FKP Scorpio Opens Norway Office

German concert promoter FKP Scorpio expands into Norway by founding a new company with Oslo-based promoter Goldstar AS.  

Koopmans – Folkert Koopmans

From Jan. 1, 2018, the new business will be known as FKP Scorpio Norge AS.

All Goldstar employees will remain on board, becoming FKP Scorpio’s Norwegian team, including Torgeir Gullaksen, who founded Goldstar AS 12 years ago and will continue as executive director of the new business.

Goldstar has brought acts including Queens Of The Stone AgeBon IverThe xx, RadioheadBiffy ClyroArcade FireBand of HorsesSigur Ros, Arctic Monkeys and a lot more to Norway, “but of course we’ve noticed that it’s harder and harder to be small and independent,” Gullaksen said.

He added: “In FKP Scorpio we have found a partner who is a big player but has kept its indie mentality over all those years. So we’re very happy to be able to continue doing what we love and do best, but now as part of a large European company with similar values to our own.”

FKP Scorpio CEO Folkert Koopmans said: “Norway is a fantastic country with a very vivid live music scene. Since Torgeir and his team have been reliable partners for us over many years, it feels like the natural next step to establish FKP Scorpio Norge together. We share the belief that professionalism and trustworthiness build strong relationships – with artists, fans, managers, venues and everyone we work with.”

FKP Scorpio Norge will be the promoter’s seventh office in Europe, following Austria, Sweden, the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland and the main office in Hamburg, Germany.

The company promotes Hurricane, Southside, Highfield, Chiemsee Summer, M’era Luna and Deichbrand festivals in Germany, Provinssi in Finland, Bravalla in Sweden, Northside in Denmark, Greenfield in Switzerland, Nuke in Austria, and Best Kept Secret in Holland.

FKP and its subsidiaries are also touring partners in different European territories for acts such as Foo FightersJustin BieberEd SheeranJames BluntMumford & Sons, and Blink 182.

Last year, CTS Eventim bulked up its stake in FKP from 45 to 50.2 percent.