Roger Field Splits With Live Nation – Billboard
Written by GRB on 25/10/2023
MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Field has resigned from Live Nation, Billboard can confirm.
Based in Melbourne, Field is regularly identified as one of Billboard’s international power players, a key figure in live entertainment who led LN’s presence across Australia and New Zealand, before taking the reins in a pan-Asia Pacific role.
It’s understood that Alex Klos will now step into the permanent role as COO of LN ANZ, alongside his position as CFO of the live music giant’s Asia Pacific business.
Field exits after more than 13 years with the company. In 2010, Field joined colleague Luke Hede in launching Live Nation Australia. Two years later, LN acquired Michael Coppel Presents, reuniting the concerts specialists (Field had worked with Coppel in 2003). The promotions would come, with Field elevated from vice president of promotions to chief operating officer, then CEO for Australia and NZ.
Another reward came in 2020, when Field was appointed LN president, Asia Pacific, a new position.
At the height of the pandemic, in mid-2020, Field was appointed to a leadership role for the Live Entertainment Industry Forum (LEIF), created to help safely reactivate concerts, sports and shows of all kinds as restrictions across the country were eased, and he was part of a music industry delegation that helped secure a A$250 million federal government lifeline for the music industry.
During his time at the helm, Field has overseen stadium tours for likes of Taylor Swift, Coldplay, U2 and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the business diversified with its VIP offering, brand partnerships with the likes of National Australia Bank, Telstra and American Express, formed strategic partnerships with government and private entities including Secret Sounds, and added a slew of venues to LN’s portfolio.
“Our venue development is a huge priority for us across both Australia and New Zealand,” Field told this reporter in June. “We’ve just celebrated the return of the iconic Festival Hall in Melbourne to a fulltime live music venue after signing a multi-lease and that’s only the beginning. Our interest in venues of all sizes is partly motivated by having the ability to engage with a variety of artist content, even if we’re not promoting it, but also open to new ticket buying markets.”
Field cut his teeth in ticketing, first with Stoll Moss Theatres in London in 1995, and then with Australian ticketing giant Ticketek, part of TEG, when its Victorian operation opened in 1996.
Live Nation has not commented on Field’s departure.