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Slayer, Jackson and Copping awarded for final Wembley Arena show

US thrash-metal legends Slayer, along with their management, agent and promoter, were presented with award frames by the SSE Arena Wembley following their last-ever show at the 12,500-cap. London venue.

The awards were handed out by arena GM John Drury and booking manager James Harrison following the sold-out 3 November concert, part of the band’s Farewell world tour. After support from Obituary, Anthrax and Lamb of God, the show kicked off with ‘Repentless’, accompanied by 10ft columns of fire erupting from the stage, and came to a close nearly an hour and a half later with an encore comprising ‘Raining Blood’ and ‘Angel of Death’.

Pictured after the show, left to right, are Tom Araya and Ernie Gonzalez (Slayer); John Jackson (K2 Agency); Kristen Mulderig (manager); Kerry King (Slayer); Rick Sales (manager); Gary Holt (Slayer); John Drury; Andy Copping (Live Nation); Jane Miller (K2 Agency); James Harrison; and Paul Bostaph (Slayer).

 


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K2 acquires Jim Morewood’s EGO Agency

K2 Agency has acquired UK rival Eccentric Gent Organisation (EGO), bringing over company founder Jim Morewood and agent Yerry Stetter and EGO’s largely heavy metal-focused roster.

The acquisition of EGO follows last year’s buy-out of Factory Music, and sees the company’s roster of artists, which includes HIM, Fear Factory, Devin Townsend and the Rasmus, also move to London-based K2.

Morewood says: “Yerry and I are delighted to be joining the formidable team at K2 and we look forward to an exciting future with John, having previously worked with him at the now legendary Helter Skelter Agency.”

“We look forward to an exciting future with John”

K2 founder John Jackson adds: “I am delighted to be working with Jim again and we all look forward to welcoming Yerry to K2. Their combined skills will further enhance the strengths of K2 as the leading international hard-rock booking agency.”

Jackson, formerly of Helter Skelter Agency, formed K2 in 2002. He was also the co-founder with Kili’s Stuart Galbraith of the now-defunct Sonosphere festivals.

K2’s roster includes Metallica, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Mastodon and Gojira.

 


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Metallica smash The O2 attendance record

Metallica last night made history by playing to a record-breaking 22,211 people at The O2 in London, smashing the previous record of 21,000 set by Muse in 2016.

The ‘in-the-round’ format allowed for an extended seating capacity for the US rockers’ two O2 shows, part of the UK leg of their WorldWide tour, which now heads to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

To mark the occasion, Metallica were presented with a specially commissioned illustration by The O2’s head of programming, Christian D’Acuna.

“It was an honour to host the heavy metal rock gods at the venue and they did not disappoint”

He comments: “Metallica smashed the highest attendance record during both of their shows at The O2. It was an honour to host the heavy metal rock gods at the venue and they did not disappoint, delivering an incredible show in the round, full of hits spanning their whole career.

“It’s been a great year for rock bands at The O2, with the likes of Green Day and Foo Fighters gracing our stage and Queens of the Stone Age and Deep Purple still to come. We hope the epic shows continue with our new 6k-capacity standing floor.”

 


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K2 Agency acquires Factory Music

K2 Agency, which represents Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer, has acquired booking agency Factory Music, it announced today.

Sharon Richardson, who launched UK-based Factory Music Management and Agency in 2004, will join K2 on 1 October, bringing a roster that includes some of the biggest names in metal to John Jackson’s company.

“We have known and worked with Sharon for many years, and when the opportunity arose for her to join I jumped at the chance,” says Jackson, CEO of K2 Agency. “She will be joining the K2 team headed by Jane Miller, who has worked with me since the early ’80s, and Leo Benton, who joined us four years ago from Newcastle University.

“Sharon will be bringing to K2 her roster of over 20 rock and metal artists, which include Delain, Sabaton, Steve Harris’s British Lion and Metal Allegiance. They join the extensive roster of K2 artists [including] Alter Bridge, Ghost, Gojira, Iron Maiden, Mastodon, Metallica [pictured] and Slayer.”

“We have known and worked with Sharon for many years, and when the opportunity arose for her to join I jumped at the chance”

In addition to booking, Factor Music manages Delain and Alex Skolnick of Testament and offers tour production services.

Richardson adds: “We are extremely thrilled at having the opportunity to join and be part of the K2 team after working with and knowing John for many years. It felt that joining the K2 team is more than a positive step forward and we are delighted to be bringing our roster of artists over to K2.

“I am very fortunate to be joining such a respected company, which prides itself on a top-quality service to [its] roster of artists, and I look forward to an exciting and successful future at K2.”

Jackson, formerly of Helter Skelter Agency, formed K2 in 2002. He was also the co-founder with Kili’s Stuart Galbraith of the now-defunct Sonosphere festivals.

 


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