ALEX GRIGG JOINS MRG GROUP AS DIRECTOR OF FESTIVALS & EVENTS

The MRG Group has named Alex Grigg as director of festivals & events to further develop the company’s concerts and events divisions. Grigg joins The MRG Group as an established industry professional with over 20 years experience, bringing a wealth of knowledge in talent buying, event production and live entertainment promotion. Starting his career at the Feldman Agency, Grigg went on to develop TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the 2015 Pan Am Games and his last position as executive director at Music BC. Effective April 22, Grigg will be stationed out of The MRG Group office in Vancouver, British Columbia.


UNITED PALACE NAMES HEATH MILLER DIRECTOR OF BOOKING

The United Palace (pictured above) in New York has announced veteran concert promoter and event producer Heath Miller as their director of booking. In his new role, Miller will be responsible for developing events and will curate the entertainment offerings to the local community, as well as the entire tri-state area. The New York-born Miller has spent his entire adult life in the music industry as a concert promoter and event producer. Miller was previously the vp of concerts at Webster Hall in New York City, developing their in-house concert department, as well as the founder of Excess dB Entertainment.


EU PARLIAMENT PASSES ANTI-BOT LEGISLATION

The European Union Parliament has passed legislation outlawing the use of ticket-buying software or bots. The new legislation that is part of a consumer protections package will require resellers to advertise whether they are professional traders. Legislation will become law in June and all member states of the EU will have up to two years to adopt the amendments into national law. The UK will also have to adopt the legislation during its two-year transition out of the EU. “This first ban at a European level is an important first step, with the possibility to go further in future depending on how the ban works in practice,” said Member of European Parliament Daniel Dalton in a statement.