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News August 1, 2022

TEG Taps Toby Leighton-Pope to Lead Europe Division

Senior Journalist, B2B
TEG Taps Toby Leighton-Pope to Lead Europe Division

Concerts veteran Toby Leighton-Pope will lead TEG’s newly-formed European division.

Announced late Monday (Aug. 1), Leighton-Pope takes the reins as managing director of TEG Europe, with oversight for the operation, strategic direction and “rapid expansion” of TEG’s U.K.-based activities, which span live entertainment, ticketing, venue, digital and data.

Leighton-Pope is a big shot in the live industry.

Over his decades-long career, he has promoted shows for the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Michael Bublé, Jack Johnson, Arcade Fire and many more.

Most recently, he served as co-CEO of AEG Presents U.K. from 2016 to December 2021. Before that, he was with Live Nation, rising to senior VP music.

“Toby’s outstanding record in the live entertainment industry speaks for itself,” comments TEG CEO Geoff Jones. “His ideas, connections, and infectious enthusiasm make him the perfect choice to lead the further expansion of TEG’s successful integrated model into the vibrant U.K. and European markets.”

Adds Leighton-Pope, “I am thrilled to be working with the talented and passionate TEG Europe team including Richard Buck [the former CEO of TEG MJR] who is taking on a vital role for us as Head of European Touring & Middle East Partnerships.”

Based in Bristol and London, TEG Europe gathers Ticketek, TEG Live Europe (which includes the former TEG MJR touring business); TEG Venues (which includes interests in 10 venues); the Propaganda indie club night; and Ovation, TEG’s data science and analytics business.

The new structure, explains Jones, “represents a crucial milestone in the expansion of TEG’s successful integrated live entertainment model into the vibrant U.K. market and positions us for further growth across Europe.”

Sydney-based TEG’s growing empire includes the businesses Ticketek, TEG Live, Qudos Bank Arena, Eventopia, TEG Dainty, Van Egmond Group and more.

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