ROBB MCDANIELS NAMED CEO OF BEATPORT

By Variety Staff

Originally Published in Variety on October 17, 2017

Robb McDaniels

 

Robb McDaniels has been named CEO of Beatport, the long-running download store for DJs, parent company LiveStyle announced today. In his new role, McDaniels will focus on strengthening the company’s position as the leading online music store for DJs and the global dance music community, according to a release. LiveStyle was formed in the wake of SFX’s bankruptcy in 2016 from several of that company’s assets including the Tomorrowland and Electric Zoo festivals.

McDaniels was the CEO of INgrooves, which he founded in 2002 and built into a full-service distribution and artist services operation. The company managed North American digital distribution for Universal Music Group, as well as more than 4 million songs for thousands of artists and labels. Most recently, he served as a Venture Partner for Dubai-based investment company TechInvest, and launched Faction Entertainment, a management services business with a client list including Thievery Corporation, Bonnie McKee, and others. He will continue to serve as Venture Advisor at TechInvest and Executive Chairman at Faction.

LiveStyle President/CEO Randy Phillips commented, “Beatport is in a period of resurgent growth and has recently returned to profitability. We are excited to have Robb take the reins of Beatport during this time and look forward to his innovative leadership to continue Beatport’s upward user trends, including the company’s increased visitors, users, and track sales.”

McDaniels commented, “I have known Beatport since its birth in 2004 as the preeminent DJ download store in the world. Ever since they easily convinced me to sign up INgrooves as a content partner, I have worked closely with many of the talented executives and passionate employees at the company. I know that Beatport, in partnership with its parent company LiveStyle, has the ingredients to dramatically increase the positive impact it can have on the dance and DJ community. We are looking forward to reigniting both innovation and value creation for our partners and customers at Beatport in 2018 and beyond.”

ROBB MCDANIELS ANNOUNCED AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF BEATPORT

     

 

 

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ROBB MCDANIELS ANNOUNCED AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF BEATPORT

 

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 17, 2017 – It was announced today by LiveStyle, Inc., Beatport’s parent company, that music industry executive and media and technology entrepreneur, Robb McDaniels, has been named CEO of Beatport. In his new role at Beatport, McDaniels will focus on strengthening the company’s position as the leading online music store for DJs and the global dance music community.

 

LiveStyle President/CEO Randy Phillips commented, “Beatport is in a period of resurgent growth and has recently returned to profitability. We are excited to have Robb take the reins of Beatport during this time and look forward to his innovative leadership to continue Beatport’s upward user trends, including the company’s increased visitors, users, and track sales.”

 

Chuck Ciongoli, Executive Vice President/CFO of LiveStyle, said, “We are proud to welcome Robb to the LiveStyle family. I’ve known Robb for many years, since a previous investment in INgrooves while at Universal Music Group. He is an extremely capable and dynamic senior executive who will help Beatport continue to grow as the DJ destination of the future.”

 

McDaniels commented, “I have known Beatport since its birth in 2004 as the preeminent DJ download store in the world. Ever since they easily convinced me to sign up INgrooves as a content partner, I have worked closely with many of the talented executives and passionate employees at the company. I know that Beatport, in partnership with its parent company LiveStyle, has the ingredients to dramatically increase the positive impact it can have on the dance and DJ community. We are looking forward to reigniting both innovation and value creation for our partners and customers at Beatport in 2018 and beyond.”

 

Since recommitting to its core mission as the world’s premier music store for DJs, Beatport has returned to profitability in 2017, with registered users, visitors, and track sales growing significantly over 2016.  Beatport also embarked on a comprehensive genre cleanup this year, recategorizing more than 1.5 million tracks. This initiative led to the successful launch of the Leftfield House & Techno category, plus three new bass genres: Trap/Future Bass, Garage/Bassline/Grime, and Leftfield Bass. Additionally, Beatport launched the unique Beats In School Producer Scholarship, in collaboration with top labels Circus Recordings, Anjunabeats, Dirtybird, and Hospital Records.

 

Most recently, as McDaniels served as a Venture Partner for Dubai-based investment company TechInvest, his focus turned to the world of talent management. In early 2016, he launched Faction Entertainment, a forward-thinking, technology enabled management services business with a client list including Thievery Corporation, Bonnie McKee, Slightly Stoopid, Youngblood Hawke, Jamestown Revival, Vassy, and Phantoms. While serving as Beatport CEO, McDaniels will continue to serve as Venture Advisor at TechInvest and Executive Chairman at Faction, which will be expanding its presence with the dance & electronic community.

 

Previously, McDaniels was the founder and CEO of INgrooves where, since 2002, he built the company into a full-service distribution and artist services operation. Under his leadership, INgrooves managed North American digital distribution for Universal Music Group, as well as more than 4 million songs for thousands of artists and labels.

 

About Beatport

Founded in 2004 as the principal source of music for DJs, Beatport today is the worldwide home of electronic music for DJs, producers, and their fans. The Beatport Store offers music in premium digital formats and provides unique music discovery tools created for and by DJs. Each week, Beatport’s music collection is refreshed with hundreds of exclusive tracks by the world’s top electronic music artists. Beatport has offices in Denver and Berlin. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.

 

About LiveStyle, Inc.

Positioned to be the world’s largest electronic music event producer, LiveStyle boasts a wide variety of leading live electronic music properties.  LiveStyle produces and promotes single and multiday electronic music festivals across North America, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. North American key operating entities include Made Event, React Presents, Disco Donnie Presents, Life in Color, and MMG, along with festivals and brands such as Electric Zoo, Spring Awakening, Sensation, and Life in Color. In Europe, the company boasts key operating entities such as Monumental, B2S, ID&T, i-Motion, and Q-Dance, and festivals and brands including Decibel, Mysteryland, Awakenings, Back-To-School, Air, Qlimax, Nature One, Sensation, as well as the innovative ticketing service Paylogic. In Brazil, LiveStyle owns PlusNetwork which has produced the enormously successful Tomorrowland Brasil festival and tours by internationally acclaimed DJs and artists. Further, LiveStyle has a 40% participation in Rock in Rio, held biannually in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with spinoffs in Lisbon and Portugal. Together with the Belgian Tomorrowland organization, LiveStyle launched TomorrowWorld, the first international version of the Tomorrowland festival, and also promoted the first South American Tomorrowland festival. LiveStyle continues to work with the Belgian Tomorrowland organization as its international partner to bring Tomorrowland to new territories outside Europe and to return to the USA and Brazil. LiveStyle also owns and operates Beatport, the trusted global home of electronic music where fans, DJs, and creators connect, discover and participate in the evolution of dance music culture.

 

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HARD FOUNDER GARY RICHARDS JOINS RANDY PHILLIPS AT LIVESTYLE

By Lars Brandle

Originally Published in Billboard on September 5, 2017

It’s official: HARD founder Gary Richards has joined LiveStyle, where he takes duties as president of the EDM promoter’s North America activities.

Richards, who DJs under the moniker Destructo, founded HARD Events in 2007 and has spent the past decade creating and curating the company’s lineup of parties, which include the festivals HARD Summer, HARD Day of the Dead, and the Holy Ship cruise.

In 2012, Live Nation acquired HARD Events and Richards stayed on until August of this year, when he confirmed that his relationship with the live entertainment giant had ended. His jump to LiveStyle was the source of some conjecture at the time.

Randy Phillips, president/CEO of LiveStyle, said Richards was the perfect fit for the company, which emerged out of the troubled electronic music powerhouse SFX Entertainment.

“When Chuck Ciongoli and I took over the former SFX… we rebranded it LiveStyle to signal that a new vibrant business was emerging debt-free with some of the greatest assets in the live entertainment industry,” comments Phillips, the former AEG Live chief who helped lead SFX out of bankruptcy. “To complete our executive suite,” he adds, “we wanted to bring some real authenticity to the management of LiveStyle, and no single candidate to be the president of North America fulfills this role better than Gary Richards.”

Securing the talents of Richards was a ”delayed goal” for Phillips who admits he tried to cut a deal with him 10 years ago when he was running AEG Live. “Not only is he an accomplished working DJ, he is a very astute businessman with an affinity to his fellow artists.  With Gary on board, LiveStyle is prepared for creative and strategic growth in the years ahead.”

Richards intends to create new festival concepts and cruises with his new employers. “We will continue on the path that I created with the HARD and Holy Ship brands,” he enthuses in a statement.

HARD EVENTS FOUNDER GARY RICHARDS NAMED PRESIDENT, NORTH AMERICA OF LIVESTYLE, FORMERLY SFX

By Jem Aswad

Originally Published in Variety on September 4, 2017

Gary Richards

Hard Events and Holy Ship! founder Gary Richards, who recently parted ways with Live Nation after five years, has been named North America president of LiveStyle, the company formed from post-bankruptcy SFXLiveStyle president/CEO Randy Phillips announced today. In the newly created position, Richards will be responsible for working with all of LiveStyle’s current U.S. festival operations, developing and launching new brands and activities on the West Coast.

Phillips commented, “When Chuck Ciongoli and I took over the former SFX, the global leader in electronic music festivals and the parent company of Beatport, we rebranded it LiveStyle to signal that a new vibrant business was emerging debt-free with some of the greatest assets in the live entertainment industry.  To complete our executive suite, we wanted to bring some real authenticity to the management of LiveStyle, and no single candidate to be the President of North America fulfills this role better than Gary Richards, of Hard and Holy Ship fame.  In fact, this is a delayed goal for me since I tried to make a deal with Gary 10 years ago while I was running AEG Live.  Not only is he an accomplished working DJ (DJ Destructo), he is a very astute businessman with an affinity to his fellow artists.”

Richards said, “Randy Phillips has been a trailblazer in the music and entertainment industry for as long as I can remember. Having known Randy personally for many years, I’m excited that the stars have aligned and I’m able to build a new platform for live music with him.  I look forward to coming on board as President of LiveStyle and have a much larger role to play in the music community. Their portfolio of brands such as React, Made Event/Electric Zoo, DDP and Beatport to name a few is an incredible place to start from and build. In addition, I plan to create new festival concepts and cruises at LiveStyle.”

Richards broadly hinted in an interview with Variety earlier this year that he’d be leaving Live Nation, and he made the announcement days before this year’s Hard Summer festival, which featured Snoop Dogg, Justice, Migos, Dog Blood (aka Skrillex and Boyz Noise), Bassnectar and many others. The festival had been marred by deaths in its two preceding years, but this summer’s installment — which underwent a last-minute venue change, moving from the Fontana Auto Club Speedway to the Live Nation’s Glen Helen Amphitheater — went comparatively smoothly, despite 19 hospitalizations and 107 arrests (actually those numbers are down from previous years). However, the festival drew just 77,500 people over two days, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department — a dramatic drop from 2016’s tally of around 146,000. However the festival received many positive reviews from media and attendees and Richards, who is a widely respected DJ operating under the name Destructo, played a well-attended valedictory set during the festival, which may be his last (owing to the terms of his deal with Live Nation).

Richards’ influence on the contemporary dance-music scene has been vast — Hard is of one of the genre’s biggest promotion companies and he’s a veteran of several record labels, as well as his frequent work as a DJ. After launching the original Electric Daisy Carnival in 1991, he handed off the brand to fellow dance maven and (sometimes) friendly rival Pasquale Rotella to take a job as Rick Rubin’s dance-music A&R at Def American Records. (Rotella has since developed Electric Daisy into North America’s biggest dance-music festival.) After several years at labels and a period of working with his brother Steven (who managed Slipknot and died of a brain tumor in 2004), Richards launched the first Hard show on New Year’s Eve, 2007. Over the ensuing years, the company’s rocket-like growth matched that of dance music, and it was purchased by Live Nation in 2012 for an undisclosed price; Rotella’s Insomniac Events came under the same roof the following year.Yet for all the success, Richards’ stint at Live Nation was rocky. Two concertgoers died of drug overdoses at 2015’s Hard Summer and three died last year; MDMA (aka ecstasy) toxicity, the main culprit, was exacerbated by heat of the Southern California summer sun. And his situation at Live Nation was complicated enormously by his ferocious rivalry with Rotella, which has flared into the open many times over the years.

Chuck Ciongoli, Randy Phillips​, Gary Richards & Made Event's Michael Julian ​ at "Electric Zoo: the 6th Boro" at Randall's Island Park in NYC.

From left: Chuck Ciongoli, Randy Phillips​, Gary Richards & LiveStyle/Made Event’s Michael Julian ​ at “Electric Zoo: the 6th Boro” at Randall’s Island Park in NYC. (Photo by aLIVE Coverage on behalf of ElectricZooFestival.com​)

Electric Zoo Sells Out Pre-Sale for 2017 Edition – The 6th Boro

The 3-day event will take place September 1st – 3rd at Randall’s Island Park in New York.

All tiers of Early Bird tickets have sold out, General On-Sale to begin February 1st

Electric-Zoo-2017

New York, January 27, 2017 – MADE EVENT, the premier New York-based producer of electronic music events, the creator of the Electric Zoo Festival and a LiveStyle, Inc. company, today announced that its Early Bird Pre-Sale for the flagship New York edition has sold out. The Electric Zoo Festival returns to Randall’s Island on Labor Day Weekend 2017. This marks the third sold-out ticket sale for the 2017 New York festival. Each tier of tickets released so far—Loyalty Sale, Cyber Monday, and Early Bird Pre-Sale—has sold out faster than any Electric Zoo ever before. The announcement follows the recent success of ELECTRIC ZOO: WILD ISLAND, followed by the sold-out ELECTRIC ZOO: COUNTDOWN SHANGHAI and the upcoming expansion to South America with ELECTRIC ZOO: SÃO PAULO, set to take place on April 21, 2017.

This year’s New York edition, named ELECTRIC ZOO: THE 6TH BORO, will take place on September 1st through 3rd, 2017, the theme being an homage to the festival’s hometown that will sparkle with the surreal, dazzle with imagination, and envision New York City in a way never thought possible. Festival-goers can expect an even bigger star-studded lineup, all-new stage designs, interactive performers, unique installations, and more! Tickets will become available to the general public on February 1, 2017.

“Based on the success of Electric Zoo 2016 and the 2017 pre-sale, we are giving fair warning to all our festival friends to not wait long to buy their tickets as we fully expect this event to sell-out,” said Michael Julian, Marketing Chief of MADE EVENT. “We are working to deliver an experience that cannot be replicated anywhere else. Electric Zoo: The 6th Boro will be the most epic EZoo of all time with a star-studded line-up, all-new stage designs, legendary curators and unforgettable production.”

Electric Zoo recently completed its 8th annual festival in New York City and is bigger and stronger than it has ever been. The three-day music festival, which took place at Randall’s Island Park in New York City, was led by a unique “Wild Island” theme and included over a hundred of the world’s biggest artists on multiple stages. “Wild Island” featured headline performances from Tiesto, Hardwell, current #1 Billboard artists The Chainsmokers, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson and Steve Aoki. The weekend also served as the stateside debut of legendary party experience brands ANTS and Elrow, along with an electric main stage lineup.

The three-day event marked the highest overall attendance since 2013 with over 83,000 attendees. Photos of the event can be found online at www.electriczoofestival.com, on Instragram at www.instagram.com/electriczoony and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ElectricZooNY.

Additional information regarding Electric Zoo: The 6th Boro can be found online at electriczoofestival.com.

About Electric Zoo
Established in 2009 by Made Event, the internationally renowned Electric Zoo Festival is one of New York City’s largest music festivals and features the top names in electronic music, bringing a wide variety of acts from around the world and across the spectrum of electronic music’s various sub-genres. International editions of Electric Zoo have taken place in Mexico City, Tokyo and Shanghai, with further expansion underway. This year’s 9th annual New York edition will take place on September 1-3 at Randall’s Island Park.

About Made Event
Made Event, a LiveStyle, Inc. company, is a premier producer of electronic music events and the creator of the Electric Zoo Festival. Having produced hundreds of memorable events in New York City, Miami and elsewhere around the globe, Made Event continues to set the bar for quality electronic music events. For more info, please go to www.MadeEvent.com.

About LiveStyle
LiveStyle, Inc. is the largest global producer of live events and digital entertainment content focused on electronic music culture. LiveStyle’s mission is to provide electronic music fans with the best possible live experiences, music discovery, media and digital connectivity. LiveStyle produces and promotes a growing portfolio of world-class festivals and live events that includes leading brands such as Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Mysteryland, Sensation, Electric Zoo, Disco Donnie Presents, Life in Color, Rock in Rio, Nature One, Mayday, Decibel, Q-Dance, Awakenings, and React Presents, as well as the innovative ticketing service Paylogic. LiveStyle also owns and operates Beatport, the trusted global home of electronic music where fans, DJs, and creators connect, discover and participate in the evolution of dance music culture.

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Michael Julian mailto:mjulian@livestyle.com

SFX Entertainment Rebrands as LiveStyle: The World’s Largest Electronic Music Event Producer

Randy Phillips Named President and CEO of LiveStyle, Inc.

LOS ANGELES – December 7, 2016 – It has been announced today that SFX Entertainment will be rebranded as LiveStyle, Inc., and helmed by President and CEO Randy Phillips. The reorganized SFX Entertainment emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on December 2, 2016 and boasts a wide variety of leading live electronic music properties and related lifestyle assets. LiveStyle is positioned to be the world’s largest electronic music event producer. Phillips will lead LiveStyle’s operations from Los Angeles, where the company will establish its worldwide headquarters.

Phillips said, “LiveStyle has the same potential that AEG Live had when I assumed the reins of that company as CEO. In fact, it has many more assets to build upon, has an impressive management team, especially at the event level, including most of the original founders of these world-renowned festival brands. Armed with no debt, a re-capitalized financial structure, and an incredibly supportive board, we will build LiveStyle into an essential company in the live entertainment sector. Having done this once before, my team and I are very excited to get started.”

LiveStyle’s leadership, in addition to Phillips, includes Charles Ciongoli, who will serve as executive vice president and chief financial officer; senior vice president, Alan Walter; and Jason Barr who will serve as the company’s senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. LiveStyle’s board includes Phillips, Ciongoli, and representatives from the company’s various equity owners including Chairman of the Board Andrew Axelrod of Axar Capital Management, Douglas Forsyth of Allianz Global Investors and Nils Larsen, former President and CEO of Tribune Broadcasting.

“We are very supportive of the company and the many original founders and entrepreneurs that remained through the restructuring process, sharing in the vision of its tremendous potential. It is a very unique media platform that meets the ever increasing demand by consumers for exclusive, immersive experiences. With new leadership, including CEO Randy Phillips, and through focused investment and disciplined growth, we believe that LiveStyle will evolve into

one of the world’s leading live entertainment platforms,” said Andrew Axelrod, Managing Partner, Axar Capital Management LP.

Worldwide, LiveStyle will produce and promote single and multiday electronic music festivals across North America, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia. North American key operating entities including MADE Events, React, Disco Donnie Presents, Life in Color, and MMG, along with festivals and brands such as Electric Zoo, Spring Awakening, Mysteryland, Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Sensation, Corona Sunsets, and Life in Color. In Europe, the company has an established track record with highly popular brands that average an operating history of 10-plus

years with key operating entities such as Monumental, B2S, ID&T, i-Motion, and Q-Dance, and festivals and brands including Q-Dance, Decibel, Tomorrowland, Mysteryland, Awakenings, Back- To-School, Air, Qlimax, and Sensation to name a few. LiveStyle also owns PlusNetwork in Brazil which produced the enormously successful Tomorrowland Brasil and produces tours by internationally acclaimed DJs and artists. The Tomorrowland brand is one of the largest and most popular EDM festival brands in the world, voted Best Music Event globally at the International Dance Music Awards every year since 2012 and selling out nearly instantaneously annually. Further, LiveStyle has a 40% participation in Rock in Rio, the wildly successful music and entertainment festival held biannually in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with spinoffs in Lisbon, Portugal, and Las Vegas.

Also owned by LiveStyle and reporting to the company’s board, while operating independently, are Paylogic and Beatport. Paylogic is a comprehensive ticketing services and solutions platform specializing in large peak sales events and technical and data integration with several online platforms. Since its foundation in 2005, Paylogic has sold 30 million tickets to fans from more than 200 countries for events in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas including concerts, festivals, sporting events, exhibitions, trade fairs, theaters and musicals. Beatport is the world’s leading electronic music-oriented online store and premier destination for professional and amateur DJs. Beatport’s all-inclusive EDM brand, across multiple genres, regions and formats, boasts more than 50 million unique users and the most important international chart in worldwide electronic music.

For more information on LiveStyle, please visit www.livestyle.com.

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Pictured: Randy Phillips (for a high-resolution photo, click here).

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Electric Zoo Sells Out Debut Festival in China

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Shanghai, November 14, 2016 – After the massively successful Electric Zoo: Wild Island festival in New York City over Labor Day weekend, Made Event is delighted to announce that Electric Zoo’s first outing in Shanghai, China officially sold out!

Electric Zoo: Countdown Shanghai, a partnership between Made Event and Kanjian—one of Asia’s leading music service companies—took place November 12 at Shanghai’s Expo Park and featured a lineup of world-class performers, including Dada Life, Sander van Doorn and Oshi. In addition to creating incredible themed environments specifically for the event, Countdown included various highlights from New York’s Electric Zoo: Wild Island, from dazzling stage design to animal-themed costume performers and much more.

“Electric Zoo was absolutely amazing! The crowd was so energetic, from the moment they started dancing, they didn’t stop during my whole set. Haven’t experience something like this before in China!” – Sander van Doorn

Loved playing at Electric Zoo: Shanghai. The crowd was incredible, production was amazing and we can’t wait to be back for future years!” – Dada Life

Electric Zoo: Countdown Shanghai marks a historic step into one of the world’s most exciting emerging electronic music markets and cements Electric Zoo’s reputation as one of the world’s most forward-thinking event producers. Made Event and Kanjian are already planning to hold another Electric Zoo festival in Shanghai in 2017.

“It was amazing to see how people get so excited for what we will bring here in 2017. To KANJIAN, it’s only the start. As an emerging music ecological company, we are looking forward for a bright future in partnership with Made Event and its sister brands.” – Mr Shenjia, CEO of Kanjian

With a legacy of excellence in electronic music, the wildest themes, and the boldest production, Electric Zoo has become one of the most recognizable global festival brands in the world, bringing their immersive production and distinct vibes from New York to Mexico City, Tokyo and now Shanghai. With a lot more on the horizon, Electric Zoo is committed to expanding its brand worldwide.

“We are very humbled that the very first Electric Zoo show in Shanghai has sold out. Local fans have really inspired us with their endless energy, big warm smiles and groovy dance moves. We can’t wait to return and produce a bigger version of our festival next year.” – Michael Julian, Director of Marketing, Made Event

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About Electric Zoo

Established in 2009 by Made Event, the internationally renowned Electric Zoo festival is one of New York City’s largest music festivals and perennially features the top names in electronic music, bringing a wide variety of acts from around the world and across the spectrum of electronic music’s various sub-genres. The first international edition of Electric Zoo took place in Mexico City in May 2014. This year’s eighth annual New York edition was held in September at Randall’s Island Park.

 

About Made Event

Made Event, an SFX Entertainment company, is a premier producer of electronic music events and the creator of the Electric Zoo festival. Having produced hundreds of memorable events in New York City, Miami and elsewhere, Made Event continues to set the bar for quality electronic music events. For more information on Made Event, please visit www.MadeEvent.com.

 

About Kanjian

Kanjian, a leading music service company in Asia, specializing in international music distribution and artist promotion. Kanjian’s vision is to help global independent artists to be seen in Chinese market and also Chinese artist to be seen worldwide. With a full suite of services, Kanjian has already represented over 80,000 artists and 1,400,000 tracks. Also, with its own website (http://www.kanjian.com/), iOS & Android apps and indie mag, Kanjian provides artists with promotional opportunities to bring added impressions and exposure.

 

 

About SFX Entertainment, Inc.

SFX Entertainment, Inc. is the largest global producer of live events and digital entertainment content focused on electronic music culture (EMC) and other world-class festivals. The mission of a soon to be rebranded SFX is to provide electronic music fans with the best possible live experiences, music discovery, media and digital connectivity. SFX was borne out of the technology revolution and produces and promotes a growing portfolio of live events that includes leading brands such as Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Mysteryland, Sensation, Electric Zoo, Disco Donnie Presents, Life in Color, Rock in Rio, Nature One, Mayday, Decibel, Q-Dance, Awakenings, and React Presents, as well as the innovative ticketing service Paylogic. SFX also owns and operates Beatport, the trusted global home of electronic music where fans, DJs, and creators connect, discover, and participate in the evolution of dance music culture.

 

 

For more information on Electric Zoo, contact:

Director of Marketing

Michael Julian

646-209-0662

mjulian@sfxii.com

or

 

Dan Gagnier

Gagnier Communications

646-273-9391

dg@gagnierfc.com

Electric Zoo to Debut in China

“Electric Zoo: Countdown Shanghai” Scheduled for November 12th, 2016
Event Follows Successful Electric Zoo Weekend in New York City with
Attendance of 83,000, Highest Overall since 2013

New York, September 26, 2016

Made Event, a premier producer of electronic music events and the creator of the Electric Zoo Festival, announced today that Electric Zoo will be coming to Shanghai, China in November of 2016. The announcement follows the recent success of Electric Zoo: Wild Island, hosted in New York City over Labor Day weekend 2016.

“Electric Zoo: Countdown Shanghai” will take place on November 12, 2016 at the Expo Park in Shanghai, China. Festival organizer Made Event is excited to partner with Kanjian, a leading music service company in Asia, to promote this historic event. The “Countdown Shanghai” preview event will be the first Electric Zoo production in China.

Following the massively successful New York City event over Labor Day weekend, which led to the Shanghai expansion, Electric Zoo is excited to bring an ongoing presence to the city. “Electric Zoo: Countdown Shanghai” will feature a lineup of world-class artists and performers. In addition to creating customized theme art specifically for the event, Made Event will be bringing to Shanghai various highlights from New York’s Electric Zoo: Wild Island including the giant octopus stage, animal-themed costume performers and much more.

“Following the success of Electric Zoo New York 2016 we felt the perfect next move was to continue the expansion of the festival to new markets. We couldn’t have picked a more exciting market – Shanghai, or a better partner – Kanjian,” said Adam Richman, SVP of Made Event-New York and Director of Electric Zoo at SFX Entertainment, Inc. “Electric Zoo Countdown is the perfect introduction of our brand to China and will be the stepping stone to bigger editions of Electric Zoo throughout Asia.”

Having recently expanded the brand globally to Mexico and Japan, Electric Zoo believes Shanghai is the perfect place to hold its next international event.

“The world’s great cities are where people come together, get creative, innovate, and inspire. Electric Zoo was created in one of those cities – New York – and we can’t wait to bring it to another one – Shanghai,” said Jeff Wright, Creative Director at Made Event. “Electric Zoo is all about bringing people together in the places where that balance and exchange of energy happens. We can’t wait to share a first taste of the Electric Zoo experience with the people of China!”

The Expo Park location in Shanghai was chosen to introduce the people of China to Electric Zoo because it harmoniously combines the allure of nature with the energy of the city. Made Event will be working closely with Kanjian to develop a unique festival environment that will give attendees an Electric Zoo experience like no other.

“Shanghai is the perfect environment for our fans in China to experience the energy of Electric Zoo for the first time,” said Michael Julian, Director of Marketing at Made Event/SFX Entertainment, Inc. “This awe-inspiring city is one of my favorite places in the world and I am honored to have this opportunity.”

Electric Zoo recently completed its 8th Annual Festival in New York City and is bigger and stronger than it has ever been. The three-day music festival, which took place at Randall’s Island Park in New York City, was led by a unique “Wild Island” theme and included over a hundred of the world’s biggest artists on multiple stages.

“Wild Island” featured headline performances from Tiesto, Hardwell, Current #1 Billboard artists – The Chainsmokers, Bassnectar, Porter Robinson and Steve Aoki. The weekend also served as the stateside debut of legendary party experience brands ANTS and Elrow, with an electric main stage lineup.

The three-day event marked the highest overall attendance since 2013 with 83,000 attendees. Photos of the event can be found online at www.electriczoofestival.com, on Instragram www.instagram.com/electriczoony/, or on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElectricZooNY.

Additional information regarding “Electric Zoo: Countdown Shanghai” can be found online at electriczoo.kanjian.com.

 

About Electric Zoo
Established in 2009 by Made Event, the internationally renowned Electric Zoo Festival is one of New York City’s largest music festivals and features the top names in electronic music, bringing a wide variety of acts from around the world and across the spectrum of electronic music’s various sub-genres. The first international edition of Electric Zoo took place in Mexico City in May 2014.This year’s 8th annual New York edition was held in September at Randall’s Island Park.

 

About Made Event
Made Event, an SFX Entertainment company, is a premier producer of electronic music events and the creator of the Electric Zoo Festival. Having produced hundreds of memorable events in New York City, Miami and elsewhere, Made Event continues to set the bar for quality electronic music events. For more info, please go to www.MadeEvent.com.

 

About Kanjian
Kanjian, a leading music service company in Asia, specializing in international music distribution and artist promotion. Kanjian’s vision is to help global independent artists to be seen in Chinese market and also Chinese artist to be seen worldwide. With a full suite of services, Kanjian has already represented over 80,000 artists and 1,400,000 tracks. Also, with its own website (http://www.kanjian.com/), iOS & Android apps and indie mag, Kanjian provides artists with promotional opportunities to bring added impressions and exposure.

 

About SFX Entertainment, Inc.
SFX Entertainment, Inc. is the largest global producer of live events and digital entertainment content focused on electronic music culture (EMC) and other world-class festivals. SFX’s mission is to provide electronic music fans with the best possible live experiences, music discovery, media and digital connectivity. SFX was borne out of the technology revolution and produces and promotes a growing portfolio of live events that includes leading brands such as Tomorrowland, TomorrowWorld, Mysteryland, Sensation, Electric Zoo, Disco Donnie Presents, Life in Color, Rock in Rio, Nature One, Mayday, Decibel, Q-Dance, Awakenings, and React Presents, as well as the innovative ticketing service Paylogic. SFX also owns and operates Beatport, the trusted global home of electronic music where fans, DJs, and creators connect, discover, and participate in the evolution of dance music culture.

 

For more information on Electric Zoo, contact:

MSO PR

Alexandra Greenberg

818.380.0400 x223

agreenberg@msopr.com

 

Media Contacts for SFX Entertainment, Inc.

Dan Gagnier/Patrick Reynolds

Gagnier Communications

646-273-9391

dg@gagnierfc.com