Photo courtesy of Michelle Grace Hunder

Live Nation and Ticketmaster Australasia, both Live Nation Entertainment companies, has announced an exclusive multi-year partnership with Hertz to become the exclusive car rental brand partner across Australia and New Zealand.

Ticketmaster and Live Nation fans in both countries will be provided with special Hertz offers. In addition, Hertz customers will have the opportunity to win tickets to their favourite Live Nation tours, gaining access to specific offers and discounts.

 As part of the partnership, Live Nation has also announced they will utilise Hertz vehicle rental services to drive artists and crew to all of their tours – encompassing more than a thousand live events per annum in Australia and New Zealand.

Roger Field, CEO of Live Nation Australia, said:“Through this new strategic partnership, we’re looking forward to helping Hertz provide their valued customers with access to Live Nation’s growing entertainment portfolio of music, family and comedy tours, and events.In addition, our business will proudly use Hertz car rental services exclusively in the production of more than 1,000 live events per year in Australia and New Zealand, across hundreds of tours.”

Also commenting on the partnership, Damien Shaw, General Manager Hertz Australia and New Zealand, said: “We’re excited to be partnering with Live Nation and Ticketmaster as it provides our valued customers with exclusive and exciting offers that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Our focus is on delivering a quality service for all our loyal customers and to further enhance our customer experience. This new partnership allows us to achieve this in a fun and rewarding way.”

To kick-off the new partnership, two consumer promotions were launched in June, providing Hertz customers with the chance to win a “Golden Pass.” One lucky Hertz customer in Australia will win six double passes to any Live Nation gig and four double passes will be awarded to the winner in New Zealand. To enter, customers simply join Hertz’s free loyalty program; Gold Plus Rewards.

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Live Nation Media Contact:    
Jackie Antas
+61 (0) 422 168 444

About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com

About Live Nation Australia 
2018 was a record year for Live Nation Australia with some of the biggest tours in history hitting the country, including P!nk, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Shania Twain. This year is set to be another big one with Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, Metallica, Childish Gambino and Post Malone already confirmed and more of the biggest names in music to be announced.  

About Hertz
The Hertz Corporation, a subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc., operates its brands in approximately 10,200 corporate and franchisee locations throughout North America, Europe, The Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The Hertz Corporation is one of the largest global rental companies, and the Hertz brand is one of the most recognized in the world. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, Ultimate Choice, Carfirmations, Mobile Wi-Fi and unique vehicles offered through the Adrenaline, Dream, Green and Prestige Collections set Hertz apart from the competition. Additionally, The Hertz Corporation owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen in the US and the Hertz 24/7 and Flexicar car sharing business in international markets, and sells vehicles through Hertz Car Sales. For more information about The Hertz Corporation, visit: www.hertz.com.

CALVIN HARRIS // ARMIN VAN BUUREN // LIL PUMP

ALISON WONDERLAND // ANNA LUNOE // BADRAPPER // CAMELPHAT // COSMIC GATE* // FUTURECODE* // GENERIK // GIUSEPPE OTTAVIANI* // GODLANDS // MARLO* // MK (MARC KINCHEN) // MURDA BEATZ // NIC FANCIULLI // PAUL KALKBRENNER (LIVE) // RUBEN DE RONDE* // STEVE AOKI // SUNSET BROTHERS* // TANDI PHOENIX // TCHAMI // VINI VICI* & MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

MELBOURNE, Australia, July 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Summer never sounded so good. FESTIVAL X lands this November as the first major touring festival on the Australian summer music calendar and features the biggest superstars.  The inaugural festival line-up features Aussie favourite and multiple Grammy, Billboard and Brit Award winner, the inimitable CALVIN HARRIS, plus a range of Grammy, Billboard and ARIA Award winning artists, currently performing on the biggest international stages and festivals across the world.

Committed to bringing a quality event across multiple stages as well as a safe, friendly and well-priced experience for their guests, Festival X caters to fans from all genres and styles of music with a line-up which reflect this. Whether you’re into dance, hip-hop or pop – get ready – as this is THE music festival to kickstart your summer and to celebrate with your friends.

First release tickets for all dates go on sale at 12pm Thursday, August 1 – starting from as little as $154.95 in Brisbane and $159.95 in Sydney and Melbourne.

Optus Perks is bringing an exclusive 48-hour pre-sale to Optus customers from 12pm Monday, July 29 until 12pm Wednesday, July 31. For more information on how to purchase, visit optusperks.com.au or download My Optus App today.

For complete tour, ticket and VIP Experience information, visit: FestivalX.com.au.

Formed as a collaboration between industry leaders and teams behind some of Australia’s leading festivals, concerts and events, Hardware (Piknic Electronik, Babylon), Onelove (Stereosonic) and Live Nation (Splendour in the Grass, Falls Festival and Download) have partnered to launch Festival X. In its first year, the festival will travel to showgrounds in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, showcasing the best artists from across the world and within Australia to fans right across the Eastern seaboard.

Founder of Hardware Corp, Richie McNeill said, "As they say, good things come to those who wait! We’re super excited to be working with Onelove again and the Live Nation team, to put together an incredible mix of music in the electronic, pop and urban realms.  There are so many amazing artists right now and some amazing creatives we have been working with.  Something very special is happening here and we’re super excited about it!"

"As we kick off the Summer festival season in Australia once more, we hope to create an event that showcases entertainment on the scale we’re known internationally for, with massive artists, epic event production and a focus firmly on FUN! Australia’s most successful electronic music promoters teaming up with the world’s largest touring company can only mean a great day for everyone. Festival X is looking "Xtra-Large" and we can’t wait!" said Frank Cotela, Founder of Onelove.

With Roger Field, CEO of Live Nation Australasia adding, "Festival X sets to wow Australian fans with the best local and international talent, while showcasing a new and exciting festival experience. X is the ultimate pre-summer party fans have been waiting for and deserve. Australia, get ready!"

FESTIVAL X – 2019

RNA SHOWGROUNDS, BRISBANE

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29

SYDNEY SHOWGROUNDS

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30

MELBOURNE SHOWGROUNDS

SUNDAY DECEMBER 1

TICKETS ON SALE 12PM MONDAY, JULY 22
Optus pre-sale begins 12pm Monday, July 29 until 12pm Wednesday, July 31

For complete tour, ticket and VIP Experience information, visit FestivalX.com.au & livenation.com.au   

About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Live Nation Advertising & Sponsorship and Artist Nation Management. For additional information, visit livenationentertainment.com.

About Hardware Corp
Hardware currently presents Piknic Electronik, PURE, Babylon, Carl Cox & Eric Powell’s Mobile Disco, Transmission, A State of Trance, elrow and Tell No Tales.  In 2007 Hardware collaborated with Onelove to produce Australia’s multi-award-winning national dance music festival Stereosonic. 

For additional information, go to: hardwaregroup.com.au.

About Onelove
ONELOVE is internationally recognised as being among Australia’s leading full-service entertainment brands, operating in areas of recordings and publishing, live events and artist management. In 2007 Onelove collaborated with Hardware to produce Australia’s multi-award-winning national dance music festival Stereosonic.

For additional information, go to: onelove.com.au.

Approved tour assets and content available to media at: media.livenation.com.au

*Appearing in Melbourne only.
^Subject to availability. Prices do not include any applicable transaction fees.

 

Contacts

For all festival and artist related enquiries, contact: Xposed Media, Angie Young, [email protected], +61 (0) 407 701 621; For all Live Nation related enquiries, contact: Live Nation Australasia, Brandon Le Gallez, [email protected], +61 (0) 407 362 459

Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company, announced today the launch of a new summer music festival series coming to Soper Reserve, Tauranga in 2020 as the entertainment company continues to grow festival offerings for artists and fans across the region. 

The Soper Reserve Series will launch in January 2020 and is set to attract 28,000 live music fans over an eight-show period. The 3,500 capacity greenfield site located in Mt Maunganui, home to summer holiday hotspot Bay of Plenty, will be programmed exclusively by Live Nation who pledge to bring a diverse range of local and international acts to one of the country’s most popular summer holiday destinations. 

Live Nation New Zealand’s Co-Head of Promotions, Mark Kneebone commented: “The Soper Reserve Series is going to be a terrific addition not only to the region but the overall New Zealand music landscape. By utilising Live Nation’s global expertise and resources, we are extremely excited to be bringing a world-class event to Soper Reserve that will attract a diverse range of acts, including some of the biggest names in music locally and globally.” 

Live Nation New Zealand is responsible for staging hundreds of concerts in the country each year. In2018 alone the company helped tour Maroon 5, Post Malone, SZA, Red Hot Chili Peppers with Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, U2, Troye Sivan and Little Mix.  Last year, Live Nation acquired a stake in New Zealand’s landmark music festival Rhythm & Vines and successfully  staged Childish Gambino’s festival, PHAROS, in Tāpapakanga Regional Park in Orere, just outside of Auckland. 

Live Nation Australasia’s CEO Roger Field added: “Continuing to develop New Zealand as a touring market of international profile remains a priority for Live Nation. Finding a fantastic new venue such as Soper Reserve and creating ground-breaking and exceptional experiences like the new summer festival series is the cornerstone of our strategy. We are particularly excited when these opportunities land outside of major capital cities and we look forward to bringing a truly memorable experience to the Tauranga region in 2020 and beyond.”

The first line-up announcement for the Soper Reserve Series is scheduled for early August. To sign up for updates or for more information visit https://www.soperreserve.co.nz/

About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Media. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com

For all media tour-related enquiries, contact:

Live Nation Australasia
Ciara Pratt
[email protected]
+64 21 171 4332

For Soper Reserve booking enquiries, contact: 
Alice Francis
+64 21 171 4247

Moshtix, a Live Nation Entertainment company, has announced that it has signed an exclusive ticketing deal with iconic music festival, Bluesfest Byron Bay.

From humble beginnings in 1990 as a one-day event, the festival now takes place over five days every Easter, with over 200 performances in front of crowds of up to 125,000 patrons. In 2019, the festival celebrated its 30th anniversary.

Following a select expression of interest process, Moshtix was awarded the prestigious account by Bluesfest and will become the festival’s primary ticketing platform for their 2020 event onwards.

Moshtix Managing Director Harley Evans said: “Moshtix is incredibly proud to be partnering with Bluesfest. We’re thrilled to bring our experience as Australia’s leading festival ticketing provider to the event and ‘make live easy’ for Bluesfest fans through our suite of products and services.” 

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble OAM said: “It’s an exciting time for Bluesfest as we prepare to announce our first lineup for the 31st Byron Bay Bluesfest next Easter. I’m really looking forward to working together with the Moshtix and Ticketmaster teams to help us make Bluesfest 2020 the best yet.”

Moshtix continue to grow their festival ticketing partners, with Bluesfest joining the likes of Splendour in the Grass, Groovin the Moo, Laneway Festival, Spilt Milk, FOMO Festival, and more.

With more than 15 years’ experience in ticketing some of Australia’s most iconic festivals and events, and first-to-market technologies like its authorised resale platform, Moshtix brings its industry-leading expertise to enhance the experience for festival-goers.

Bluesfest customers will benefit from Moshtix’s constant investment in new technologies and marketing tools, including the ability to have their tickets delivered directly to their Facebook Messenger account via the MoshMessenger bot, and receiving friendly support from Moshtix’s dedicated, local customer service team.

Early Bird tickets for the 2020 festival are available now, with the highly anticipated first lineup announcement coming soon. To celebrate Moshtix’s new partnership with Australia’s most highly awarded festival, well-prepared fans can save 15% when they purchase 4 or more 3-Day or 5-Day Adult or Youth tickets. Allocation is limited.

Bluesfest’s home is located on Bundjalung land at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, approximately 10 minutes north of Byron Bay, NSW Australia.

In February 2019, Moshtix joined the Ticketmaster family. Not only will Bluesfest now have access to Moshtix’s innovative technology and extensive database of engaged event-goers, but the festival will also have access to Ticketmaster’s unrivalled marketing, distribution, and reach.

Moshtix is the official ticketing agent for Bluesfest. Early Bird tickets for Byron Bay Bluesfest are available now, here.

For more information, please contact:
Nicole Sternagel | Marketing Manager | Moshtix
[email protected] | M 0431 679 277

Byron Bay Bluesfest
Thu 9 April – Mon 13 April 2020
Tygarah Tea Tree Farm, NSW

Media assets available here.

About Moshtix 
Moshtix sells live experiences to Australia’s best music, sport, exhibitions and entertainment events. Founded in 2003, Moshtix stands for the fan, being first to market with e-ticketing in 2003 and introducing Australia’s first authorised ticket re-sale platform in 2010. With more than 1.3 million active event goers in its database, Moshtix continues to feed the appetite for live entertainment, and remove the barriers between the artist and the fan to “make live easy”. In 2019, Moshtix became a Ticketmaster company, part of Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) – the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship.

About Bluesfest          
Showcasing music from around the world every Easter in Byron Bay, Bluesfest just celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2019. From the humble beginnings in 1990 as a one-day event, the festival now takes place over five days, with over 200 performances in front of a crowd of up to 125,000 patrons in Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm – just 10 minutes north of Byron Bay, NSW, Australia. Bluesfest is Australia’s most awarded music festival ever.

Live Nation and Ticketmaster have announced a partnership with Get Skilled Access, co-founded by three-time Paralympic gold medalist, eight-time wheelchair tennis grand slam winner and disability advocate, Dylan Alcott OAM, to improve accessibility and set new standards in the live event industry.

The partnership will see a host of initiatives launched across the portfolio of Live Nation and Ticketmaster companies in Australia and New Zealand, while also aiming to bring together the wider industry to tackle the challenges and opportunities to create a more inclusive and accessible experience for fans with disabilities.  

In a joint statement, Roger Field CEO of Live Nation Australasia and Maria O’Connor, Managing Director of Ticketmaster Australia and New Zealand said: 

“Every fan has the right to equal access of live entertainment. We’re delighted to be working closely with Dylan Alcott and Get Skilled Access to make sure that real change happens. It is essential that the industry comes together to achieve this and now is the time for us all to find solutions.”

Dylan Alcott OAM, said: “It’s Get Skilled Access and my mission to help people understand disability by driving organisations to be more inclusive. With my passions being sport and music, it’s a game changer to work with Live Nation and Ticketmaster to make live more accessible and inclusive for all. If we can start by getting more fans with accessibility needs to events, not only we will change people’s lives through the power of live but we will improve the industry overall.”

As part of the partnership, Dylan Alcott and Get Skilled Access co-founder Nick Morris (an internationally recognised access consultant expert) addressed 400 venue industry professionals at the recent Venue Management Association Asia-Pacific Congress by leading thought-provoking keynotes and workshops to inspire discussion and change around accessibility at live events. 

Dylan and Nick inspired the attendees of the Congress with their vision for an all-inclusive society, the importance of live music and accessibility for all, and how the corporate world can better engage and support the 4.5 million people in Australia living with disabilities.

Commenting on Dylan’s involvement, Bernie Haldane, Deputy Director & Head of Programming and Presenter Services at Auckland Live said: “Thanks to Live Nation and Ticketmaster, the tools and safe conversation that was presented to us in that one hour was the most beneficial conversation I have had at a conference in years.”

The partnership has already seen Get Skilled Access provide accessibility training to 150 Live Nation employees across Australia and New Zealand, as well as consultancy on tour operations as Live Nation strives to provide new levels of accessibility on its stadium tours, including the upcoming U2 Joshua Tree Tour.  

On the ticketing side, Ticketmaster has begun testing an enhanced online booking experience across its channels (website and app) giving fans with accessible needs more flexibility and choice when buying tickets. 

About Live Nation Entertainment 
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship.

About Get Skilled Access
Get Skilled Access is changing the way organisations and governments look at disability by seeing the benefit and business opportunity by engaging 20% of Australia’s population who have a disability. Dylan’s passion is to normalise disability and has pathed the way to a unique and innovative approach that drives organisations to be more inclusive, purposeful, productive and profitable. For more information on Get Skilled Access visit: www.getskilledaccess.com.au.

HIGHLY ANTICIPATED RETURN WITH SELECT RUN OF STADIUM SHOWS

WATCH TRAILER HERE

Tour Kicks Off in New Zealand on 8th November with Australian Dates Starting 12th November; Tickets On Sale Starting 11th June

Plus 2 Shows Confirmed for Tokyo on  4th and 5th December To Be Followed by a Concert in Seoul on 8th December

Tour Will Also Visit Singapore With Local Details To Follow

First Time Ever – All Stadium Floor Tickets in New Zealand & Australia will be Paperless

“Electrifying” – Daily Telegraph, 5/5 stars

“In scale, ambition or impact… U2 are bulletproof” – The Independent

Still masters of stadium rock” – Mail On Sunday

“The stuff of encores… Had Twickenham had a roof, it would surely have been blown off…”

– London Evening Standard, 5/5 stars

“They are a live act simply without peer… [U2] kicked the crowd into a whole other gear of euphoria” – Rolling Stone

“A generationally important band… empathy, hope and, ultimately, exaltation”

– The New York Times

Live Nation is excited to confirm  that U2 will bring their acclaimed Joshua Tree Tour to New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea later this year.

The band broke the news directly to fans this morning via Twitter. See https://twitter.com/U2

Following the highly successful 2017 tour in celebration of the band’s seminal album, The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 will see the band make a much anticipated return to New Zealand and Australia for the first time since the record-shattering U2 360° Tour in 2010, as well as the first Tokyo shows since the Vertigo Tour in 2006. The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 will also bring U2 to Singapore and Seoulfor the first time ever – with what promises to be very special concerts from “the biggest band in the world” (The Guardian). 

Special guest Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is confirmed as support for  the dates in New Zealand and Australia with Noel saying, We, NGHFB, are beside ourselves. The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour was some of the most fun we ever had. It will be both an honour and a pleasure to share the stage with our friends and comrades once again. It’s gonna be a ripper!!!!!”.

Bono said “It’s only taken me 30 years to learn how to sing these songs and it’s great to be able to say that I’ve finally caught up with the band. Our audience has given the Joshua Tree a whole new life on this tour. Doing these shows has been very special for us, a lot of emotion… From the despair of how relevant some of the dark songs still are, to the joy, pure fun of the staging… it’s quite a ride. And now we get to do it all over again. Auckland, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul… We’re coming for you”.

 “We really, REALLY wanted to bring The Joshua Tree to New Zealand, Australia and Asia” added The Edge. “We promised we would and finally, now we can say that we will see you in November… It’s going to feel like a homecoming and we are very excited”. 

The Joshua Tree Tour 2019 kicks off in Auckland on 8th November and will visit Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth,before moving on to Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul. Tickets for the NZ/AU shows go on sale on Tuesday 11th June  2019 (times vary per city). U2.com subscribers will have first opportunity to purchase tickets starting Tuesday 4th June through Thursday 6th June with a 4 ticket limit (see www.U2.com for details).

In a first for any artist performing in New Zealand and Australia, and to ensure fans have the best access, stadium floor tickets for all the band’s NZ/AU shows will be paperless with delivery via mobile devices 72 hours prior to the applicable show.There will be an 8 ticket limit for general public sales.

In Japan reservations for U2.com subscribers will begin on Tuesday 4th June. Pre-orders via PIA and ePLUS begin Friday 14th June, and general sale for both performances will begin Saturday 20th July.  There will be a 4 ticket limit for subscribers and an 8 ticket limit for public sales.

In Seoul, the ticketing presale for U2.com subscribers will begin on Monday 10th June with tickets on general sale Wednesday 12th June. There will be a 4 ticket limit for subscribers and an 8 ticket limit for public sales.

Date and venue information for the Singapore show soon to be announced.

NEW ZEALAND / AUSTRALIA / JAPAN / SOUTH KOREA 2019 TOUR DATES:           

 8 November               Auckland, NZ              Mt. Smart Stadium                             

12 November              Brisbane, AU              Suncorp Stadium                   

15 November              Melbourne, AU            Marvel Stadium                      

19 November              Adelaide, AU               Adelaide Oval                        

22 November              Sydney, AU                 Sydney Cricket Ground         

27 November              Perth, AU                    Optus Stadium                       

04 December              Tokyo, JP                    Saitama Super Arena

05 December              Tokyo, JP                    Saitama Super Arena

08 December              Seoul, KR                   Gocheok Sky Dome

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.u2.com

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour is produced by Live Nation Global Touring.

Press materials available at: www.u2.com/rmpphoto

U2 Tour publicity:

RMP  

Brídín Murphy Mitchell / Régine Moylett

[email protected]

+44 20 8749 7999

For Universal Music Group, contact:

Thom Wrafter

[email protected]

NOTES TO EDITORS:

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About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com

About The Joshua Tree Tour:

The Joshua Tree Tour isa celebration of the original album and tour of the same name undertaken by U2 in 1987 and features the complete album played in sequence along with a selection of highlights from U2’s extensive catalogue of songs. The innovative staging includes a specially commissioned series of haunting and evocative films from Dutch photographer, film-maker  and longtime collaborator Anton Corbijn – whose iconic photography accompanied the original recording  – in brilliant 8k resolution on a 200 x 45 foot cinematic screen, the largest high-res LED screen ever used in a touring show.

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017, produced by Live Nation Global Touring, opened to rave reviews in Vancouver, Canada in May 2017 – the first of 20 sold out stadium dates across North America. The sold out Eureopean run kicked off in London’s Twickenham Stadium on 8th July and saw the Dublin band return home to play to 78,000 fans in Croke Park, almost 30 years to the day after they played the legendary Dublin venue on the original Joshua Tree tour. The band hit the road again that September, taking in dates in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and São Paulo, as well as a historic first ever visit by U2 to Bogotá, Colombia for an unforgettable show at the city’s Estadio El Campin. Having played to over 2.7 million fans in just 51 shows across North and South America, the UK and Europe, and Mexico in 6 months, The Joshua Tree Tour 2017was the most successful tour of the year.

About The Joshua Tree album:

Released to universal acclaim on 9th March 1987 and featuring hit singles “With Or Without You”,“I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name”, The Joshua Tree went to #1 in the U.K, Ireland and around the world, selling in excess of 25 million albums, and catapulting Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr “… from heroes to superstars” (Rolling Stone).

Time Magazine put U2 on its cover in April 1987, proclaiming them “Rock’s Hottest Ticket” in a defining year for the band that saw their arena dates roll into stadium shows to accommodate escalating demand – setting them on course to become one of the greatest live acts in the world today.  The 12 months that followed saw the band create now-iconic moments: the traffic-stopping Grammy Award-winning music video on the roof of a Los Angeles liquor store, winning a BRIT Award and two Grammys – including Album of the Year – their first of 22 received to date, distinguishing U2 as the most awarded rock band in Grammy history; as well as a triumphant return home for four unforgettable shows in Belfast, Dublin and Cork in the summer of 1987.

U2’s fifth studio album The Joshua Tree was produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, and featured iconic artwork which cemented the career of photographer and director Anton Corbijn. Recording took place in Dublin at Windmill Lane Studios and Danesmoate, the house which subsequently became bassist Adam Clayton’s home.

“The title befits a record that concerns itself with resilience in the face of utter social and political desolation…The Joshua Tree is an appropriate response to these times, and a picture bleaker than any U2 has ever painted: a vision of blasted hopes, pointless violence and anguish… Music of great sadness but also of unutterable compassion, acceptance and calm.” – Rolling Stone, 1987

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Live Nation Australia, a Live Nation Entertainment company, and NAB (National Australia Bank), have today confirmed an extension to their partnership which will continue to deliver more exclusive fan experiences to NAB customers from the world’s leading live entertainment company, across music, family events and comedy tours and events.

From early access to tickets for select Live Nation tours and events to discount ticket offers, venue activations, premium experiences, tour sponsorship and unique content this partnership will provide NAB customers with ongoing live experience benefits.

Roger Field, CEO of Live Nation Australia said: “Through our partnership with NAB, we have been able to help them deliver a program that recognises customers for their loyalty by giving them exclusive access to live experiences not just in music, but also across our growing family entertainment and comedy segments.” 

Also commenting on the partnership, NAB Head of Media and Partnerships, Thomas Dobson said: “We’re delighted to extend our partnership with Live Nation Australia, and continue to offer our customers access to amazing live music and entertainment experiences.” 

NAB has been a partner of Live Nation since 2015. The partnership has produced a series of unique experiences for NAB customers to get closer to the entertainment they love from activations at the biggest stadium and arena tours, through to tour sponsorships with Pop-up Globe and Mister Maker.  

About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com

About Live Nation Australia 
2018 was a record year for Live Nation Australia with some of the biggest tours in history hitting the country, including P!nk, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Shania Twain. This year is set to be another big one with Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, Metallica, Childish Gambino and Post Malone already confirmed and more of the biggest names in music to be announced.  

Live Nation Media Contact:     
Jackie Antas     
+61422 168 444
[email protected]

Ticketmaster has today announced it will power its first fully digital venue, the iconic Forum Melbourne. Marriner Group, one of Australia’s leading owner and operator of music and theatre venues, has partnered with Ticketmaster to roll out digital tickets in its 2,000 capacity live music venue. 

Forum Melbourne will be the first venue in Australia to switch towards a fully mobile ticketing service which will transform the fan experience and simplify the ticket process from start to finish. 

The partnership will allow Marriner Group to utilise the latest tool in Ticketmaster’s cutting-edge technological armoury, reflecting increasing calls from fans for an easy and secure ticketing system which fits seamlessly into their lives. The tickets are delivered to the fan’s mobile and can easily be transferred to a friend using their Ticketmaster account.

Maria O’Connor, Managing Director of Ticketmaster Australia and New Zealand said: “Digital ticketing is the future and our partnership with Marriner Group is another step in our mission to put mobile first. Getting the technology live across all shows at the iconic Forum Melbourne is a huge milestone in this journey making fans lives easier.” 

The launch of digital tickets at Forum Melbourne follows a successful roll out of digital tickets for the Harry Potter And The Cursed Child theatre shows at Marriner Group’s Princess Theatre in Melbourne. 

Kayely Marriner, Director of Marriner Group says: We’ve been utilising digital solutions with Ticketmaster this year at the Princess Theatre. The platform is extremely user-friendly and convenient and as such, we’ve decided to go fully digital at Forum Melbourne and look forward to the system giving our patrons an easy way to manage their tickets right from their mobile.”

The first events to go on sale at Forum Melbourne with 100% digital tickets will be shows for artists Maribou State, James Blake and Tycho, promoted by Secret Sounds. 

Paul Piticco, Co-CEO of Secret Soundssaid: Innovating is critical to us here at Secret Sounds.  A fully digital ticketing system means less scalping, safe and easy transfer to friends, and a better environmental outcome by not printing or producing tickets.  We are in!”

In addition to creating a much more personalised experience for the fan, digital ticketing also paves the way for increased security, decreased fraud and unlocked value from customer relationships. 

Adding further, O’Connorsaid: By replacing paper and print-at-home tickets we can speed up venue access, while also protecting venues against fraud and enhancing security overall.”

Ticketmaster is the world’s leading ticketing platform helping artists, venues, festivals, major sports leagues, theatre groups and more, get millions of tickets into the hands of fans. In 2018, the company announced a string of investments into the future of safe and secure ticketing, including UPGRADED a live event blockchain platform, which makes tickets easy to transfer and impossible to duplicate, as well as Blink Identity, a facial recognition technology.  

For more information on Ticketmaster visit: https://business.ticketmaster.com/

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MEDIA CONTACTS
Jackie Antas 
[email protected]
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Live Nation, today announced the appointment of Greg Segal to President of Brand and Marketing Partnerships for Australia and New Zealand. Based in Sydney, Greg will report to Alan Ridgeway, Chairman of Live Nation Asia-Pacific and Russell Wallach, Global President Sponsorship & Media.

In this newly created position, Greg brings a breadth of knowledge and experience having recently served as Managing Director of Sydney agency mixitup, which he founded in 2006. In 2013, Live Nation acquired a majority share of mixitup and since then Greg has been responsible for the creation and leadership of the current brand partner program which includes integrated and ‘always on’ partnerships with leading Australian and New Zealand brands Optus, AMEX, Air New Zealand, Spark NZ, Virgin Australia, NAB, Hertz and more.

“Since we originally partnered with Greg in 2013, he has developed world-class brand partnerships for the Australian and New Zealand markets. We welcome working more closely with Greg to build on both existing and new brand partnerships in his new role with Live Nation,” said Alan Ridgeway, Chairman of Live Nation Asia Pacific. 

Russell Wallach, Global President Sponsorship and Media for Live Nation added: “Greg has a proven track record of creating ground-breaking brand partnerships and this opportunity will see him leading a team of specialists in Australia and New Zealand to craft end-to-end solutions for leading brands in music and entertainment.”

2018 was a record year for Live Nation Australia with some of the biggest tours in history hitting the country, including P!nk, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Shania Twain. This year is set to be another big one with tours from Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, Metallica, Childish Gambino and Post Malone and more of the biggest names in music to be announced.  

Segal added: “Over the last few years we have built a great team and a fantastic group of brand partners. I am excited to be able to continue to work with the team to deliver unforgettable live experiences to music fans across Australia and New Zealand”.

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Ticketmaster Acquires Moshtix

Expands General Admission offering in Australia & New Zealand

Melbourne, Australia — Ticketmaster, a Live Nation Entertainment Company, has today announced the acquisition of Moshtix to service the growing general admission event markets in Australia and New Zealand.

Formed in 2003, Moshtix has been delivering an innovative technology solution for general admission, self-service and white label solutions for event organisers. During this time, Moshtix has developed its reputation servicing grassroots music venues and promoters, and now specialises in general admission events across a variety of event genres. Today the company works with some of Australia’s most respected event operators and venues, including Groovin’ The Moo, Oxford Art Factory, Supanova, and the Australian Turf Club.

The acquisition will provide Australian and New Zealand venues and promoters a unique offering which combines Moshtix’s experience and innovative technology for general admission, self-service and white label solutions with Ticketmaster’s unrivalled services, marketing, distribution and reach.

Moshtix and its 34 employees with a head office in Sydney will continue to operate as a standalone business unit under Managing Director Harley Evans who has been with the business since 2010. 

Commenting on the acquisition, Harley Evans, Moshtix Managing Director, said: “Ticketmaster is undoubtedly the world leader in ticketing and is the ideal partner for us to take Moshtix to the next level. We are confident that together we can deliver an incredible combination of industry-leading ticketing technology and locally tailored services and marketing that will better serve the independent and general admission market.” 

Maria O’Connor, Managing Director of Ticketmaster Australia and New Zealand, welcomed the partnership: “Moshtix has a rich 15-year history and during this time have developed a reputation for being extremely hard-working and passionate about what they do. Their mission to “make live easy” by delivering a seamless connection between partner, fan and the artist is shared with us. We look forward to working with them to help fans discover, share and experience the live entertainment they love.”

Moshtix is the latest platform to be added to Ticketmaster Australia’s premier suite of software solutions which service the varying needs of event organisers, after DIY platform Universe launched in 2017.

For more information visit: https://getstarted.ticketmaster.com.au/au/news/ticketmaster-welcome-moshtix

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