Ticket Arena SL 2018
EPS 2018
Ticketmaster ILMC 30 SL

The latest industry news to your inbox.


Would you be interested in hearing about marketing opportunities?


Schmitt replaces Missonnier as Rock en Seine director

Co-founder François Missonnier has stepped down as festival director ahead of a rumoured acquisition by AEG – although the US giant's involvement remains unclear

By Jon Chapple on 03 Oct 2017

François Missonnier, Rock en Seine, LNEI Live, Sarah Schmitt

image © Claude Gassian/Rock en Seine

Sarah Schmitt, the long-time assistant to Rock en Seine co-founder François Missonnier, has replaced Missonnier as festival director, the festival’s new owner has announced, ahead of a rumoured takeover of the event by AEG.

Rock en Seine – one of France’s largest music festivals – was acquired from founders Missonnier, Christophe Davy and Salomon Hazot in April by investment banker Matthieu Pigasse, who says he plans to turn his LNEI (Les Nouvelles Éditions indépendantes) holding company into a “leader in the production of premium content”. Rock en Seine forms part of a new live music division, LNEI Live, comprising the Rock en Seine, inRocKs and Nuits Zébrées festivals.

Pigasse buys Rock en Seine, launches live outfit

The next month, Pigasse announced a “very advanced partnership” between LNEI and a “recognised specialised in the programming of major festivals”, named by Libération as AEG. He declined, however, to further elaborate on the nature of the relationship, including whether any money had changed hands.

Unlike rival Live Nation, AEG otherwise lacks a festival presence in France, although it does operate the 17,000-cap. AccorHotels Arena in Paris.

In a statement provided to AFP, LNEI says Missionnier (pictured) will now “dedicate himself to other projects, including Europavox”, a festival in Auvergne he founded in 2006.

A total of 110,000 attended the 15th Rock en Seine, held in late August, matching the festival’s strong showing in 2016, although both figures are down slightly on the 120,000 people who bought tickets to Rock en Seine 2015 (held before the attack on the Bataclan).


Get more stories like this in your inbox by signing up for IQ Index, IQ’s free email digest of essential live music industry news.

More news

Pigasse buys Rock en Seine, launches live outfit The 'rock star of finance', also chairman of Eurockéennes and owner of inRocKs, has big plans for the French festival market with François...Missonnier-led LNEI Live
AEG Presents opens French office The official launch of Paris-based AEG Presents France, led by GM/VP Arnaud Meersseman, sees AEG make a play for a greater share of the "thriving...French music scene"
Tomorrowland Winter to debut in 2019 The famed Belgian EDM franchise hopes to attract in excess of 30,000 people to the French Alps for the inaugural Tomorrowland Winter next March
Fabrizio Pompeo joins Radar, announces new festiva... Pompeo, formerly senior promoter at Live Nation Finland, has joined Giorgio Riccitell at Rome-based Radar Concerti
Krezwick to head up new AEG Facilities NY office Richard Krezwick, the long-time head of AEG Facilities Europe, is returning to the US to oversee its business on the east coast