Sony Music UK acquires goods company Kontraband

Sony Music UK has acquired London-based merchandise company Kontraband.

The UK company is run by Paul Entwistle and Justin Smith who have over 20 years’ experience, covering all aspects of global merchandise sales, production and distribution.

Kontraband has handled merchandise for an impressive list of artists including Camila Cabello, Kylie, Iggy Pop, Bring Me The Horizon, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Happy Mondays, Paolo Nutini, PJ Harvey, The Streets, Keane and many more. ‘others.

The last 12 months have seen significant consolidation in the global commodities sector. In January, Universal Music Group bought Los Angeles-based merchandise maker Epic Rights – a deal that itself came just three months after Warner acquired German merchandise and e-commerce company EMP for 180 million. of dollars.

Sony Music UK’s acquisition of Kontraband also follows last month’s deal in which Sony Music’s US merchandising division, The Thread Shop, acquired the Araca Group’s music merchandising division for an undisclosed sum.

Sony Music UK says the acquisition of Kontraband will enhance and strengthen its presence in “this growing sector of the music industry” and will see Kontraband working in conjunction with each of Sony Music’s labels and their artist rosters.

Kontraband will also work closely with The Thread Shop.

Following the acquisition, Kontraband will move from its Finsbury Park office in London to Sony Music’s headquarters in Kensington.

“We are constantly looking for ways to diversify our business and the acquisition of Kontraband allows us to help our artists enhance their brand and provide exciting new business opportunities.”

Nicola Tuer, Sony Music UK

Nicola Tuer, COO of Sony Music UK and Ireland, said: “We are constantly looking for ways to diversify our business and the acquisition of Kontraband allows us to help our artists enhance their brand and provide exciting new business opportunities. .

“Kontraband’s reputation has been made by approaching merchandise in innovative and creative ways and we look forward to continuing to bring this to artists on the Sony Music roster.”

Paul Entwistle, Kontraband

Paul Entwistle, Director of Kontraband added: “We are extremely excited to join the Sony Music family. From the beginning of our conversations, there was a very clear vision of the role the merchandise would play alongside their other services, so this is a huge opportunity for us to be able to fit into that framework.

“Kontraband’s reputation has been made by approaching merchandise in innovative and creative ways and we look forward to continuing to bring this to artists on the Sony Music roster.”The music industry around the world