Dutch showcase update

With the ongoing success of Friday night’s Dutch showcase, this year’s suitably titled Captain Netherland’s Impact Party has moved to a bigger venue, and all exercise-averse delegates will be thrilled to hear that it’s even closer to the Royal Garden Hotel than the last one.

The annual meet and greet will take place at Bodo’s Schloss, on the side of the hotel. With drinks, nibbles and a Eurosonic Noorderslag 2016 registration up for grabs, there’s a web of reasons to go. Not to mention performances from some of the nation's hottest new stars to check out. Already confirmed are: Mozes and the FirstbornSEVDALIZAMy Baby, and Kuenta I Tambu.

RSVP to the Man in Orange himself, Ruud Berends.

ILMC 27 provisional agenda released!

The ILMC 27 agenda is now live online, and with the new conference schedule in place, this year sees more sessions than ever. With a new workshop schedule and panel formats, it’s a blockbuster of an agenda. The full panel descriptions are all online, but in the meantime, here’s a quick rundown:


Kicking off the conference schedule at 10:00hrs is the New Delegates' Orientation for first-timers at ILMC, and the opening workshop YouTube: Music discovery and live streaming.
ILMC’s first main session, The Open Forum: The directors’ report sees Belgian promoter Herman Schueremans take the hot seat this year, welcoming an all-star cast that includes AEG Live president and co-CEO John Meglen and Solo Agency head John Giddings, as well as FKP Scorpio CEO Folkert Koopmans, DEAG CEO Peter Schwenkow and Russell Warby of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. Reviewing the key topics in the business over the last 12 months, and looking at the year ahead, the session sets the tone of the conference....

Friday afternoon session Festival Forum: The indestructibles? asks whether the festival market has peaked; Market Focus: Latin America looks at this fascinating touring region; Sponsorship: Up, Up & Away? considers new models for brand partnerships; and The Dance Club: All sold out? examines the current state of the dance market. 

Main-room session The Joined-up Industry: Artist development matters looks at new collaborative business models for breaking bands, while workshops Festivalisation: Giving your event a soul, andFacebook: Making more of social media continue the programme.
Chairs include: Stephan Thandscheidt & Juha Kyyrö (FKP Scorpio); Bianca Freitas (Enjoy Experiences); Ruth Mortimer ('Marketing Week'); Tom Schroeder (Coda Agency) & Greg Lowe (The Agency Group).

View Friday's full agenda here.

Saturday kicks off with The Emerging Markets Place: Heroes & villains, and The Venue’s Venue: Fortresses of solitude, which looks at new content and partnerships for venues.
Corporatisation: The masters of the universe examines the ongoing effect of corporatisation on live music, while New Technology: Jet packs & super gadgets presents quick-fire presentations of the hottest new innovations about. Touring Exhibitions: Exploring new worlds looks at this compelling new alternative market, while Ticketing: presales & resales gets into everything but primary income.
Festival Income: Fields of green highlights new revenue streams for festival organisers, and Saturday wraps up with Industry Out-takes: It’ll be alright on the night for a few road stories and touring tales of what happens when things go wrong.
Saturday’s workshops include Location Data & iBeaconSafeguarding the music venue; Touring and taxation, and The 10 Commandments for production heaven.
Chairs include: Marie Lindqvist (Stockholm Globe Arenas), Barış Başaran (Pozitif Live), Michal Kaščák (Pohoda Festival), Ben Challis (Glastonbury Festival), Steve Machin (Dot Tickets), Christoph Scholz (Semmel Concerts), John Langford (SSE Hydro), Hugh Phillimore (Cornbury Festival), Michael Chugg (Chugg Entertainment) & Claudio Trotta (Barley Arts).


Sunday morning gets underway with the hotly anticipated Breakfast Meeting with Arthur Fogel as Ed Bicknell interviews Live Nation’s chairman of global music and president of global touring. With Fogel having worked with the likes of U2, Madonna, Lady Gaga, The Police, David Bowie, Neil Young, Beyoncé and Rihanna, this looks to be a standing room only session and therefore early arrival is advised.
Later on Sunday, The Booking Ring: Live music crime-fighting looks at changing roles, and questions a lack of spontaneity in the industry, while The Unconference Session: A lotto topics leaves it all to fate and the quick thinking of assembled guests. Finally, The ILMC 27 Autopsyfeedback session wraps up the weekend.
Chairs include: Ed Bicknell (Damage Mgmt), Julia Frank (Wizard Promotions), Marc Lambelet (Mainland Music), Gordon Masson (IQ Magazine) & Greg Parmley (ILMC). 

Early-bird rate ends Saturday

With 2015 now in full swing, registrations for ILMC are at a record high for this time of year. With the new schedule, workshops and events in place, the upcoming edition is shaping up to be one of our best, and set to sell out shortly before the conference as usual. 
(Don’t forget, that if you haven't already registered, you can still take advantage of the discounted delegate rate, which ends this weekend.)

Festival sessions confirmed for ILMC 27

The full ILMC 27 agenda goes live next week and with more panels and workshops this year, some sectors of the business are getting more attention than ever. One of those is the ever-popular festival market...here's a quick preview:
On Friday 6 March, Festival Forum: The Indestructibles? sees FKP Scorpio CEO Stephan Thanscheidt lead an all-star discussion on the health of the international market and the ongoing effects of consolidation. Confirmed speakers for the session include Eric van Eerdenburg (Mojo Concerts/Lowlands) and Dany Hassenstein (Paleo Festival).
Friday also sees a standout session from the new workshop schedule… Festivalisation: Giving your event a soul, where Fruzsina Szép (Hörstmann Unternehmensgruppe/Berlin Festival, MELT!, splash!, Lollapalooza Berlin) and Chris Tofu (Continental Drifts, Glastonbury’s Shangri-Las) lead delegates through making a festival site truly unique and memorable, with case studies and tips on building a strong identity for an event.
Next, Saturday 7 March sees Hugh Phillimore (Cornbury Festival) tackle the third dedicated festival session: Festival Income: Fields of green. The panel will discuss the emerging new revenue streams for festival promoters, from cashless through live streaming and beyond.

SSE Hydro to sponsor Friday night at ILMC

LMC is known for whisking its members off to strange and exotic locations during the conference weekend, and this year is no different. On Friday night, delegates will be transported to the land of the brave for The SSE Hydro Super Shindig, as modern, contemporary Scotland comes to the Royal Garden Hotel. 

With a live ceilidh band, whisky sampling and cocktails, tasty regional treats and a few more surprises besides, this special event takes place from 21:00 onwards, hosted by one of the world’s newest and busiest arenas.