Live Nation buys Lytham’s Cuffe & Taylor

8256845e9cc053143ca07c93fb3412a0Lytham-based concert and festival promoter has sold a controlling stake to global live entertainment business Live Nation.

Cuffe & Taylor is one of the UK’s fastest-growing promoters with a focus on festivals and promoting artists in unusual outdoor venues.

The business will continue to be led by Daniel Cuffe and Peter Taylor who launched it in 2009.

The pair said: "After an incredible seven years operating as an independent promoter in the UK we are now looking forward to our new life as part of the Live Nation family.

“It's very much business as usual as we continue to grow and develop our core brands of Lytham Festival, Greenwich Music Time and Scarborough Open Air Theatre while also developing our touring operation, taking established artists into new and exciting regional venues.”

Upcoming tours for Cuffe & Taylor include Cliff Richard, Remembering Fred, Shakin Stevens, Olly Murs, Bryan Adams and The Beach Boys.

The company is also soon to announce events in Hull as part of the Capital of Culture celebrations as well as the programmes for the 2017 Summer Festival season.

Michael Rapino, Live Nation Entertainment president and CEO, said: “We want to connect fans with the artists they love, and through this deal with Cuffe & Taylor we are able to offer fans in the UK more choices than ever before.”

Denis Desmond, chairman of Live Nation UK, said: “We look forward to welcoming Cuffe & Taylor to the Live Nation team to expand our overall presence across the UK regional markets. “Both Daniel and Peter will jointly head up the new venture with Live Nation and the existing Cuffe & Taylor team and continue to deliver exceptional experiences for artists and fans.”