The New York-based company produces dance music events around the world, including Tomorrowland, Electric Zoo and Life in Color. It also operates Beatport, an online music store that sells electronic dance songs.
SFX Entertainment priced its IPO at $13 per share. The stock is down $2.05, or 16 per cent, to $10.95 in afternoon trading.
The company says it will use the money it raised to pay for acquisitions. Its shares are trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker symbol "SFXE."