Wednesday 5 December 2012, 11:07 | By CMU Editorial
Live Nation to open Moscow office
Good news for bands who like being locked up for criticising political and religious leaders, or being sued for speaking out in support of gay rights, there’ll be more opportunities to gig in Russia from next year following the news that live music conglom Live Nation is to open a new office in Moscow. Tim McWilliams, currently VP of European Tour Operations for the live entertainment company, will head up the new unit from January as MD of Live Nation Russia and Ukraine.
Confirming the development, Live Nation boss man Michael Rapino told CMU: “Establishing an office in Russia is the next step in our global expansion. Russia and nearby markets have become an important part of our global tours in recent years, and by establishing a local presence we can rapidly scale our concerts for over 200 million fans”.
Meanwhile McWilliams himself added: “Russia and the Ukraine are markets that deserve our attention and focus. We have learned this through our experiences over the years with artists such as Madonna, Lady Gaga, U2, Shakira and many others. We currently have a solid pipeline of business that goes through the region and this move will only strengthen our position. I am looking forward to working with both our existing and new partners as we develop and expand the company’s presence in the region”.