Artist's impression of what the drive-in concerts could look like. CREDIT: DRIVE IN ENTERTAINMENT AUSTRALIA

Drive-in live performances could be part of new normal

As coronavirus restrictions begin to lift and people start returning to life outside their homes, going to a drive-in to see live music or a theatre performance could become part of the new live entertainment scene. Drive-In Entertainment Australia is teaming up with local councils to bring a variety of live performances to drive-ins, with non-contact ticketing achieved through the use of electronic devices and manual scanning. “If it can go on a stage, it can go on our stage, said Samwise Holmes, Drive-In’s managing director. “It could be ballet,…

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Server with surgical mask. Photo by David Emrich on Unsplash

UKHospitality launches industry roadmap for safe reopening

UKHospitality has called on government to support a safe and sustainable reopening for restaurants, pubs and hotels this summer through its #Fair4Hospitality campaign. Launched today, the campaign covers four key areas: Wellbeing: Endorse the sector’s best-practice protocols and risk assessments for a Covid-secure restart; Workers: Ensure the furlough scheme is retained at full rate for hospitality until businesses successfully restart; Communities: Regulate to provide a ‘National Time Out’ on rent payments for the remainder of the year and a solution to address debt and costs for business; Consumers: Cut the…

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Batman and Robin figures at the DC Comics Superstore, WB Movie World

Australia: Village Roadshow agrees to takeover talks

Theme parks and cinema operator Village Roadshow has agreed to exclusive negotiations with private equity firm BGH Capital after a caveat-heavy takeover offer of up to $468.5 million. The preliminary agreement announced on Monday morning puts an end to months of takeover speculation and competing bids for the troubled entertainment provider, which has endured a 55 per cent plunge in its share price since February, as the coronavirus pandemic forced it to cease virtually all operations. As a result, the $2.40-per-share acquisition proposal is significantly lower than the initial $4-per-share…

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