Factory Music Management and Agency has been acquired by booking agency K2, bringing in a portfolio of more than 20 rock and metals acts.

The deal will see Kent-based Factory Music pass on artists such as Sepultura (pictured), Steve Harris’ British Lion, Helloween, Acid Reign, Hammerfall, Akercocke, and Dark Angel.

Under the agreement, Factory Music founder Sharon Richardson and her team will also join the staff at London-based K2. Her company was launched in 2004.

K2 Agency already represents major acts such as Iron Maiden, Metallica and Slayer.

K2 Agency chief executive John Jackson said: “We have known and worked with Sharon for many years and when the opportunity arose for her to join I jumped at the chance. She will be joining the K2 team headed by Jane Miller, who has worked with me since the early 80s, and Leo Benton, who joined us four years ago from Newcastle University.”

Richardson added: “We are extremely thrilled at having the opportunity to join and be part of the K2 team after working with and knowing John for many years. It felt that joining the K2 team is more than a positive step forward and we are delighted to be bringing our roster of artists over to K2.

“I am very fortunate to be joining such a respected company that prides itself on a top quality service to their roster of artists and I look forward to an exciting and successful future at K2.”

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