Team

Team Management Consulting Concerts & Touring Festivals Artists & Creation Business Operations Finance & Administration
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Reto Balz
Ticketing Manager
Concerts & Touring

As a frequent concert and festival visitor, I am passionate about music. After a stint in the banking world, I soon realised that I needed to return to the music business, to unforgettable moments, to drums and guitar riffs!

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André Béchir
Senior Advisor

In 1968, I organised my first concert: rebellion, music, and happy festival visitors drive me to continue to this day. One thing has become clear: music is my passion and my calling.

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Caroline Birrer
Office Manager
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Sarah Blum
Project Manager
Concerts & Touring

I’ll solve this case in any case.

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Barbara Burger
Manager Ticketing & Cashless
Festivals

I’ve been infected with festival fever since 1992 and am fascinated by the flexible interplay of the most varied disciplines. Work – leisure – colleagues – friends – family. True love!

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Sarah Christener
Artist Manager

I like punk and cats. But what I love even more is to work artists from all over Switzerland, to interact with their works, and to experience the emotions. To sum it up: Music above all, always.

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Philippe Cornu
Project Manager Festivals
Head of Events & Hospitality

In 1974, at the tender age of 14 while attending a Rolling Stones concert in Bern I realised: This will become my world! Organising concerts, bringing people together, creating collective experiences, spreading joy.

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Pascal Frei
Manager Marketing & Communications
Festivals

Whether the stage is small or large, whether I’m listening via headphones or loudspeakers, whether I’m at a festival, in a club, at home, or on the road: I’m always in search of the next musical revelation.

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Nora Fuchs
Head of Marketing & Communications
Festivals

That tingling feeling when the festival opens its doors, the first sounds from the stage, radiant faces and dancing people coming together. Goosebumps. Heightened awareness. That’s why I pour my heart and soul into this.

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Nadine Galli
Project Manager
Concerts & Touring

Addicted to music, concerts and all the beautiful mess around it since 2007!

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Monika Germani-Arnold
Accountant

OpenAir St. Gallen, since 1991, a major benchmark at barely 18 years of age. Juggling numbers is great fun in such a lively environment. A life without festivals, concerts, encounters – unimaginable!

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Daytona Häusermann
Booking Manager
Concerts & Touring

«It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice». – Scooter

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Priska Hettich
Head of Finance SG Office

A dancing, singing, happy wave of people moves my heart deeply. And exploring nature with my animals nourishes my soul. Typical bookkeeper!

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Christof Huber
Partner
Director Festivals

In 1993 a dream became true: I changed my career, joined the OpenAir St. Gallen, and turned my hobbies into my profession. The most beautiful aspect? The encounters with many great people from all over the world.

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Olivier Joye
Head of Booking
Concerts & Touring

Zero mistakes at the bike-riding exam, 100% positive reviews at the Ricardo auction site.

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Eric Kramer
Managing Partner
Director Business Operations

I began organising concerts while still in secondary school. It soon became apparent: I’ll turn this passion into my profession. In 1994, I founded the Gadget agency. The rest is history. A history full of passion!

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Bianca Krucker
Assistant Project Manager
Festivals

Concerts are very emotional events for me. It is nice to see how so many different people come together in this way.

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Brigitte Meier
Assistant Accountant

Numbers are my forte, and accounting offers a wide range of tasks. Performance indicators tell stories, as does music. I really enjoy working in such a diverse industry.

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Désirée Messmer
Manager Staff & Volunteers
Festivals

If I find myself in the midst of thousands of people surrounded by captivating music, I’m happy. To convey this feeling to others gives me the greatest joy.

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Andreas Mestka
Head of Production
Festivals

I am fascinated by the complexities of large-scale events. From the planning stages to the organisation to communicating with various players and our team members: it’s all there.

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Cindy Müller
Label Manager

Behind the scenes since 2001.

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Sherlyn Müller
Brand Partnership Manager

All these people with the same passion and all those incredible moments – I wouldn’t want to miss it.

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Tina Pilla
Ticketing Manager
Concerts & Touring

The moment a concert begins… Pure goosebumps. That’s why I love my job.

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Daniel Plüss
Head of Finance ZH Office
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Jeannette Riesen
Manager Marketing & Communications
Festivals

Music, events, and many emotions. That’s what I love!

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Pascal Rötheli
Production Manager Festivals
Event Manager

Punk rock and ska, these are my roots. Then came a few initial concerts, first on a small scale, then for clubs and festivals. My musical spectrum has become bigger, but the joy has remained.

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Oliver Rosa
Managing Partner
Director Artists & Creation

Around the turn of the millennium, Mike Skinner of The Streets rapped: “Let’s Push Things Forward”. The same kind of passion has driven me for the past 20 years. Because Skinner is also in on another secret: “None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive”.

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Lisa Rüegg
Administration
Festivals

After a trip around the world I joined the OpenAir St. Gallen, and shortly afterwards I quit again. A year and a half later, I successfully entered the music industry with Incognito Production. It’s been a long time.

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Jan Schönenberger
Reporting & Controlling

Music touches and connects people. I know that from my own experience as a player of the hammered dulcimer. To be a part of this creative process brings me great joy.

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Sandra Schweizer
Project Manager
Concerts & Touring

Standing in front of the stage, watching all those dancing and singing people celebrate together in a sold-out arena – what can be more beautiful than those unforgettable moments?

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Cyrill Stadler
Partner
Director Finance

Ever since the OpenAir St. Gallen has become a fixed part of my life in the early 1990’s, the music industry has taken a hold of me. A matter of the heart!

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Kevin Staffa
Head of F&B
Festivals

Being a beer sommelier by trade, it is my passion to take care of supplies. I also find lots of occasions for singing: rock concerts, a victory of Liverpool FC, or guitar in hand in front of an audience.

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Pascale Stöckli
Project Manager
Concerts & Touring

I’ll show you your favourite band’s favourite band.

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Marion Streit
Process Manager
Concerts & Touring

In 1995, the founders of Gadget allowed me to take a glance behind the scenes. I was immediately captivated. As promised, I returned to the Gadget team after a trip around the world, and I have been there ever since.

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Hanna Thurner
Project Manager
Concerts & Touring

Be nice.

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Chris Wepfer
Consultant Gadget Records
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Fabienne Wolfschläger
Head of Content
Festivals

Half of the streamings of The National are due to me, and the Sittertobel has been my home away from home since the tender age of 15. Also: a distinct weakness for quiet tones and goosebump moments under an open sky.

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Stefan Wyss
Partner
Director Concerts & Touring

As a child, I decided that I’d join the circus when I was grown up. I got close!

Who We Are

We are the largest fullservice agency in the Swiss music and event industry, organising and promoting concerts and festivals. We are committed to creating unforgettable live moments for a large, interested audience as well as to take up the careers of our artists in an early stage, develop them together and establish in a long term.

We may be many individuals, but we consider ourselves one team, working closely and passionately together to create a common vision. This is why our employees continuously hone their skills because it is the only way to jointly achieve greatness.

We believe in talents and the importance of individual advancement and encouragement. We are committed to accompanying young artists along their paths and are always there when questions arise.

As professional and trusted partners, the requirements of our stakeholders are close to our hearts. We are close to our employees, the audiences, the artists, and our business partners – at the pulse of life.

In this dynamic environment we act swiftly, always with the customer in mind and adhering to the highest standards of quality. Creativity and innovation are the pillars of our work.

We are committed to tolerance, acceptance, and cultural diversity. Everything we do is based on social responsibility and fairness towards our fellow human beings and our environment. To us, sustainability means to act in an ecologically, socially, and economically conscious fashion.

We see ourselves as ambassadors of an open Switzerland and a peaceful Europe. We support the solidarity among all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or origin.

Facts & Figures

  • Employees: 40
  • Company locations: Zurich, St.Gallen, Bern
  • Number of shows per year: approx. 500
  • Own festivals: 5 (Openair St.Gallen, SummerDays, Seaside Festival, Unique Moments, Radar Festival)

History

One thing is certain: our success story goes way back! It is the story of five protagonists who have found each other to join forces and unify their impressive experiences and passion together with a motivated team.

In 1968, André Béchir organised his first concert in the Swiss town of Winterthur. 50 years and 5000 concerts later, the man who founded abc Production in 2009 after the end of the Good News era has become Switzerland’s undisputed number one promoter legend. Today Béchir acts as Senior Adviser, contributing his incomparable knowhow to the new company that is based on the experiences of his five managing partners with a corresponding broad and high-quality array of expertise.

The first Openair St. Gallen took place in 1977. Christof Huber was 7 years old back then and never would have thought that someday he would decisively shape this legendary festival as its director. Based on his initiative, the Swiss Wepromote enterprises joined forces in 2015. Today, Huber manages the company’s festival activities in addition to managing Yourope, the Association of European Festivals. In 2007, his long-term companion Cyrill Stadler quit his banking career in order to dedicate his flair for numbers and quick wit for the benefit of the Swiss festival scene.

In 1994, Eric Kramer finished high school and immediately laid the foundation for today’s Gadget abc Entertainment Group of which he is the Business Director and Managing Partner. The agency soon became a management and booking leader. Due to the close cooperation with several Swiss musicians, it did not take long for the company’s very own label Gadget Records (including a publishing house) to follow suit, and first consulting mandates in the area of entertainment marketing came shortly afterwards. In 2005, the former club promoter and full-blooded event organiser Stefan Wyss joined the company, established the company’s live entertainment division and continuously expanded it, leading up to today’s role as manager of the Concert & Touring division. The corner stones for the new 360-degree business model were laid long before it even became “en vogue” in the industry.

Oliver Rosa, former manager of Warner Music Switzerland and founder as well as long-time producer of the Swiss Music Awards, joined Gadget in 2018. Together with Eric Kramer he acts as the company’s Managing Partner. He is the head of the Artists & Creation division that is not only dedicated to promoting the careers of a multitude of artists, but also makes use of Gadget’s enormous expertise in the areas of marketing, events, and hospitality.

The Berne office continues to benefit from many years’ worth of experience by Philippe Cornu who organised his first open air festival at the Schadaupark in Thun in 1986 and then moved on to organise the Gurtenfestival for 28 years. He also contributes his vast expertise in the areas of events and hospitality.

Finally, in early 2020, the companies that had been successfully cooperating under the Wepromote umbrella for several years (OpenAir St. Gallen, several other festivals as well as partner agencies among them) joined forces with Gadget and CTS Eventim. The European market leader as major shareholder contributed the business of the abc group to the new company that henceforth became known as Gadget abc Entertainment Group AG.

This completes the circle of the five partners and their long-term close associates. As industry experts in a variety of fields and passionate music fans, they are the new market leaders, committed to jointly providing musical experiences in the areas of live entertainment (shows & touring), festivals, artist management (including label & publishing), event management, hospitality, as well as brand partnerships (marketing, consulting, and activation).

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Jobs

Currently we have no job openings.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of our team. Currently we don’t have any open positions. However, you are still welcome to send us your unsolicited application to: jobs@gadget.ch

Contact

Zürich (main office)

Gadget abc Entertainment Group AG
Culmannstrasse 33
8006 Zürich | Switzerland

St.Gallen (branch office)

Gadget abc Entertainment Group AG
Heiligkreuzstrasse 9
9008 St. Gallen | Switzerland

Bern

Gadget abc Entertainment Group AG
Thunstrasse 17
3005 Bern | Switzerland