July 28, 2017: Katy Perry to Host the MTV V.M.A.s, Why Weddings Are Becoming Smaller, Canada Music Festival Organizers Face Pressure to Improve Safety

By Ian Zelaya July 28, 2017, 8:29 AM EDT

1. KATY PERRY TO HOST THE MTV V.M.A.S: Singer Katy Perry announced on Twitter that she’s hosting this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Billboard: “‘Introducing your MOONWOMAN. Brace for impact!’ Perry's tweet reads, accompanied by a short promo video that finds the singer floating through space. Perry is up for five of the award show's signature Moonmen herself, including best pop video for ‘Chained to the Rhythm.’ In addition to her new role as host of the event, which hits the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Aug. 27, the ‘Swish Swish’ singer is also set to perform live onstage. ‘I’ve been training with MTV in zero gravity, eating astronaut ice cream, and I’m on a group text with Buzz Aldrin and Neil deGrasse Tyson,’ Perry adds in a press release. ‘Come August 27th, I’ll be ready to be your MOONWOMAN! Brace for impact, kids.’ … This time around, Kendrick Lamar -- who with eight nominations is the top VMA contender -- goes head-to-head for the award show's prestigious top honor with Bruno Mars, the Weeknd, Alessia Cara and DJ Khaled.”

2. WHY WEDDINGS ARE BECOMING SMALLER: Many couples have chosen to make their weddings smaller—but not always cheaper. Bloomberg: “Many couples are waiting longer and longer to schedule their weddings. In 2015, the median first-time American bride was almost 28 years old and the median groom almost 30, according to the most recent data available from the Census Bureau. (Ten years earlier, the typical bride was 25.5, the typical groom 27.) The U.S. marriage rate—the number of new marriages per 1,000 people—has been falling for decades. It fell especially fast during the recession, in 2008 and 2009, but there’s little evidence that people started getting married again even as the economy recovered. And research firm IbisWorld predicts the marriage rate will keep falling over the next five years. ... About 310,000 businesses in the U.S. provide services at weddings, according to IbisWorld, and many of them—from florists to bakers to photographers—are feeling the economic pain. Coming out of the recession, the wedding industry’s revenue grew strongly—by more than 4 percent a year from 2012 to 2014, according to IbisWorld. But growth slowed in 2015, and revenue actually dipped slightly last year. Over the next five years, IbisWorld expects an annual growth rate of just 0.3 percent. Fewer weddings are just one reason wedding-service businesses are struggling, said IbisWorld analyst Anya Cohen. Another is that, with so many new businesses flooding into the market and advertising cheaply online, it’s easier for engaged couples to bargain-hunt. 'There’s absolutely been an increase in competition,' she said. Plus, websites such as Pinterest equip couples to go the cheaper, do-it-yourself route for invitations, centerpieces, and other wedding fixtures."

3. CANADA MUSIC FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS FACE PRESSURE TO IMPROVE SAFETY: Organizers of Canadian music festivals such as WayHome Music and Arts Festival are facing pressure to prevent sexual harassment and assault at the events. Toronto Star: “A study by the Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Program at the Ottawa Hospital found that 26 per cent of sexual assault cases involving patients who attended the institute in 2013 occurred at mass gatherings. About 40 per cent of patients believed they were drugged and only 33 per cent said they knew the assailant. Other assaults are more fleeting—it’s not unusual for female crowd surfers, for example, to encounter random hands emerging from the audience to tear at their clothes. Stacey Forrester is a co-organizer of the Vancouver wing of volunteer organization Good Night Out, which works with venues to prevent and combat the sexual harassment women typically face at events like concerts. She remains skeptical that promoters are fully committed to preventing harassment on their premises. She says if they were, organizations like hers wouldn’t have to dedicate their time to patrolling venues. … Montreal’s Osheaga music festival recently announced new measures in a bid to curb some of these incidents. Co-founder Nick Farkas says female ‘Hirondelles’—translated into English as ‘swallows,’ the birds representing love and compassion—will patrol festival grounds looking for trouble and offering assistance. A similar initiative was launched at the Montreal International Jazz Festival last month to complement the mostly male security staff hired to ensure crowds don’t get out of hand.”


Porter24, which provides interactive touchscreens for hotels, is now expanding into the convention, conference, and event space. Sponsors and exhibitors can advertise event info and brand information on touchscreens located in partner hotels and convention centers, and exhibitors can rent screens to use in common areas and trade show booths. Each interactive touchscreen has a “selfie” function, agenda info, badge reader, event info, news feed, and curated exhibitor content that can be emailed directly to a user’s smartphone. 


CHICAGO:  This year’s North Coast Music Festival will take place September 1-3 at Union Park. Headliners include Gucci Mane and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, and sponsors include Heineken, Dos Equis, and Bai. 

LAS VEGAS:  Palms Casino Resort has debuted Social Table, a pop-up restaurant in the former Hooters space that will serve guests American dishes through the end of 2017. The space also includes 20 large TV screens, bar-top gaming, and 16 beers on tap. 

LOS ANGELES:  The Los Angeles Convention Center has announced that the 2016-2017 fiscal year was the most successful in its 46-year history. The AEG-operated venue reported an operating surplus of over $10.2 million, a 5 percent jump from the previous year. 

Four Season Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills has debuted English-style afternoon tea service in the Windows Lounge. The service will be available daily through the end of summer. 

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MIAMI/SOUTH FLORIDA:  Due to a recent fire at the Deauville Beach Resort, Miami Salsa Congress 2017 has changed venues to DoubleTree by Hilton Miami Airport & Convention Center. The event runs through Sunday. 

NEW YORK:  The ninth annual 212NYC Summer Party will take place August 10 at Pier 16. The event will feature performances by T.I. and Messiah. 212NYC is an organization for the digital advertising industry. 

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ORLANDO/CENTRAL FLORIDA:  A new restaurant will open at Disney's Hollywood Studios this fall. BaseLine Tap House will be part of the new Grand Avenue area, which is being designed to have the look and feel of downtown Los Angeles. BaseLine Tap House will open daily at 11 a.m.

TORONTO:  Greek food fest Taste of the Danforth will take place August 11-13 in Greektown. 

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With contributions from Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles, Mitra Sorrells in Orlando, and Beth Kormanik, Michele Laufik, Jill Menze, Rayna Katz, and Ian Zelaya in New York.

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