Live Nation has signed a five-year contract extension at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, where they have been producing all of the pop and rock concerts for the 25,000 amphitheater since 2000. The contract now extends to 2015.
The new contract begins next year and includes an option allowing for an additional five-year extension through 2020.
“We value our partnership with Live Nation and recognize that their financial support is critical to sustaining our summer residencies with the ballet and the orchestra,” Marcia White, SPAC’s president and executive director, said in a statement. “Our new contract is a sound blueprint for the continuation of this partnership and will ensure the future and success of both of our organizations.”
Prior to SPAC’s original concert contract with SFX Entertainment (now Live Nation) in 2000, the venue booked and promoted in-house for more than 30 years. Bruce Springsteen, the Police, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam are some of the top artists that have played there since outsourcing its bookings.
SPAC’s summer season kicks off on May 27 with Grammy-Award-winning British rockers Coldplay. Dave Matthews Band on June 13 and Phish on August 16, have already sold out. Other artists lined up include Jackson Browne, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard with Poison and Cheap Trick, and Nickelback.