Live Nation to Book Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performing Arts
by Taylor Mims | Billboard
Live Nation has been tapped to exclusively book the open-air music center Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
The new multi-year deal is effective immediately and will see the venue, run by non-profit organization the Mann, welcoming top touring talent. The center has already announced shows from Goo Goo Dolls, New Order and Pet Shop Boys, as well as Daryl Hall and John Oates' HoagieNation festival.
“The Mann is continually focused on aligning with strong partners to support our commitment to presenting world-class, diverse entertainment; providing incredible, memorable experiences for our guests; and positively impacting Philadelphia communities through free experiences with enriching arts and culture. Live Nation is certainly a partner that embodies all of that, and we are thrilled to be formally working together with them,” said the Mann president and CEO Catherine M. Cahill in a release. “Their portfolio of artists together with our commitment to presenting world-class orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra’s annual summer residency, will only add to our legacy as a premier entertainment destination, dedicated to artistic excellence, where a wide variety of musical genres can be enjoyed."
The long-term partnership also stipulates a collaboration between the Mann and Live Nation to elevate the guest experience at the venue through new concession options, enhanced VIP opportunities, as well as an annual charitable contribution made by Live Nation in support of the Mann’s charitable endeavors and mission. Live Nation will also help develop new immersive, signature musical festivals that maximize the Mann’s multiple stages and 22-acre Fairmount Park campus. The promoter has also agreed to support the Mann’s multi-year master plan for ongoing campus improvements.
“The Mann is one of Philadelphia’s premiere music destinations and we’re honored to support this non-profit’s dedication to the local community and artistic excellence,” said president of Live Nation Philadelphia Geoffrey Gordon in a release. “We brought the iconic Roots Picnic to the Mann last summer for a sold-out performance and are excited to usher in more world-class events and performers, such as HoagieNation, a celebration of music, food and culture curated and headlined by Daryl Hall and John Oates, featuring special guests Squeeze, Kool & The Gang, and the Hooters, the return of the Roots Picnic, and more.”
Already announced summer shows also include Rebelution's Good Vibes Summer Tour, Lindsey Stirling's The Artemis Tour, David Gray's White Ladder The 20th Anniversary Tour and Roots Picnic 2020 with sets from The Roots, Meek Mill, Summer Walker, DaBaby and more.
The Mann’s 22-acre campus consists of four distinct stage experiences. The Presser Foundation Stage is the Mann’s main stage in the TD Pavilion, which seats 4,500 and can accommodate another 10,000 concertgoers in Connelly Terrace seating and on the Mann’s Great Lawn. Skyline Stage, positioned at the top of the Mann’s campus overlooking the Philadelphia skyline, accommodates 7,500 general admission guests on three acres of grassy parkland. The campus also includes the New Downstage @ the Mann series for intimate, in-the-round experiences for up to 300 guests and extended site spaces for multi-stage festivals.