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Civil Society, Handsome Merge

News posted Tuesday, November 9 2010 at 02:00 PM.
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Continuing the trend of industry mergers – Missing Link and Collectors Corner, Surrealus and Stomp – concert promoters Handsome Tours and Civil Society have joined forces.

The companies will now be trading under the Handsome Tours name, with Handsome’s directors Mat Everett and Dave Chatfield and Civil Society’s Ashley Sellers and Colin Daniels heading operations. Staff from both companies will continue to work for Handsome Tours out of their Sydney and Melbourne premises.

No word on what prompted the merger, however Handsome founder Mat Everett said it made “total sense” for both parties. “This is very much a meeting of dynamic, focused and like-minded people who are all equally thrilled as to what this venture will bring.”

Established 10 years ago, Handsome has brought the likes of Band of Horses, Interpol, Pavement and The Shins to Australia over the past few years. Meanwhile, Civil Society has toured the likes of The National, The xx, Santigold and Grizzly Bear in their five years of existence.


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redlips  said about 4 years ago:


jbiz  said about 4 years ago:

If everybody gets to keep their jobs then this is fine news.

nyx  said about 4 years ago:

hmmm indeed.

nyx  said about 4 years ago:

why does this make 'total sense'? Because they bring out similar artists?

crash!  said about 4 years ago:

Agreed, if jobs aren't lost, and they still host the same great shows, then it could be even better - combining the relationships and networks of these two companies will ensure the longevity of all involved.

It's a friggin' hard slog doing anything in the music industry, and if this means this company can continue to bring out interesting / non-mainstream artists, then I think it's a good thing.

Surely there is a lot more money in bringing out the mainstream artists like Gorillaz (VS alt. conintue to bring out artists like FOTL, !!!, etc., than what their larger competition currently promotes. Without companies like this, we wouldn't have the great tours we get here.

nyx  said about 4 years ago:

That makes a good deal of sense.

crash!  said about 4 years ago:

I deleted some of my post - the point being that maybe the merger will allow these people to bring out the interesting bands they are passionate about, as opposed to more mainstream artists like the larger companies in this country.

nyx  said about 4 years ago:

Oh I wasn't being sarcastic! I did get what you were trying to say and I agree. My only thought is that having two companies may have allowed for more variety and more acts being brought out, but a larger company with the same amount of staff and resources could do exactly the same.

crash!  said about 4 years ago:

I couldn't make sense of what I wrote, I think I deleted a whole sentence by accident. But yeah, all positive I reckon

not-ian  said about 4 years ago:

Can you still get tickets from the Civil Society website becuase all I get is this

Sorry, the online store is currently at full capacity and cannot take any further customers.
Please try again in 5 minutes.

Hazard_Man  said about 4 years ago:

Looks like they're full.

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