10th PRG Live Entertainment Awards: Nominations announced in five additional categories

For the 10th time, as a kick-off to the Musikmesse and the event-technology trade show Prolight + Sound, the past season’s outstanding event performances, managers, agents, and venue operators in Germany will be honoured. Last month, the LEA organisers and jurors announced the nominees in the categories Arena Tour of the Year, Club Tour of the Year, Show of the Year, and Artist Manager / Agent of the Year. Now, the jury has chosen the nominees for five additional categories.

Concert events from Lindenberg to the Stones
In the category Concert of the Year 2014, accumulated experience meets unbridled punk rock and Grammy-winning country pop. Deutsche Entertainment AG (DEAG) lines up with its Rolling Stones concert, where on 10 June 2014 Jagger & Co. returned to Berlin’s Waldbühne, a venue at which they gave a legendary show almost 50 years ago. Also last year, German doyen Udo Lindenberg successfully ventured into the stadium dimension – for the first time in his long career. Promoter Think Big is nominated for the Lindenberg concert in Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena on 14 June 2014. Also nominated is Wizard Promotions, which brought country legend Dolly Parton to the O2 World in Berlin on 6 July 2014 for her only concert in Germany. Also, seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift performed only once in Germany last year on her “Red Tour”. Her concert on 7 February 2014, also at the O2 World, was organised by Peter Rieger Konzertagentur, which garnered an LEA nomination. Berlin was the showcase for four of the five concerts nominated in this category: Kikis Kleiner Tourneeservice rounds of the nominations with the show by the Beatsteaks, which took place in Berlin’s Max-Schmeling-Halle on 28 November 2014.

Lieberberg competes against northern German trio
Nominations for the Festival of the Year 2014 also feature the industry’s biggest stars. Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur might just manage to win a second LEA for Rock am Ring / Rock im Park, following its award in 2009. Last season represented a break for one of the twin festivals: After 29 years, Rock am Ring will move from Nürburgring to Mendig in 2015. In the Festival category, the Frankfurt-based impresario Lieberberg has his hands full against the cumulative competition from the north of Germany. Wacken Open Air, promoted by ICS Festival Service, already has one LEA to its credit. The metal specialists from Schleswig-Holstein prevailed in this category back in 2008. Also in Schleswig-Holstein, but on entirely different musical terrain, was the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. The foundation of the same name that promotes it is nominated this year for the Festival LEA, as is the Elbjazz Festival, which promoters Tina Heine and Folkert Koopmans stage in Hamburg’s port district.

Talent shows and metal promotion
Three very different projects make up the nominations this year for the category Artists and / or Youth Promotion of the Year 2014. The Berlin concert agency Four Artists Booking and the youth-oriented programming on ARD radio are nominated for the concept “ARD New Music Award”, which they established in 2008. The competition, whose finale was held in connection with the Berlin Music Week, has already helped launch the careers of acts like Kraftklub, Bonaparte, and Tonbandgerät. Also, the TV show “The Voice of Germany”, produced by Talpa Germany for ProSiebenSat.1 Digital, is in the running for a Live Entertainment Award. In its reasons underlying the nominations, the jury cited, inter alia the fact that the talent show “refreshingly distinguishes itself from other casting formats”. The third nominee in this category is the Wacken Foundation. The charitable foundation, which was founded by the promoters behind the world’s largest heavy metal festival, the Wacken Open Air in Schleswig-Holstein, provides support for the long-term promotion of newcomers in the area of heavy and heaviest music.

Attractive venues and successful local promoters
This year, the LEA jurors put the focus on smaller arenas with a capacity of 2,000 to 5,000 visitors for the category Arena of the Year 2014. The spectrum ranges from the long-standing Haus Auensee in Leipzig, which is experiencing a renaissance in its 100-year history under new operator MAWI Concert, to the brand-new Emsland Arena in Lingen, which first opened its doors in 2013. The Tempodrom in Berlin is also nominated this season for an LEA. In 2014, nearly 400,000 guests attended events in the striking building located near the Anhalter railway station. In contrast to the categories listed above, the nominees in the category Local Promoter of the Year 2014 were not in the hands of the jury. Here, 25 German tour promoters were polled, and they decided on Handwerker Promotion from Unna, ARGO Konzerte from Würzburg, and Global Concerts from Munich.

Renowned partners
The LEA Committee e.V. –which includes the Bundesverband der Veranstaltungswirtschaft (bdv, Federal Association for Event Management), the Verband Deutscher Konzertdirektionen (VDKD, Association of German Concert Managers), the Musikmarkt Verlags-GmbH (publishers), and numerous companies in Germany’s event industry– has been hosting the LEA awards since 2006. This year, it will once again officially open the Musikmesse and the simultaneously occurring event-technology trade show Prolight + Sound. The main partners of the German Live Entertainment Awards are, in addition to the event-technology outfitter PRG (Production Resource Group) and the Frankfurt music trade show, the ticket operator CTS Eventim, the City of Frankfurt am Main, and Wirtschaftsförderung Frankfurt GmbH. Other sponsors of the 2015 PRG LEA include the company Ströer, GEMA, the ÖVB Arena, the Commerzbank Arena, PMS Crew Support, Riedel Communications, accente, Skoda, Düsseldorf Congress Sport & Event, PMT – Professional Motion Technology, Elements Entertainment, beyerdynamic and the magazine Musikmarkt as exclusive industry media partners.

The Categories – In 2015, the PRG LEA will be awarded in 14 categories:



CLUB TOUR OF THE YEAR 2014 presented by Ströer

FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR 2014 presented by PRG










ARTIST MANAGER / AGENT OF 2014 presented by IMUC

The nominees for four categories have already been announced: (the order is alphabetical, not a ranking!)

Concert Hall Tour of the Year 2014

– BAP – „Zieht den Stecker Tour” – Semmel Concerts Veranstaltungsservice GmbH
– Dream Theater – „Along for the Ride Tour” – Target Concerts GmbH
– Jan Delay – „Jan Delay & Disco No. 1 Live Tour“ – BUBACK Konzerte
– Marteria – „Zum Glück in die Zukunft 2 Tour“ – Four Artists Booking Agentur GmbH
– Max Raabe & Palast Orchester – „Für Frauen ist das kein Problem Tour“ – Das Palast Orchester (Musiker, Max Raabe & Partner)

Club Tour of the Year 2014 presented by Ströer

– Birdy – „Tour 2014” – MCT Agentur GmbH
– Dirty Loops – „Tour 2014“ – FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktion GmbH
– Marius Müller-Westernhagen – „Alphatier Pre-Listening Tour 2014“ – DEAG Deutsche Entertainment AG
– Milky Chance – „Sadnecessary Tour” – Lichtdicht Records GmbH | A.S.S. Concerts & Promotion GmbH
– The Notwist – „Close to the Glass Tour” – Powerline Agency  Krämer, Niemann, Oberthür, Schwarz OHG

Festival of the Year2014 presented by PRG

– Elbjazz Festival – Elbjazz GmbH
– Rock am Ring / Rock im Park – Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur GmbH & Co. KG
– Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival – Stiftung Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival
– Wacken Open Air – ICS Festival Service GmbH

Concert of the Year 2014
– Beatsteaks – Max-Schmeling-Halle, Berlin  (28. November 2014) – Kikis Kleiner Tourneeservice KKT GmbH
– Udo Lindenberg – Red Bull Arena, Leipzig (14. June 2014) – Think Big Event- & Veranstaltungs- GmbH
– Dolly Parton – O2 World, Berlin (6. July 2014) – Wizard Promotions GmbH
– The Rolling Stones – Waldbühne, Berlin (10. June 2014) – Deutsche Entertainment AG
– Taylor Swift – O2 World, Berlin (7. February 2014) – Peter Rieger Konzertagentur GmbH & Co. KG

Show of the Year 2014

– Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – BB Promotion GmbH
– Cirque du Soleil – „KOOZA“  – Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur GmbH & CO. KG
– Die drei ??? – „Phonophobia – Sinfonie der Angst“ – MTS Live GmbH
– Kurt Krömer – „Abschied! Die Tournee“ – Live Legend Konzertagentur GmbH

Artists and / or Youth Promotion of the Year 2014

– ARD New Music Award – veranstaltet von Four Artists Booking Agentur GmbH im Auftrag der ARD-Jugendwellen (federführend: Fritz / RBB)
– The Voice of Germany – produced by Talpa Germany GmbH & Co. KG for ProSiebenSat.1 Digital
– Wacken Foundation

Arena of the Year 2014

Focus of the jury: smaller arenas with a capacity of 2,000 to 5,000 visitors

– Haus Auensee, Leipzig (Haus & Park Entertainment GmbH / MAWI Concert GmbH)
– Tempodrom, Berlin (Tempodrom Betriebsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG)
– Emsland Arena, Lingen

Local Promoter of the Year 2014

Based on voting by 25 German tour promoters

– ARGO Konzerte GmbH, Würzburg
– Global Concerts GmbH, Munich
– Handwerker Promotion eGmbH, Unna

Artist Manager / Agent of the Year 2014 presented by IMUC

– Eric Landmann & Torsten Dohm – Landmann + Dohm GbR
– Jochen Hülder – JKP Jochens Kleine Plattenfirma GmbH & Co.KG
– Rasale Aydin – Sali-Konzerte e.K.
– Sascha Stadler – VOLL:KONTAKT UG (haftungsbeschränkt) & Co. KG






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