LOS ANGELES, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV) today announced the acquisition of Michael Coppel Presents, one of the leading promoters in Australia and New Zealand.
"We have worked with Michael Coppel on a number of tours over the years and are now extremely pleased to be welcoming such a well respected and successful promoter into our international network," said Michael Rapino, President and Chief Executive Officer of Live Nation. "Australia is the 6th largest music market in the World and an increasingly important touring market for international artists. It represents a significant part of our opportunity for international growth."
"I am delighted to be joining Live Nation and look forward to working with Luke, Roger and my current team, together with the touring teams in Los Angeles and London to firmly establish Live Nation as the leading promoter in Australia and New Zealand," said Michael Coppel.
Michael Coppel has been one of the most prominent and active concert promoters in Australia and New Zealand for over 30 years. He promotes several hundred shows per year and sells up to 1.7 million tickets annually to concerts including artists such as U2, Pink, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, RHCP, Beyonce and Rihanna. In 2009, he was responsible for the 58 date sell out arena tour by Pink which yielded over 658,000 ticket sales.
Live Nation's existing business in Australia and New Zealand, led by Luke Hede and Roger Field, will be combined with the acquired business, which will be renamed Live Nation Australasia. Michael Coppel will lead the business as President and Chief Executive Officer, with Luke and Roger continuing as Vice Presidents-Promotions.
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