S4 Productions has merged with UK-based company The MJR Group and will now trade in Australia as MJR Presents.
The investment and rebrand deal aims to build stronger links between both companies and the live UK and Australian music promotion scene.
Since being established in May 2014, S4 launched pop-up festival Drop In, announced a 10-date UB40 tour and worked with acts such as From The Jam, Michael Franti, Angus & Julia Stone (pictured) and third-party promoters including Bluesfest Touring and Live Nation.
Scott Mesiti, MJR Presents Director, says: “S4 Productions was set up predominantly to bring international touring acts into Australia. However, after operating for a year, we’ve found that business is equally as busy promoting shows across Australia for homegrown talent, such as The Cat Empire, Xavier Rudd and more.
“This is the perfect time for The mjr group to invest in the australian music scene.”
Richard Buck, MJR Group director
“What’s really exciting about this merger is we also now have a stronger network to support and promote Australian acts in the UK.”
In the UK, The MJR Group owns and operates six venues and promotes more than 1,000 shows a year with acts including Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg, Public Enemy and more.
The MJR Group also has four festivals – Ghostfest, Mutiny, Ska and Mod Fest and Bristol Folk Fest.
The MJR Group has already worked with many well-known Australian acts, promoting UK-shows for artists such as DZ Deathrays and Kim Churchill and also has forthcoming shows lined up with The Amity Affliction.
Richard Buck, MJR Group Director, says: “Australia has been producing a fantastic stock of quality acts for a while now so this is the perfect time for The MJR Group to invest in the Australian music scene. We are really proud to be the first UK music promoters to have a vested interest in an artist’s success both in Australia and the UK.’
The MJR Group will now operate out of Sydney and Port Macquarie in Australia and London and Bristol in the UK.Music Business Worldwide