LEA Winners: Semmel, Parookaville

The 11th edition of the PRG Live Entertainment Awards took place April 4, with more than 1,400 guests attending the gala in Frankfurt’s Festhalle.  

Photo: PRG Live Entertainment Award 2016

Concert of the year went to United Promoters and LS Konzertagentur for AC/DC at the Red Bull Ring Spielberg. The Parookaville GmbH received the festival of the year award for its electronic music festival Parookaville, which sold 25,000 tickets for last year’s premiere and sold out 50,000 this year without having announced a single DJ. The night’s big winner was Dieter Semmelmann, whose company Semmel Concerts Entertainment is one of Germany’s top promoters.

He was named promoter of the year and also took home the arena/stadium tour (more than 5,000 capacity) of the year award for Helene Fischer’s Farbenspiel tour, alongside Fischer’s manager Uwe Kanthak. More than 850,000 people in total visited the tour. Speaking of managers, Nicolas Gundel (Hamburg Artist Management) was named artist manager of the year.

The club of the year award went to Hamburg’s Große Freiheit 36, which is run by MGB Musikladen GmbH. Stage Entertainment’s musical version of Disney was named show of the year, and Karsten Jahnke, who runs the show at Stadtpark Hamburg, took home arena of the year (2,000-7,500 capacity).

“Klasse! Wir singen,” a project encouraging young kids to sing on a large scale, was awarded for best program for promoting artists and young talent. Regular LEA winners Ossy Hoppe and Oliver Hoppe (Wizard Promotions) scored in the concert hall tour (2,000-5,000 capacity) of the year for pairing up Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach last year.

BB Promotion Mannheim was named local promoter of the year, and Prime Tours & Promotion won club tour of the year for Sophie Hunger’s Supermoon tour. The jury prize went to Roland “Balou” Temme and superstar Udo Lindenberg. André Béchir, founder of abc Production, who’s been in the game more than 40 years, was presented with the lifetime achievement award. Live acts included Beyond the Black, Glasperlenspiel, Santiano, Sophie Hunger, Havana Nights and Cologne’s iconic Wolfgang Niedecken’s BAP. The Berlin Show Orchestra was in charge of all other musical accompaniment.