Ticketmaster Australia is proud to announce that Kane Kete, Client Development Manager – Major Events, Promoters & Music Venues, has made this year’s IQ Magazine LGBTIQ+ List. 

IQ’s diverse list celebrates LGBTIQ+ professionals from all around the globe who are impacting the international live music business and beyond. All of this year’s top 20, are nominated by the readers of IQ and are verified by an esteemed steering committee.

Aside from being a proud gay man, Kane is also a proud New Zealand Māori who has descended from the iwi (tribe) of Ngati Maniapoto. Across more than 14 years at Ticketmaster, Kane has worked his way through a range of positions starting in the Box Office, through to Event Programming, Client Management and Artist Services. 

Kane’s profile for IQ Magazine is featured in the most recent issue of IQ’s Pride Magazine, and we’ve included it below.

Tell us about the professional feat you’re most PROUD of in 2023 so far.
2023 has been a monster year already here in Australia. Working on the delivery of massive stadium tours such as Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran, and Red Hot Chili Peppers over the summer, as well as getting stadium tours including Pink, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, and Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe up and on sale recently. 

Name one queer act you’re itching to see live this year.
I don’t know if I could choose just one – I would love to tick off Red (aka Christine and the Queens). Orville Peck, girl in red, and Arlo Parks – I would jump at the chance of seeing them again and would love to see a Kim Petras headline tour in Australia. Closer to home for those who aren’t easily shocked, Big Wett always puts on an eye-opening show! 

In terms of challenges in the industry, what’s currently keeping you up at night?
Being hyper-focused on providing best-in-class service to our venue clients. That’s what I’m passionate about. 

Name one thing you’d like to see the live music business change.
I would love to see more collaboration among all of the players that it takes to plan a tour in order to maximise results for fans and artists. 

Do you support any LGBTIQ+ causes? 

Black Rainbow. A First Nations organisation that’s working to enact positive change to the health and well-being of the queer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.