Roger Field to depart Live Nation APAC
Live Nation Asia-Pacific president Roger Field is stepping down after more than a decade with the company.
Melbourne-based Field was named president of Live Nation APAC in September 2020. He joined the firm in 2010 to set up Live Nation Australia alongside VP of touring Luke Hede, and led the growth of the Australian and New Zealand businesses, initially as COO and then CEO from 2017 following LN’s acquisition of Michael Coppel Presents in 2012.
Field was tasked with overseeing all of Live Nation’s businesses across the Asia-Pacific region, including tours by the likes of Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Pink, U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The Music Network sources describe the split as “amicable”, with Alex Klos set to become COO of LN Australia & New Zealand, alongside his position as APAC CFO.
Speaking to IQ earlier this year, Field said: “Australasia is going great. This will be our biggest year ever and we’re seeing unprecedented attendances at all levels from club to arenas. We have more artists coming to our shores and we’re having our biggest stadium year.”
“It seems that the years of being unable to tour and operate have enabled a number of arena acts to take the leap into stadiums with huge success”
“It seems that the years of being unable to tour and operate have enabled a number of arena acts to take the leap into stadiums with huge success. This in turn creates the opportunity for more acts to step up to fill those arena dates – and fans are really getting behind these artists and demanding even more.”
Live Nation’s suite of venues in the region includes The Palais Theatre in Melbourne, the Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane, the Hindley Street Music Hall in Adelaide, and Anita’s Theatre, and it has continued to expand its portfolio of venues and live assets.
“Our venue development is a huge priority for us across both Australia and New Zealand – we’ve just celebrated the return of the iconic Festival Hall in Melbourne to a full-time live music venue after signing a multi-lease and that’s only the beginning,” added Field. “Our interest in venues of all sizes is partly motivated by having the ability to engage with a variety of artist content, even if we’re not promoting it, but also open to new ticket buying markets.”
Field also served on the executive committee of the Live Entertainment Industry Forum (LEIF), which comprised all major Australian live businesses and was set up at the height of the pandemic to ensure fans could return safely to live events once restrictions on mass gatherings were lifted.
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