The Big Stage

More than 25 U.K. festivals will “black out” their websites for 24 hours today (May 8) in a show of solidarity against sexual assault.

As part of a “Safer Spaces” campaign orchestrated by the UK’s Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), members will share a short animation over social media with the hashtag #saferspacesatfestivals. It’s part of a wider project launched by AIF with guidance from Rape Crisis England and Wales, Girls Against, Safe Gigs for Women and the White Ribbon Campaign to create awareness of sexual assault just ahead of the summer festival season. Also, more than 60 AIF members have signed a charter of best practice aimed at stamping out sexual assault through a series of measures including a zero tolerance policy towards any form of sexual harassment at their events. Read more here.

Breaking Biz

As the ban on ticketing bots becomes official in the U.K., Australia’s live industry in demanding the government take tough action

Trade body Live Performance Australia last week issued a call to Australian ministers to back stringent new proposals after decision-makers “failed to keep up with international efforts” to combat bots. “The U.K. and U.S. have taken action, but the Turnbull Government is missing in action,” LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson said.  Richardson concedes primary ticketing sites also had a role to

“The U.K. and U.S. have taken action, but the Turnbull Government is missing in action,” LPA Chief Executive Evelyn Richardson said.  Richardson concedes primary ticketing sites also had a role to