Australia News: Live Nation’s Jubilee; Untitled, XIII To Partner; New TEG COO; New Zealand: Dunedin Soundproofing
Live Nation Acquires Jubilee Street
Live Nation acquired Jubilee Street, a comedy artist management working through Australia and New Zealand.
Set up in 2018 by Bec Sutherland, it manages 11 artists including Julia Morris, Urzila Carlson, Nazeem Hussain, Kate Langbroek, Melanie Bracewell and Becky Lucas. Many have their own regular TV spots.
Sutherland will step down as VP of comedy at Live Nation APAC (Asia Pacific) to focus as managing director of Jubilee Street and continue to promote her roster.
Andy Curtain, Live Nation APAC’s head of comedy, will continue managing operations and leading other comedy talents across the region.
Roger Field, Melbourne-based president of Live Nation APAC, said the deal “gives us the opportunity to continue working alongside Bec Sutherland, who was a valued member of the Live Nation team for a long time, and one of the country’s best comedy talent managers and comedy promoters.”
Untitled Group, XIII Touring, To Partner
Untitled Group and XIII Touring will partner to bring global acts to Australia and New Zealand, and include them in Untitled’s festivals.
The first is Glass Animals in July and the Kooks in October.
Untitled expects to sell 500,000 tickets this year, as compared to 300,000 pre-Covid.
Its festivals alone are in growth mode. October’s winery Grapevine Gathering has extended from two states to five, Brisbane’s Wildlands will this year stage in Perth and Adelaide, and Beyond The Valley returns to a four-day format Dec. 28 to Jan. 1 to a 25,000 crowd after being slashed to two days last year due to COVID.
XIII Touring founder Renee Rudolf, onetime agent at Harbour Agency and manager of The Sleepy Jackson and Eskimo Joe, noted, “I have admired the exponential growth of Untitled Group across their festival properties over recent years. I look forward to our relationship expanding that growth.”
Luke Bould New TEG CCO
High-profile sports commercial and marketing executive Luke Bould has joined TEG at its Sydney HQ as chief commercial officer.
As part of its Australian and international expansion, he oversees all commercial activity to identify and drive growth opportunities, as well as its communications and corporate affairs.
Bould previously held roles at Cricket Australia and Football Australia, and worked in the UK in music and filmed entertainment with Polygram.
Dunedin Looks At Soundproofing
Dunedin City Council signaled it will begin discussions to introduce upgraded soundproofing for music venues as more new developments come up in the CBD.
Following noise problems with Starters Bar and Dog With Two Tails, the Save Dunedin Live Music lobby group called for stronger planning regulations after a developer proposed plans early July for residential, commercial and retail apartments next to the 150-seat Crown Hotel.
Dunedin Mayor Aaron Hawkins told the Otaga Daily Times, which broke the story, regulations needed to be looked at.
“At the same time, we want to encourage residential development in the city centre to support our growing population, the viability of the area and our zero-carbon goals.”