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The European Arenas Association appoints Rockhal’s CEO Olivier Toth as new president
Published on 27 September 2021

 

The European Arenas Association has elected Olivier Toth, CEO Rockhal Luxembourg, as President succeeding AEG Europe’s John Langford who is stepping down after completing his two-year tenure. Rockhal is one of Luxembourg’s leading entertainment venues hosting a wide range of international and regional artists. The venue is based in Esch-sur-Alzette and has a capacity of 6,500 people.

 

“I can think of no better person to lead the EAA. Since joining the association, Olivier has been working tirelessly on behalf of the members to deliver the association’s goal of strengthening ties with the European Union and boosting the advocacy impact of the EAA at EU level” said outgoing President, John Langford.

 

Olivier Toth, an EAA board member, was a co-founder of the EAA EU Subgroup which morphed into the Arena Resilience Alliance during the Covid-19 crisis when it became clear that the live event industry needed a unified voice through which to open dialogue with EU governing bodies. ARA has been active throughout the pandemic through a wide range of self-funded activities to raise awareness on the current crisis and has been in active conversations with top level national and European policy-makers, working towards the development of a uniform regulatory framework for the mandatory requirements and measures that will bring back live events across Europe.

 

In addition to the work being done by ARA, Toth was instrumental in the reshaping of the EAA’s vision for the future designed to create a more inclusive membership structure and to address the challenges and opportunities for recovery and long-term growth. The association’s activities will centre on four pillars:

  • knowledge exchange, education and training
  • advocacy
  • networking
  • content development

Commenting on his appointment Olivier Toth said;
“I am honoured to be appointed as the EAA’s next president and look forward to further developing and delivering the EAA’s realigned objectives and to continue to work closely with the EU on arena-related topics. Through the Arena Resilience Alliance, we have seen how arenas play a vital role as the hub of the live events ecosystem and how necessary it is to have a collective voice for our industry. I think we can all agree the world we are returning to is not the same one we left behind and I am confident that the EAA and its ARA subgroup will work towards building a stronger and more unified European live events sector .”

 

Commenting on the EAA’s realigned objectives, EAA Board Member and Chairman of the Board at Arena Riga, Girts Krastins said:
“2020 and 2021 clearly show that well established pan-European institutions are the ones whose voice counts and that they can serve as a united platform for raising awareness of our industry and people. This period has been a turning point for the EAA as it initiated the re-evaluation of the organisation’s objectives and ambitions. As a result, the EAA has marked a clear path ahead through its “Four Pillar” strategy to maintain and strengthen its position in Europe and the event industry.”

 

EAA Board Member and CEO Got Event AB, Lotta Nibell said:
“The challenges we all have faced during Covid, shows the importance of both sharing and building knowledge of our industry. Arenas function as a catalyst for the local and national tourism industry but decision-makers very often lack insights on our ecosystem. The EAA provides a solid platform, where we can both generate knowledge and together create a strong voice so we can start to rebuild and expand.”

 

Adrian Doyle, EAA Board Member and Director of Xperience Operations at the Odyssey Trust, Belfast also commented:
“The Covid crisis made us realise very quickly that the live event community needed to get organised in terms of speaking to elected officials at both national and EU levels. The position of arenas as the hub of the live ecosystem put us in a perfect position to speak on behalf of the wider community and to start to build a lasting advocacy structure.”

 

EAA Board Member and CEO Altice Arena, Jorge Vinha da Silva added:
“We need to work even harder on creating new and innovative content and to meeting the expectations of a new generation of fans and visitors. We will continue to share ideas, know-how and creativity to ensure the cultural well-being of all our stakeholders.”

 

For the full press release click here.

The European Arenas Association welcomes Navarra Arena as a new member
Published on 20 September 2021

 

As the EAA celebrates its 30th year we are delighted to welcome a new venue boosting membership of the Association to 34 arenas across 20 European countries.

New members Navarra Arena, in Pamplona, Spain are a multifunctional, purpose-built venue using innovative technology to host a wide variety of national and international events.

John Langford, EAA President highlighted that “The strength of the EAA comes from the diversity of our members. As we exit the restrictions of the pandemic and look forward to the restart of sport, live music and entertainment programmes in our arenas we are grateful for the shared knowledge and best practice built between us, knowing that having this means we can keep providing great entertainment safely for all those who use our spaces. We’re delighted to welcome new member Navarra Arena, taking the association to 34 members in 20 countries”. Navarra Arena, Pamplona, Spain opened in September 2018 hosting cultural, sporting, leisure and corporate events in its adaptable event spaces offering capacities of up to 11,800. The building is equipped with the latest technology designed to enhance the efficiency of spaces.

The EAA is proud to extend its membership to include the new Arena, further supporting endeavours that promote communication and best practice between its network of members allowing for a greater depth of knowledge sharing to create a better experience for those using and working within its event spaces.

 

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The Arena Resilience Alliance Publishes Findings on European Test Events
Published on 13 July 2021

 

The Arena Resilience Alliance (ARA) – a special purpose initiative, created by the European Arenas Association (EAA) has published a report with the findings from a series of test events that have taken place over the past few weeks with the aim of providing a framework for the return to live events in Europe.

Arenas across Europe have been staging test events in close collaboration with regional health authorities and national government guidance. Events numbering 20 in total at 12 venues have varied from one hundred capacity events to much larger scale shows, such as the Eurovision Song Contest with up to 3.500 attendees, and the concerts in Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona and AccorHotels Arena, Paris with up to 5.000 attendees.

Event protocols covered a range of differing approaches involving heightened safety and preventative measures, customer service delivery and infrastructure adaptations.

To date, there are no recorded clusters of infection from those who attended the test events and there is no published evidence that these events caused any spread of the virus. The findings appear to show that with the correct implementation of safety measures, in particular pre-event Covid testing and the use of the EU Digital Certificate, it is possible to host safe indoor live events.

The Arena Resilience Alliance and its supporters will continue their dialogue with scientific experts and the study of developments in relation to the virus to ensure visitor safety.

Olivier Toth, CEO, Rockhal in Luxembourg, EAA Board Member and co-founder of the ARA said: “These events are an important step forward in testing the efficacy of safety measures we can employ. We are very happy to share our experience and insights and hope that they provide a framework of safety protocols that can support back to business strategies and enable us to get back to hosting fan-attended events.”

 

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Vision for the future – EAA prospectus
Published on 1 June 2021

 

Click here to read the EAA prospectus 2021.

Arena Resilience Alliance Manifesto for the Safe Return of Live Music and Sport Launched
Published on 18 February 2021

 

The Arena Resilience Alliance (ARA) – a special purpose initiative, created by members of the European Arenas Association (EAA) has launched its manifesto, outlining the next steps required for the safe return of live events across Europe. ARA unveiled its four-point action plan at the end of its second virtual conference, #AGameofTwoHalves: The Return Leg on Thursday 18 February.

 

The manifesto entitled ‘Rationale for a Resilient Return’ centres on four core concepts:

  1. Creation of an advisory body
  2. A hub for return and for change
  3. Adapting for the future of live events
  4. A safe and sustainable post-COVID 19 Ecosystem

 

 

Read the ARA manifesto here.

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OPERATION RESTART: HOW EAA MEMBERS PLAN TO REOPEN
Published by Gordon Masson on 17 February 2021

 

O2 Arena Prague is a member of the EAA
image © Bestsport as

 

As the European Arenas Association marks its 30th anniversary, Gordon Masson finds out how its members plan to get back up and running.

When the European Arenas Association (EAA) celebrated its 20th birthday back in 2011, the live entertainment industry was in the infancy of a record-breaking run, as live music, in particular, grew in popularity, and venues throughout the continent enjoyed the challenges of ever bigger visiting productions, attracting more and more eager fans.

A year ago, many of the EAA’s 33 member venues were predicting 2020 would deliver yet another record year, but the Covid-19 pandemic soon obliterated such optimism and ten months on from the beginning of lockdown measures, there is still no clear indication about when Europe’s arenas will be able to resume operations.

As a result, the EAA finds itself as the central hub for discussions about strategies for getting back to business, with members in constant contact to help plan how they can safely welcome artists and audiences back into their buildings while also protecting their staff and production crews.

“Our EAA conversations over the past year have highlighted that although we are all in a different situation, country by country and city by city, we’re all actually in the same situation when it comes to the use of the venues,” reports current EAA president John Langford.

“But having conversations facilitated by EAA membership between venue managers in Germany, France and the UK, for instance, alerts you to how people are responding differently and gives us the opportunity to learn from others.”

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ARA Set to Launch Manifesto for the Safe Return of Live Music and Sport
Published on 11 February 2021

 

Top names from the worlds of live music and sport will come together with key EU decision-makers for the event, which will follow an ambitious live music experiment organised by the Rockhal arena which takes place in Luxembourg this week. Behind the scenes content and insights from the Rockhal test concerts will be screened as part of the conference, offering an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned and next steps and helping to frame the discussion around what still needs to be done.

The virtual conference will explore how arenas and large capacity venues across Europe are preparing for a safe and sustainable reopening. The event will also explore what support the live events sector needs from policymakers on both a national and EU level to enable long-term resilience and future growth. The discussion will bring together high-level speakers representing EU institutions, national governments as well as the sports and live music sectors.

The live virtual event will feature contributions from a range of speakers including John Langford, COO, AEG Europe and EAA President; Sam Tanson, Minister of Culture, Luxembourg; and Alex Jäger, Sport Director, Champions Hockey League. A range of keynotes and two lively panel discussions will precede the ARA Manifesto launch in the closing session.

The ARA’s #AGameofTwoHalves: The Return Leg virtual conference is the second of two online events, delivered in partnership with the European Arenas Association and IQ Magazine.

For the full press release click here.

Test Concerts will Frame Industry Discussion Around the Safe Return of Live Music and Sport
Published on 26 January 2021

 

The Arena Resilience Alliance (ARA) will host its second virtual conference, #AGameofTwoHalves: The Return Leg on Thursday 18 February, following an ambitious live music experiment in Luxembourg.

The free online event, which will take place on Thursday 18 February, will build on the success of the ARA’s first virtual conference in December 2020, which is available to watch online here. Behind the scenes content and insights from The Rockhal test concerts will be screened as part of the conference, offering an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned and next steps and helping to frame the discussion around what still needs to be done.

For the full press release click here.

EUROPEAN ARENAS WILL BE THE HUB FOR LIVE MUSIC AND SPORT’S RETURN IN 2021
Published on 27 November 2020

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.

For the full press release click here.

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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