The reaction to German ticketing giant CTS Eventim’s decision to get a foothold in the Swiss live music market by buying Thomas Durr’s Act Entertainment has met with a muted response compared to the one that greeted German promoter Folkert Koopmans’ decision to start up
Reacting to CTS chief Klaus-Peter Schulenberg’s moves to establish his Medusa promoters’ group in Basel, Philippe Cornu – who had most to fear when Koopmans (who’s part-owned by CTS) started Greenfields near his Gurten Festival – was philosophical about the latest events.
“The only comment is that there seems to be no way other than to accept the development of global networking of all kinds,” Cornu said.
Durr was already partnering Koopmans and fellow German-based promoter
Marc Lambelet of
“As long as we all have the same rights and opportunities, I am cool with it,” he added, although he also said he believes globalization has its limits when it comes to dealing with people locally.
“The Swiss audience is not to be compared with the German one, especially when we are talking about festivals. The difficult tasks for foreigners is to adapt to local ways of doing things rather than trying to impose on the audience a way of operating that has been developed somewhere else.”
Of the other major promoters, Harry Sprenger of
“The Swiss market is a small market and there are already a lot of promoters, agents or whatever you want to call them trying to making a living out if it.
“With Germans invading the market it could, and I emphasise could, mean that the money-making possibilities may get even smaller. That could lead to the competition among the Swiss promoters and agents reaching an even more painful level,” he added.
The arrival of Medusa group didn’t draw any comment from Andre Bechir of
— John Gammon