Cornu Changes Horses

Swiss promoter Philippe Cornu looks to have changed horses, leaving Appalooza to set up a new company called Wildpony. 

Having spent more than 16 years with the Bern-based firm, Cornu and Pascal Rötheli – who’d been with Appalooza for more than six years – started Wildpony May 1.

Appalooza will continue to be run by Cornu’s former partner Carlo Bonnes. Wildpony will be a full-service booking agency and consultancy, initialing focusing on the programming of Switzerland’s 20,000-capacity Gurten Festival and the 1,000-capacity concert venue Bierhübeli.

Last year Gurten, widely recognized as being among Europe’s best smaller festivals, had PlaceboThe ProdigyBiffy ClyroCypress HillThe KooksKodalineMassive AttackSportfreunde Stiller, and Jake Bugg.

The first of the new projects Wildpony will take on is the booking of the headline act for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn.