Japan-based international venue operator Zepp Hall Network has announced plans to open a 2,200-capacity venue in Taipei and a 2,450-capacity venue in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur by 2020.
The company, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment, already manages six venues in Japan, including Zepp Diver City (cap. 2,473) in Tokyo and Zepp Sapporo (2,009) and Zepp@BIGBOX (2,023) in Singapore last year.
“Zepp halls are installed with high quality audio and sound equipment and are basically plug-and-play venues, which allow reduced production costs and enable a quick load-in and out which is attractive to promoters,” Zepp executive vice-president Sach Tsuchiya tells Audience.
“Our main purpose is to set-up an infrastructure where those artistes playing a Zepp hall can play in other markets without having to cope with the stress of setting-up stages tailored to venues city by city.
“We also hope to contribute to the local music market through Zepp halls where local artistes can aspire to play and achieve further successes both within and outside their own country.”
Zepp says it also has ambitions to open in Hong Kong, Bangkok (Thailand), Jakarta (Indonesia) and Manila (Philippines).