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Swiss Showcase Confirmed for ILMC 29

A second showcase in our Testing 1 to 3 series has been added to the ILMC schedule, presented by Act Entertainment & ABC Productions and in association with Deepdive Music. Taking place at lunchtime on Thursday 9 March, Testing 1 to 3: The Swiss Session will see four of Switzerland’s finest acts take the stage.

The showcase is timed so that delegates can enjoy the full five-star Royal Garden lunch spread before stealthily making their way next door for fondue and a complimentary glass or two, in order to sharpen up their powers of deduction ready for the afternoon sessions.

Artists scheduled to perform include pop quartet Baba Shrimps, singer-songwriter Veronica Fusaro, rock outfit Death By Chocolate and rising stars The Souls.

Click here for more information about the event including the bands' most popular tracks and videos.

ILMC 29 Agenda Goes Live

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.


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 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). 

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 Rate Change This Friday!

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 yearthere’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. 

Full event info, including all announced panels, is here. Register at the same time as signing up for ILMC, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to add IPM to your booking

GEI Session Announced: Fireworks at Events

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.

There's Still Time to Vote for The Arthurs

Have you cast your vote for the Arthur Awards 2017 yet? For over two decades, the live music industry's Oscar equivalents have been handed out during ILMC's flamboyant Gala Dinner. The winners are decided by a voting pool of over 4,000 of the world’s leading concert business professionals. And if you’re receiving this email, it means that you are eligible to vote.

The awards honour this year’s industry favourites in the fields of promoting, festivals, agency, venues, new business talent, professional services, ticketing, production services and assistants. Finally, the pinnacle of proceedings is The Bottle Award, where we honour one special hero for their outstanding contribution to the live music industry.

Our virtual polling booth is open until Friday 17 February, but you can cast your vote now by clicking here.

The Arthur Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 8 March during The 'Murder on the Orient Express' Gala Dinner, which this year will be held at the prestigious8Northumberland. For more information or to buy a ticket, click here.