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FKP Scorpio Norge, the German promoter's fourth Nordic subsidiary, launches on 1 January, bringing to an end a 12-year run by Torgeir Gullaksen's Goldstar
By Jon Chapple on 28 Nov 2017
FKP Scorpio will ring in the new year with a new office in Norway.
The Oslo office, the German-headquartered promoter’s first in Norway, will be run by Goldstar founder Torgeir Gullaksen, who becomes executive director of the new FKP Scorpio Norge. All employees of Goldstar – a national promoter which has organised Norwegian shows by Radiohead, Biffy Clyro, Arctic Monkeys, The xx, Arcade Fire and Queens of the Stone Age – also join FKP.
Excluding sparsely populated Iceland, Norway is the last of the Nordic countries where FKP Scorpio does not have a market presence, with the new office joining local operations in Sweden, Denmark and Finland, as well as Austria, the Netherlands and its Hamburg HQ.
FKP Scorpio Norge officially launches on 1 January 2018.
“For many years Goldstar has been putting on quality shows around Norway, but of course we’ve noticed that it’s harder and harder to be small and independent,” comments Gullaksen.
“In FKP Scorpio we have found a partner who is a big player but has kept its indie mentality”
“In FKP Scorpio we have found a partner who is a big player but has kept its indie mentality over all those years. So, we’re very happy to be able to continue doing what we love and do best, but now as part of a large European company with similar values to our own.”
FKP founder and CEO Folkert Koopmans adds: “Norway is a fantastic country with a very vivid live music scene. Since Torgeir and his team have been reliable partners for us over many years, it feels like the natural next step to establish FKP Scorpio Norge together.
“We share the belief that professionalism and trustworthiness build strong relationships – with artists, fans, managers, venues and everyone we work with.”
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