Live Nation Entertainment – the powerhouse of the concert industry – has announced that it will cease all business with Russia.
“Live Nation joins the world in strongly condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” read a statement from the company. “We will not promote shows in Russia and we will not do business with Russia. We are in the process of reviewing our suppliers so that we can stop working with all suppliers based in Russia.”
The news, first reported by IQ, comes at a time when a number of musicians have canceled their appearances in the country in light of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
“The safety of my fans is my priority and my thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and all those suffering from this unnecessary war,” wrote a message from Louis Tomlinson, announcing that his dates in Moscow and Kyiv were canceled until further notice. order.
Nick Cave posted a update on Twitter saying yesterday that he and his band ‘have no choice but to cancel our concerts in Russia and Ukraine which were supposed to take place this summer’. They join Green Day, Franz Ferdinandand pop group AJR, all of whom have canceled their upcoming concerts in Russia.
The Park Live Festival due to take place in Moscow this summer has been hit with multiple cancellations – Iggy Pop, The Killers and Biffy Clyro. Other headliners, including My Chemical Romance and Slipknot, remain on the bill.
The cancellations of shows in Russia come at the same time as arts organizations in the United States, such as the Metropolitan Opera, are cutting ties with musicians allied with Putin.