The ILMC 29 agenda is now live. We’re saving one or two announcements for future eNews, but the majority of the sessions are now live online and can be accessed here.
WEDNESDAY 8 MARCH
With ILMC’s new midweek format, the first full day of the conference and the official opening is Wednesday 8 March. The morning of which kicks off with The Open Forum: The big round-up as an all-star cast discuss the key issues in the business.
YouTubers: Money in millennials looks at the trend of vloggers developing touring and festival shows; The Fan: The social overload? takes a look at current trends in digital marketing; while New Technology: Digital discovery profiles the latest innovations from VR to blockchain and beyond; and New Delegates' Orientation provides a quick overview of ILMC for delegates new to the conference.
Also on Wednesday, The Festival Summit 2017 presents a day of sessions in partnership with Yourope. Topics include franchises and new formats; streaming and artist engagement; the role of festivals in breaking new artists; and new income streams from VIP and premium ticketing.
On the workshop front that day, dedicated topics include mental health (hosted by new organisation musicsupport.org), and the first of two new booking workshops looking at show contracts and cancellation.
Chairs include: Phil Bowdery, Live Nation (UK); Natasha Bent, Coda Agency (UK); Dan Steinberg, Emporium Presents (US); Steve Machin, .Tickets (UK); Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt, IMMF; and Greg Lowe, United Talent Agency (UK).
THURSDAY 9 MARCH
Thursday at ILMC begins with The Emerging Markets Place: Territorial investigationsin an all-new presentation format, followed by our main-room discussion Ticketing: The survival plan, which considers major global trends across the market.
Jon Slade presents Elastic Artists: A cautionary tale, telling the dramatic story of his London agency and the pitfalls of running a business when things go wrong. Direct Licensing: Rates, rights and wrongs draws together promoters, direct licensing agents and collection societies for a pan-European discussion, and Tales from the Front Linewinds up the day with an hour of tall touring tales and laughs.
Thursday also includes the Venue Summit 2017 with a day of sessions on topics including safety and security; key international data and trends; and the evolution of wider industry relationships.Replacing the traditional Dragon’s Den format, ILMC 29 introduces a new series called TheThink Tank, a conversation between industry favourites Herman Schueremans, Andrew Zweck and Bryan Grant on randomly selected topics.
Meanwhile, Thursday workshops include planning for grassroots and mid-level venues; visas and immigration; and a booking workshop on cancellation.
Chairs include: Brian Kabatznick, AEG Facilities (UK); Fruzsina Szép, Lollapalooza Berlin (DE); Tim Chambers, TJ Chambers Consultancy (UK); Lucy Noble, Royal Albert Hall (UK); Jon Slade, Elasticine (UK); Michal Kaščák, Pohoda Festival (SK); and Jon Webster, MMF (UK).
FRIDAY 10 MARCH
The final day of ILMC launches with The Breakfast Meeting hosted by renowned raconteur Ed Bicknell - an indepth interview uncovering the life and views of one very special industry figure. We’ll be revealing who’ll take the hot-seat in 2017 in a separate announcement shortly.
Later that morning, a new regular session, The Agency Business 2017, discusses the latest updates and moves in the agency world, and Family Entertainment: The generation game presents the best non-music touring products on the market. Finally, The ILMC 29 Autopsy feedback session wraps it all up.
Chairs include: Xenia Grigat, Beatbox Booking (DK); Olivier Toth, Rockhal (LU); Ed Bicknell, Damage Management (UK); Christoph Scholz, Semmel Concerts (DE); and Greg Parmley, ILMC (UK).
View Friday’s full agenda and schedule here.
ILMC and IPM's early-bird delegate rates ends this Friday 20 January at 18:00 GMT, so if you haven’t already signed up to investigate the mysteries of the live music business or live music production this year, there’s still time to save yourself a few quid.
An ILMC registration includes all conference panels (including the new Festival and Venue Summits); five-star lunches and complimentary refreshments; access to most events; reduced room rates at the Royal Garden Hotel; inclusion in the ILMC Networking Scheme, and a host of other elements. And that extra £50 can be put to great use in the bar… If you haven’t already signed up, you can register here.
IPM will see around 250 production professionals gather the day before ILMC, on Tuesday 7 March, in a new, larger space within the Royal Garden Hotel.
All ILMC members are welcome to attend and IPM includes the Production Notes presentations of new ideas and innovations, a buffet lunch, refreshments and a closing party, in tandem with the Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI) held the same day.
Nothing captures the right degree of pomp like a firework display, and these increasingly popular and ever more spectacular displays are now a common addition to many open-air events and festivals. But what impact do these dazzling displays have on the environment?
These colourful explosives contain toxic agents such as gunpowder (to make them fly) and metallic compounds (to give them colour), and produce harmful, often carcinogenic fumes and toxins that shower the planet, polluting its soil and waters, and negatively impacting the air that we earthlings breathe.
Chaired by Aymeric Lecomte, festival auditor for A Greener Festival, the session will break new ground as it considers the very real impact that fireworks have on the planet and what is being done to reduce this environmental impact.
The session will introduce a number of brand new innovations that are being developed as less dangerous and less destructive alternatives to traditional firework displays.
Aymeric became passionate about festivals and events after being thrown into event-planning whilst studying for a degree in engineering. He has since completed an MSc in Festival Management, and more recently commenced a research degree in relation to the leadership of sustainable festivals.
As festival auditor for A Greener Festival, Aymeric has assessed a variety of events from Glastonbury Festival to urban Bona Nit Barcelona. He uses these experiences to continuously learn and meet like-minded people with whom he can help create fun events in a respectful way for both people and the natural environment.