LEIWEKE JOINS CONSORTIUM MAKING BID FOR HAMILTON VENUES
Tim Leiweke with Oak View Group has joined a group of Canadian consortium including billionaire Ron Joyce to make a bid for several venues in Hamilton, Ontario managed by Spectra. A report to Hamilton city officials is recommending the city give the Spectra-backed group Core Entertainment a six month renewal for FirstOntario Centre, and FirstOntario Concert Hall, while creating a long-term bid process that has Spectra competing against local convention center operator Carmen’s Group and it’s list of partners, including OVG. City leaders are interested in closely examining a $250-million proposal to rebuild the downtown arena into an entertainment district for one of Toronto’s largest bedroom communities.
DRAKE STEPS IN TO HEADLINE WIRELESS FEST FOR DJ KHALED
Drake made a surprise appearance as the headliner for Wireless Festival after DJ Khaled has “travel issues.” The Canadian hip-hop artist played a 30-min set at London’s Finsbury Park including songs from his new album Scorpion and “Nice For What” and “God’s Plan.” According to Wireless Festival, DJ Khaled’s performance was up in the air for months due to scheduling conflicts with the show The Four that he appears on. Alternatively, DJ Khaled posted on social media the day of the show that he was “still on vacation” with his family alongside an image of him in a pool with his kid.
BEYONCE & JAY-Z TO HEADLINE GLOBAL CITIZEN IN SOUTH AFRICA
Global Poverty Projects annual New York music festival, Global Citizen, has announced a concert in Johannesburg, South Africa. Named Mandela 100, the festival will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth with a concert headlined by Beyonce and Jay-Z with a joint performance by Pharrell and festival curator Coldplay’s Chris Martin. Other performers for the concert taking place at FNB Stadium on December 2 will include Ed Sheeran, Eddie Vedder, Usher, and Wizkid. Fans can earn tickets through advocacy and social work. More information can be found at GlobalCitizen.org.