The Mean Fiddler group extends it's considerable operation into mainland Europe...

MEAN FIDDLER, the organisation behind the CARLING WEEKEND FESTIVALS and a share in GLASTONBURY as well as being major promoters and club owners throughout the UK, are expanding their empire into mainland Europe, taking a shareholding in German event the BIZARRE FESTIVAL.

The group have acquired a 25% stake in the festival, with an option to increase the stake to 50% in 2004. The move has echoes of Mean Fiddler’s move into Glastonbury. Earlier this year it was announced they would take a 20% stake in the blue riband festival in exchange for their expertise in helping the event run smoothly. This will grow to 40% by 2004.

The Bizarre Festival takes place annually near Bonn on the weekend prior to the Reading Festival. This year, the 16th event, The Chemical Brothers, [a][/a], DJ Shadow, Korn and Badly Drawn Boy are amongst the acts playing.

A statement from Mean Fiddler Group today (July 31) described their move as “part of the Group’s strategic expansion into mainland Europe.”

Mean Fiddler owns major live venues in London including The Astoria, The Forum, Mean Fiddler, Subterania and The Garage. Aside from Reading/Leeds, they promote Homelands and The Fleadh.