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Live Nation acquires Utah promoter United Concerts

The leading Utah promoter has joined the Live Nation stable, bringing the concert giant's 2017 acquisitions up to eight—matching last year's record-breaking buying spree

By Jon Chapple on 05 Oct 2017

Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Ticketmaster, United Concerts

United books shows at Salt Lake's Vivint Smart Home Arena, for which TM is exclusive ticketer


image © Tony Alter

Live Nation has taken control of Utah’s United Concerts, in its eighth acquisition of 2017.

The union of the two companies – which have co-promoted concerts in the Utah region for a number of number of years – is a “natural progression as they aim to bring even more live events to the community”, says Live Nation. Live Nation’s Ticketmaster division also has an existing exclusive ticketing deal with Vivint Smart Home Arena (19,911-cap.) in Salt Lake City.

“Having partnered with United Concerts on hundreds of shows in the past, we’re confident they are the right partners as Live Nation grows our presence in the market,” says Bob Roux, Live Nation’s co-president of North America Concerts.

“Becoming part of Live Nation is a strategic move that will benefit our operated venues and Utah’s live music community at large”

United Concerts CEO Jim McNeil – who becomes president of US concerts, Salt Lake City, for Live Nation and reports into Roux – adds: “Becoming part of Live Nation is a strategic move that will benefit our operated venues and Utah’s live music community at large.

“We look forward to connecting artists with countless fans here in Salt Lake.”

Salt Lake City-based United Concerts has produced more than 6,000 events in its 50 years in business.

Live Nation’s last acquisition was in July, when it bought a majority stake in Swiss hip-hop festival Openair Frauenfeld. It made a record eight acquisitions in 2016.

 


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