R&V joins Live Nation portfolio

THE BEAT GOES ON: The legacy of Gisborne’s annual rocking pop-up city, Rhythm and Vines, will continue as a world-class, three day festival now it is partnership with global events promoter Live Nation, says R&V co-founder Hamish Pinkham. Picture supplied

New Zealand’s biggest music and camping festival has joined events promoter Live Nation’s global festival portfolio.

Live Nation Entertainment has taken a controlling interest in Gisborne’s Rhythm and Vines (R&V) festival, which is now part of the world’s largest events promoter and venue operator’s 100-plus global festival portfolio.

“Over the course of 15 years, Rhythm and Vines has curated a wonderful line-up of both domestic and international talent in one of the most beautiful parts of our country,” said Live Nation New Zealand chairman Stuart Clumpas.

“It has become a household name in New Zealand and we’re excited to be adding the festival to the Live Nation portfolio, and welcome its experienced team to the company.”

Live Nation has a 51 percent holding in R&V and has taken on a governance role but for the festival it is “business as usual”, says festival co-founder Hamish Pinkham.

The partnership will ensure the R&V legacy as a world-class, three-day festival continues, he says.

“I’m excited for the future of the festival with our partners at Live Nation.”

It would keep the event sustainable.

“It gives us a huge advantage over competitors and other events.”

Now R&V is “plugged into” one of the world’s leading event promoters, Mr Pinkham sees the potential for more opportunities for the Gisborne-based music festival.

It is too early to say anything about the Auckland-based festival that R&V management mentioned last year.

Management looked at opportunities in the Auckland market for a festival to run parallel with the New Year event in Gisborne.

The team is focused on the Gisborne event, he says.

“The potential for opportunities for growth with the Live Nation vehicle will support the Gisborne festival going forward.”

R&V chief executive Kieran Spillane says the partnership will enable the R&V team to attract the best acts to deliver a unique festival experience in New Zealand.

Live Nation’s investment in R&V follows its majority acquisition of Auckland’s 12,000 capacity Spark Arena (formerly Vector Arena) in 2016.

In 2015, Live Nation partner C3 Presents expanded its marquee festival. Austin City Limits, to New Zealand with Auckland City Limits.

The Live Nation portfolio also includes festivals such as Download (UK), Lollapalooza (US), Reading & Leeds (UK), Way Out West (Sweden), Splendour In The Grass (Australia) as well as US festivals Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Governors Ball.

New Zealand’s biggest music and camping festival has joined events promoter Live Nation’s global festival portfolio.

Live Nation Entertainment has taken a controlling interest in Gisborne’s Rhythm and Vines (R&V) festival, which is now part of the world’s largest events promoter and venue operator’s 100-plus global festival portfolio.

“Over the course of 15 years, Rhythm and Vines has curated a wonderful line-up of both domestic and international talent in one of the most beautiful parts of our country,” said Live Nation New Zealand chairman Stuart Clumpas.

“It has become a household name in New Zealand and we’re excited to be adding the festival to the Live Nation portfolio, and welcome its experienced team to the company.”

Live Nation has a 51 percent holding in R&V and has taken on a governance role but for the festival it is “business as usual”, says festival co-founder Hamish Pinkham.

The partnership will ensure the R&V legacy as a world-class, three-day festival continues, he says.

“I’m excited for the future of the festival with our partners at Live Nation.”

It would keep the event sustainable.

“It gives us a huge advantage over competitors and other events.”

Now R&V is “plugged into” one of the world’s leading event promoters, Mr Pinkham sees the potential for more opportunities for the Gisborne-based music festival.

It is too early to say anything about the Auckland-based festival that R&V management mentioned last year.

Management looked at opportunities in the Auckland market for a festival to run parallel with the New Year event in Gisborne.

The team is focused on the Gisborne event, he says.

“The potential for opportunities for growth with the Live Nation vehicle will support the Gisborne festival going forward.”

R&V chief executive Kieran Spillane says the partnership will enable the R&V team to attract the best acts to deliver a unique festival experience in New Zealand.

Live Nation’s investment in R&V follows its majority acquisition of Auckland’s 12,000 capacity Spark Arena (formerly Vector Arena) in 2016.

In 2015, Live Nation partner C3 Presents expanded its marquee festival. Austin City Limits, to New Zealand with Auckland City Limits.

The Live Nation portfolio also includes festivals such as Download (UK), Lollapalooza (US), Reading & Leeds (UK), Way Out West (Sweden), Splendour In The Grass (Australia) as well as US festivals Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and Governors Ball.

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