Or eleven in the case of the Match of the Year Football tournament, which takes place on Thursday 9 March. This annual showdown will see two opposing teams of grown men hack each other to pieces in the ultimate quest for soccer glory. Their only motive: to win.
Last, but certainly not least in the advance sign-up list is The Big Friday Night Feast. Bringing the final curtain down on the whole conference, the Austrian-themed dinner is a last opportunity to break bread (and dip it in melted cheese) with fellow delegates, as we head to Bodo’s Schloss next to the hotel.
A hotspot for royals and rock stars alike, this unique Alpine ski lodge-style restaurant offers everything from schnitzels and fondue to après-ILMC cocktails. Delegates will be able to choose various options from a discounted £34 set menu, whilst networking galore thanks to some seriously long banqueting tables.
This event will provide the very first and last opportunity for you to socialise with fellow delegates whilst wearing lederhosen – at ILMC 29, at least.
Murder, mystery, intrigue; oodles of champagne, fine wines and exquisite cuisine; jaw-dropping magic and the industry’s finest all rubbing shoulders... it can only mean one thing: the ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Gala Dinner & Arthur Awards!
Two quick things regarding this year’s ILMC Gala Dinner... firstly, voting for the Arthurs ends this Friday, so if you haven’t already cast your vote, do spare a moment to head here and help decide whose hands those coveted little chaps will be going home in.
Secondly, tickets are moving faster than the TGV right now, so if you haven’t already booked your seat on ILMC’s luxury locomotive, now would be a very good time to sign up...
Like everything else in the business, the ILMC Gala Dinner doesn’t stand still for too long. This year, we’re moving to ever-more luxurious surroundings and one of London's grandest Victorian interiors.
Following a multimillion-pound refurbishment, the Grade-II listed 8Northumberland hotel features immaculately restored period details, including the magnificent Ballroom where the Gala Dinner takes place. The venue also offers more space, along with critically acclaimed cuisine and service.
With over 300 of the industry’s finest masterminds climbing aboard, the journey will commence with a champagne reception, followed by an outstanding five-star, four-course feast with a selection of fine wines to match.
World-renowned magician and TV celebrity Nigel Mead will be providing some unforgettable and mind-boggling entertainment, while the annual ILMC pop quiz will offer some instantly forgettable prizes.
As the evening hurtles towards its climax, the mystery of who will take home one of the coveted Arthur statuettes will finally be solved as conductress extraordinaire and mistress of ceremonies Emma Banks clips guests’ tickets and hosts the awards ceremony in her own inimitable style.
Date: Thursday 9 March 2017
Location: 8Northumberland, London, WC2N 5BY
Hosts: Mainland Music | Opus One Productions | Montreux Jazz Festival | Baloise Session
With more of the top names in the global concert and festival business signing up to provide this year's ILMC agenda with more revelatory plot twists than ever, we thought a quick update was in order...
On Wednesday 8 March, speakers already confirmed for the Festival Summit include Tom Windish (Paradigm Talent Agency), Stephan Thanscheidt (FKP Scorpio) and Sophie Lobl (C3 Presents) who join the Talent & tastemakers session; whilst Steve Homer (AEG Live), Jan Quiel (ICS Festival Service) and Nuno Sousa Pinto (Rock in Rio) will add to the discussion during the Franchises & new formats session. Meanwhile, Rob Challice (Coda), Ruth Barlow (Beggars Group), Lars-Oliver Vogt (Live Nation, DE) and Ben Challis (Glastonbury Festival), will be part of the team discussing Streaming & artist engagement.
On Thursday 9 March, Andrew Parsons (Ticketmaster), Rainer Appel (CTS Eventim) and Geraldine Wilson (Amazon Tickets) will participate in Ticketing: The survival plan; while Paul Ryan (UTA), André Lieberberg (Live Nation GmbH) and Jane Beese (Roundhouse) join Venue Summit: Industry relationships; and Tony Duncan (U2), Aline Renet (Prodiss), Professor Chris Kemp (MOM), and Simon Battersby (Showsec) add their expert voices to Safety & security.
For the full provisional line-up of all ILMC sessions and events, click here.