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More players join the Game of Live

Another week, another list of splendid industry luminaries and leaders lined up for a soon-to-be sold-out International Live Music Conference…
On Thursday 5 March, Summer Marshall (CAA) and Promoter 101 host Dan Steinberg (Emporium Presents) will be looking for their perfect business relationship in Promoter & Agent Blind Date, while Roberta Medina (Better World/Rock In Rio), Stephan Thanscheidt (FKP Scorpio), and Jon Mclldowie (Festival Republic) join Festival Forum: Booking & exclusivities.

Marie Lindqvist (Stockholm Live); talent buyer and agent Stefan Lohmann; and Sara Lamik (Tauron Arena Kraków) join Venue Summit: Citizen venue, whilst Liz Madden (NoNonsense Group) co-hosts the Production Catch Up workshop. And that morning, the 5G workshop includes O2’s head of sponsorship Gareth Griffiths, and SVP of IT for AEG Europe, David Jones.

On Wednesday 4 March, Jessica Koravos (Really Useful Group/OVG) chairs Industry Investment: High stakesCaroline Simionescu-Marin (WME), Sacha Lord (Parklife/The Warehouse Project), and Max Lee (Earth Agency) are confirmed for Urban Legends: Hip-hop on top; and Rafael Giménez-Amaya (Sold Out), and Jon Drape (Engine No.4) join Insta-Generation: Live through a lens.

The full conference agenda can be viewed here.

Last call for New Tech pitches

A perennial favourite of ILMC is the new tech session, which sees a series of companies pitch their invention, innovative product or game-changing piece of kit to the assembled crowd.

This year’s session - New Technology: Pitch it to win it - takes place on Thursday 5 March, and there’s one remaining slot available. So if you have an industry-improving widget, concept, or thingamabob, and would like eight minutes to present it to the global live music business, click here to get in touch.

Deadline for Globetrotters Guide approaching

ILMC 32’s Globetrotters’ Conference Guide goes to print this week, so if you’ve not already registered and would like to ensure your details are included with the cream of the international live music business, you have until 18:00 GMT on Friday.

Passes are leaving ILMC Towers as quick as ever, and the conference is less than a month away... so if you want to come on down... Click here to secure your place:

To see who you'd be rubbing shoulders with, the current delegate list is here.

ILMC 32: Latest speakers announced

With guest speakers lining up across the ILMC schedule, here’s a quick taster of some of those taking part…

On Wednesday 4 March, Emma Banks (CAA), Pino Sagliocco (Live Nation Spain), Ashish Hemrajani (Book My Show) and Phil Rodriguez (Move Concerts) will take the stage for The Open Forum: Universally challenged; AEG Europe CEO and president Alex Hill and Matthias C. Just of M&A specialists Mayland AG both take part in Industry Investment: High stakes; and The Global Marketplace session sees participation from John Lickrish (Flash Ent.), Cindy Wilson (Live Talentos), Tommy Jinho Yoon (ICA), Isabelle Messer (GLP) and Dennis Argenzia (Live Nation Asia).

On Thursday 5 March, Debbie Ward (Paradigm) and Francesca Blackburn (WME) join Brand Partnerships: Owning the labelBrian Kabatznick (Oak View), Tom Lynch (ASM Global), David Davies (Live Nation) and Thomas Ovesen (Diriyah Gate Development Authority) take part in Venue’s Venue: New builds, new brands; and Arnold Bernard (Harlem Globetrotters) and Nicolás Renna (Proactiv) sit in on Touring Entertainment: Game for a show. Also that day, Lucy Fenner (Alexandra Palace), Emma Bownes (The O2) and Jenny Blomqvist (Stockholm Live) head up the Venue Summit: Alternative content session.

Friday 6 March is building an all-star line-up with Phil Bowdery & Anna-Sophie Mertens (Live Nation), Scott Mantell & Kevin Jergenson (ICM), and Maria May Jen Hammel (CAA) taking part in OK, Boomer: Closing the generation gapMatt Pickering-Copley (Primary Talent), Charly Beedell-Tuck (Solo Agency) & Marc Saunders (The O2) take part in Meet the New Bosses: Class of 2020; and Aino-Maria Paasivirta (Fullsteam Agency), Richard Mutimer (Paradigm) and Joe Hastings (Help Musicians) step up for Mental Health: Next steps for live

The full conference agenda can be viewed here.

If you haven’t already registered, this year’s edition is filling up fast. Click here to secure your place.

Wednesday eve at ILMC

Aside from the daytime meetings and networking, for many, it’s all about the evenings at ILMC, when new friendships are created, somewhat dubious memories are made, and expense accounts take something of a hammering.

Wednesday night kicks off with the WME Happy Hour from 18:00 – 19:00, which involves sixty minutes of complimentary booze and snacks with the WME team in The Park Terrace restaurant. Then follows The D-Factor Impact Party over the road at Clubino at The Baglioni Hotel, with three of the hottest emerging talents from the Netherlands, along with plenty of drinks and five-star bowl food from 18:45 - 21:30.

Back at the Royal Garden from 21:00, the ‘It’s a Copout’ impromptu game show is ILMC’s slightly DIY version of The Cube with some serious prizes up for grabs. The ‘Call My Bluff’ Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tourney is the annual showdown of bluff and bravado for charity, and from midnight the ‘It’s a Knockout!’ Table Football Cup takes place as teams of two battle it out for the world’s smallest trophy…

And that’s just Wednesday!