'Lovin’ It Live … Nation': NH Concert Venue Sold
Photo — Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion/Facebook
GILFORD — A big change has been announced for one of the Granite State's largest concert venues.
Live Nation Entertainment bought the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion for $5.14 million, according to the Belknap County Registry of Deeds in paperwork filed Monday.
The Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, listed on the documents as Meadowbrook Farm, has drawn top acts in recent years to its 9,000-seat venue, including Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Darius Rucker, One Republic and Chicago. Acts currently lined up for this year include Barenaked Ladies, Charlie Puth and Alan Jackson, according to the company's website.
It's unclear what the sale means for the venue's Inner Circle Membership, which costs $500 for 2018 and gives holders numerous amenities including presales, early entry to concerts and access special restrooms and the Coors Light Inner Circle Lounge.
The purchase could open up the doors to more acts and has the potential to affect ticket prices.
A representative for Live Nation did not immediately return messages from NH1 seeking comments on the potential changes.
President Robert “R.J.” Harding and his wife Bridget, the current executive team at the Pavilion will run day-to-day operations and will work with Ticketmaster to integrate ticket services.
“Our focus over the past 22 years has been cultivating a unique concert experience here at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion and we are extremely excited to advance that objective with a global partner like Live Nation,” said Harding in a prepared statement.
The venue has received multiple awards, including Best Music Venue from the Academy of Country Music, Red Rocks Award from Pollstar, and Venue of the Year from the Country Music Association, as well as being named one of the 10 Best Concert Venues by USA Today.
“The Pavilion is a very unique and special venue, and we look forward to helping grow an already outstanding business to bring the people of New England a world class entertainment lineup for many years to come,” said Don Law, president of Live Nation New England, in a prepared statement.