Future’s acquisition of Blaze adds new shooting vertical and music events

futurePress Release: Future plc, the international media group and leading digital business, has acquired, for an undisclosed sum, the assets of Blaze Publishing. Blaze is a UK-based publisher and event organiser, which focuses on the shooting and music sectors through a combination of events, consumer magazines, trade publications and contract publishing.

The acquisition adds shooting as a new content vertical, broadens Future’s leading music events and publishing portfolio, further diversifying the Group’s revenue streams. Blaze owns the established music events The London Drum Show and The London Bass Guitar Show in addition to music magazines Acoustic, Bass Guitar, Drummer and iDrum.

Blaze’s shooting titles, a new vertical for Future, include Sporting Rifle, Clay Shooting, Airgun Shooter, Bow International, Gun Trade News and iShoot.