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Live Nation acquires NZ fest Rhythm and Vines

Live Nation has acquired a controlling stake in New Zealand’s popular music festival Rhythm and Vines.

The three-day camping festival, which was founded in 2003, is set among wineries in the coastal town of Gisborne.

The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Throughout its 15 years, organisers have booked headliners such as Public Enemy, Moby, LCD Soundsystem, Wiz Khalifa, Bastille and Chance the Rapper.

For its most recent lineup, Rhythm and Vines includes Schoolboy Q, Mura Masa, 2manydjs, A-Trak, Baauer and Giggs.

“Over the course of 15 years, Rhythm and Vines has curated a wonderful line up of both domestic and international talent in one of the most beautiful parts of our country,” said Live Nation New Zealand chairman Stuart Clumpas.

“It has become a household name in New Zealand and we’re excited to be adding the festival to the Live Nation portfolio and welcoming its experienced team to the company.”

Meanwhile, Live Nation has also announced an all-inclusive $20 ticket for its ‘National Concert Week’, starting next week.

The deal offers fans more than 1.5 million tickets to more than 2,000 shows across Live Nation’s schedule of US summer tours, including comedy, country, hip-hop, Latin, metal, rock, pop and more.

Performers included in the $20 summer tour deal will include Paramore, Lindsey Stirling, Bush’s Gavin Rossdale, Jeff Beck, Soul Asylum, Stone Temple Pilots, The Cult, The Offspring and Whitesnake.

To launch the event, which runs from April 30 to May 8, Live Nation will hold a special media event in New York featuring dozens of their touring artists.

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