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Xenia Grigat joins Denmark’s Smash!Bang!Pow

Denmark’s Smash!Bang!Pow! has hired one of the country’s most experienced concert promoters, Xenia Grigat.

Grigat joins the FKP Scorpio-backed concert promoter, booking agency and artist management company from Luger Denmark and prior to that, Down The Drain Concerts (formerly Beatbox), where she worked for 13 years.

She has previously worked with artists including The National, FKA Twigs, First Aid Kit, Idles, Ed Sheeran, Passenger, Caribou, Sigrid, Moses Sumney, Robyn, Lisa Hannigan, Jungle, King Krule, Jamie xx, Hozier, The Knife and Foals.

Grigat will assume the role of senior promoter at Smash!Bang!Pow! from 1 October and will work with the promoter’s international roster, which includes The War On Drugs, Future Islands, Tash Sultana, Rex Orange County, Hans Zimmer, Grimes and Snoop Dogg among others.

“At Smash!Bang!Pow! We have an ambition to develop and produce shows with international acts at the absolute highest level and I see Xenia Grigat as a cornerstone in those plans,” says CEO Nikolaj Thorenfeldt.

“I have always had the greatest respect and admiration for Xenia’s work, and I am very proud that she sees her future as part of Smash!Bang!Pow! team.”

“I see Xenia Grigat as a cornerstone in [our] plans”

Folkert Koopmans, CEO of FKP Scorpio Group, adds: “We have worked with Xenia before and were happy for that cooperation. We want to be the best partner for the artists and fans. Therefore it is a very good fit for our plans in Denmark and the Nordics.”

Smash!Bang!Pow! recently expanded the team with the appointment of Katrine Kamp as promoter coordinator, effective from 1 April. Kamp has several years of experience with international acts and festivals at Down The Drain Concerts.

Thorenfeldt ends: “With Xenia and Katrine on board, we are well geared to embrace future opportunities and reach the ambitions and targets we set for ourselves as a company – both in regard to new formats and larger capacities. Both Xenia and Katrine have a great deal of experience working with large arena shows and outdoor events.”

FKP Scorpio became an international partner to the company after acquiring a 25% stake in late 2018.

The Smash!Bang!Pow! international roster also includes Kacey Musgraves, Slowdive, Fontaines DC, Mac DeMarco, Skepta, Sturgill Simpson, Khruangbin, and Blood Orange.


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Xenia Grigat joins Luger Denmark

Three months after stepping down from her role at Down the Drain Concerts, Xenia Grigat, one of Denmark’s most experienced concert promoters, has joined Luger Denmark.

Luger, a Swedish promoter and booking agency owned by Live Nation, expanded into Denmark in early 2018 when it opened an office in Copenhagen. At Luger, Grigat will lead the company’s Danish expansion, as it transforms from being an agency for local artists to promoting shows by international acts.

Sarah Sølvsteen, director of Luger Denmark, comments: “There are good days and then there are absolutely fabulous days, like today, when we can announce the addition of Xenia Grigat to our Danish Luger team. With her sublime taste and love for her artists, Xenia is a perfect match with Luger Denmark’s philosophy and values​, and it makes me really proud that she has chosen to become part of our team.”

Ten acts, including Lord Siva, Efterklang, Ida Laurberg and Hugorm, have joined Luger Denmark this year. They join a roster that includes established artists such as Mø, the Minds of 99, Jada and Phlake.

Grigat, named head of international artists, explains: “I’ve had amazing 12 years working at Beatbox and then Down the Drain promoting shows and festivals, but the time is right for me to take the next step in my career. The opportunity to create a new chapter with Luger Denmark and their team is an offer I can’t resist.

“The time is right for me to take the next step in my career”

“I’m really looking forward to getting started and present artists, agents and managers with a variety of new opportunities, such as our extended Scandinavian reach.”

Adds Ola Broquist, director of Luger Sweden: “It’s a big day for our Scandinavian Luger family. In Sweden, we have clearly seen the synergies when working with both Swedish and international artists under the same roof and how it benefits the artists. With the new offerings structure in Denmark, we will collectively be positioned much stronger in the Scandinavia market.”

“We have clearly seen how Luger Sweden has been able to develop their business for a number of years by heavily focusing on their artists as both agent and promoter,” says Jesper Christensen of Live Nation Denmark. “With Xenia Grigat’s addition to the team, we will have a star capacity on board, which will strengthen Luger Denmark’s position both locally and internationally.

“I have great respect for Xenia as a promoter, and have always admired her unique ability and special care for the many strong artists she has worked with over the years”.

From today (1 November), Luger Denmark’s team consists of Sølvsteen, Grigat, Emma Markvad, Dorthe Hyllested, Freja Becker Anthonsen and Martin Rintza.

 


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Inaugural Women in Live Music Awards winners announced

Women in Live Music (WILM), a Denmark-based association for women working in the European concert business, has announced the winners of its inaugural WILM Awards.

A statement from the association, established in February, says the awards were launched in reaction to the “fact that in every award show related to the touring/production world, you will find only two, perhaps three, nominated women. We wanted to raise awareness of the talented women out there in our industry.”

Xenia Grigat of Beatbox Entertainment in Denmark was named best concert promoter, taking 541 votes of the more than 1,500 cast for all winners, with Siobháin Brackenridge of the UK’s Kilimanjaro Live honoured as best promoter rep and Communion Records’ Carly Rockett as best ticketing manager.

Erin Lynch of FlyingFox in Sweden took home the award for best TM, while Anna Gideonsson of Palindrom Produktion, also in Sweden, was recognised as best production manager. Briton Anna Mac was named best lighting technician, with Alice James (Eventim Apollo, London) awarded best venue technical manager, Swede Jessica Maria Thorzen best driver and Henriette Aaberg of Norway best production coordinator.

A full list of winners is below:

“Having a ceremony celebrating women in our industry, celebrating us, is a fantastic idea,” comments Anna Mac. “We are awesome and deserve to be celebrated, so thank you to Women in Live Music for organising this and giving women the opportunity to honour each other.

“Women need to see other women, they want to see other women, and they want to see each other succeed. We are champions of each other. In an industry that is pretty brutal at times, physically and mentally, it is reassuring that women are supporting women. So, again, thank you for these awards.”

 


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