AEG Presents expands into France, hires Arnaud Meersseman

AEG Presents has opened its first office in France, headed up by local concert promotion veteran Arnaud Meersseman.

Meersseman (pictured) will lead Paris-based AEG Presents France effective immediately.

He reports directly to the CEOs of AEG Presents London, Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope.

Meersseman was previously named MD of the MIALA/Fimalac group in 2016. Prior to this, he worked with some of the leading music promoters in France, staging shows for the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Lana Del Ray, Major Lazer and A$AP Rocky.

The creation of AEG Presents France follows AEG’s investment in the Accors Hotel Arena in Paris, as well as its recent buyout of the Rock En Seine festival, which was jointly acquired with French media investment group, LNEI.

Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope, joint CEOs of AEG Presents London, said: “The live music scene in France is incredibly vibrant and one we very much admire and it’s a real privilege to be able to set up our Paris office. In Arnaud we have a highly experienced leader and look forward to achieving great things together.”

“In Arnaud we have a highly experienced leader and look forward to achieving great things together.”

Steve Homer and Toby Leighton-Pope, AEG

Arnaud Meersseman, General Manager and VP of AEG Presents France said: “I’ve worked with Toby and Steve since they became involved in Rock en Seine and I’m very proud and excited to become part of the AEG Presents team with this new venture.

“I have always considered AEG to be best in class in developing venues and festivals that both meet the needs of today’s consumers and in the development of the Hyde Park festival build something truly befitting of the London Park, I am looking forward to taking this passion for excellence into the French market and I’m confident we can do some excellent work with both international and French artists as the new office gets underway.”

In 2017 alone, AEG Presents promoted over 800 live events in the UK, including festivals such as Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Hyde Park.

Its venue portfolio includes the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith – which is jointly owned with partner, CTS Eventim.Music Business Worldwide

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