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Soldout Productions secures Caribana Fest stake

Switzerland’s Soldout Productions has acquired a majority stake in Caribana Productions, owner of the Caribana Festival brand.

The strategic partnership sees Lausanne-based Soldout joining forces with festival founder Tony Lerch and Samuel Galley, who is also the owner and general manager of Swiss concert promoter Just Because.

Soldout director Julien Rouyer says the collaboration presents fresh opportunities for the agency, in addition to securing a bright and stable future for the festival.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Tony Lerch, Samuel Galley, and the entire Caribana team,” says Rouyer. “This partnership marks an exciting new chapter for Soldout Productions and the Caribana Festival, and we look forward to sharing our vision with fans around Switzerland and the world.”

Julien Rouyer and Samuel Galley will jointly manage the event moving forward

Launched in 1992, Caribana Festival is one of Western Switzerland’s premier music festivals, welcoming 30,000 people each year to its lake of Geneva shore site. Lou Reed, Patti Smith, ZZ Top, Katy Perry, Queens of the Stone
Age, Nickelback, Simple Minds, Morcheeba, Nelly Furtado, Maroon 5, Editors, Sum 41, One Republic, 30 Seconds to Mars, Imagine Dragons, Kodaline, Pixies are among the acts that have performed at the festival down the years.

Soldout aims to build upon the event’s legacy while introducing innovative ideas and experiences, with Rouyer and Galley set to jointly manage the event moving forward.

The 32nd edition of Caribana Festival will take place in Crans (VD), Switzerland, from 5-8 June. The line-up will be announced on 29 February.


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Geneva Arena concert cancelled over terror threat

A concert at Geneva Arena was cancelled shortly before it was due to start following an online terror threat.

French rapper Lomepal was set to headline the 9,500-cap Swiss arena on Saturday night (25 February), but the venue was evacuated after a threat was allegedly made on a social network.

“We received information that a threat had been made targeting the concert,” police spokesperson Tiffany Cudré-Mauroux tells Keystone-SDA news agency, via Swiss Info. “For precautionary reasons, it was decided to evacuate the premises and to carry out a search.”

Emergency services including police, bomb disposal experts and firefighters were deployed to the scene along with sniffer dogs. The Office of the Attorney General of Geneva says a 40-year-old man has been arrested and is set to appear before prosecutors.

A 40-year-old man has been arrested and is set to appear before prosecutors

Promoter Soldout Productions confirms to Radio Lac that “the concert was cancelled and the hall was evacuated on the orders of the police”, adding that the evacuation took place “calmly and without clashes”.

Director Julien Rouyer tells Le Temps the company is doing everything it can to find a replacement date for the show, which was part of Lomepal’s tour of Switzerland, France and Belgium.

A Geneva Arena statement says: “The Lomepal concert scheduled for this Saturday at the Geneva Arena unfortunately had to be cancelled and the room evacuated on the orders of the cantonal police. At the request of the authorities, no information could be given to the public during the evening.

“The management of the artist, Soldout Productions and the arena are doing everything possible to find a replacement date. Tickets from February 25 will be valid for the new date.

“As soon as this is communicated, more information will be sent about the procedure to follow for the possible reimbursement of tickets in the event that the spectators cannot/do not wish to attend the new concert. We are sorry for this situation and thank the fans for their understanding.”


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