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ILMC 32 agenda goes live!

With ILMC 32: The Game of Live due to kick-off five weeks today, the provisional agenda is now live. From agency, ticketing, investment and new touring markets, to greener touring, mental health, TikTok, 5G and eSports, ILMC 32 has more sessions than any other edition. If you're game, read on...


Day one at ILMC 32 sees opening session, The Open Forum: Universally challenged, take an in-depth look at the past 12 months in the business, while in Urban Legends: Hip-hop on top we'll examine the pro's and cons of urban music and its meteoric rise in popularity. The Global Marketplace: Games without frontiers looks at emerging touring opportunities in new regions, and Industry Investment: High stakes considers the influx of finance to the business, and its wider effects. 

The impact of mobile phones on stage design and marketing are discussed in Insta-generation: Live through a lens; the Cancellation Insurance workshop details some important recent updates in the space, and the Greener Touring workshop, outlines new initiatives and tools to make shows more sustainable. Market Focus: Abu Dhabi presents the many opportunities that are opening up in this burgeoning region, and Wednesday is capped with a particularly exciting The (Late) Breakfast Meeting, details of which will be announced shortly.

Confirmed chairs and speakers include:Paul LathamClaire O’Neill, A Greener Festival; Raye Cosbert, Metropolis Music; Jackie Wilgar, Live Nation; Tim Thornhill & Gary Brooks, Tysers; Michael Hosking, Midas Promotions; Ed Bicknell, Damage Mgmt; Alex Hill, AEG; and Gordon Masson & Jon ChappleIQ Magazine.

Click here to see Wednesday's agenda in full.


Day two of ILMC includes main room discussions 2020 Vision: The ten-year view, which predicts the changing world around live over the next decade, while Ticketing: The price is right examines the future of ticketing in a purely mobile space, and the day wraps up with Promoter & Agent Blind Date as our contestant agents and promoters attempt to find their perfect business partner.

The Agency Business 2020 gets into the details of artist development, Brand Partnerships: Owning the label considers the ongoing evolution of the artist brand, and the popular quick-fire presentations of innovations and ideas return in New Technology: Pitch it to win it. Touring Entertainment: Game for a show profiles the latest non-music and family entertainment shows, and Festival Forum: Booking & exclusivities gets into the dealmaking process. 

Thursday also sees The Venue Summit 2020, a day of venue-related topics held mostly at The Baglioni Hotel. Venue’s Venue: New builds, new brands looks at consolidation and big new builds; Citizen venue looks at the responsibilities - both locally and environmentally - of contemporary venues; Safety & security sees an update on recent security threats, training and pay, and Alternative content straddles eSports, drone racing and more. 

Also on Thursday, Dragons’ Den returns after a hiatus; Merchandise: New threads highlights new products, models and revenues; we look at the huge inbound potential of 5G; and Production Catch Up gives a roundup of all the key topics and points raised at IPM 2020. 

Confirmed chairs and speakers include:
Carl A H Martin, IPM; Lucy Levitt, Kilimanjaro Live; Christoph Scholz, Semmel Concerts; John Langford, European Arena Association/AEG; Sophie Lobl, C3 Presents, Professor Chris Kemp, MOM Consultancy; Jeremy Paterson, IF Media; Steve Machin, FanDragon Technologies; Chris Carey, TicketSwap; Rauha Kyyrö, Fullsteam; Alex Bruford, ATC Live; and James Drury, ILMC.

Click here to see Thursday's agenda in full.


ILMC’s Friday schedule takes place under the name Futures Forum with an additional invited delegation of young executives. Panel topics include Meet the New Bosses in which four execs outline their trajectories to success, while Mental Health: Next steps for live looks at how much more the industry can do to support its workforce. OK, Boomer: Closing the generation gap sees senior and junior execs get together to compare notes, and Global Touring: Stepping up internationally discusses touring in new markets.

Workshop sessions throughout the day include Ticket of the futureGetting smart about digital marketingAssertiveness & effectiveness at work and Life after your star act, and to wrap up the ILMC and Futures Forum, we'll see another VIP put under the spotlight in The Futures Forum Keynote. Details of which will be announced shortly.

All registered ILMC delegates can attend Futures Forum, while members are also encouraged to send their younger colleagues along and take advantage of the subsidised day pass (more info here). 

Confirmed chairs and speakers include:
Jo Young, Ticketmaster; Lou Champion, Festival Ticketing Expert; Bonita McKinney, Ticketmaster; Karma Bertelsen, Kilimanjaro Live; Kelly Bennaton, DHP Family; Prince Laryea, Shift Coaching; and Stacey Pragnell, ATC Live.

Click here to see Friday's agenda in full.

Early-bird rate ending tomorrow!

ILMC’s early-bird rate ends tomorrow at 18:00 GMT, so there’s precisely 30 hours left to save on the price of attending the world’s favourite live music business conference.  

Overseas members can still make the most of favourable exchange rates, thanks in part due to Brexit. And with no change to visa or immigration systems until long after this year’s ILMC, London remains as accessible as ever. 

An ILMC registration includes access to all panels, presentations, networking areas and most events; an invitation list restricted to the industry’s top movers and shakers; five-star lunches and tea & coffee breaks; reduced hotel rates; entry to shows across London during ILMC, and much more. 

Click here to register

More ILMC 32 sessions

Before the full provisional agenda goes live next week, here’s a preview of two more sessions on the schedule…


With an Instagram-ideal vertical stage having launched last year, and show design increasingly influenced by the ubiquitous presence of mobile phones at events, The Insta-Generation: Live through a lens asks whether live is now a slave to the camera lens? Discussing the merits and pitfalls of digital’s impact on live music, Live Nation’s Jackie Wilgar leads a lineup of marketing, promoting and production specialists on Weds 4 March, to discuss working for the Insta-Generation. 



On Friday 6 March, ATC Live’s Stacey Pragnell chairs Mental Health: Next steps for live. With mental wellness now a central topic of discussion within the business, and as both institutions and individuals begin to put their mental health first, how can the industry continue to build on this momentum? From addressing the 24/7 working culture; to safety nets, services and spaces for those in need, the support network that’s needed is still in its infancy. An invited panel of guests consider the next best steps to safeguard our workforce

The Arthurs: Have you voted?

Voting for the live music industry’s Oscars is still open, and all ILMC members and IQ Magazine readers are eligible to take part. Who’ll take home the coveted statuettes in categories such as top agent, promoter, venue, festival, ticketer, assistant, new boss, and professional?

A host of the industry’s top professionals and events are up for awards, and YOU decide who’s most worthy. If you haven’t already taken part, click here to potentially make someone's year... Our virtual polls close on Friday 14 February at 18:00 GMT.

And to be in the room when it all takes place, tickets are available for the Arthur Awards Winners’ Dinner, which takes place at the opulent Sheraton Grand Park Lane on Thursday 5 March. Click here for more info about this event or to attend.

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