Live Nation Launches Concert Business In Australia

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MEDIA RELEASE PR39194


Live Nation Launches Concert Business In Australia


LONDON and LOS ANGELES, April 19 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


                       WORLD'S 7TH LARGEST MUSIC MARKET


    Live Nation, the world's premiere live entertainment company, today

announced the launch of its concert promotion business in Australia, the 7th

largest music market.


    Luke Hede, currently the Vice President of International Booking for

Live Nation Asia, based in Hong Kong, has been named Vice President of

Promotions - Pacific Rim.


    In addition, Live Nation has appointed Roger Field, formerly of Michael

Coppel Presents, as Vice President of Promotions - Australia and New

Zealand. Roger and Luke will work with Live Nation's Global and

International Touring teams to bring Live Nation tours to Australia, New

Zealand and the rest of the Pacific Rim, as well as booking local dates

across the region.


    Alan Ridgeway, CEO of Live Nation International, commented, "Over the

last decade, Live Nation has been involved with some of the most successful

tours throughout Australia and New Zealand, including: U2, The Rolling

Stones, David Bowie, Prince, Nickelback, The Police, and many others. We now

feel that the time is right to establish our own presence and further

monetize our global tours in this particularly strong and growing live music

market. After working closely with two of Australia's most highly regarded

promoters in Paul Dainty and Michael Coppel respectively, both Luke and

Roger have vast experience and knowledge in the local market and we are

thrilled to have them leading our Australian launch."


    Live Nation's presence in the Pacific Rim already includes offices in

Hong Kong, Singapore and Shanghai. Luke Hede will continue to book

international concerts for these offices with Mr. Hung Tik, based in Hong

Kong, remaining Senior Vice President responsible for booking local artists.

Live Nation also has a joint venture in Beijing with Gehua Group, which is

run by Mr. Wei Ming, who has recently been appointed General Manager of the

joint venture which promotes international and local artist shows booked by

Luke, Hung Tik and Wei Ming.


    Live Nation Australia will be based in Melbourne and it is expected that

further staffing announcements will follow shortly. Live Nation already has

an existing presence in Australia and New Zealand through Ticketmaster,

which has been operating successfully in these markets for more than 20

years.


    About Live Nation

    Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the largest live entertainment

company in the world, consisting of five businesses: concert promotion and

venue operations, sponsorship, ticketing solutions, e-commerce and artist

management. Live Nation seeks to innovate and enhance the live entertainment

experience for artists and fans: before, during and after the show.


    In 2009, Live Nation sold 140 million tickets, promoted 21,000 concerts,

partnered with 850 sponsors and averaged 25 million unique monthly users of

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SOURCE  Live Nation


    CONTACT: Hannah Kampf, 

             +1-310-867-7127, 

             hannahkampf@livenation.com, or 


             Steve Guest,

             +44 207 009 3371,  

             steve.guest@livenation.co.uk, 


             both of Live Nation


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