Phase1 Experiences & Embassy Group to Develop World-Class Entertainment Arena at Bengaluru Airport

Industry Watch | December 23, 2019 | Press Release

Phase 1 Experiences Embassy Group Live Nation Bengaluru Airport

A high-powered consortium between Phase 1 Experiences and Embassy Group will create a never-seen-before, experiential and entertainment destination at the BLR Airport. The world’s leading live entertainment company – Live Nation – will act as a consultant on the development project. Music entrepreneur and festival curator – Nikhil Chinapa – will take on his role as strategy and communications lead. The consortium formed by Oum Pradutt, Founder and Managing Director, Phase 1 Experiences and Aditya Virwani, Chief Operating Officer, Embassy Group, will take on the massive development project after having been awarded the highly coveted tender floated by BIAL to develop the arena. The development occurs at a time when the live events and entertainment industry is expected to double in growth from Rs. 5,631 Cr in 2016-17 to more than Rs. 10,000 Cr in 2020-21 (Source: EY – EEMA Report, 2017).

Phase 1 Experiences is India’s most disruptive experiential organization, with 24 years of experience in creating large-scale events globally and in India. Having successfully established four verticals across special projects, MICE, corporate and youth events, Phase 1 has forayed into the ownership, development, and management of world-class entertainment arenas along with curation of content.

Oum Pradutt believes the entertainment arena at BLR Airport would be the pinnacle of live entertainment in India: “Our vision is to radically enhance the live experience quotient of the Indian consumer. Just like multiplexes transformed the cinematic experience and 5G is about to reshape the digital experience, we aim to take the live entertainment experience to the ultimate next level in India. The venue will be at par with iconic international concert arenas such as New York’s Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena, enabling us to import the biggest shows and best of global talent to India. This will attract audiences and fans from not just across India, but across the South Asia subcontinent and establish Bengaluru’s position as a live concert and entertainment capital globally.” - Oum Pradutt, Founder and Managing Director, Phase 1 Experiences.

Embassy Group is India’s leading real estate and urban infrastructure developer with over 3 decades of experience in commercial, residential, industrial, warehousing, hospitality, education, and retail spaces, and will build the end-to-end infrastructure of the venue. Aditya Virwani speaks about the association with the consortium and the venue:

Aditya Virwani, Chief Operating Officer, Embassy Group said, “We at Embassy are very excited about the entertainment venue at BIAL in North Bengaluru. Way back in 1995, we started buying land in North Bengaluru as we could foresee the potential of this region for future exponential growth. We pioneered a new reformation in Bengaluru with Commercial and Residential projects in North Bengaluru. We are happy to have contributed to defining the skyline of Bengaluru, with our niche and curated offerings in North Bengaluru. The first-of-its-kind international par excellence entertainment arena at BIAL is in line with our vision to give back to the city of Bengaluru. The venue will place the city on a global map as a destination for prestigious events across the world. Embassy’s development expertise in building world-class assets and the synergies of our partnership with BIAL and Phase 1 will bring about an iconic project.”

Bringing its global perspective and expertise to the homegrown Bengaluru brands is Live Nation, the world’s largest live entertainment company that owns and operates more than 200 entertainment arenas across the world. The renowned global company headquartered in Los Angeles, USA will manage both the mobilization of the venue and the programming of international artists.

Paul Antonio, President of Live Nation Asia and the Middle East, commented on the partnership: “We’re pleased to be able to contribute to the establishment of this world-class venue, both in terms of supporting the mobilization and subsequently the programming of international artists. The venue will be a state-of-the-art, must-play arena and we look forward to bringing our touring artists and live events there as soon as the doors open and for years to come.”

With consolidated expertise in the live entertainment, real-estate, and venue operating space, the three pioneers are ready to bring the world of entertainment to India. In addition, the Consortium has collaborated with Nikhil Chinapa, to act as the venue’s cultural pivot.

“I’m thrilled to see that Bengaluru is finally going to have a world-class arena at the BIAL airport. The airport itself is metamorphosing into a hub of activity and with the advent of the metro, ample parking for cars and easy connectivity into the North of Bengaluru and beyond, the concert venue is going to become an epicenter for the arts, entertainment, and culture for the city of Bengaluru. I’m personally looking forward to working on the venue’s communication, strategy, and content and will be engaging with partners both globally and across India to ensure an annual calendar packed with a variety of events for various communities across the arts, with a special focus on music.” - Nikhil Chinapa.

“BIAL is pleased to announce the partnership with two market leaders in their respective areas of expertise. This is a significant stepping stone towards making the BLR Airport a hub of entertainment, not just for Bengaluru, but for the entire country. This arena would be a first-of-its-kind to be created at an airport and the first multi-purpose venue in India to host events and other activities. This brings to life a new facet in BIAL’s commitment to offer unparalleled services to passengers and visitors, alike,” said Rao Munukutla, Chief Real Estate Officer, BIAL.


BIAL signs agreement with Phase 1 Experiences and Embassy Group to develop a world-class concert and experience arena at BLR Airport

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