President, Live Nation Europe Concerts


President, Live Nation Australasia


President, Live Nation International and Emerging Markets

John Reid oversees all European business for the world’s largest promoter, which includes 36 festivals (as well as those booked by Live Nation) and by far the biggest promoter network in Europe. Live Nation Europe enjoyed a strong year, especially with festivals in Holland, Belgium and in the United Kingdom with Reading, Leeds, Creamfields, Download and the Electric Daisy Carnival. While the growth of the U.S. festival market garners much attention, European music fans embraced the experience decades earlier, resulting in a more mature market with its own challenges. “The festivals had a phenomenal year across the board,” Reid says. Beyond them, “the show count overall was much, much stronger across Europe—way up,” he adds. “We’re continuing to grow our footprint in terms of markets and genres.” Alan Ridgeway, who previously ran Live Nation Europe, runs emerging markets for Live Nation and is now based in Hong Kong after a stint in the Middle East. “He’s opening up new deals and regions for all parts of the business,” Reid says. In 2012, Live Nation acquired Australia’s Michael Coppel Presents, which had a strong year lead by P!nk. The artist turned in the top Billboard Boxscore in 2013, an 18-sellout stand at Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena that grossed nearly $30 million. “We don’t need to worry about the manpower,” Reid says, “just where we deploy it, and where we take a shot.” —Ray Waddell