Festival Forum: The indestructibles?

Friday 6 March 2015
14:00 – 15:00
Room 2
Chair: Stephan Thanscheidt, FKP Scorpio (DE)

Has the festival market peaked? And as consolidation ups the pace of competition in many countries, are the summer playing fields no longer level? With headliners getting scarcer and some identifying a move in public taste back towards concerts, it’s tough to be in the festival game right now. Yet with others reporting record sell-outs, new features and expansion, this entrepreneurial and creative juggernaut of an industry shows no sign of slowing its pace. FKP Scorpio CEO Stephan Thanscheidt leads this annual debate to consider the state of the international festival market and its future in 2015 and beyond.

Guest speakers include:
Eric van Eerdenburg, Mojo Concerts/Lowlands (NL)
Dany Hassenstein, Paleo Festival (CH)
Geoff Ellis, DF Concerts (UK)

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About Stephan Thanscheidt:
Stephan Thanscheidt, born in 1977, is the MD at FKP Scorpio and as head of festival booking is also responsible for the programme of 17 major open-air festivals across Europe, such as Hurricane/Southside (DE), Bravalla (SE), Greenfield (CH) and Highfield or Chiemsee Summer (DE), to name a few.

He started in the early 90s with his own punk rock band and took it from there and fter booking his own and his friends’ bands, while studying political science, social science and German literature and language at the University of Muenster, he founded his own label.

In 2001, Stephan started to work at VISIONS (one of the biggest and most influential music magazines in Germany at that time) with their own booking & event department, where, in 2003, he became the head of booking & events.

In 2009, he changed jobs and started to work for FKP Scorpio Konzertproduktionen GmbH in Hamburg, where he now helps run the company together with its founder, Folkert Koopmans.

About Eric van Eerdenburg:
Eric Van Eerdenberg is the festival director of A Campingflight To Lowlands Paradise (aka Lowlands), PITCH Festival and the brand new A Campingflight Down The Rabbit Hole.

Lowlands is a 3-day camping festival with 55,000 visitors per day. In 2014, it took place for the 22nd time and was sold out. 

PITCH is a 2-day frontrunner electronic music festival in the beautiful industrial complex Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. In its 5th year it has grown to 13,500 visitors per day.

A Campingflight Down The Rabbit Hole is the brand new 3-day tickets-only camping festival that took place for the first time in 2014. Its location is a recreation lake near the German boarder. Last year 10,000 visitors came to experience the festival for the first time and the response has been very good.

Besides festival director, Eric is also a member of the management team of Mojo Concerts and operational manager of the booking department.

Every year Mojo Concerts promotes about 200 shows, about a dozen major festivals (Lowlands, Pinkpop, North Sea Jazz, PITCH, Fortarock, Down The Rabbit Hole, WooHah, De Wereld Draait Buiten etc.) and books about 2000 club-shows in the Netherlands.

About Dany Hassenstein:
After hotel management studies in Lausanne and several years of working abroad, Dany has been a member of management at Paléo Festival Nyon (since 2009), the always-sold-out biggest cultural open-air event in Switzerland.

Dany is also member of the board at the Swiss Music Promoter Association (SMPA).