Festival Summit: Talent & tastemakers
Room 3 | 17:00 – 18:00 | Wednesday
Chair: Greg Lowe, United Talent Agency (UK)
Do festivals build new bands or do new bands build festivals? With thousands of performance spaces across hundreds of markets, festivals offer a plethora of stages for emerging artists. But aside from a few notable exceptions, are they effective at breaking bands? In the annual race to present the hottest, coolest, brightest new talent, can promoters survive without both a festival and touring arm, and is the traditional club circuit still the best development route? A cross-industry panel of management, agents, promoters and label discuss the role of festivals as talent incubators and tastemakers.
Jonny Dawson, ATC Management (UK)
Sophie Lobl, C3 Presents (US)
Stephan Thanscheidt, FKP Scorpio (DE)
Tom Windish, Paradigm Talent Agency (US)
Chair's Biog | Greg Lowe
Greg joined United Talent Agency (formerly The Agency Group) in 2012. He represents numerous acts including Underworld, The Knife, Crystal Fighters, Glass Animals, and Phantogram. Prior to UTA, he was partly responsible for the growth of Elastic Artists where he undertook his first role as live agent and worked alongside the founders during the company’s birth. Lowe had previously been working as a music PR and journalist after graduating from Southampton University where he studied English. Lowe is married with a child and spends his spare time talking.
Speaker's Biog | Jonny Dawson
Jonny is a partner at ATC Management whose current roster includes Warpaint, Twin Shadow, Eves and Jennylee. He is also a consultant for The MFF, heading US activities. Jonny was previously the director/founder of Zoo Project Festival, which won a best small festival award at UK Festival Awards 2014.
Speaker's Biog | Sophie Lobl
Sophie works at C3 Presents on the booking teams for Bonnaroo and aggregates global festival offers with Live Nation. She worked at WME in both London and Los Angeles before moving to Austin. Sophie was born in London and went to Leeds University.
Speaker's Biog | Stephan Thanscheidt
Stephan Thanscheidt, born in 1977, is both the managing director of FKP Scorpio and head of festival booking, responsible for the programming of over 20 major open air-festivals across Europe from the company’s headquarters in Hamburg, Germany. FKP Scorpio has been in the event business since 1990, in which time it has organised a remarkable number of concerts, festivals and show productions that have been attended by millions of visitors. The company is one of the leading concert promoters in Germany with an annual revenue of €100million + and more than 100 employees. FKP Scorpio also operates an office in Sweden (FKP Scorpio Sweden AB) and has a share in Friendly Fire B.V. (Netherlands), Arcadia Live GmbH (Austria), Beatbox Entertainment (Denmark) and Fullsteam Agency (Finland). Its main business sectors are festivals, tours in Germany and Europe, (Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons), events in Hamburg (Take That, Rammstein) and shows (‘BBC Planet Earth’, ‘Mother Africa’). FKP Scorpio are responsible for organising the most popular open-air festivals in Germany (Hurricane, Southside, Highfield, Deichbrand, Chiemsee Summer and M’era Luna, A Summer’s Tale); indoor festivals such as Metal Hammer Paradise and Rolling Stone Weekender; and 14 festivals in Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Switzerland and Austria (Where’s The Music, Indian Summer Festival, Greenfield Festival, Sideways Helsinki, Northside Festival, Best Kept Secret, Provinssi, Bråvalla Festival, Tinderbox, Kotkan Meripäiväareena and Nuke Festival), which together annually attract hundreds of thousands of music fans.
Speaker's Biog | Tom Windish
Tom founded The Windish Agency in 2004; growing the agency from his Chicago apartment with two employees to more than 80 employees with offices in six cities. The Windish Agency was a three-time winner of Pollstar's Independent Agency of the Year Award, and credited for the success of such acts as Lorde, alt-J, Diplo, and Tove Lo. In 2014, 2015, and 2016 Tom was included in Billboard’s Power 100, and was named one of Rolling Stone’s 50 Most Important People in EDM. In January of 201, Windish, along with electronic dance music powerhouse AM Only, merged with Paradigm Talent Agency. Along with their UK partner CODA, they’ve created an even more diverse and innovative roster, with artists dominating stages across the globe, and at major festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza and Electric Daisy Carnival. With the industry’s finest booking shows across the globe and creating opportunities for artists across all platforms, it is the beginning of a new kind of music agency.