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Dolly Parton, the founder of Pirates Voyage, in Myrtle Beach has told the national press she is done with touring.

The 76 year old’s last tour was in in 2016, and with 60 shows, it was her largest North American tour ever.

Says Parton, “ I don’t want to continue to tour because they take a lot of time and energy to plan, and I don’t want to be away from my husband for weeks at a time. “

The beloved Country Music star is known for her classic hits that include: I will always love you, Coat of Many Colors, Hard Candy Christmas, Jolene, 9 to 5, as well as, Islands In The Stream (a duet she did with the late Kenny Rogers.)

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Parton is a true entrepreneur. She also owns Dollywood , a theme park located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, near the gateway to The Great Smoky Mountains.

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Celebrate the Pirate Spirit at Myrtle Beach’s Most Fun Place to Eat, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show. Led by Captain Blackbeard and his Quartermaster Calico Jack, the Crimson and Sapphire crews capture your imagination with their bold stunts on land, on deck, in water, and high above full-sized pirate ships in a 15-foot deep indoor lagoon. This season is highlighted by new aerial and acrobatic acts, including a stunning performance in which two pirate captains soar together on silk ropes. With gunfire, sword fights, cannon blasts, live sea lions, mermaids, and a four-course pirate feast, Pirates Voyage is sure to give you memories of a lifetime.

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Dolly’s Pirate Voyage Breaks Ground in Panama City Beach

Posted by Angela Small | Feb 9, 2024 | Community Corner

Dolly Parton’s Pirate-themed Dinner & Show brings swashbuckling excitement to Pier Park!

Pictured, from left, are: Mayor Mark Sheldon, Tourist Development Council President & CEO Dan Rowe, Captain Blackbeard from the Myrtle Beach, S.C. Pirates Voyage attraction, Pirates Voyage CEO Jack Lawrence, and Cardella Construction Company CEO Frank Cardella.

Pictured, from left, are: Mayor Mark Sheldon, Tourist Development Council President & CEO Dan Rowe, Captain Blackbeard from the Myrtle Beach, S.C. Pirates Voyage attraction, Pirates Voyage CEO Jack Lawrence, and Cardella Construction Company CEO Frank Cardella. 

Panama City Beach, FL – Elected City officials, Chamber staff, and members of the business community attended a groundbreaking event for Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show Wednesday morning at west Pier Park. Parton announced in December that she is bringing a 60,000-square-foot pirate-themed dinner theater to Panama City Beach. The theater will seat more than 1,000 spectators and the project brings more than 300 new jobs to the area. Local leaders said the attraction compliments the City’s family-friendly brands of World’s Most Beautiful Beaches and being a Real. Fun. Beach.

“We are thankful for this investment,” Mayor Mark Sheldon said . “This is a gift to Panama City Beach. And for our Real. Fun. Beach., it will be real fun entertainment.”

Builder Frank Cardella said his firm is honored to have been selected to build such a complex project.

The attraction is expected to open in mid-2025 and will feature acrobatics, fire acts, mermaids, sword fights, and a four-course meal. Parton has a third location in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is a fantastic place to take a vacation: The amazing restaurants, championship golf, 60 miles of white, sandy beaches, and more.....but let's not forget about the world class entertainment and exciting attractions of the area. Pirates Voyage, Myrtle Waves, and the Broadway Grand Prix have been three of the most famous and beloved attractions on the entire Grand Strand and we have tickets for you....at a great discount!

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'A huge challenge': Construction starting on Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in PCB

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show has started construction in Panama City Beach.

Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is a Dolly Parton Company. According to the Pirates Voyage website, land has been acquired at Pier Park in Panama City Beach to build a new venue for the popular dinner show concept.

"The new dinner show is anticipated to create 300 jobs, and an extensive nationwide talent search will begin in mid-2024 for the cast. The total cost for the project is estimated at $60 million," the website says.

The theater will measure 60,000 square feet and will have more than 1,000 seats in the building.

On Wednesday, Panama City Beach hosted a groundbreaking to kickstart construction of the Pirate Voyage Dinner & Show. The president and CEO of Cardella Construction, Frank Cardella, was enthused about starting the process.

"The most exciting project that we are working on," said Cardella. "The project (we're building) is highly complex. We are essentially building a football stadium surrounded by a building with a water stage at the center, so it's going to take a lot of precision."

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"What we're building is a huge challenge, but our team is excited and ready for it," said Cardella.

Pirate Voyage Dinner & Show is scheduled to open in spring 2025.

This article originally appeared on The News Herald: Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show starts PCB construction

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Where Paul Skenes ranks among pitchers through Pirates flamethrower's first three MLB starts

Skenes has come out of the gate firing -- and firing hard.


Pittsburgh Pirates rookie sensation Paul Skenes is scheduled to make his fourth start at the big-league level tonight against the Detroit Tigers  as part of a doubleheader. (The Pirates and Tigers were rained out on Tuesday.) Skenes, who entered the season universally regarded as the best pitching prospect in the minors, has lived up to the hype through his first three starts by compiling a 2.25 ERA and a 21-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 16 innings pitched.

Many of the big mistakes made in baseball analysis arrive from reading too far into small samples. Still, we hope that you understand that we're being descriptive, not predictive, when we present where Skenes would rank in a few important categories if he had enough innings to qualify (do note that these numbers are as of last Thursday, following his most recent start): 

  • K% : 33.9% (1st)
  • BB% 6.5% (t-26th)
  • K-BB% : 27.4% (3rd)
  • GB% : 64.7% (1st)

Take Tyler Glasnow's strikeout and walk rates and pair them with Max Fried's ground-ball rates and you have … well, Skenes. That's a brilliant combination, and it's no wonder that Skenes has been -- and should remain -- appointment viewing.

With that in mind, here are three other statistical tidbits worth knowing about Skenes through his first three starts.

1. Hardest thrower among starters

We may as well start with the obvious. Everyone knows that Skenes throws hard. Just how hard does he throw? Harder than any other starter in Major League Baseball. 

Paul Skenes, 11th K. 100mph on his 100th Pitch. pic.twitter.com/84tpA5huyV — Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 17, 2024

Through Thursday's start, Skenes' average four-seam fastball this season is 99.3 mph. Only three pitchers have thrown harder on average (min. 100 fastballs), and they're each full-time relievers: Oakland Athletics closer Mason Miller (100.9 mph), Arizona Diamondbacks rookie ( and CBS Sports breakout pick ) Justin Martínez (100.1 mph), and St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley (99.4 mph). That's impressive company for a starter to keep, if you ask us.

Only one other starting pitcher (min. three games started) is within a mile per hour of Skenes' average fastball velocity: Los Angeles Angels righty José Soriano. Mind you, the average fastball velocity for starters this season is 93.4 mph. That leaves Skenes close to three standard deviations from the norm, according to TruMedia's calculations. The only other starting pitcher more than 2.5 deviations from the mean is Kyle Hendricks , the veteran righty for the Chicago Cubs who (to state the obvious) is on the other end of the spectrum. 

2. Climbing triple-digit pitch leaderboard

Oh, you thought we had exhausted our velocity-related Skenes tidbits? Heavens no. The previous subheading concerned itself with a rate statistic -- Skenes' average fastball velocity; this one is all about a counting statistic, or how often Skenes has cleared the century mark. Specifically, we wanted to see where Skenes ranked among pitchers in the total number of 100-plus mph pitches.

Predictably, the answer speaks to Skenes' elite arm strength. That's because he already ranked in the top 10 despite appearing just thrice. Here are the numbers through Skenes' start on Thursday:

  • Mason Miller, 148
  • Michael Kopech , 87
  • Justin Martínez, 79
  • Camilo Doval , 56
  • Emmanuel Clase , 52
  • Ryan Helsley, 52
  •  José Soriano, 43
  • Jhoan Duran , 34
  • Paul Skenes, 33
  • Hunter Greene , 28

You will notice two things: 1) Miller has really been running away with this category; and 2) Soriano is the only starting pitcher listed ahead of Skenes. (And, even then, Soriano's first two appearances this season came in a relief capacity.) Provided Skenes stays healthy and continues to average, say, 11 100-plus mph pitches per outing, he's going to scale this leaderboard in a hurry.

We don't want to repeat ourselves too often, but it bears mentioning one last time: Skenes has legitimately special arm strength for a starting pitcher. 

3. Overlooked control

There's an old concept in baseball analytics circles called Nichols Law. It points out the flawed logic in how catchers who cannot hit are assumed to be defensive geniuses -- why else would a team bother rostering them? In theory, the version for hurlers would contrast hard-throwing pitchers and substandard control -- if you throw hard you must have errant location. Skenes would make for an excellent counterpoint.

Paul Skenes, Nasty 96mph Splinker. ✌️ pic.twitter.com/UOAzLJqPqU — Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) May 23, 2024

TruMedia tracks what percentage of every pitcher's offerings are located within 18 inches of the center of the strike zone to form a "competitive location" metric. Generally, the pitchers who grade best in this measure do tend to be those who have to throw strikes to succeed. Much like those pitchers, you probably have a good idea of where this is going, so let's get to the point.

Here, as of Thursday afternoon, are the five starters with the highest share of competitive pitches:

  • Joey Estes , 91.8%
  • Bryan Woo , 91.7%
  • Ty Blach , 91%
  • Tyler Alexander , 90.5%
  • Paul Skenes, 90.3%

You have one pitcher who throws harder than the average starter (Woo), one pitcher just below (Estes), two pitchers who clock in somewhere in the 80s, and then, in what seems like a cruel joke on opposing hitters, you have the aforementioned velocity king. 

No wonder opponents are having a difficult time scoring runs against Skenes. No one else in the game combines his level of power with his kind of control.

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When New York City socialite Ruth Livingston Mills inherited her family's country estate known as Staatsburgh in 1890, she felt it wasn't grand enough to entertain her sophisticated friends.

With the help of her husband, financier Ogden Mills, she oversaw a massive renovation that transformed the home into a Gilded Age mansion modeled after the royal palaces of Europe.

Located in Staatsburg, New York, about 100 miles from New York City, Staatsburgh is now a museum that continues to preserve the home's extravagant furnishings and rich history. Take a look inside.

Staatsburgh, once the fall home of Ogden Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills, offers guided tours of the historic estate.

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Adult tickets for hour-long tours cost $10 each and can be reserved online. The full schedule is available on Staatsburgh's official website .

I entered through the gift shop, which was full of apparel, accessories, and books about the Hudson Valley.

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Unlike other historic mansions I've toured where the visitor's center is located in what was once a guest house or carriage house, Staatsburgh's reception desk is on the ground floor of the original home itself.

The tour began in an exhibition space on the first floor, where our tour guide gave us a brief history of the Mills family.

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Ruth Livingston Mills came from "old money." The Livingston family descended from Scottish nobles, and their ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War and signed the Declaration of Independence. Ruth's great-grandfather, Morgan Lewis, served as the third governor of New York and purchased the Staatsburgh estate in 1792. Ruth inherited the home in 1890, according to Staatsburgh 's official website.

Ogden Mills was known as "new money," a financier who served as President Herbert Hoover's Secretary of the Treasury.

Ruth and Ogden wed in 1882 and had three children.

The room also featured a section about the Titanic, which the couple had tickets for.

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Ruth and Ogden Mills had tickets for the Titanic's second voyage , but it never happened since the ship sank on its maiden voyage in 1912.

Staatsburgh offers special "Tales of the Titanic" mansion tours led by costumed guides.

We then walked outside, where our guide shared that the grass surrounding the opulent home used to be farmland.

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When Ruth inherited the house, the backyard was planted with corn. In order to prepare the residence for entertaining her posh New York City guests, she had the crops replanted elsewhere on the property.

The estate grounds are now known as Mills Memorial State Park.

Our guide also pointed out ongoing preservation efforts on the home's exterior.

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In the 1950s, Staatsburgh's exterior was sprayed with gunite to preserve the facade. However, the active ingredient in gunite is asbestos, and it turned the house gray.

The white area in the photo above shows where the asbestos has been abated. Most of the front of the home has been restored, but the project is ongoing.

Staatsburgh's two wings were added in 1895, expanding the home from 25 rooms to 79.

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The renovation cost $350,000 in 1895, or about $11 million in today's dollars.

When I walked into the entrance hall, the well-preserved decor transported me back to the Gilded Age.

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The English oak wood paneling on the walls was meant to evoke the decor of English royalty.

Ruth hung portraits of her prominent ancestors in the entryway to impress her guests.

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The portrait on the far left depicts Morgan Lewis, the third governor of New York and Ruth's great-grandfather. Next to him is his daughter, Margaret.

Next to Margaret is Judge Robert Livingston, a statesman and attorney, followed by Chancellor Robert Livingston, who helped draft the Declaration of Independence, swore in President George Washington, and negotiated the Louisiana Purchase under President Thomas Jefferson.

The grand staircase was reminiscent of the one on the Titanic.

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The last three steps were wider than the others to leave room for women's gowns to cascade behind them in elegant, dramatic entrances.

A side table featured an issue of The Boston Daily Globe with a headline about the Titanic sinking, emphasizing the family's connection to the tragedy.

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Ruth's cousin, John Jacob Astor , was the richest man in the world when he died in the Titanic disaster. His body was recovered two weeks later, identified by the initials sewn into his jacket and the engraved gold watch in his pocket.

Ascending the stairs provided a wider view of the entrance hall.

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The furniture was arranged differently when the Mills family took up residence there, but everything in the room was original to the home.

The painted ceiling on the stairwell concealed a 10,000-gallon water tank above.

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The home had its own water system with a pump house on the property that filtered water into a steel-reinforced tank.

Female visitors stayed in guest bedrooms upstairs, while male visitors slept downstairs.

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Alice Roosevelt was good friends with the Mills' twin daughters and a frequent guest at Staatsburgh.

A replica of a maid's room was built on the second floor by lowering the ceiling and narrowing the walls to display the smaller space.

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Maids slept on the third floor, while male servants such as footmen and butlers slept downstairs. Servants at Staatsburgh worked six days a week and had their own rooms, a rarity in the Gilded Age.

The male servants' quarters on the ground level included a dining room, lounge, and kitchen suite.

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The male servants' quarters were used as the New York State Parks Taconic Regional Headquarters until 2009, and the area is undergoing restoration.

Before dinner, guests would line up in the oval room to be escorted into the dining room.

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A detail-oriented hostess, Ruth would be at the front of the line to be escorted into dinner by the highest-ranking gentleman.

Our tour group gasped in awe upon walking into the stunning dining room, exactly as Ruth Mills intended.

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The green Italian and French marble walls were decorated with 18th-century Belgian tapestries. The Mills would also decorate the room with plants from their greenhouse.

The floor was constructed with 1-inch-thick Vermont marble to deaden the sounds of the kitchen below.

The table was set with the Mills family's original Tiffany & Co. china.

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The table could seat up to 30 people when fully extended. Meals lasted around two hours and included eight to 10 courses of mostly French cuisine.

The gilded ceilings were embellished with ornate gold designs.

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Typical of the Gilded Age, even the ceilings were works of art.

The base of the fireplace was decorated with Chinese guardian lion statues known as foo dogs.

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The bronze lion statues had brass eyes that glowed when the sun shone on them.

Servants took food to the dining room via a dumbwaiter in the butler's pantry.

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Located off the dining room, the butler's pantry featured a speaking tube for communication with the kitchen.

The butler's pantry included a display of Titanic china set replicas.

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Different classes of passengers on the Titanic dined off different china patterns.

We then moved into the drawing room, named for where the family and guests would withdraw after dinner.

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Our tour guide described the drawing room as Ruth's " she shed " where female family members and guests would socialize and take tea.

Our guide pointed out how the backs of the chairs were not as faded as the seats because of the upright posture women maintained.

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Women's corsets in the Gilded Age didn't enable them to fully sit down.

She also pointed out the oldest artifact in the room: a set of three ancient Greek urns.

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The urns date back to 400 to 600 BCE.

The Mills family would play games of bridge in their ornate library.

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Their collection of books included rare artifacts such as George Washington's diaries.

Ruth also had a French-style boudoir, a private space to write correspondence and plan parties.

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A large portrait of Ruth hung on the wall on the left.

Ruth's bedroom was modeled after royal palaces in Europe, with her bed up on a pedestal and the walls upholstered with damask silk.

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Her and Ogden's suites were on the main level, which was unusual in the Gilded Age, but Ruth had a heart condition that made it difficult for her to go up and down flights of stairs.

The tour ended with Ogden's room, which was noticeably smaller and less ostentatious than Ruth's.

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Ogden called Ruth "Tiny," and her nickname for him was "Sweet."

Even though Staatsburgh was just a two-hour drive from New York City, I felt like I'd visited a European palace.

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According to our tour guide, 95% of the items inside Staatsburgh are authentic to the home and the Mills family, providing a historically accurate portrayal of how the wealthiest members of high society lived during the Gilded Age.

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  • Published March 26, 2024 Updated March 27, 2024

The Dali was less than 30 minutes into its planned 27-day journey when the ship ran into the Francis Scott Key Bridge on Tuesday.

The ship, which was sailing under the Singaporean flag, was on its way to Sri Lanka and was supposed to arrive there on April 22, according to VesselFinder, a ship tracking website.

The Dali, which is nearly 1,000 feet long, left the Baltimore port around 1 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday. The ship had two pilots onboard, according to a statement by its owners, Grace Ocean Investment. There were 22 crew members on board, the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore said in a statement. There were no reports of any injuries, Grace Ocean said.

Before heading off on its voyage, the Dali had returned to the United States from Panama on March 19, harboring in New York. It then arrived on Saturday in Baltimore, where it spent two days in the port.

Maersk, the shipping giant, said in a statement on Tuesday that it had chartered the vessel, which was carrying Maersk cargo. No Maersk crew and personnel were onboard, the statement said, adding that the company was monitoring the investigations being carried out by the authorities and by Synergy Group, the company that was operating the vessel.

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The Dali was built in 2015 by the South Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries. The following year, the ship was involved in a minor incident when it hit a stone wall at the port of Antwerp . The Dali sustained damage at the time, but no one was injured.

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Money blog: Why are concert tickets so expensive? Here's who is really responsible

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Spending a fair chunk on going to see your favourite big artist is not new - but it certainly feels like concert prices have entered a new stratosphere.

Fans of Bruce Springsteen have paid upwards of £120 for "rear pitch" standing tickets for his May 2024 tour, while some expressed disappointment recently over the £145 price tag of standing tickets for Billie Eilish's 2025 UK leg.

And while you could have nabbed Beyonce or Taylor Swift tickets in the UK for £50 (before fees) if you took a "nosebleed" seat, these had limited availability and quickly sold out. General admission standing tickets for Swift's Eras tour - which comes to the UK next week - started at £110.40 and those at the front had to shell out £172.25. It didn't stop there - by the time many fans got to the front of the online ticket queue, the only tickets left cost upwards of £300.

So what's behind rising ticket costs? These are some of the reasons...

Fans willing to pay for big spectacles

Simply put, ticket prices would come down if people voted with their feet.

Matt Hanner, booking agent and operations director at Runway, said prices at the top level had "risen considerably" - but the increase was partly being driven by demand.

"We're seeing a lot more stadium shows, greenfield, outdoor festival-type shows which are now a staple of towns around the country," he said.

"There's a growing number of people that are happy to spend a large chunk of their disposable income on going to a major music event."

Jon Collins, chief executive of LIVE, the trade body representing the UK's live music industry, had a similar view.

He said there were more large-scale shows and tours now than ever, and there was "massive appetite" among music lovers for "bigger spectacles".

Fancy shows mean higher costs - with staffing, the price of the venue, transport, artists' needs, insurance and loads more to factor in.

Of course, all these things are affected by inflation. Collins said ticket prices also factored in the rising costs that had hit every venue from the grassroots scene to major arenas.

"You've got a couple of different factors - you've got the spectacle of the show and the production cost and everything that goes into the ticket price. But then you've also got the fundamentals," he said.

The cost of venue hire has increased "significantly" in the past couple of years due to electricity and gas price rises, he added.

"You've got the increase in the cost of people… very justifiable costs like increases in minimum wage and living wage. At every stage of the process we've got these cost increases that will all push through the pressure on the ticket price."

Are artists being greedy?

How much money artists really earn off live touring is of interest to many - but the music industry is generally reluctant to release details.

The people we spoke to suggested it was not as simple as artist greed because, as we mentioned earlier, there's a lot to pay for before anything reaches their bank accounts.

The Guardian spoke to anonymous insiders about this topic in 2017. Its report suggested that between 50-70% of gross earnings were left for promoters and artists. The piece also cited a commonly quoted figure that the promoter takes 15% of what is left and the act will get 85%.

It all depends on the calibre of the artist and how much work the promoter has had to put in - they could end up with a bigger share if it was a hard push to get the show sold.

The people we spoke to said music acts and their teams would discuss the ticket price, and the bigger the act, the more sway they have - but it's ultimately set by the promoter.

Taylor Swift - arguably the biggest popstar on the planet right now - is personally earning between $10m and $13m (£8m - £10.5m) on every stop of her Eras Tour, according to Forbes. She is reported to take home a whopping 85% of  all revenue  from the tour.

But it's worth pointing out, too, that she's been known to be generous with her cash, having given $100,000 bonuses to the dozens of lorry drivers working on the tour.

What have other artists said? 

Some artists have been critical of the high ticket prices being demanded by others.

Tom Grennan told ITV two years ago that he had seen "loads of artists putting tickets out that are way too expensive for the times that we are in", adding that he wanted people to enjoy shows without worrying if they could pay their bills.

Singer-songwriter Paul Heaton was also praised for capping ticket prices for his tour with Jacqui Heaton at £30 in a bid to tackle music industry "greed" and help people during the cost of living.

British star Yungblud recently announced his own music festival, Bludfest - saying the industry was too expensive and needed to be "shaken up".

"I believe that gigs are too expensive, festivals are too expensive, and I just wanted to work to create something that has been completely done by me," he told Sky News.

Meanwhile, frequent Swift collaborator Jack Antonoff has said "dynamic pricing" by ticket sale sites such as Ticketmaster was also an issue when it came to cost.

He told Stereogum that he wanted artists to be able to opt out of the system - which basically means ticket prices increase when a show is in demand - and be able to sell them at the price they choose.

On its website, Ticketmaster describes its "Platinum" tickets as those that have their price adjusted according to supply and demand.

It says the goal of the dynamic pricing system is to "give fans fair and safe access to the tickets, while enabling artists and other people involved in staging live events to price tickets closer to their true market value".

The company claims it is artists, their teams and promoters who set pricing and choose whether dynamic pricing is used for their shows.

Ticketing website fees

As well as dynamic pricing, "sneaky" fees by online ticket sites are also causing issues for live music lovers, according to the consumer champion Which?.

A report from the group last month said an array of fees that isn't seen until checkout can add around 20% to the cost of concert and festival tickets.

Which? has urged a crackdown on the "bewildering" extra charges, which include booking, "delivery" and "transaction" fees, venue charges and sometimes charges for e-tickets.

The Cure lead singer Robert Smith tweeted that he was "sickened" after fans complained last year about processing fees  on Ticketmaster that wound up costing more than the ticket itself in some cases.

Responding to the Which? findings, Ticketmaster (which was far from the only company named) said: "Fees are typically set by and shared with our clients… who all invest their skill, resource and capital into getting an event off the ground. Ticketmaster supports legislation that requires all-in pricing across the industry."

Live Nation and Ticketmaster sued over 'dominance'

The US government is suing Ticketmaster owner Live Nation over allegations the company is "monopolising" the live events industry.

Justice department officials said it was unfair for the firm to control around 70% of primary ticketing for concerts in America. 

Live Nation has been accused of using lengthy contracts to prevent venues from choosing rival ticket companies, blocking venues from using multiple ticket sellers and threatening venues that they could lose money and support if Ticketmaster wasn't the chosen seller.

Live Nation said the lawsuit reflected a White House that had turned over competition enforcement "to a populist urge that simply rejects how antitrust law works".

"Some call this 'anti-monopoly', but in reality it is just anti-business," it said.

And it said its share of the market had been shrinking and its profit margin of 1.4% was the "opposite of monopoly power".

The lawsuit "won't solve the issues fans care about relating to ticket prices, service fees and access to in-demand shows", the company said.

"We will defend against these baseless allegations, use this opportunity to shed light on the industry and continue to push for reforms that truly protect consumers and artists."

As well as reportedly controlling most of the ticketing market, Live Nation also owns and represents some acts and venues.

Canadian artist Dan Mangan told Moneywise this was enabling the company to take "more and more of the pie".

He said when venue rent, equipment and other costs were taken into account, lesser known artists could take as little as 20% of ticket sales.

Another major cost on tickets in the UK is VAT (value added tax).

At 20%, it's pretty hefty. It was brought down to 5% and then 12.5% as the live music industry was hampered by COVID, but returned to the pre-pandemic level in April 2022.

The charge puts the UK "out of step" with other countries, Collins said.

"In competitive major markets like France, it's 5%. Germany it's 7%, Italy it's 10%. Sales tax in the US is typically 6% or 7%. So we are significantly out of step with other markets when it comes to how much VAT we charge on tickets," he said.

Touring now bigger source of income for major stars

With the decline of physical products and the rise of subscription listening, artists are earning less from making music - and income from live shows has become more important for the biggest stars.

Writer and broadcaster Paul Stokes said major stars who would have toured infrequently in the past were now willing to put on more shows as it becomes increasingly profitable.

Some artists will even pencil in multiple nights at huge venues like Wembley Arena, he said - something that wouldn't have been considered two decades ago.

"When Wembley was built and they said 'we'll be doing regular shows' you'd think 'are there acts big enough to fill this massive stadium?'

"It's become absolutely part of the live calendar that artists will come and play not just one night at Wembley, but two or three every every summer."

Stokes said this demand has also prompted the scale of shows that we've become used to seeing, featuring expensive production and pyrotechnics.

Not being felt evenly

While a night out seeing a platinum-selling artist is likely to be an expensive affair, industry figures are also keen to point out that the escalation in ticket prices isn't necessarily happening at a lower level.

Collins said that while major stars were putting on arena shows, there would be plenty of other live music taking place at the same time, "from the free pub gig to the £10 ticket at the grassroots venue, to the £30 mid-cap".

"There's an absolute range of opportunities for people to experience live music, from free through to experiencing the biggest stars on the planet," he said.

But concertgoers choosing to save their cash for artists they're more familiar with may have led to a "suppression" of prices for lesser-known acts, Hanner noted.

"Everyone's short of disposable income because there's a cost of living crisis. [Artists' and promoters'] core costs are going up as well, so it's more expensive for everyone. That fear of pricing people out is just being compounded," he said.

"I think [that] has definitely led to prices being suppressed [at the lower level], when really they should have been going up."

With May in the rearview mirror, here are the key money dates for your calendar in June. 

1 June onwards - benefit changes

While benefits rose 6.7% from 8 April for many claimants, those who had their last assessment period before then will have had to wait until June to receive the new, higher rate. 

The exact date in June when that payment is made will depend on when you were assessed.

Also from 1 June, all people claiming Housing Benefit alone will be asked to claim Universal Credit instead within three months of receiving the letter.

Failure to do so could result in you losing your entitlement.

1-2 June - Heathrow disruption

Hundreds of border force officers at Heathrow Airport are striking until Sunday in a dispute over rosters.

More than 500 of its members working on passport control at terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5 are taking action.

Disruption is expected over the weekend as families return to the UK at the end of the half-term holiday.

5 June - new banknotes

Banknotes featuring the face of the King will enter circulation across the UK. 

Notes that feature the portrait of the late Queen will remain legal tender and will co-circulate.

The new banknotes will only be printed to replace those that are worn and to meet any overall increase in demand.

10 June - £500 cat fines

All cats over 20 weeks old in England must be microchipped by 10 June.

You could face a £500 if you miss the deadline and don't get your cat microchipped in the following 21 days.

The law does not apply to the rest of the UK.

16 June - Father's Day

As the day dedicated to dads and father figures approaches, it may be worth remembering to put some cash aside to treat them in mid-June.

19 June - inflation data released

We'll get May's inflation data in the monthly drop from the Office for National Statistics. 

This will give us the clearest indication of whether the Bank of England will lower interest rates.

Remember, the Bank's target is 2% (April's headline rate was 2.3%), so the closer we get to that number the better. 

20 June - interest rate decision

Another Monetary Policy Committee meeting at the Bank of England will determine whether we finally get a drop in interest rates. 

Many economists predict a cut from 5.25% will happen in August, but June isn't ruled out.

27 June - doctors' strike

Junior doctors in England will begin a five-day strike at 7am over pay.

The last strike by junior doctors led to 91,048 appointments, operations and procedures being postponed.

30 June - meter readings

Not a fixed date - more of a reminder.

From 1 July, the energy price cap will fall by £122 per year.

Your provider will do most of the work, but you can help keep your bill accurate by submitting meter readings (unless you have a smart meter) ahead of this date. 

The big topics covered in the Money blog this week that got you commenting were...

  • Manchester United giving staff who don't want to come into the office a week to resign
  • Raheem Sterling offering to pay for 14 people to go to university
  • Fines for pebble-taking tourists on beaches
  • The standing charge rising despite the energy price cap being cut

Let's start with the two football-related stories. 

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, new part-owner of Manchester United, sent an email round on Tuesday offering all non-playing staff the chance to resign (with their annual bonus paid early) within the week if they do not like his plan to stop working from home ...

Some praised his decision... 

Well done Sir Jim Ratcliffe. Finally, somebody who has the guts to stand up and end this 'working from home' nonsense! edwinbasnett
Sir Jim has got it right, decisions are decisive and provide clear expectations and an option to get out. WFH doesn't work at the levels seen following COVID, I'm sure it does for some but many take advantage and it's far more difficult to manage. Tel

Others not so much...

Thankfully there's not quite so stark an ultimatum from my employer, but I am planning to leave soon. It's a nonsense commuting to an office where I then engage with other colleagues over Teams/Zoom. Jim
Who wants to work for a **** like that anyway with that attitude? No filter

Earlier in the week, we learnt Raheem Sterling will financially support 14 students through university. 

Applications for the Raheem Sterling Foundation Scholarship Programme - which closed on Thursday - were open to students of black, African and Caribbean heritage from socio-economically under-represented backgrounds to help bridge the equality gap.

This will be the second year the Chelsea forward will assist successful applicants at King's College London and the University of Manchester.

Readers said...

Sterling is a credit to sport, football and his heritage. I hope more footballers will join him and his endeavours. Judy
This is brilliant - I have never understood why professionals in many fields do not give more back to their communities. Just a visit to their old primary school could turn a bright light on for so many kids. Why don't many more do it? Old white woman
Well done Raheem Sterling for financially supporting 14 students who would like to attend university. Sometimes professional football players get a negative press but this is amazing, well done. Anthony G

Away from football and to Cumbria - where beach-goers have been warned they could face a fine of up to £1,000 if they remove pebbles or shells across the area.

You said...

Why aren't the same rules applied to stop Southern Water dumping all their s*** into our seas. They take millions of pounds from normal people who trust them to process it correctly. Anti s outhern water
So that means the thrill of going to the beach and collecting a few shells is stopped. What about the scallop shells used in restaurants and supermarkets? What about the sacks of shells sold at garden centres? What about the tonnes of sand used every day etc etc? JR
Has the world gone mad? £1,000 fine for taking pebbles home from a beach? I think most children take a few pebbles home with them.  Bob

Many of you responded to last Friday's announcement that while the energy price cap would fall in July, standing charges - the set amount you pay for gas and electric each day regardless of use - would be going up.

Martin Lewis's explanation of it can be read here...

Here's what you said...

Are there any regulations for energy supplies regarding the standing charge? Every time the unit price drops my supplier raises the standing charge. SianW
Our energy bills have dropped, now the heating is off. However, the high daily standing charge means my bills are off the starting blocks even before the switches are flicked. Come the winter the price cap will rise again - not unlike profiteering in wartime. Porthy
My standing charges are almost three times what they used to be. I've cut back on my usage to the point I pay more a month in standing charges than I do usage so having the unit price drop makes little impact. P hunt
The energy companies have ripped us off for the last two years. The daily standing charge has to go. The shareholders have had real good dividends over the past few years, and therefore must pay for the people that can't pay their bills, because of the bonuses they have received. michael rogers

The Money blog is your place for consumer news, economic analysis and everything you need to know about the cost of living - bookmark news.sky.com/money.

It runs with live updates every weekday - while on Saturdays we scale back and offer you a selection of weekend reads.

Check them out this morning and we'll be back on Monday with rolling news and features.

The Money team is Emily Mee, Bhvishya Patel, Jess Sharp, Katie Williams, Brad Young and Ollie Cooper, with sub-editing by Isobel Souster. The blog is edited by Jimmy Rice.

An investigation has been launched into whether the biggest banking merger since the financial crisis could harm competition.

The Competition and Markets Authority announced the inquiry into Nationwide's £2.9bn takeover of rival Virgin Money this morning.

The move would bring together the fifth and sixth largest retail lenders, creating a combined group with around 24.5 million customers and nearly 700 branches.

It would spell the end of the Virgin Money brand, with Nationwide planning to rebrand the business within six years.

The CMA has invited interested parties to give their views on the deal, as it considers whether it could "result in a substantial lessening of competition" in the market.

Nationwide struck the takeover agreement in March, and last week a clear majority of 89% of Virgin Money shareholders voted in favour, helping to clear the path to complete.

The government has sold £1.24bn of its shares in NatWest, accelerating the process of private ownership.

The Treasury's shareholding in the high street bank has fallen by approximately 3.5 percentage points to 22.5%.

NatWest, formerly Royal Bank of Scotland, received multibillion-pound bailouts during the 2008 financial crisis, leaving the government with an 84% stake.

The government has been selling down its stake in the lender, with Chancellor Jeremy Hunt planning to sell all of its interest in the bank by 2025 or 2026 should the Conservatives be re-elected.

There was supposed to be a public share sale this summer, allowing individuals, not just institutional investors, to purchase stock, but the plans have been shelved due to the election.

In recent years, the sell-off has become more rapid. In 2018, the government owned 62% of the group, but by December of last year that was down to just under 38%.

In March, that fell below 30%, meaning the government was no longer classed as a controlling shareholder in the lender.

Earlier this year, NatWest wrote to shareholders asking them to support an increase in the amount of stock the bank could buy back from the government in a year, from just under 5% to 15%.

The establishment of Great British Energy is among the last remnants of the "green prosperity plan" devised and championed by Ed Miliband, the shadow secretary of state for energy security and net zero, three years ago.

The former Labour leader's vision was to spend £28bn per year in the first five years of an incoming Labour government on decarbonising the UK economy.

However, as the current leader Sir Keir Starmer recognised, the issue was swiftly weaponised by the Conservatives because all the money - as Mr Miliband himself had made clear - would have been borrowed.

More importantly, the plan did not survive contact with Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, who has made fiscal responsibility her priority.

The £28bn-a-year spending pledge was watered down in February this year to one of £23.7bn over the life of the next parliament.

A sizeable chunk of that will be on Great British Energy, described by Mr Miliband as "a new publicly owned clean power company", which Labour has said will be initially capitalised at £8.3bn.

And, instead of the money being borrowed, Labour is now saying "it will be funded by asking the big oil and gas companies to pay their fair share through a proper windfall tax".

Read on  here... 

Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee are joining Glasgow as cities with Low Emission Zones where motorists could face fines up to £480 if they don't comply.

The zones were introduced two years ago, but drivers were given a grace period before charges began.

In Dundee, the grace period ended today - in Edinburgh and Aberdeen it's tomorrow.

A non-compliant vehicle entering the zone can be charged £60, which doubles with each subsequent breach up to a maximum of £480.

If paid within 14 days, the initial fine will be halved to £30.

Despite the warning, only 55% of drivers in Scotland are confident they know where the zones are in operation, according to online marketplace Carwow.

Some 30% of Scottish motorists are not sure if they understand the rules and 24% are not sure if their vehicle is compliant.

"We therefore need to tackle the lack of understanding among motorists about Low Emission Zones in Scotland – where they are and which cars are compliant - because, without better knowledge, millions of drivers are at risk of being fined," said Sally Foote, chief commercial officer at Carwow.

The Low Emission Zones aim to discourage high-polluting vehicles from entering certain areas, just like those in English cities like Sheffield and Bristol.

Unlike English Clean Air Zones, Scottish LEZs apply to all types of vehicles except motorbikes and mopeds.

Non-compliant vehicles are not allowed into those zones whatsoever, unlike English LEZs, which apply a daily charge.

Ultra-low emission vehicles are automatically compliant, but others must conform to certain Euro emission ratings, which can be found in your V5C logbook - or you can check online.

Cars, vans, minibuses, taxis and private hire vehicles with a petrol engine must have at least a Euro 4 rating, while those with diesel engines should have a Euro 6.

Grants are available to people living within 20km of a LEZ who have no other choice but to sell or adapt their vehicles.

Hackers say they have stolen confidential information from all Santander staff and millions of customers, reports the BBC.

A gang going by the name of ShinyHunters posted an advert on a hacking forum claiming to be selling 30 million people's bank account details, six million account numbers and balances, 28 million credit card numbers and HR information for staff.

Earlier this month, the bank said data was accessed belonging to customers in Chile, Spain and Uruguay and all current Santander employees, but nothing that would allow transactions to take place.

As of March, Sandander as a whole employed more than 211,000 people and as of 30 June 2021, 20,900 employees worked for Santander UK.

Santander has declined to comment on the claims beyond a statement released on 14 May.

It read: "Certain information relating to customers of Santander Chile, Spain and Uruguay, as well as all current and some former Santander employees of the group had been accessed.

"No transactional data, nor any credentials that would allow transactions to take place on accounts are contained in the database, including online banking details and passwords. The bank's operations and systems are not affected, so customers can continue to transact securely.

"We apologise for the concern this will understandably cause and are proactively contacting affected customers and employees directly."

ShinyHunters have previously sold data stolen from AT&T and claim to be selling private data hacked from Ticketmaster, the BBC reported.

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Our Pirates Voyage Dinner Show Menu

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Our dinner show menu has something for everyone. No one will leave hungry when visiting Pirates Voyage in Myrtle Beach. The four-course feast starts off with our famous Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup and some Buccaneer Bread. Our soup has become a favorite among all our visitors. In fact, it’s so popular that we started selling our soup mix online and in our gift shop so you can make it at home! Following our Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup and Buccaneer Bread is Half O’ Roasted Cackler (Chicken), Swashbucklin’ Sugar-Cured Ham, Cob O’ Buttery Corn, an Herb-Basted Potato Wedge, Apple O’ Me Eye Pie, and unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea, or coffee. It’s a mouth-watering feast that’s as big as our main event!

Special Meals

Do you have dietary restrictions or preferences? You’re in luck! We want all guests to be able to enjoy the dinner portion of our action-packed dinner show. That’s why we offer special meals to accommodate all diets. In addition to our regular four-course feast, we have gluten-free meals that include everything from our Swashbucklin’ Sugar-Cured Ham to a Snickerdoodle Cookie and vegan/vegetarian meals that include a Vegetable Medley, an Herb-Basted Potato Wedge, and more. We also have delicious dairy-free meals available upon request! If you or anyone in your party would like a special meal, please mention it at the time of your reservation.

When Is It Served?

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There won’t be a moment of boredom while you enjoy your hearty pirate feast! Our meal is served once you take your seats and get ready for the action to unfold in Buccaneer Bay. Watch an incredible pirate battle between the Crimson and Sapphire crews as they fight for the sunken treasure. Captain Blackbeard and his quartermaster, Calico Jack, lead the crews in a battle on land, on deck, in water, and in the air above their full-sized pirate ships. In this tale of high seas escapades and romance, you’ll witness sword fighting, blazing cannons, fire tricks, high diving, and more while you dine. You can feast on the meal all throughout the show — just make sure you save room for dessert at the end!

Get Your Creamy Soup Mix Today

Now that you know more about our Pirates Voyage dinner show menu, we bet you can’t wait to try it! To help time pass before you come to our show, try recreating our dinner at home! Our creamy soup mix is sold online and makes it easy to enjoy the tastes of Pirates Voyage in your own home. Purchase your Creamy Soup Mix online and set your own menu for an evening of family food and fun at home!

Get Your Pirates Voyage Dinner Show Tickets

Are you ready to start planning your vacation? The key is to get your Pirates Voyage tickets in advance! Take a look at our Myrtle Beach show schedule to help you find the perfect date and time, then purchase your tickets.

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