TERRORISTS LOOKED INTO ATTACKING FESTIVALS IN SPAIN

Two terrorists who ran down pedestrians in Barcelona nearly a year ago also researched music events and venues prior to their attack. The two men focused on music clubs and festivals in Barcelona and Benicassim as possible targets, according to new police information obtained by Spanish news agency EFE.   According to the police report, the terrorists took the attack on The Bataclan in Paris as inspiration and researched Rototom Sunsplash Festival in Benicassim in Spain’s Valencia region. Cell phone records showed they also looked into Barcelona venue The Razzmatazz, the disco Pacha, and a festival in the beach town Sitges.

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LIVE NATION PRODUCTIONS HIRES TWO IN SENIOR ROLES

Live Nation Productions, Live Nation brand’s film, television and documentary production division, has announced two new senior hires. Seasoned-producer and studio exec Matthew Stein will be the company’s new Head of Scripted Development and Production, while Emmy Award-winning producer Ryan Kroft has been named Head of Unscripted Development and Production. Stein is coming from a successful producing deal at Sony while Kroft joins Live Nation Productions after a 20-year career at Viacom. Both will report into Heather Parry, Live Nation Productions’ President of Production, Film and Television.


ARIANA GRANDE ANNOUNCES INTIMATE ‘SWEETENER SESSIONS’

Ariana Grande has announced three intimate shows in support of her upcoming album. American Express x Ariana Grande: The Sweetener Sessions will consist of exclusive performances at small venues including New York City’s Irving Plaza after the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 20, The Vic in Chicago on Aug. 22, and at Los Angeles’ Ace Theater on Aug. 25. Tickets will be available exclusively to American Express Card Members starting Thursday (Aug. 9). Grande’s fourth studio album, Sweetener, will be released on Aug. 17.