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First conference sessions announced for ILMC 31

Industry leaders in sectors including festivals, ticketing and venues have been confirmed for key live music business debates at next March's ILMC

By IQ on 12 Dec 2018

Clockwise from top left: Lucy Noble, Dom Hodge, Codruța Vulcu, Dany Hassenstein, Jessie Merwood, Tim Chambers

From top left: Lucy Noble, Dom Hodge, Codruța Vulcu, Dany Hassenstein, Jessie Merwood, Tim Chambers

The organisers of the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) have announced the first round of conference sessions for the 31st edition.

More than 1,000 of delegates from across the live music business are expected to attend the 5–8 March 2019 event, where discussion topics will range from the fan experience at festivals to broader questions of investment in the business.

“Beyond Brexit – which will inevitably feature – the global live music business has a lot to discuss in March,” says ILMC head Greg Parmley. “This first round of conference sessions sets the tone for the ILMC week and with much more in the pipeline, 2019 is set to be a banner edition.”

Sessions include Ticketing: Selling out is losing out, chaired by Tim Chambers (TJ Chambers Consultancy) which considers whether, in an age of dynamic pricing, slow ticketing, always-on ticketing and a dizzying array of ticket types, it’s time for artists and promoters alike to lose their obsession with sell outs.

With two major European acquisitions alone this week, Industry Investment: The power brokers is a timely session, which examines how the flood of investment is reshaping the industry it’s flowing into – and whether the price paid may eventually be too high for all – chaired by Simkins LLP’s Jessie Merwood.

“Beyond Brexit, the global live music business has a lot to discuss in March”

Festival Forum: Fan first? asks whether in the clamour to claw back ever-escalating artist fees and turn a profit, festivals are in danger of turning off their patrons, chaired by ARTmania’s Codruța Vulcu and Paléo Festival Nyon’s Dany Hassenstein.

Frukt’s Dom Hodge leads Partnerships: I’m with the brand which discusses what the next decade will bring for brand activation at festivals and larger events, marketing the brand in the ever-evolving digital space, and how the relationship with the fan is expected to change.

Royal Albert Hall’s Lucy Noble, meanwhile, stirs this year’s melting pot of topics in The Venue’s Venue: Close-up magic, which includes exclusive venue data, diversification of programming, innovation and pre-show entertainment.

The full ILMC agenda will be published in January, with full information about the conference available online at 31.ilmc.com.

Companies supporting ILMC’s 2019 edition include Live Nation, Ticketmaster, CTS Eventim, DEAG, Showsec, MOJO Rental, WME Entertainment, eps, Commerzbank Arena, Eyellusion, Feld Entertainment and Buma Cultuur.


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