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Full ILMC 29 conference report goes live

The full report from last week’s 29th International Live Music Conference (ILMC) is now live on the ILMC site.

Featuring photos, delegate feedback and summaries of all conference sessions, showcases, workshops, parties and events, including the new Venue and Festival Summits and the tenth ILMC Production Meeting, the report – at 29.ilmc.com/report – serves as a comprehensive round-up of all the chilling goings-on at the murder mystery-themed event, which attended by more than 1,100 live music professionals from 7 to 10 March.

“Curious to know who was voted the second least offensive agent, or whose performance at the karaoke was bordering on criminal?,” says ILMC, “or what happened when Ed Bicknell met Paul McGuinness at The Breakfast Meeting? It’s all online here.”

A condensed report will also be published in issue 71 of IQ Magazine, which will hit your desks next month.

 


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ILMC 29 sells out

With exactly a week to go until kick-off, the 29th International Live Music Conference (ILMC) has sold out.

While all tickets have been snapped up for the main conference, a handful remain for the ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Gala Dinner, which takes place next Thursday at 8Northumberland Hotel and also includes the Arthur Awards – the live music industry’s equivalent of the Oscars.

A few tickets are also still available for the tenth ILMC Production Meeting (IPM), on Tuesday 7 March, and the Green Events & Innovations (GEI) conference on the same day.

“With the keenest investigators and most super sleuths in the business all heading to London, the scene is now set for a great edition,” says ILMC head Greg Parmley. “With both new Festival and Conference Summits, the mid-week format and a stellar line-up of guest speakers and discussion topics, we’re excited to open the doors next week.”

More than 1,100 live music professionals from 60+ countries will congregate at the Royal Garden Hotel in London from 8 to 10 March for ILMC 29.

“With the keenest investigators and most super sleuths in the business all heading to London, the scene is now set for a great edition”

This year’s highlights include the aforementioned Festival Summit 2017 and Venue Summit 2017, produced in partnership with key industry associations and operators; The Agency Business 2017, an annual update on the global artist booking sector; and The Think Tank series, featuring a trio of renowned industry figures.

Elsewhere, Ticketing: The survival plan will consider major global trends and the entrance of new deep-pocketed multinationals into the market, and The YouTubers: Money in millennials will look at the trend of vloggers developing touring and festival shows.

Direct Licensing: Rates, rights and wrongs draws together promoters, direct licensing agents and collection societies for a pan-European discussion on this recent, often controversial, development, and Elastic Artists: A cautionary tale sees Jon Slade tell the story of his London agency, which went into administration in late 2015.

Legendary artist manager Paul McGuinness, who managed U2 for more than 30 years, will be interviewed for the Breakfast Meeting, while workshops tackle Snapchat, Instagram, mental health, visas and immigration and grassroots venue activity.

A full conference programme, including the agendas for IPM 10 and GEI 9, is available from 29.ilmc.com.

 


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IPM turns 10 with most international edition yet

Production professionals from more than 25 countries will descend on London’s Royal Garden Hotel in under two weeks for the tenth ILMC Production Meeting (IPM), making it the most international event so far.

After moving to a separate venue in 2016, IPM will return to its traditional home on 7 March 2017, where its 200 delegates will share a substantially larger networking area with those of the Green Events and Innovations Conference (GEI), whose event runs parallel with IPM.

This year’s programme comprises four main panel topics – weather, welfare, suppliers and terror/security, full details of which can be found on the IPM website – along with a series of shorter ‘production notes’. These quick-fire sessions include The Production Office, which will see AEG Live’s Anna Golden and Production Solutions’ Keith Wood host an open Q&A to share their experiences working in the industry; Top Trumps & Brexperts, which covers challenges for touring crews in a post-Brexit/Trump world; and What3Words, in which the company’s CEO, Chris Sheldrick, explains how the system can precisely and simply communicate locations.

A full list of delegates, updated weekly, is also on the IPM site.

“With a great mix of international delegates and panellists from a wide range of specialities, we are confident the panel discussions alone will be something not to miss out on”

IPM’s Carl AH Martin comments: “This is our tenth year of IPM, and it is now a format widely copied throughout the world. Throughout that time we have covered a myriad of subjects, some of which get repeated as solutions to problems improve.

“This year we want to go forward with an IPM-led initiative that would be open to the whole industry, thus helping newcomers and those of us a wee bit more experienced to share knowledge. Initial reaction has been very positive and we look forward to telling you more on the day.”

IPM producer Sytske Kamstra adds: “With a great mix of international delegates and panellists from a wide range of specialities, we are confident the panel discussions alone will be something not to miss out on. On top of that I am very pleased to be bringing the IPM delegates back into the ILMC headquarters in an even larger conference room with additional networking opportunities, including GEI, ILMC and Yourope members.”

 


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