Live Nation acquires UK promoter Cuffe & Taylor
In its second deal with an independent British promoter in the space of three days, Live Nation has announced the acquisition of a controlling stake in Preston-based Cuffe & Taylor.
Founded in 2009 by Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor, Cuffe & Taylor’s portfolio include Greenwich Music Time, in south-east London, and the local Lytham Festival. It also has exclusive booking rights to the Scarborough Open Air Theatre (6,500-cap.).
The company will continue to be led by Cuffe and Taylor as joint directors.
They comment: “After an incredible seven years operating as an independent promoter in the UK, we are now looking forward to our new life as part of the Live Nation family.
“Through this deal with Cuffe & Taylor we are able to offer fans in the UK more choices than ever before”
“It’s very much business as usual at Cuffe & Taylor as we continue to grow and develop our core brands of Lytham Festival, Greenwich Music Time and Scarborough Open Air Theatre, while also developing our touring operation, taking established artists into new and exciting regional venues.”
Live Nation president and CEO Michael Rapino adds: “Our mission at Live Nation has never been clearer: We want to connect fans with the artists they love, and through this deal with Cuffe & Taylor we are able to offer fans in the UK more choices than ever before.”
Upcoming tours for Cuffe & Taylor include Olly Murs, Cliff Richard, Bryan Adams and The Beach Boys.
On Friday Live Nation announced it would be launching a joint venture with V Festival promoter Metropolis Music, led by Bob Angus.
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.