INTERESTING BITS: Stories Worth the Read: Live Nation Under Investigation // Downtown Artery Closes
Alex Teitz of Fem Music sent us several articles this past couple of weeks that our readers may find very interesting. We recommend that you check them out!
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Downtown Artery Shutters Its Music Venue and Cafe in Fort Collins
By Kyle Harris, Westword | The Downtown Artery, a Fort Collins music and arts space, announced on Facebook that it will close its venue and coffee shop as of November 1.
With a 300-person capacity, the venue has been a stalwart supporter of independent music since it opened several years ago. But while its closure is a big loss for the Front Range music scene, the gallery’s upstairs space and studios will remain open for the arts community to use.
The Downtown Artery opened with lofty goals. “It’s about filling community needs,” Artery director William Knudsen told Westword in 2015.
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DOJ Confirms Live Nation Is Under Investigation For Alleged Violations Of The 2010 Ticketmaster Consent Decree
WASHINGTON D.C. (CelebrityAccess) — A senior official with the Justice Department revealed that Live Nation was facing regulatory scrutiny over alleged anti-trust violations.
The confirmation came during a hearing of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, which included testimony from the anti-trust heads of the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Dept. Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice Antitrust Division testified that the promoter-giant is under investigation for alleged anti-competitive behavior and its adherence to a 2010 consent decree related to the acquisition of Ticketmaster.
Delrahim told the committee that the DOJ was “examining allegations of violations,” but he declined to elaborate on the nature of the investigation or alleged violations.
News of the investigation comes less than a month after two senators — Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) — wrote to Delrahim’s office and requested a review into the ticketing industry, in particular, Live Nation’s compliance with the consent decree.