Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

February 22, 2008

State Fair Retains Live Nation to Book 2008 Concerts

Live Nation to Book Acts, Promote Concerts for State Fair

The New York State Fair today announced that Live Nation has been retained to book entertainment for the 2008 New York State Fair.  New York State Fair will run August 21 through September 1, 2008 in Syracuse, NY. The Fair and Live Nation anticipate offering 11 paid-admission acts at the Grandstand and 12 free concerts at Chevy Court.

"Live Nation is the world’s largest promoter of live concerts and a company with a long history of success in New York. We are excited to have them working to book the 2008 acts for the New York State Fair," New York State Fair Director Dan O’Hara said. "With their contacts, expertise in booking and promoting shows we will offer fairgoers an impressive lineup of musical acts that everyone will enjoy."

Jim Koplik, Chairman, Live Nation Northeast Region, said, "Historically, concert promoters have competed with local fairs in securing talent.  This year, we sat down with the New York State Fair, put the competition aside and created a win for both sides.  This deal gives the State Fair the benefit of the Live Nation infrastructure and expertise, while we were able to acquire a new business line.  It’s a great deal for both sides and our Northeast team is dedicated to bringing the best national touring artists to this year’s Great New York State Fair."   

Guests who purchase concert tickets will receive free admission to the State Fair the day of the concert. 

Within New York State, Live Nation also programs and operates the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre under a contract with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Live Nation also programs and operates Darien Lake Performing Arts Center and exclusively programs and promotes contemporary entertainment at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Last year, nearly one million people visited the Fair. Free concerts at Chevy Court included the Commodores, Frankie Avalon, Ronnie Milsap and Tesla, while over 65,000 people attended concerts at the Grandstand, including a sold out show featuring Kenny Chesney.

Entertainment is just one of the many family activities at the Great New York State Fair. In addition to showcasing New York agriculture, the Fair provides visitors with the opportunity to see New York’s technology, culture and rich history.

For tickets to shows at the State Fair go to or and type in the Fair’s zip code, 13209. To learn more about what the State Fair has to offer, go to the Fair’s website

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