Live Nation partners on 16,000-cap arena for France
Live Nation has signed a new deal with Olympique Lyonnais Groupe to develop a new 16,000-capacity arena in France.
The Lyon-Decines arena will be located on the Olympique Lyonnais valley site in Lyon, and is on track for completion at the end of 2023.
According to the companies, the new venue will host around 100 events per year including concerts, sporting events and eSports.
The deal extends Live Nation’s existing relationship with OL Groupe which first launched in 2016 with the opening of the Groupama Stadium (cap. 59,186) in Lyon.
The partnership has brought artists such as Rihanna, Coldplay and Ed Sheeran to the stadium.
“We’re proud to bring a new arena to Lyon that will make it front and centre for live entertainment”
Angelo Gopee, MD Live Nation France, says: “France is a country that lives and breathes music and entertainment, and we’re proud to bring a new arena to Lyon that will make it front and centre for live entertainment by opening up a whole new touring market.”
Jean-Michel Aulas, CEO Olympique Lyonnais, adds: “This agreement with one of the world’s leaders in musical entertainment is a long-term one and breathes life into the OL Valley Arena project. We are extremely honoured to have Live Nation alongside us, enabling our city to welcome high-quality international stars who will draw in spectators not only from Lyon but also from the surrounding region and beyond.”
Live Nation adds the Lyon-Decines arena to its global portfolio of 200+ venues – which recently expanded with the addition of a new 20,000-capacity arena in São Paulo, Brazil.
Hundreds of French venues hit by coronavirus event ban
Health minister Olivier Véran announced the ban on Saturday (29 February), which also forbids any events in the northern region of l’Oise and Haute Savoie in the southeast of the country, with “the aim of limiting the spread of covid-19”. 130 cases of the virus have currently been reported in France.
According to French live music industry association Prodiss, the ban will affect “hundreds of venues” in the country and “thousands of cultural events”. Prodiss has called a crisis meeting with the ministries of health and culture to talk over the decision.
The 20,300-capacity Accorhotels Arena in the French capital of Paris cancelled yesterday’s Juste Debout hip-hop dance competition.
However, directors of the Zenith Paris – La Villette (6,293) have announced that “no concerts will be cancelled in the next 15 days”, subject to possible changes in government regulations. This means concerts by Caravan Palace (7 March), Debout Citoyennes (8 March), Papa Roach and Hollywood Undead (13 March) and Claudio Capéo (14 March) will take place as planned.
The French Ministry of Health has imposed a ban on all gatherings of over 5,000 people in “confined” spaces
Shows at Zénith Toulouse Métropole (11,000-cap.) are also going ahead as scheduled.
At the Zénith De Strasbourg Europe (12,079-cap.), a number of concerts which “do not fall under the cancellation conditions” are still going ahead. The fate of an upcoming show by French singer M Pokora (7 March) will be confirmed “this evening or tomorrow”, while a Top Music Live show has been postponed.
A James Blunt concert taking place tonight at the Halle Tony-Garnier in Lyon (17,000-cap.) is going ahead as planned.
It has yet to be confirmed whether upcoming events including La Nuit de la Bretagne (7 March) will take place at the Paris la Défense Arena, as directors wait for local government to make a decision.
Elsewhere, Green Day became the latest act to cancel upcoming shows in Asia due to coronavirus-related concerns. The decision follows the cancellation of concerts by K-pop stars BTS in South Korea last week.