Mean Fiddler also announce plans to expand their Jazz Cafe brand into Europe...

CARLING WEEKEND FESTIVAL promoters MEAN FIDDLER have announced plans to launch a digital TV channel and expand their JAZZ CAFE brand into Europe.

The London-based company, which owns venues in the capital including the Astoria and Jazz Cafe, and runs the Fleadh and Reading and Leeds Festivals, announced the plans in conjunction with details of its stock market flotation.

Of the Jazz Cafe, which the Mean Fiddler has owned since 1992, a statement issued on the merger and flotation said: “The brand is well established amongst artists who trust the music policy and ability to deliver the right audience. By expanding this brand to other European cities, [the business] would be able to attract more of the best international jazz artists by offering a series of bookings across a number of Jazz Cafe venues.”

The venues and live music arm of the company, Mean Fiddler Holdings, will merge with its sister company, to form Mean Fiddler Music Group, with the company’s founder Vince Power, who owns one third of Mean Fiddler Holdings, standing to make ┬úten million, according to the BBC.

The plans for a digital TV channel, which will be launched within two years, were described as “the logical conclusion to the convergence of technologies and the future for digital broadcasts”.

The company claims more than two million customers to its events and gigs a year.