The biggest name in concert promotion, Live Nation, and livestreaming platform Veeps have begun equipping more than 60 U.S. concert venues for quick turnaround streamed concerts, the companies announced Tuesday.
Among the outdoor venues and clubs set to go live first are the Fillmore in San Francisco and Philadelphia, the House of Blues in Chicago and New Orleans, the Wiltern in Los Angeles and the Shoreline Amphitheater in California and the Gorge in Washington.
“Artists and fans are eager to get back to shows, and livestreams will continue to unlock opportunities for them to connect more than ever before,” Live Nation Entertainment CEO and President Michael Rapino said in a statement.
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In January, Live Nation made a majority stake in Veeps, which hosted about 1,000 ticketed shows in 2020, generating $10 million in revenue. The company was co-founded by Joel and Benji Madden of the band Good Charlotte.
“Veeps is the best at what they do, with Benji and Joel tapping into their own experience as artists to help other artists thrive, and we look forward to bringing this innovative idea to life in these iconic venues," Rapino said.
Selected venues are regular tour stops, and any artist performing at one of them can basically flip a switch to livestream the gig, say when the event sells out. Performers can deliver backstage access and front-row viewing angles, the companies said.
The Wiltern setup is operational and will host a series of 10 "From the Wiltern" shows on Veeps, starting May 7. Tickets for each show are $15 and are available at thewilternseries.com.
The "From the Wiltern" lineup:
Breland – May 7
JP Saxe – May 14
Young Thug – May 21
Lany – May 28
Waterparks – June 4
Lucky Daye – June 11
Young M.A – June 18
Eyedress – June 25
Freddie Gibbs – July 2
Chase Atlantic – July 9
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Streaming concerts get boost from Live Nation, Veeps expansion plan