Live Nation, the world’s largest concert promoter, is refusing to do business with Russia due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
“Live Nation joins the world in strongly condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. We will not promote shows in Russia, and we will not do business with Russia,” the promoter said in a statement provided to Billboard.
The statement went on to say, “We’re in the process of reviewing our vendors so we can cease work with any and all Russian-based suppliers.”
The promoter also took to social media today to make its stance clear, with posts accompanied by the image of the Ukrainian flag and the hashtag #STOPWARINUKRAINE. The social media posts added that the company “applauds all the musicians who are using their voices to promote peace.”
Live Nation joins the world in condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and applauds all the musicians who are using their voices to promote peace. pic.twitter.com/Kgp0TQHxNw
— Live Nation (@LiveNation) March 2, 2022
Earlier this week, live entertainment developer Oak View Group also openly condemned Russia’s actions and pledged not to do business in or with the country. In addition, OVG vowed not to serve Russian brands in any of their global venues, effective immediately. OVG runs arenas, stadiums and theaters including the newly renovated Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle and the UBS Arena in New York.
“We stand with the people of Ukraine, we condemn the actions of Russia, and we hope our stance inspires others in our industry to take action where they can,” the OVG statement concluded.
The live music industry’s response comes after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24. Russia’s actions were swiftly condemned by many, including Russian and Ukrainian artists and the Eurovision Song Contest, which banned Russia from competing in 2022.
Yesterday, YouTube also blocked Russian state-backed news channels RT and Sputnik – which many argue have become mouthpieces for Russian president Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin – throughout Europe and the United Kingdom.
Additional reporting by Richard Smirke.