OSLO, NO – Live Nation has today (Feb. 21) announced that it has acquired a majority stake in Tons of Rock, Norway’s biggest rock and metal festival.
Founded in 2013, Tons of Rock has grown into one of the country’s leading annual music events with the likes of Slayer, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper, Ghost, and Five Finger Death Punch among other international acts, having all graced its stages.
In announcing the acquisition, Martin Nielsen, head promoter of Live Nation Norway said: “We have worked with Tons of Rock from the very beginning and are excited about our future with the festival. The Tons of Rock team have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the festival and to audience experience.”
Along with the deal, 2019 will see Tons of Rock moving to a new location of Ekeberg in Oslo. KISS, Volbeat and Def Leppard have been announced as this year’s headliners.
“We are ready to take the next step in the festival’s journey and the line-up for the 2019 festival speaks for itself,” added Jarle Kvåle, Festival Manager and one of the founders of Tons of Rock. “After five successful years in Halden we saw potential for further growth. We found the perfect venue at Ekebergsletta in Oslo and wanted a strong strategic partner who would help us continue to grow. The answer was obvious, and close at hand, Live Nation Norway.”