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AEG Presents vs. Live Nation: An in-depth look coming Sunday

August 1, 2018

AEG Presents vs. Live Nation: An in-depth look coming Sunday

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Hello, Cleveland!

The two behemoths of the concert promotion industry, No. 1 Live Nation and No. 2 AEG Presents, are going head to head in Cleveland now more than ever.

Both have booked shows here before – most recently at Cleveland Browns with Taylor Swift for AEG and Jay-Z and Beyoncé for Live Nation.

But it’s grown more intense in just a single summer. Live Nation books Blossom, the House of Blues and Jacobs Pavilion, and has taken over booking the Masonic Temple. AEG Presents spent more than $3 million to upgrade the historic Agora it now owns and is filling that calendar.

Good news all around, right? More shows, more options?

Maybe. As one of the players noted, only so many ticket-buying dollars are swimming in the pool.

Check out Sunday’s Plain Dealer for details and an analysis by Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic Chuck Yarborough.

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