Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s largest concert promoter, is ceasing all business activity with Russia in the wake of the country’s invasion of Ukraine. “Live Nation joins the world in strongly condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” the company wrote in a statement. “We will not promote shows in Russia, and we will not do business with Russia. We’re in the process of reviewing our vendors so we can cease work with any and all Russian-based suppliers.”
The news came the same day that Spotify announced plans to close its Russia offices indefinitely. “We are deeply shocked and saddened by the unprovoked attack on Ukraine,” a Spotify spokesperson said in a statement yesterday. “Our first priority over the past week has been the safety of our employees and to ensure that Spotify continues to serve as an important source of global and regional news at a time when access to information is more important than ever.”
A number of musicians have also canceled their scheduled appearances in Russia, including HEALTH, The Killers, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Green Day, Louis Tomlinson, and more.