Concert promoter Live Nation has filed a complaint with the Competitions & Markets Authority against its rival AEG Live.
The complaint relates to a dispute between AEG Live and Azoff MSG Entertainment that may have prevented global touring acts from booking appearances at London’s O2 Arena.
PSNEurope sister mag Music Week revealed that The O2 had been brought into the argument after a dispute in the US earlier this summer.
Azoff MSG reportedly started refusing to book acts into its prestigious Madison Square Garden venue in New York unless they also played the company’s Los Angeles venue, The Forum, rather than AEG’s Staples Centre.
AEG had responding by claiming its “hand has been forced” and it planned to “level the playing field” – that meant informing agents and promoters that acts choosing The Forum over the Staples Centre, would not be booked into its London venue, The O2.
Accusing AEG of anti-competitive behaviour, Live Nation has now made a formal complaint in the UK.
“The UK Competition & Markets Authority has advised us that they have received a complaint from Live Nation,” said a spokesman for AEG Live. “We will meet the Authority to discuss the matter and we believe our responses will satisfy them.”
Live Nation has not commented on its complaint to the CMA. However, there are signs that the original dispute between could be resolved with Azoff telling Billboard that there is “no mandated booking link between his group’s venues, the Forum and Garden”.
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