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Alia Dann Swift 1960 - 2017

ILMC’s long-time producer, Alia Dann Swift, passed away yesterday at her home in Melbourne, Australia. Alia was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer in early April and had spent the last few weeks being cared for by her husband, Steve. She was 57.

alia small“She was the best,” says CAA’s Emma Banks. “A beautiful human being, a great friend, a smart and an inspiring woman.”

Prior to joining the International Live Music Conference (ILMC) as producer in 2000, Alia had worked in a variety of production roles, including tour management, production coordinator and artist liaison for artists including Paul McCartney, David Gilmour, Sparks, UB40, M People, Peter Gabriel and REM.

Alia was part of the team that brought Roger Waters and David Gilmour together for Live 8 in 2005, and she played in a key role in the inception of 'Lord of the Dance', a touring production that went on to tour successfully worldwide for nearly two decades.

“Alia was renowned for her warmth, her tireless support of those around her, a perennial sense of humour and a no-nonsense approach,” says ILMC head Greg Parmley. “She was a widely loved and respected figure in the touring world who will be deeply and entirely missed.”

Her role at ILMC was instrumental in both managing and growing the conference, and her tenure also saw the launch of 'IQ Magazine' and the ILMC Production Meeting (IPM). She produced ILMC until 2014, and consulted on the event in 2015.

“Without Alia there would be no ILMC now,” says ILMC founder Martin Hopewell. “A handful of years into the conference’s long history, she stepped up to take on the job of making it work at a time when the organisation behind the event had fallen apart and I had almost given up hope of finding a way to continue.

“Alia pretty well single-handedly redesigned the way ILMC was put together, and became a major driving force in steering the conference towards the status that it now occupies. She was quite literally the mother of the conference, and every single one of us owes her a debt.

“I will miss Alia’s super-human organisational skills, her almost limitless patience, her way of gently keeping me in check, her unfathomable sense of humour – and her disturbing ability to look glamorous in a cow costume. But overall I will miss having that wonderful, caring person in my life – one of the best friends and allies I have ever known.”

David Garcia at DEAG adds: “She was the first person I ever spoke to at an ILMC many, many years ago. She encouraged me back then, not to be intimidated by all the experienced professionals and to speak up. It’s advice I have followed all those years and will now forever be linked to the memory of this beautiful soul. I am very sad.”

ILMC is inviting friends and colleagues to contribute to a permanent page on the this website. If you would like to submit a few words, memories or thoughts, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To read Alia's full obituary.

ILMC Sells Out

With over 1,100 of the world's most perceptive investigators heading to ILMC 29 to put the live music industry under a magnifying glass, the event is now completely sold out.
If you didn't register in time and would still like to attend, we are operating a reserve waiting list for any last-minute cancellations. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to add yourself to the list.
While all ILMC delegate passes have been snapped up, a few first-class tickets remain for The ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ Gala Dinner & Arthur Awards. To climb aboard with 350 live music industry VIPs for an evening of unparalleled luxury in one of the most exquisite Victorian ballrooms in London, click here or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Once this train fills up, there won't be another one along for 12 months...

ILMC 29 App Goes Live!

As your handy digital guide to all things ILMC 29, the mobile app allows you to build a personalised conference schedule; browse comprehensive speaker biogs and photos, and get an up-to-the-minute schedule of all sessions, events and criminal activities. And all in a tiny digital format, small enough to fit inside the pocket of your detective raincoat.

The app is brought to you by those clever folks at Greencopper, purveyors of apps, widgets and other innovative technologies for musical events.

If you downloaded the app last year, you will need to update it. To download it for the first time, search for ‘ILMC’ on Apple's App Store or Google Play. Or just hit the relevant link below...

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IPM 10 in Less Than 10 Days

Tension is building, as the IPM - now celebrating its tenth year - prepares to swing open its gaffa tape-covered, flight-case chipped doors to 200 or so of the finest production professionals that the live music industry has to offer.

With less than seven days to go and with the programme finalised, all that's left for you to do is register, if you haven't already that is. Do it now. We don't mind waiting.

Click here to see the programme of events, and click here to register.

Still Time to Join GEI 9

Also about to open its doors (built from sustainably sourced wood) is the Green Events and Innovations Conference, which takes place the day before the ILMC starts, and runs concurrent with IPM.

With topics such as climate change, event sustainability, sustainable set design, and the environmental impact of pyrotechnics slated for discussion, you'd be a green fool to miss it.

More information is available here. Or to register, click here.