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The US government says Live Nation is suffocating the competition. Here’s what it controls in Australia

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Almost 15 years after Live Nation and Ticketmaster merged to become Live Nation Entertainment, the US government is trying to pry the powerful conglomerate apart.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit in Manhattan on Thursday, local time, claiming that Live Nation “suffocates its competition”. Thirty US states have joined the DOJ in support of the lawsuit.

Attitudes towards Live Nation and Ticketmaster have soured in the past few years, highlighted by the myriad problems faced by fans trying to purchase tickets to the US leg of Taylor Swift’s Eras tour in 2022.

What is Live Nation?

In 2009 Live Nation, originally an events promoter, announced the move to merge with Ticketmaster — the world’s largest ticket seller across live music, sports, theatre — to create the conglomerate Live Nation Entertainment.

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