatherings, local communities, friends and families, fan groups, visitors and tourists 365 days a year.

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European Arenas Association welcomes John Langford as new President of the Association

John Langford was elected President of the European Arenas Association during the groups most recent General Meeting, held in Barcelona.

John, who is Chief Operating Officer at AEG Europe, commented on the appointment “I am honoured to represent thirty-five of the leading European indoor arenas during this incredibly dynamic time in the live event sector. Exciting changes in technology, the opportunity to make a positive impact through sustainability initiatives and participating in the wider European conversations that impact our members and audiences are just a few of the areas where we are making a difference.”

EAA at the 29th edition of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC29)

ILMC29 has taken place in London’s Royal Garden Hotel, the EAA were  proud to have been present at the Associations Summit on Tuesday 7th March as well as being the brand partner for the inaugural Venues Summit sessions on Thursday 9th March. 

EAA President, Brian Kabatznick, and GM, Nancy Skipper, both worked on the Steering Group to assist in curating the panels, topics and speakers taking part in the Industry Relationships and Safety & Security sessions along with the ever popular Venues Panel covering the EAA Stats from the soon to be released 2016 Annual Research Report. The session also looked at the role of sports teams in venues along with the benefits and challenges that accompany them and at how venues can diversify programming to cope with any periods of downtime.

April 2017: EAA 2016 Research Report

The 2016 Annual Research Report is soon to be released and will provide a detailed review of the activity in the member venues from January to December 2016.  The report analyses event data on the number of performances and attendances by genre as well as identifying which shows and performances attract the highest number of attendances across the board.

The report indicates the enormity of the arenas business and in 2016 the arena held a total of 2,874 performances attended by over 17.5m people with an average attendance of 6,120 per event at an average ticket price of €48.59.

The report will be released in April 2017 and copies are available for purchase from the Association.


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