Thursday 5 March sees a day-long strand of sessions, the ILMC Venue Summit, which will mostly take place at The Baglioni, ILMC’s new second site. The summit kicks off at 10:00 at the Royal Garden Hotel with:
Venue’s Venue: New builds, new brands.
With a slew of new buildings announced, and the corporate landscape continuing to change, the venue market is evolving faster than ever. With the merger of AEG and SMG, and ongoing international expansion plans by US-based venue chains, what’s the impact on the rest of the live music business? Will artists be restricted by turf wars and multinational allegiances, or will the touring map continue to grow for the benefit of all? AEG Facilities’ John Langford chairs this popular session.
Ticketing: The price is right
Later that day (14:00 – 15:15), ILMC’s James Drury leads this year’s ticketing session. The shift to mobile ticketing has brought a seismic shift in what a ticket is and what it can do. As the ticket evolves from being purely a token for entry into a method of communication around a mobile device, what does this mean for ticket companies, technology suppliers, promoters, and ultimately – the fans? Impacting social and digital marketing, apps, location-based services, and, of course, the tenacious spectre of resale, the impact is considerable. So just how is ticketing set to change over the next five years, and how can promoters, agents, venues and ticketers stay ahead of the curve?
The Arthur Awards Winners’ Dinner – the live music industry’s best-loved awards ceremony – takes place on Thursday 5 March. To rub tuxedo’d shoulders with 350 of the industry’s finest, there is still time to get your finger on the buzzer and grab yourself a place at a table.
Taking place in the absurdly glamorous surroundings of the Sheraton Grand Park Lane and including a champagne reception, five-star cuisine, the finest wines known to mankind, plus entertainment, the whole affair will be compèred by the fabulous Miss Emma Banks, who is back due to unprecedented demand.
So if you want to see the top promoter, agent, venue, festival and more receive take possession of one of the highly coveted statuettes, register now. Don’t leave it too late, as this event always sells out in advance.
Individual and (a few) table tickets are now available. Click here for more info.
The full ILMC agenda will be announced in the coming weeks, but here’s a quick taster of the first couple of sessions already lined up…
The Agency Business 2020
On Thursday 5 March, The Agency Business 2020 will see an invited panel of top agents consider recent strategies for both emerging and established artists. With streaming booming; labels back at full strength; and the digital environment providing more but fragmented opportunities, how is artist development keeping pace? And, navigating exclusivities, promoter allegiances, environmental concerns and competition from other interests, isn’t it harder than ever to forge a live career? The session is chaired by C3’s Sophie Lobl and IQ’s Gordon Masson.
Touring Entertainment: Game for a Show
The world of family shows and touring exhibitions is creative, vibrant, and consistently excites both fans and promoters. With recent editions of this ILMC panel being standing-room only, this year’s session takes place in a larger room to accommodate demand. Joined by an all-star cast and crew on Weds 4 March, Semmel’s Christoph Scholz and Lucy Levitt (Kilimanjaro Live) explore the key developments and brightest new spectacles across touring exhibitions, pop culture and family shows.
So, 2020… there’s a lot to be excited about in the forthcoming year, at least according to The Mobile Institute, who in 2014 predicted that both telepathy and teleportation would be possible this year. Meanwhile, in 1994, global think-tank RAND Corporation envisioned ape chauffeurs (like Uber but with primates), whilst Arthur C. Clarke anticipated flying houses (perhaps a nod to festival tents in high winds)…
While some of the 2020 prophecies may still seem a little silly, one prediction we can be confident about is that ILMC will sell-out in advance. And with the discounted early-bird rates due to expire in exactly two weeks… the countdown has truly begun.
All early-bird rates have been held at 2018’s prices, so if you register before 18:00hrs on the 22nd January, you’ll save enough for a few rounds at the ILMC bar, or that chimpanzee driver RAND promised you. The clock is ticking... to ensure you’re in the room with 1,200+ leading figures from the global live music business, click here to sign up.
After a successful debut in 2019, Futures Forum returns in 2020, welcoming live music’s brightest young stars to join all ILMC delegates on Friday 6 March.
Created and shaped by young professionals, Futures Forum is a one-day discussion and networking event that combines the people that currently define the business – ILMC delegates – with the next generation of live music industry leaders.
If you have younger team members (suggested age 30 and under) that would benefit from the host of mentor sessions, workshops, panels and networking scheduled throughout the day, please consider sending them along. ILMC is subsidising the cost of attending with early-bird passes currently just £79 and discounts for group bookings available.