Global Entertainment Acquires Six UK Festivals


LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Ashley Tabor's Global has expanded its footprint in the UK festival scene with the acquisition of six UK festivals, as well as an expanded stake in event producer Broadwick Live.

The acquisitions include SouthWestFour, Field Day, Boardmasters and Rewind Festival, which were previously owned by Impresario, as well as Y Not and Truck, previously owned by Count of Ten.

Global also expanded its interest in Broadwick Live, with an eye towards collaborating on new branded events and festivals, and taking Broadwick's current events international.

Earlier this year Broadwick Live took stakes in Standon Calling, Glass Butter Beach and Lost Village adding to its portfolio of music festivals, which already included Festival No.6 and Snowbombing. The company has previously produced branded events such as Bacardi Triangle, and the adidas Y3 fashion shows.

Global acquired a stake in Broadwick Live in June 2015, its first acquisition in the festival sector. In addition to festivals, Global has expanded its touring arm, promoting acts such as the Pet Shop Boys, The Vamps, Melanie Martinez and Galantis.

Sam Bush, director of Global’s live & touring division, said: “We took a stake in Broadwick Live just over a year ago. We’ve had an incredible first year working together, working hard to bring in some of Europe’s leading music festivals as well as some of the most innovative and well-loved up-and-coming festivals. We have a shared ambition to grow the portfolio and we look forward to doing this with Gareth and the team at Broadwick Live as well as the founders and managers of the festivals we have acquired.”

Global has already announced some of their plans for international events next year with the debut of the Canadian version of its Snowbombing event in 2017.