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Live Nation Sweden's Anna Sjölund, Coda's Natasha Bent and ILMC founder Martin Hopewell were among those who took home the live music industry Oscars
By IQ on 14 Mar 2018
For more than two decades, the Arthur Awards, the live music industry’s Oscar equivalents, have been handed out during ILMC – and last week’s ‘Close Encounters of the 30th Kind’ anniversary event was no exception, with the brightest stars of the concert business taking a host of UFOs (unidentified f—ing objects) back to their own galaxies.
Taking place for the second year in the sumptuous surroundings of 8Northumberland, the Gala-ctic Dinner & Arthur Awards saw 350 interstellar travellers don their best spacesuits and set a course for an evening of mirth, merriment and glittering gongs.
On entertainment duties were host Emma Banks, who returned to captain the USS ILMC, and Whitney Houston tribute act Belinda Davids, who gave stirring renditions of ‘I Will Always Love You’ and ‘One Moment in Time’.
Also returning to the stage was Rock Werchter founder and 2017 Bottle Award winner Herman Schueremans, who presented the Bottle Award 2018 to ILMC’s founder, Martin Hopewell. Hopewell – who believed he would be, as usual, presenting the Bottle Award – was instead its recipient, and received a standing ovation from the audience (after tearing up the now-useless speech he’d prepared for the ‘winner’).
Notably, all Arthurs for individuals – the awards for best assistant, professional services, new talent, agent and promoter – were won by women. The ceremony, on Thursday 8 March, coincided with International Women’s Day.
To view a photo gallery of the evening, visit flic.kr/s/aHskuAJjEp.
A full list of Arthur Awards 2018 winners is below.
Venue (First venue to come into your head)
The O2, London (UK)
Production services (Services above and beyond)
Professional services (Most professional professional)
Gillian Park, MGR Touring
Festival (Liggers’ favourite festival)
Ticketing (The golden ticket)
Assistant (The people’s assistant)
Eliza-Jane Oliver, AEG Presents
New business talent (Tomorrow’s new boss)
Anna-Sophie Mertens, Live Nation
Agent (Second least offensive agent)
Natasha Bent, Coda
Promoter (The promoters’ promoter)
Anna Sjölund, Live Nation Sweden
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