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Lolla Paris, Download Madrid confirmed for 2017

Live Nation is upping its European festival game next year with new events in the French and Spanish capitals

By IQ on 11 Oct 2016

Ghost, Download Paris 2016, Nicko Guihal

Swedish doom metal band Ghost at Download Paris 2016, Longchamps racecourse

image © Nicko Guihal

Two major Live Nation festival brands look set to be increasing their presence in continental Europe in 2017.

In an interview yesterday with French magazine Télérama, Live Nation France’s managing director, Angelo Gopee, revealed Paris will host its own edition of Lollapalooza next July. Taking place on 22 and 23 July at the Longchamp racecourse – the home of the French edition of fellow Live Nation event Download – Lollapalooza Paris will become the fifth international version of the long-running Chicago festival, founded in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell, after Santiago, Chile; Sao Paolo; Buenos Aires; and, most recently, Berlin.

Gopee says the promoter wants to take advantage of the lack of any competing events in the French capital on that weekend, “when many tourists are present in Paris and France”. He declined to name any potential acts, but promised Live Nation would focus on booking “the best possible artists”.

Live Nation is seeking to take advantage of the lack of any competing events in Paris on that weekend

On the same day, reports surfaced in the Spanish press that metal festival Download – held since 2003 in Donington Park, UK, and since 2016 in Paris – would take place in Madrid for the first time next June. The news initially leaked via a Bandsintown listing showing System of a Down playing at Download Festival in Madrid, Spain, before an official website launched later in the day.

No venue has yet been revealed, although IQ has contacted Live Nation Spain for comment.


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