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Mary Poppins – Dubai
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SM UK’s market share development in the Theatrical sector has seen tens of global productions delivered to multiple venues the world over. The multi-national demand for touring Theatre continues to grow. SM UK’s Jackie Jupp has been key in delivering this growth in her role as an industry consultant. The recent tour of Mary Poppins saw 18 x 40ft Ocean containers loaded in Zurich, CH to then be driven to Rotterdam, NL where they set sail to Dubai for load in at the Opera House. The recently opened venue forms part of the UAE’s contemporary cultural footprint. Jackie, along with Theatre Operations Lead Tom Golubovic, co-ordinated all freight operations for the event which also included the Air-freight of 4 aircraft pallets of vendor equipment from the UK.

Attached is a time-lapse video highlighting the “internal” moves within the Dubai Opera.




SM in the news…………
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SM are proud to be featured in the news. The article published on the business pages of the BBC News website highlights the operations involved in running tours for key clients such as Beyonce, Lady Gaga and AC/DC.




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At time of writing, the European leg of Beyoncé's Formation has just finished.
Many months of planning by Justin Carbone (SM US V.P.) were activated to ensure the complete show was flown from the US to the UK after the first run of North American dates.  

Some 7 x 747 cargo aircraft were used to transport both the Production and Steel, (staging); 5 departed from Newburgh Airport, NY (images) loaded with Production and 2 loaded with the Steel, departing from New York's JFK airport. The Production alone totalled 180 aircraft (PMC), ULD positions. SM UK's, Martin and John Corr oversaw the operation in the UK at Prestwick and Doncaster Sheffield airports.

Post European dates, all of the equipment was sent back to the US via Ocean freight with the above and Justin Carbone on site to once again implement the meticulous plans.



SM @ 20
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The SM Music Touring team are currently "mid-season"! Please open the attached link for a brief overview of select client operations and team focus in our 20th Anniversary year.


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Celebrated the world over and by way of small acknowledgment to the recent Int.l Women's Day, the SM global team are proud to have supported the following clients:

Azealia Banks
Bette Midler
Carrie Underwood
Celine Dion
Charli XCX
Corinne Bailey Rae
Demi Lovato
Ellie Goulding
Florence and the Machine
I Blame Coco
Iggy Azaelia
Imogen Heap

Lykke Li
Jessie J
Jessie Ware
Joan Armatrading
Joan Jett
Kacey Musgraves
Kate Nash
Katy Perry
La Roux
Lady Gaga
Laura Marling
Lily Allen
Lisa Stansfield
Mariah Carey

Marina & the Diamonds
Meghan Trainor
Mel C
Natalie Merchant
Norah Jones
Paloma Faith
PJ Harvey
Rita Ora
Roisin Murphy
Sarah Brightman
Selena Gomez
Sinead O'Connor
Sky Ferreira
Sleater Kinney
Yoko Ono

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Some 15 years since their inception, Florida rockers SHINEDOWN have been touring the globe for many years.

With European tour dates booked in support of their late '15 album release "Threat To Survival", the Production team instructed Sound Moves Newark to provide the comprehensive freight plan for the European dates. Justin Carbone (US VP) went to work on delivering and implementing all pre-agreed schedules.

Ocean freighted from the US to UK, Paul Jones (GM Ops SM UK) imported 18,000lbs of equipment and loaded the equipment onto tour trucks. Post European dates, the equipment was loaded into sea containers at the Manchester MEN Arena and sent back to the US. Sound Moves are proud to once again support SHINEDOWN


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Early 2016 has seen a sombre start to the year and witnessed the passing of some key, loved and respected musicians, (many times repeated superlatives not required).

Sound Moves provided logistics to David Bowie's longest (and last), World Tour: The 112 show "A Reality Tour" (ART). ART commenced in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 2003 and finished some 9 months later in Germany. John Corr (SM UK) was present on many sectors of ART in his capacity as Tour Principal. He recalls riding in a New Jersey cab to a show with a group of dedicated fans one of whom was wearing a pink bunny suit. "Whilst I didn't get to see as many shows as them all of the five I saw were memorable. I was looking forward to catching a few more in Europe when the heart scare bought the tour to an early end, so once in a while I enjoy watching the tour DVD.  

It is also the only time a Production Manager has asked me to copy the artist on an e-mail to explain the need to compromise on his vision for the show and accept that for economic reasons, a scaled back version was needed in some Asian cities". The tour visited Asia, the Bahamas, the US (twice), and Australia and New Zealand; the first time Bowie had toured there for 17 years. Image is of John's pass from the tour, (we treasure these instant memory triggers but some more than others in this instance).

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In 1996, three logistics experts in three locations came together to start Sound Moves. Duane Wood, Martin Corr and Wayde Daniel were based in Los Angeles, London and New York respectively.

The chosen regional headquarters reflected the key locations for the music industry. In the same year that saw the DVD being launched in Japan, Sound Moves was offering a new freight solution. Fast forward to present day and the company has grown at a considered pace. This includes many additions to key personnel, new offices and a truly global client proposition.

Our market share in the music touring sectors has been enhanced and we now offer the same products and ethos to multiple divisions of the creative industries including Theatre, Sports, Creative agencies and Corporate live event. We'd like to say thanks to all of our friends over the last 20 years. Here's to the next…………..

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The latest edition of US publication Mobile Production magazine features an in-depth interview with SM President, Duane Wood. The topic? THE ROLLING STONES, (long-standing clients)




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Maroon 5 kicked off their "Maroon V" Tour in February and have completed over 60 shows in 55 different cities. Wayde Daniel, a Senior Operations Agent, has orchestrated the logistics of over 5,000 lbs. worth of air freight and 14 x 40' ocean containers from North America into Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. This tour will continue in the beginning of 2016 into Mexico and South America.

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Art Basel stage shows and fairs globally. The annual shows take place in Basel, Switzerland, Miami Beach, FL and Hong Kong. Sound Moves has had the pleasure of shipping galleries for the luxury watch company, Audemars Piguet. These galleries weighed a total of 8,000kgs and were shipped in 3 x 40ft ocean containers.


Curated and produced by MA3 Agency. Designed by Mathieu Lehanneur

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Sound Moves US are proud to once again be appointed as official freight company for AC/DC’s latest World Tour.

Following on the mammoth Black Ice Tour (2008 - 2010), the Rock or Bust tour is scheduled to play arenas and stadiums in Europe, the States and Canada in 2015. The Sound Moves team, headed by President Duane Wood (US) and SM UK MD Martin Corr, is already months into the planning of all freight sectors.

Latest shipping includes air-freight and sea-freight of back-line and vendor business. At the time of writing 21 x 40ft containers and 28 x aircraft pallet positions are departing post rehearsals in LA.

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Global star USHER is back on tour with Sound Moves. A long standing client of SM US Vice President Justin Carbone, Usher kicked off the European leg of his #URXTOUR. Since late 2014, Paul Jones, SM UK Operations, has been at work setting up an appropriate site large enough for the cross-load of all the tour’s production equipment.

In January the team unloaded 15 x 40ft sea containers onto awaiting tour trucks. Not captured on the images below was the -10 degree wind chill on the day! Rain or shine (or freezing wind), all was delivered as per the schedule set during the planning phase.

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The Sound Moves network is proud to have multiple clients perform at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. The prestigious UK festival is held in late June every year and is critically acclaimed for the high quality of performers and wide range of musical genres represented. Many of the artists play Glastonbury as part of a larger European Festival circuit. The UK team completed multiple deliveries of equipment to Sound Moves clients, including two of the headline acts:

ARCADE FIRE – Friday night headline
KASABIAN – Sunday night headline


KATY PERRY – PRISMATIC TOUR ’14..........read more

US pop artist Katy Perry is currently on tour, selling out arenas all over Europe. Sound Moves US and UK are proud freight partners to her Prismatic world tour. The SM network team is headed up by Justin Carbone (VP US) and supported by Martin Corr (MD UK). At the time of writing, the tour was nearing its close at London’s O2 Arena where a full load-out of all equipment will commence. Multiple 25 x 40ft containers with a total weight in excess of 270 metric tons are to be loaded prior to the sea-freight return. The SM team will continue their logistics support for the upcoming US arena tour dates.

Katy Perry's Production Manager Jay Schmit thanked Sound Moves in a recent interview with TPi Magazine (Total Production International Magazine), stressing the important role the freight partner plays for the tour:
“Martin Corr is my guy in the UK and Justin Carbone in the US; as a production manager, those guys are like my two best friends because a production manager has to put trust and faith in freight, if freight doesn’t make it or if freight isn’t safe, there are very real consequences. I trust their decision making. The added value is that they are very competitive price wise, and the value in their services and the abilities they offer, is to me personally - bar none - the best. I can’t really live up to my potential without them.”


At the time of writing, rehearsals of the epic show Walking With Dinosaurs are imminent. Custom-built dollies were required to support the show’s cast members including the T-Rex and smaller dinosaur co-stars during their travel to the rehearsal facilities. Given the size of each dolly, specialist handling and transportation were essential at all stages of the process, from load out of long-term storage to unloading prior to delivery to Ohio.

A specialist trailer and straps were used to secure the load prior to sea-freight from UK to Chicago. The dino cargo weighed under 10 metric tons, but the straps are able to handle up to 100 metric tons of load. A team of out-of-gauge cargo specialists were drafted to position both straps and ensure safe weight distribution (see pictures). As with the previous Walking With Dinosaurs world tour, the Sound Moves UK team led by Tour Principal John Corr was on hand to ensure proper handling throughout.

MILEY CYRUS HITS EUROPE..........read more

Sound Moves is proud to be freight partner for one of the biggest tours of 2014; the Miley Cyrus Bangerz World Tour. After the completion of the US and Canadian dates (see our February ’14 news article for more details), Kevin Schurmann and the Sound Moves US team went to work moving the tour to Europe by aircraft charter and scheduled freighter services. The show departed New York from JFK airport bound for East Midlands airport in the UK and Liege Airport in Belgium. The inbound project was handled by SMUK General Manager Operations, Paul Jones.

The Bangerz production was loaded into:
1 x Boeing 747 chartered aircraft – 98,399kgs (JFK to EMA)
Passenger aircraft – 44,946kgs (JFK to LGG)
5 x sea containers (pre-airfreight) – 30,663kgs

TOTAL WEIGHT – 174,008kgs


THE BLACK KEYS Turn Blue ..........read more

Sound Moves US are proud to once again be freight partners to The Black Keys. With the May release of their new album “Turn Blue,” the band’s emphasis has been on promotion. With multiple TV appearances and album showcase gigs occurring within a short timeframe, the equipment has to keep up with the band’s hectic schedule.

The Black Keys had a late night TV appearance in Milan on Sunday followed by an appearance on a London TV show on Tuesday – a tight deadline that required the use of a Chartered Aircraft to ensure the gear arrived on time. Thomas Duffy (SM US) with Darren Cox (SM UK) organized the aircraft sector, planning weeks in advance. The 4,000kgs of equipment were loaded out of the studio late Sunday night and delivered to Brescia airport for a flight to London’s Southend Airport. SM UK staff were on board to oversee operations. Tuesday night the Black Keys performed on the live BBC TV show “Later… with Jools Holland,” with the next deadline only 24 hours later for TV show rehearsals in a multiple artist format.

Miley Cyrus Begins “Bangerz” Tour..........read more

Miley Cyrus’s much anticipated Bangerz Tour kicked off in Vancouver on February 14th and will continue across the United States and Canada through April.

Sound Moves Senior Operations Agent Kevin Schurmann is handing freight forwarding services for Miley’s tour, which will visit over 30 cities in North America alone. Miley will continue the Bangerz Tour in Europe this summer.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Heads to Europe..........read more

This January, U.S. VP Justin Carbone managed logistics for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra 2014 Europe Tour. TSO kicked off their tour with 15 shows across England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Austria. This tour was to support their new album, “Tales of Winter,” a compilation of the greatest hits from their rock operas.

SEASONS GREETINGS – 2014..........read more

We’d like to thank our clients for another record breaking year. 2014 has seen the continuation of our “second to none” services to the Music Touring sectors. We have also seen strong growth in the Corporate Events, Vendors and Sports markets.

Particular highlights include:
Girl Power – SM are proud Logistics partners to the Rihanna, Beyoncé and Pink World Tours
Volume – SM shipped its first ever +1 million kilo consignment under one booking reference
Charter aircraft – we utilised a new Boeing 747-800 Freighter, (Pink – Ostend to Perth, 90,000kgs)
New clients – Emerging artists including: Jake Bugg, John Newman, One Direction and Haim
Awards – 2013 saw Sound Moves receive accolades in the US and UK – TOP DOG award and TPi respectively, (Freight company of the year and Favourite Freight Company)

As always, please refer to the website for further detail.

We wish you all the very best Season’s Greetings. We thank all of our clients (new and old), and we look forward to seeing you in 2014.

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Long-standing clients of Sound Moves New York, The Killers returned to European soil in late 2013. The band was supporting the release of their Greatest Hits album, ‘Direct Hits’, as well as celebrating the 10th anniversary of their first show in London’s Camden Town. Their live performances in the UK included a one-off show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo, the MTV European Music Awards and the UK X-Factor. SM UK were on-hand throughout all sectors – handling the importation of 20-tonnes of equipment, the scheduling of tour truck loadings and maintaining full 24 hour liaison with the production team and crew.


NBA GLOBAL GAMES 2013..........read more

This past month, Sound Moves had the pleasure of organizing the worldwide shipping for the NBA Global Games 2013. Justin Carbone, Sound Moves VP USA, was in charge of the transportation of a wide variety of equipment for the Games. The cargo ranged from broadcasting and player equipment to a full basketball court and scoreboard. All the gear originated from NBA headquarters in Secaucus, NJ and was successfully shipped overseas to nine major cities in the UK, Spain, Turkey, Philippines, Brazil, China, Taiwan, and Mexico.


FLEETWOOD MAC – SUPPLY “CHAIN”..........read more

Legendary artists Fleetwood Mac are back on the road after a 3-year hiatus from touring. Sound Moves are proud to be the cargo partner for their world tour, Fleetwood Mac LIVE 2013.

Overseen by SM Vice-President Justin Carbone, the importation of 6 x 40ft sea containers was co-ordinated by the operations team at SM UK. The 40,000kgs of equipment included stage set, wardrobe and back-line and was delivered to the first European tour date in Dublin, Ireland. After the European leg, the arena tour will travel to Australia and New Zealand before finishing in Las Vegas in late December.

Black Sabbath Heads South..........read more

After a very successful North American tour this summer, Black Sabbath is heading south in October to rock shows in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica and Mexico.

Sound Moves President Duane Wood will be heading the logistics for cargo movements during the Latin America Tour including commercial air cargo, truck transportation as well as four 727-200F cargo charters. After finishing in Mexico City on October 26 the band will take a short break before heading to Helsinki, Finland on November 20 to start their European Arena Tour.

To find out more about the Black Sabbath World Tour including dates and tickets visit: www.blacksabbath.com

Alicia Keys South America..........read more

Alicia Keys continues her “Set the World on Fire” World Tour this September with stops in Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Alicia is scheduled to appear in this year’s line up at the Rock-n-Rio Festival.

If have plans to be in Rio de Janeiro on September 15 – make sure you check out Alicia and the Rock-n-Rio festival, one of Brazil’s largest and hottest music festivals.

Sound Moves is honored to be providing cargo logistics support for Alicia Keys on her “Set the World on Fire” World Tour. Visit www.aliciakeys.com for tour updates and show dates.

KE$HA – TIGHT TURNAROUND..........read more

Ke$ha’s Europe Tour 2013 just kicked off with some shows in early July starting off in Cork, Ireland. The tour has chosen Sound Moves to handle their logistics. Logistics for the tour is being managed by Brian Santos, West Coast Director based in Los Angeles.

The move from Miami to Europe proved to be extremely tight with 1 day & 1 flight to get the gear over in time to catch the tour trucks. Collaboration was between James Hanrahan in the Sound Moves London office who expedited rapid customs clearance and cross load in London, with Brian Santos ensuring the export side in the US.

Ke$ha’s Tour is to continue with Asia, Australian and North American legs



Over the last few weeks, we have been busy developing a new global website and brand image. The new site design reflects our increasingly diversified client portfolio; across Music Touring, Sports, Live Events and Vendors.
Throughout the planning process we worked to create a more dynamic site that was fully compatible with all operating systems and software, so that our clients could access information with ease, no matter where in the world they might be. We hope you enjoy the new site and we are always interested in hearing your feedback, so please get in touch at: london@soundmoves.com.

In addition, please look out for live updates on Facebook and Twitter.

THE KILLERS WORLD TOUR ..........read more

2013 has so far been a huge year for The Killers who have been travelling all over the United States, Europe and South America with their Battle Born World Tour. Thomas Duffy, Senior Operation Agent at Sound Moves USA and Account Manager for The Killers, is currently in South America with the band, assuring the 60,000 lbs. worth of freight moves efficiently on its multi-country route.

Some of the exciting locations on the band's tour itinerary include Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Colombia. At the end of April, the band will return to the United States to continue the tour in North America, before heading to Europe this summer.


Alicia Keys kicked off her Set the World on Fire tour this March with shows across the United States and Canada to promote her new album, Girl on Fire. The tour's production team has once again chosen to work with its long-term partner Sound Moves USA for logistics services.

The freight for the international tour is managed under the direction of Duane Wood, Sound Moves President, and includes a shipment of 13 sea containers to the United Kingdom, where the artist will be performing in May. 

Alicia Keys will perform across Europe during the summer months with An-24 cargo charters between Lisbon, Poznan, Istanbul and Tel Aviv. She will also make an appearance at the Rock in Rio Festival this September.

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Canadian band Metric has taken to the road to promote the release of its fifth album Synthetica using Sound Moves as the freight provider.

The popular indie band played in Mexico City before returning to the United States for shows in Texas, the East Coast, Canada, California and Hawaii including a performance in April at Coachella 2013. Sound Moves President Duane Wood has handled the North American tour.


Sound Moves USA is proud to be the appointed logistics partner to the upcoming Black Sabbath World Tour. Widely regarded as the inventors of Heavy Metal music, the band has sold more than 70 million albums over their 44-year career.

For the first time since 1978, original band members Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Ozzy Ozbourne will be on tour together, promoting the release of the band's new album 13.

This knock-out line up has drawn fans around the world, and equates to globally sold-out arenas and stadia for 2013. Sound Moves President Duane Wood will be project managing all freight sectors for the 2013 world tour. We love Ozzy and the gang!

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Sound Moves is continuing its long-standing relationship with the Rolling Stones as the band celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new world tour. Sound Moves provided freight services for the Stones on the 1997-1998 Bridges to Babylon, 1999 No Security, 2002-2003 Licks and 2005-2007 Bigger Bang tours as well as for recent shows in London, Paris and New York.

Bigger Bang is currently the second highest grossing music tour of all time (after U2's 360° tour another Sound Moves project). In 2012, the band announced the new 50 & Counting tour for which they will play multiple North American Arenas this summer as well as the Glastonbury Festival and Hyde Park in the UK.

Once again Sound Moves President Duane Wood is at the helm and plans are set for multiple chartered 747-400 aircraft in April 2013 to ensure an on-schedule delivery of this highly anticipated tour. Watch this space for further updates.

SOUND MOVES VOTED TOP DOG..........read more

Sound Moves are proud to have been recognized in this year's Top Dog Awards at the annual Tour Link Conference. Sound Moves took home the 2012 Freight Forwarding Company of the Year Award.

Vice President Justin Carbone (pictured) was present at the ceremony in Scottsdale, Arizona in January and accepted the award on behalf of Sound Moves. The Top Dog Awards are bestowed each year upon the best in the touring community as voted on by their peers.