Double victory for Semmel Concerts at the German LEA

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Semmel Concerts picked up two accolades at the first large-scale Live Entertainment Awards (LEA) since the pandemic began.

Over 1,000 guests attended the event, which rewards excellence in the German live performance sector, at the Frankfurt Festhalle last Wednesday (June 22).

Semmel CEO Dieter Semmelmann was named Promoter of the Year and also received the Concert Hall/Arena Tour of the Year award for Roland Kaiser. Alles or Dich tower, which was produced by the Bayreuth-based company. Staging in fall 2021, Alles or Dich was the first major arena tour to be undertaken under pandemic conditions and attracted 150,000 people across 27 shows.

“My whole team fought with courage, passion and vision for each event”

“Like many in this industry, my entire team fought with courage, passion and vision for each event, and even accepted the challenge of resuming major tours under difficult conditions over the past year,” said Semmelman. “I therefore dedicate this award to all of my colleagues, on stage and behind the scenes, because gigantic undertakings such as this have only been and will never be possible with boundless loyalty, great determination and countless helping hands.”

A jury of 24 experts, made up of media representatives and industry specialists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, decided on the winners of the LEA, awarded for outstanding achievement in 2020 and 2021.

Elsewhere, Cologne promoter Roland “Balou” Temme posthumously received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Temme, who died last August at the age of 67, organized tours for actors such as Peter Maffay, Udo Lindenberg and David Garrett with his companies Think Big and RTK.

Other winners included Austria’s Nova Music Entertainment for Nova Rock Encore (Festival of the Year), Nils Bodenstedt and Uli Mücke (Artist Manager/Agent of the Year), as well as Telekom Deutschland and Live Nation Brand Partnership & Media for the creation of live digital experiences. on the Magenta Musik 360 portal (Cooperation of the year).

Two new categories were also created this year due to the special circumstances of the judging period: Industry Alliance of the Year went to Music Industry Forum, Events Industry Forum, Swiss Music Promoters Association and Austrian Events Industry Interest Group, while the award for Artist Alliance of the Year went to booker Maria Paz Caraccioli Gutierrez and photographer Martin Diesch.

In addition, the first honorary LEA was awarded to the long-time chairman of the BDKV (Federal Association of the Concert and Event Industry), Jens Michow.


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