Woodstock Festival gets two competing 50th anniversary celebrations in upstate New York

January 9, 2019

by Carla Hay

Woodstock Festival logo

Get ready for the battle of the Woodstock 50th anniversary concerts. In one corner is the official Woodstock 50th Anniversary concert, called Woodstock 50, which is produced by Woodstock Ventures (whose founder is original Woodstock promoter Michael Lang), and will take place August 16 to August 18, 2019, at the Watkins Glen International race track in Watkins Glen, New York. The other festival (whose name is to be announced) is produced by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts,  Live Nation and brand communications agency INVNT, and will take place August 15 to August 17, 2019, at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (the site of the original Woodstock Festival) in Bethel Woods, New York. The Watkins Glen venue is larger (with a capacity of 39,000) than the Bethel Woods venue, which has a capacity of about 15,000.

Artists performing at the festivals and ticket details are to be announced, but it is sure to be a fierce competition between the two festivals to get the biggest names involved.  Woodstock 50 is expected to have a mix of contemporary acts  as well as heritage acts, and is the festival that is more likely to have any of the major original Woodstock artists who still regularly perform live. The Woodstock-inspired festival with Live Nation sounds like it will try to have more of of a Coachella Festival atmosphere, that promises to be a “pan-generational cultural event [that] will feature live music, TED-style talks and special exhibits,” according to an announcement.

Several media outlets are reporting that most of the hotels and other housing rentals in the area are already booked up, in anticipation of the two festivals.

The original Woodstock Festival took place August 15 to 18, 1969, and had an estimated attendance of 400,000 people. Artists on the bill included Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Santana and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The original Woodstock Festival is widely considered to be the most important live music event of the 1960s. The official “Woodstock” documentary film won an Oscar.

A 25th anniversary Woodstock Festival called Woodstock ’94 took place in 1994 in Saugerties, New York. The performers included Aerosmith, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, Bob Dylan, Santana, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Crosby, Stills & Nash. A more controversial 30th anniversary Woodstock Festival (which included numerous incidents of assaults, vandalism, theft and arson) called Woodstock ’99 took place in 1999 in Rome, New York. Woodstock ’99’s lineup included Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bush, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Santana, Creed, Megadeth, the Chemical Brothers and Alanis Morissette.

2019 BottleRock Napa Valley: Imagine Dragons, Neil Young, Mumford & Sons are headliners

January 7, 2019

BottleRock Napa Valley 2019

The 2019 BottleRock Napa Valley festival, which takes place May 24 to May 26 in Napa County, California, has announced that the headliners are Imagine Dragons, Neil Young + Promise of the Real and Mumford & Sons. The rest of the festival, which is now in its seventh year, consists mostly of rock acts, with some hip-hop and EDM artists on the lineup as well. In 2017, Live Nation acquired a majority stake in BottleRock Napa Valley, which is still partially owned by Latitude 38 Entertainment.

Here is the lineup for the 2019 edition of Bottle Rock Napa Valley. Performance times are to be announced.

Friday, May 24

Imagine Dragons, Logic, OneRepublic, Sylvan Esso, Flogging Molly, Jenny Lewis, AJR, Anderson East, The Dandy Warhols, lovelytheband, Paul Oakenfold (Silent Disco), Alec Benjamin, Neon Trees, Midland, Vintage Trouble, The War and Treaty, Just Loud, Shannon Shaw, flora cash, Yoke Lore, HalfNoise, The Dip,  Dessa, Liz Cooper & The Stampede, Valley Queen, Jack West, Forgotten Dreamers.
Saturday, May 25
Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Pharrell Williams, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Gary Clark Jr., Juanes, Cypress Hill, Elle King, Marian Hill, Sir Sly, Chevy Metal, Against Me!, Madison Beer, Pink Sweat$, Shannon & the Clams, The Regrettes, White Panda (Silent Disco), Elley Duhé, Wilderado, Magic City Hippies, Moonalice, We Banjo 3, Slothrust, Jared & The Mill, Royal Jelly Jive, Rebecca Jade & The Cold Fact, The Blue Stones, The Silverado Pickups, Napa Valley Youth Symphony.
Sunday, May 26
Mumford & Sons, Santana, Tash Sultana, Lord Huron, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Big Boi, Citizen Cope, Bishop Briggs, Gang of Youths, Too $hort, Turkuaz, The Crystal Method (Silent Disco), Skylar Grey, Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Houses, Con Brio, The Soul Rebels, SHAED, Welles, The Teskey Brothers, Harry Hudson, Ocean Alley, Sweet Crude, John Craigie, Dustbowl Revival, Jes Frances, The Alive.

Live Nation launches National Concert Week 2018 with $20 all-in ticket offer

April 23, 2018

Live Nation National Concert Week

The following is a press release from Live Nation:

Live Nation announced ‘National Concert Week’ will take place April 30 through May 8 with an exclusive $20 all-in ticket offer for fans to celebrate the kickoff to its biggest summer season. The deal will include over 1.5 million tickets to 2,000+ shows across Live Nation’s roster of summer tours including Comedy, Country, Hip-Hop, Latin, Metal, Rock, Pop, and more.

For one week only, fans can get their hands on the $20 all-in tickets Monday, April 30 at 8:00 am local time at NCW.LiveNation.com, through Tuesday, May 8 at 11:59 pm local time.

DJ Khaled shared his excitement about the ticket offer from 45,000 feet, encouraging music fans to nab their tickets to the hottest summer shows. Watch the video HERE.

Produced by Live Nation, National Concert Week is a time for artists and fans to celebrate their love of live music. To launch the week, Live Nation will hold a special media event in New York featuring dozens of their touring artists.

Talent in attendance talking about their upcoming summer tours will include Paramore, Lindsey Stirling, Bush’s Gavin Rossdale, Jeff Beck, Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz, Ann Wilson of Heart, Evanescence’s Amy Lee, Foreigner’s Mick Jones, 3 Doors Down, Bad Company and Free’s Paul Rodgers, Coheed and Cambria, Collective Soul, Pentatonix, O.A.R., Poison, Soul Asylum, Stone Temple Pilots, Styx, Taking Back Sunday, The Cult, The Offspring, Whitesnake, and more.

Nationally Touring Artists With Live Nation’s $20 All-In “National Concert Week” Ticket Offer:
311 / The Offspring
3 Doors Down / Collective Soul
5 Seconds of Summer
Alan Jackson
Arcade Fire
Avenged Sevenfold / Prophets of Rage
Backstreet Boys
Beck
Bon Jovi
Brad Paisley
Breaking Benjamin / Five Finger Death Punch
Bush / Stone Temple Pilots / The Cult
Charlie Puth
Chicago / REO Speedwagon
Chris Brown
Coheed and Cambria / Taking Back Sunday
Counting Crows / LIVE
David Blaine
Dead & Company
Def Leppard / Journey
Dierks Bentley
Dwight Yoakam / Lucinda Williams / Steve Earle
Enanitos Verdes / Hombres G
Erasure
Foreigner / Whitesnake / Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening
Game of Thrones
G-Eazy
Godsmack / Shinedown
Gov’t Mule / The Avett Brothers
Hall & Oates / Train
Halsey
Imagine Dragons
Janet Jackson
Jason Aldean
Jeff Beck / Paul Rodgers
Joe Biden
Juanes / Mon Laferte
Keith Urban
Kesha / Macklemore
Kevin Hart
Kid Rock
KIDZ BOP LIVE 2018
Kygo
Lady Antebellum / Darius Rucker
Lindsey Stirling / Evanescence
Logic
Luis Miguel
Luke Bryan
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Maroon 5
Miranda Lambert / Little Big Town
Ms. Lauryn Hill
NEEDTOBREATHE / JOHNNYSWIM
Niall Horan
ODESZA
Ozzy Osbourne
Paramore
Pentatonix
Poison / Cheap Trick
Post Malone
Rascal Flatts
Ray LaMontagne
Rise Against / AFI
Rob Zombie / Marilyn Manson
Rod Stewart / Cyndi Lauper
Shakira
Shania Twain
Steely Dan / The Doobie Brothers
Styx / Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers
The Smashing Pumpkins
Thirty Seconds To Mars
Vans Warped Tour
Weezer / Pixies
Zac Brown Band

For a full list of participating artists, please visit NCW.LiveNation.com.

To see a complete list of Live Nation’s summer tours and festivals, please visit livenation.com.

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. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

Live Nation doubles number of Festival Passports for sale, expands program

April 9, 2018

Live Nation
(Image courtesy of Live Nation)

The following is a press release from Live Nation:

Live Nation announces the return of its one of a kind Festival Passport, and also reveals major expansions to the program for 2018.

After selling out in its inaugural year, Live Nation is expanding the epic experience by more than doubling the number of Festival Passports available for 2018 to 2,500 passes, granting purchasers GA access to the 100+ participating festivals around the globe. Additionally, Live Nation is excited to offer music enthusiasts the first ever VIP Festival Passport, granting 100 lucky purchasers VIP entry. The GA tier of the Festival Passport is priced at $999 USD, while the VIP tier is $5,000 USD.

Festival Passport holders will have access to more festivals this year than ever before, with unlimited admission to over 100 of Live Nation’s unique festivals around the world including Austin City Limits Music Festival (US), Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival (US), Download (UK, SpainFranceAustralia), Electric Daisy Carnival (US), Falls Festival (Australia), Firenze Rocks (Italy), Governors Ball Music Festival (US), Lollapalooza (GermanyFrance, US), Rock Werchter (Belgium), Sasquatch! Music Festival (US), and many more. In addition, Sydney City Limits (Australia), Creamfields (China), RedFestDXB (UAE), Impact Festival (Poland), Openair Frauenfeld (Switzerland), and Edinburgh Summer Sessions (UK) are new festivals added to the Festival Passport for 2018. For a full map of participating festivals around the world, click HERE.

Last year’s Festival Passport passes sold out within 24 hours, and purchasers were so thrilled with the experience that they created their own Official Live Nation Festival Passport Holders community to share stories and plan out festival trips together.

“Music festivals are all about the experience and we created Festival Passport as an innovative way to amplify that for music fans across all of our 100+ festivals worldwide,” said Lisa Licht, CMO, Live Nation U.S. Concerts. “Festival Passport is Live Nation’s tribute to our incredible festival community, and we’re excited to continue to build on the program this year by increasing the number of Festival Passports available and adding a brand new VIP tier. Those who purchased the Festival Passport last year have become part of the Live Nation family. Their passion for Live Nation and our festivals is awesome!”

Live Nation will utilize Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan™ platform to assure all Festival Passports get into the hands of fans, rather than scalpers or bots. Verified Fan™ Registration begins today, Monday, April 9 at 8am PDT and closes Thursday, April 12 at 8pm PDT at http://festivalpassport.tmverifiedfan.com/. Live music fans who receive a code then have the chance to purchase a GA or VIP Festival Passport when they go on sale beginning Tuesday, April 17 at 8am PDT at LiveNation.com/Passport (while supplies last, limited quantities of each available.)

NOTE: In an effort to avoid scalpers and ensure fans are the only ones getting access to this special program, purchasers’ full legal names must match their photo ID for entry to be granted at each festival. Transportation, airfare, hotel accommodation, parking or any other expenses are not included with any of the Festival Passports and will be the purchaser’s responsibility to organize. On-site camping is not included unless otherwise detailed here for the GA tier or here for the VIP tier. Festival Passport holders must contact the International Festival Concierge at IntlFestivalConcierge@LiveNation.com or the U.S. Festival Concierge at FestivalConcierge@LiveNation.com two weeks before the event for assistance reserving a spot. Only one General Admission or VIP Festival Passport will be available for purchase per person. The Festival Passport is not transferable or refundable. See full Terms of Use for the Festival Passport here. Festival Passports are valid from April 2018 through April 2019.

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.

Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and other celebrities react to mass murder at Route 91 Harvest festival

October 2, 2017

by John Larson

Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean (Photo by Natasha Moustache/CMA)

As details are still emerging about the mass murder shooting at the Route 91 Harvest outdoor music festival in Las Vegas, festival performer Jason Aldean and other celebrities have been making statements about the tragedy, in which at least 59 people were killed and more than 500 people injured on October 1, 2017. It is the worst mass-murder shooting in U.S. history. Stephen Craig Paddock, the 64-year-old suspected shooter, fired automatic weapons from his hotel suite at nearby Mandalay Bay, and reportedly committed suicide before he could be apprehended by police. Paddock is believed to be the only shooter in this crime.

Aldean was performing at the concert when the shooting happened. He issued this statement on his official Twitter account: “Tonight has been beyond horrific. I still don’t know what to say but wanted to let everyone know that me and my crew are safe. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved tonight. It hurts my heart that this would happen to anyone who was just coming out to enjoy what should have been a fun night.”

Aldean was the last performer at the three-day festival, whose other headliners were Eric Church (on September 29) and Sam Hunt (on September 30). The sold-out event was attended by about 22,000 people on the Las Vegas Strip when the gun attack began at 10:05 p.m. Pacific Time.

Jake Owen, who performed on stage before Aldean at the festival,  tweeted these comments on October 1: “Praying for everyone here in Vegas. I witnessed the most unimaginable event tonight. We are okay. Others aren’t. Please pray.”

Owen later tweeted, “Gun shots were ringing off of the stage rigging and road cases. No one knew where to go..thank you LVPD and responders for keeping us safe.”

John Rich of Big & Rich, who also performed at the festival on  October 1 , tweeted after the tragedy: “We are ok. But our fans and friends are not. This is the worst of humanity at work. Praying for the victims in Vegas tonight.”

Route 91 festival performer Maren Morris tweeted on October 2: “Played Route 91 in Vegas the night before last. We were all singing. I’m in shock over this. Heartbroken for all those lives taken too soon.”

Live Nation, the promotion company behind Route 91 Harvest, issued this statement on October 2: “We are heartbroken over the tragedy that took place at the Route 91 Harvest festival. To think that anyone would want to inflict harm on a gathering of music lovers is beyond our comprehension. And while we are stunned and grieving over this incomprehensible act of violence, we know that this is a moment when we must come together to prevent more tragedies like this from occurring.

“Live Nation will do everything in our power to support the victims and their families through the aftermath of this horrendous event and extends our deepest gratitude to the heroic first responders who helped save as many lives as possible. To our Live Nation on-site employees, we cannot thank you enough for your bravery and perseverance over the past 24 hours and will ensure you have the resources and support necessary to heal from this.”

According to the Associated Press, dead gunman Paddock was a retired multimillionaire who did not have a known history of committing violence or having mental illness. However, his estranged father, Benjamin Hoskins Paddock (who went by several aliases and died in 1998), had a long criminal history, including arrests for bank robbery in 1960, escaping from prison in 1968 (which put him on the FBI’s Most Wanted list) and racketeering in 1987.

October 3, 2017 UPDATE:

Aldean has cancelled his California concerts that were scheduled to take place on October 6 in Los Angeles, October 7 in San Diego and October 8 in Anaheim. In a statement posted on his official website, Aldean said: “I feel like out of respect for the victims, their families and our fans, it is the right thing to do. It has been an emotional time for everyone involved this week, so we plan to take some time to mourn the ones we have lost and be close with our family and friends.”

In addition, Aldean posted this message on his Instagram account:  “Over the last 24 hrs I have gone through lots of emotions. Fear, Anger, Heartache, Compassion and many others. I truely dont [sic] understand why a person would want to take the life of another. Something has changed in this country and in this world lately that is scary to see. This world is becoming the kind of place i am afraid to raise my children in. At the end of the day we arent [sic] Democrats or Republicans, Whites or Blacks, Men or Women. We are all humans and we are all Americans and its time to start acting like it and stand together as ONE! That is the only way we will ever get this Country to be better than it has ever been, but we have a long way to go and we have to start now. My heart aches for the Victims and their families of this Senseless act. I am so sorry for the hurt and pain everyone is feeling right now and there are no words i can say to to take that pain away. Just know u all are in my heart and my prayers as we all go through this together. Time to come together and stop the hate!
#stopthehate #prayforlasvegas”

Meanwhile, Route 91 Harvest issued this statement:

“On behalf of the entire Route 91 Harvest Family, we are completely devastated by the event that occurred Sunday night.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the injured and the deceased and their loved ones, senseless violence has claimed the souls of our fans and we have little in the way of answers.

“Our eternal gratitude goes out to the LVPD, Emergency services, security guards, and fans for their selfless acts of bravery while trying to help those in need.

“While we will try and move forward, we will never forget this day.

“We will NOT let hate win over LOVE.

“We will NOT be defeated by senseless violence.

“We WILL persevere, and honor the souls that were lost.
Because it matters.”

Live Nation offers The Festival Passport for more than 90 festivals in 2017

May 18, 2017

Live Nation Festival Passport
(Courtesy of Live Nation Entertainment)

The following is a press release from Live Nation:

Live Nation is home to the largest and most diverse festival portfolio on the planet, and today the company is unveiling The Festival Passport, a revolutionary experience that gives fans GA access to 90+ festivals for $799. For the remainder of 2017, The Festival Passport will provide admission to nearly every Live Nation festival, even if the event is already sold out. This includes Austin City Limits Music Festival, Bonnaroo, Creamfields, EDC (Las Vegas and Orlando), Falls Festival, Governors Ball, Isle of Wight, Lollapalooza (Chicago, Paris, and Berlin), V Festival and many more.

Each Festival Passport is equipped with a unique ID and powered by Front Gate Tickets, a group within Ticketmaster specializing in festival ticketing, making it a breeze for fans to hop around the world visiting the Live Nation festivals of their choosing. The process is simple: show up at the event, take the Festival Passport to will call with a valid ID to get a designated wristband for that festival, then enter and enjoy the show.

This exclusive experience will only be available to 1,000 fans. Live Nation’s Festival Passports will go on sale May 22 at 10am PT at FestivalPassport.com. To combat scalpers and make sure fans are the ones taking this epic journey, these passports will be issued in the original buyer’s name and are non-transferable. With that in mind, only one Festival Passport purchase is allowed per person.

With festivals spanning 15 countries and every music genre from country to EDM, Live Nation is excited to offer fans this one of a kind festival experience. Festival Passport holders will have access to the following Live Nation festivals through the end of 2017:

Austin City Limits Music Festival

U.S. – Austin, TX

Barcelona Beach Festival

Spain – Barcelona

Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival

U.S. – NY

Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

U.S. – Manchester, TN

Camp Bisco

U.S. – Scranton, PA

CBC Music Festival

Canada – Toronto

Center of Gravity Festival

Canada – Kelowna

Chasing Summer Music Festival

Canada – Calgary

Chicago Open Air

U.S. – Chicago, IL

Citadel Festival

England – London

Community Festival

England – London

Contact Winter Music Festival

Canada – Vancouver

Copenhell

Denmark – Copenhagen

Countdown NYE

U.S. – San Bernardino, CA

Country LakeShake

U.S. – Chicago, IL

Creamfields

England – Daresbury

Creamfields Steel Yard

England – London

Crystal Coast Music Festival

U.S. – Atlantic Beach, NC

DCODE Festival

Spain – Madrid

Down the Rabbit Hole

Holland – Ewijk

Download Festival

England – Leicestershire

Download Festival Paris

France – Paris

Download Festival Spain

Spain – Madrid

Dreams Music Festival

Canada – Toronto

Dreamstate San Francisco

U.S. – San Francisco, CA

Electric Daisy Carnival

U.S. – Las Vegas, NV

Electric Daisy Carnival

U.S. – Orlando, FL

Electric Forest Festival

U.S. – Rothbury, MI

Electric Picnic Music and Arts Festival

Ireland – Stradbally

Escape Halloween

U.S. – San Bernardino, CA

Faster Horses Country Music Festival

U.S. – Brooklyn, MI

Field Trip Music & Arts Festival

Canada – Toronto

Findings Festival

Norway – Oslo

Firenze Rocks Festival

Italy – Florence

Forecastle Festival

U.S. – Louisville, KY

Free Press Summer Festival

U.S. – Houston, TX

FVDED in the Park

Canada – Surrey

Glasgow Summer Sessions

Scotland – Glasgow

Governors Ball Music Festival

U.S. – New York, NY

Graspop Metal Meeting

Belgium – Dessel

HARD Summer Music Festival

U.S. – Los Angeles, CA

Heartland Festival

Denmark – Kværndrup

I Love Techno Europe

France – Montpellier

Independent Days Festival

Italy – Milan

Jamboree in the Hills

U.S. – Morristown, OH

Latitude Festival

England – Suffolk

Leeds Festival

England – Leeds

Lollapalooza Berlin

Germany – Berlin

Lollapalooza Chicago

U.S. – Chicago, IL

Lollapalooza Paris

France – Paris

Lovebox Festival

England – London

Lowlands Festival

Holland – Biddinghuizen

Main Square Festival

France – Arras

Music Midtown

U.S. – Atlanta, GA

Nocturnal Wonderland

U.S. – San Bernardino, CA

North Sea Jazz Festival

Holland – Rotterdam

Ohana Festival

U.S. – Dana Point, CA

One Love Music Festival

Canada – Calgary

Paradiso Festival

U.S. – George, WA

Parklife

England – Manchester

Popaganda Music Festival

Sweden – Stockholm

Reading Festival

England – Reading

Rock am Ring

Germany – Nürburgring

Rock im Park

Germany – Nürnberg

Rock im Pott

Germany – Gelsenkirchen

Rock Werchter

Belgium – Werchter

Roots Picnic

U.S. – Philadelphia, PA 

Route 91 Harvest

U.S. – Las Vegas, NV

Sasquatch! Music Festival

U.S. – George, WA

Sloss Music & Arts Festival

U.S. – Birmingham, AL

Summerburst Göteborg

Sweden – Gothenburg

Summerburst Stockholm

Sweden – Stockholm

The Falls Music & Arts Festival

Australia – Lorne, Marion Bay, Byron Bay and Fremantle

The Isle of Wight Festival

England – Newport

The Meadows Music & Arts Festival

U.S. – Queens, NY

The Peach Music Festival

U.S. – Scranton, PA

The Warehouse Project

England – Manchester

Trackside Music Festival

Canada – Ontario

TRNSMT Festival

Scotland – Glasgow

TW Classic

Belgium – Werchter

V Festival

England – Chelmsford & Staffordshire

Voodoo Music + Arts Festival

U.S. – New Orleans, LA

Watershed Music Festival

U.S. – George, WA

Way Out West

Sweden – Gothenburg

We Are Electric Weekender

Holland – Eindhoven

Werchter Boutique

Belgium – Werchter

Wilderness Festival

England – Oxfordshire

Wireless Festival

Germany – Frankfurt

Wireless Festival

England – London

Woo-Hah! Festival

Holland – Tilburg

NOTE: Transportation, airfare, hotel accommodation, etc. is not included with Festival Passport and will be the purchaser’s responsibility to organize. Onsite camping/parking is not included in the Festival Passport. However, if there is a festival where GA admission already includes camping and parking in your Festival Passport, pass holders can contact Live Nation two weeks before the event for assistance reserving a spot.

 

Live Nation makes deal to build an interim amphitheater in Irvine, California

March 15, 2017

An interim amphitheater (name to be announced) that will open in Irvine, California, in 2017.
An interim amphitheater (name to be announced) that will open in Irvine, California, in 2017. (Rendering courtesy of Five Points Communities Management)

On March 14, 2017, Irvine City Council unanimously approved a plan between Live Nation Entertainment and Five Points Communities Management to build and operate an interim outdoor amphitheater next to the Orange County Great Park to replace Irvine Meadows Amphitheater, which closed in October 2016 after 35 years in operation. The site of where Irvine Meadow Amphitheater used to be is being redeveloped as a residential area. The site of the new interim venue is less than two miles from the now-removed Irvine Meadows.  The opening date for the interim venue has not been announced, but Live Nation plans to stage the first concert there later this summer.

According to a Five Point Communities Management press release: “Music fans and community stakeholders, many wearing red ‘Save Live Music Irvine’ T-shirts, filled the council chambers with the overflow crowd watching on closed circuit TVs elsewhere in City Hall. Speakers from all segments of the community, including business, labor, education and the performing arts, as well as several longtime Irvine Meadows season ticket holders, asked the council to approve the plan for the interim venue and accelerate action on a permanent amphitheater on city-owned land in the Great Park. When the council voted 5-0 to approve the proposal, the crowd inside the chambers erupted in applause and cheers.”

 

Live Nation buys majority stake in BottleRock Napa Valley

January 13, 2017

The Jam Cellars Stage at BottleRock Napa Valley 2016.
The Jam Cellars Stage at BottleRock Napa Valley 2016. (Photo courtesy of Latitude 38 Entertainment)

Live Nation Entertainment has acquired a majority interest in the BottleRock Napa Valley music, wine, craft brew and culinary festival. According to a Live Nation press release, BottleRock will remain under the leadership of festival producer Latitude 38 Entertainment, whose founders will continue to be significant shareholders and owners of the festival.

BottleRock Napa Valley (held annually each May at the Napa Valley Expo Center in Napa, California) showcases more than 30 local wineries and dozens of restaurants. Celebrating its fifth year, the 2017 festival is set for May 26 to May 28, and is expecting more than 120,000 attendees with Foo Fighters, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Maroon 5 headlining.

In keeping with Live Nation’s strategy, BottleRock Napa Valley will operate independently under the continued leadership of Latitude 38 Entertainment founders Dave Graham, Justin Dragoo and Jason Scoggins. Live Nation currently has more than than 80 festivals in its global festival portfolio, including Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Reading, Leeds, Governor’s Ball, Electric Daisy Carnival and Rock Werchter.

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