Kilimanjaro Live

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Kilimanjaro Live Group
Entertainment Promoter
Area served
United Kingdom

Kilimanjaro Live Group is a group of companies that work in the fields of Music, Comedy, Spoken Word, Digital Stars, Musical Theatre [1] based in the United Kingdom. They are one of the largest event promoters in the UK.

They own or operate Kew The Music, Live At Chelsea, Tartan Heart Festival, Stone Free Festival, Sonisphere Festival, Wakestock Festival and Warped Tour (Europe only).[2][3][4]


Music Week Awards Promoter of the Year 2018[5]

Prog Magazine Industry VIP Award 2018 [6]

Live UK Awards National Promoter of the Year 2018 [7]

Music Managers Forum Award for Outstanding Contribution to Live Music 2018[8]

Metal Hammer Golden Gods Best Lineup The Big 4 at Sonisphere Festival 2011 [9][edit]

In 2014 Kilimanjaro's customer event listings website became in line with German parent company website [10]


Kew The Music[edit]

Kew The Music is a collaboration between Kilimanjaro Live, Raymond Gubbay Ltd and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Kilimanjaro has run the festival on the world heritage site since 2015.[11]

Tartan Heart - Belladrum[edit]

2018 saw Kilimanjaro acquire Belladrum festival in Scotland. The well-established music and arts festival, held on the Belladrum Estate near Inverness, in Scotland. It is normally held at the start of August. Founded in 2004, the festival has rapidly grown in popularity. The festival has sold out in advance every year since 2008.[12]

Sonisphere Festival[edit]

Sonisphere is a rock/metal touring festival taking place across Europe between June and August. The festival was created in 2009 by Kilimanjaro Live and John Jackson.[13] It is jointly promoted by Kilimanjaro Live and K2. The festival has hosted heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Alice Cooper and Megadeth.

Wakestock Festival[edit]

Wakestock was Europe's largest wakeboard music festival, combining the cultures of music and wakeboarding.[14] It was held on the Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales, in between Pwllheli and Llanbedrog.

Vans Warped Tour UK[edit]

Warped Tour was created in 1994 by Kevin Lyman and became sponsored by Vans Skateboards in 1995. The music/sports festival toured the US for many years before Kilimanjaro Live licensed the European operations of Warped Tour in 2012,2013,2014.[15] In the United Kingdom, Warped Tour is hosted at Alexandra Palace in North London.

Secondary ticketing court case[edit]

The online ticket marketplace Viagogo are taking Kilimanjaro to court in Germany over concerns over cancellations of tickets they resold for Ed Sheeran's 2018 UK tour.[16]


  1. ^ Myticket "Event Location and Genres", "Myticket website"
  2. ^ AIF "Kilimanjaro Live adds Wakestock, Vans Warped Tour and Sonisphere" Archived 2013-08-05 at, "Association of Independent Festivals"
  3. ^ Chris Cooke "Kilimanjaro Live joins AIF", The Complete Music Update, Friday 22 March 2013
  4. ^ James Dickson "Stuart Galbraith Joins AIF Board" Archived 2013-09-05 at the Wayback Machine, Event Industry News, Thursday 21 March 2013
  5. ^ Music Week Awards "Music Week Awards", Audience Magazine
  6. ^ Louder Sound "Official Blog, Alan Day picks up award picture", Louder Sound
  7. ^ IQ Magazine "Live Music Awards", IQ
  8. ^ IQ Magazine "Music Managers Forum Awards", IQ
  9. ^ Festivals For All "Festivals for all", Festivals For All
  10. ^ Kilimanjaro live website "KILILIVE.COM becomes MYTICKET.CO.UK", Kilimanjaro live website
  11. ^ Kew Gardens "Kew Gardens", Kew Gardens
  12. ^ James Hanley "Kilimanjaro Live acquires Scotland's Belladrum festival ", Music Week
  13. ^ Festival Planet "Sonisphere 2012", Festival Planet
  14. ^ Ross Robinson "Alexis Balladon Interview", Boardsport Source
  15. ^ LickLibrary "Vans Warped Tour to return to the UK for the first time since 1999", LickLibrary, Fri, 30 March 2012
  16. ^ "Viagogo sues Ed Sheeran promoter over anti-touting efforts". Complete Music Update. Retrieved 2018-09-05.

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