Trade Stands Revealed

Ladies and gentlemen, drum roll please and silence at the back, as we reveal – in strict alphabetical order – those most worthy trade stands of ILMC 26…

AEG Facilities and its portfolio of world-class venues continue to set the bar in creating the ultimate experience in entertainment. AEG Facilities-owned, operated or affiliated venues continues to dominate Pollstar magazine’s list of the top 200 arenas worldwide in 2013, with The O2 in London holding the number one position for the seventh consecutive year. AEG Facilities also welcomed some exciting venues into the family, including SSE Hydro (Glasgow, Scotland), Tele2 Arena (Stockholm, Sweden), Palais 13 (Brussels, Belgium) and London’s iconic Wembley Arena.

Celtic Entertainments is best known for its self-produced Irish & Celtic stage shows, which continue to tour worldwide. Its people have produced events in a host of international destinations, promoted acts such as Bryan Adams, Katie Melua, the Gipsy Kings; recorded with many well-known artists including Ronnie Wood, and have worked on corporate events in places such as The White House, US Capitol Building and large-scale theatre shows in places such as the Beijing Opera House.  The company is currently working on a new large-scale production which will air on TV across North America during 2015.

The Fairfield Halls is South London’s largest arts and entertainment complex with three venues offering music, dance, comedy and drama to an audience of 800,000 within a four mile radius. We have an 1800 seat concert hall, a 750 seat theatre and a 500 standing concert space. Telephone +44 (0)20 8603 3903 or email [email protected].
International Special Attractions is a production company specialising in large-scale events and live theatrical performances around the globe. The Ice Kingdom, Luminasia, and Cirque Shanghai are just some of the unique productions that are conceived and mounted by ISA on an annual basis around the world. In April 2014, ISA’s newest show Luminasia will open at Blackpool Winter Gardens, where it will occupy the Olympia Exhibition Hall for the next three years.
Lunchbox Theatrical Productions has established an unrivalled reputation for producing top quality international entertainment and is seen as one of the leading producers in Australasia. This includes musicals, spectaculars, boutique shows, international artists and plays. Lunchbox is proud to own the award winning The Imperial Ice Stars who have toured extensively around the world with productions such as Sleeping Beauty on Ice, Swan Lake on Ice, Cinderella on Ice and The Nutcracker on Ice.  
Odyssey Arena Belfast, Northern Ireland’s premier entertainment venue has attracted some of the biggest names in the world of entertainment; the 10,800-capacity arena has recently developed an outstanding theatre/intimate concert format. This setting provides the venue with the opportunity to go from 1,500 to 3,500-plus capacities. So if you have a show that has thrived in another city, a new concept that could be the next big thing, or are simply looking for a new venue for your theatre show or touring act, then look no further than Odyssey Arena.

PlayPass developed an innovative software application that uses RFID technology to transform the humble wristband into a device allowing event organisers to manage crew, artists and crowds; create exciting new ways for the public to interact with brands at events, both in person and via social media; and even create a safe and secure cashless environment. Proven, trusted and reliable, PlayPass has already been used at some of Europe’s leading festivals, including Rock Werchter and Graspop.
Spirit Productions is one of the UK’s leading theatrical production companies, producing more than 20 smash hit shows worldwide. We are the preferred providers for major casinos in Les Vegas, Niagara Falls, Monte Carlo and Atlantic City. We have production houses both in the UK and America.  With over 500 dancers, singers, creative directors and technical crew, we are one of the most successful theatre companies in show business today.

Call for Prizes 2

Are you burdened with a rare signed concert photo, but have no one to give it to? Or a spare hotel room with no one to fill it? Well, help is at hand. ILMC is looking for prizes that can be won during Sunday afternoon’s Nikos Fund Prize Draw, and also bid on via our closed eAuction.

All proceeds go towards our chosen charity, which this year is the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions. All prizes will be gratefully received, and your philanthropy will not go unnoticed. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Provisional Agenda Now Online!

The ILMC 26 agenda is now live, and includes new educational workshops and future-focused panels covering the breadth of the live music world, all in one jumbo-sized meeting schedule. The only element of the agenda still to announce is our Dragon’s Den mentoring sessions, which we’re saving for a special announcement later, so stay tuned for more. Otherwise, and with full details online, here’s a quick rundown…
Friday 7 March
Starting the day, the New Delegates’ Orientation is for first-timers, or those who can’t remember the first time, after which ILMC’s big opening session kicks off the weekend.
The Open Forum: A word from the ringmasters welcomes another cast of industry heads who will review the last 12 months in live music before tackling the biggest topics of today. Confirmed guest speakers for the session include AEG Europe’s new president and CEO, Tom MiserendinoFolkert Koopmans, CEO of festival giant FKP Scorpio; Live Nation’s president of European concerts, John Reid; and The Agency Group’s Geoff Meall. The session is chaired by Greg Parmley (ILMC).
Friday afternoon also sees Music Week editor Tim Ingham chair our label session On The Record: Fortune sellers; while The Dance Club: Blowing up the balloon, examines the seismic shifts and recent consolidation in the EDM world. 
View the full Friday schedule

Tom Miserendino, Folkert Koopmans, John Reid, Geoff Meall, Tim Ingham, Greg Parmley.

Saturday 8 March
As previously announced, the two main-room sessions on Saturday are Ticketing: The futures market, which looks at emerging and future trends in artist ticketing; and Artist Development: Games within frontiers, which will address the launch, growth and maintenance of an artist’s career both nationally and across borders.
Other sessions include the perennial favourite The Emerging Markets’ Place: Pulling back the curtain; and The Venue’s Venue: Big tops and little tops, which hopes to define the perfect venue with exclusive statistics in hand. Sponsorship: Working with the big cats highlights the changing world of brand partnerships; and Festival Forum: Come rain or shine welcomes an all-star cast of festival heads. The presentation-based New Technology: The kabinet of wondersintroduces a range of fascinating new gadgets and gizmos; while The Market Focus: India profiles this colourful touring territory. 
Saturday also sees the launch of ILMC’s new workshop sessions with hosts including Music Ally, Live Nation and AEG. There are two dedicated sessions: one on social media marketing, and the other on CRM & big data
Saturday chairs include: Barış Başaran (Pozitif), Jemma Downey & John Probyn (Live Nation), Paul Samuels (AEG Live), Serge Grimaux (Intellitix), Steve Machin (Stormcrowd), Carl A H Martin (, Venkat T Vardhan (DNA Networks), Juha Kyyrö (Full Steam) and  Rense van Kessel (Friendly Fires).
Read the full schedule of Saturday meetings.

John Probyn, Barış Başaran, Steve Machin, Jemma Downey, Carl A H Martin, Venkat T Vardhan.

Sunday 9 March
Sunday begins with The Breakfast Meeting with Emma Banks, as Ed Bicknellinterviews the six-time Arthur Award winning agent. As one of the world’s most successful agents, Emma’s roster includes almost 100 successful artists including Arcade Fire, Bruno Mars, Kanye West, Kraftwerk, Papa Roach, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Feeling. If you’re going to get out of bed for one reason on Sunday, this 90-minute chat covering live, the universe and everything, is it!

Later that day, The Booking Ring: Juggling acts takes a long, hard look at loyalty in the business; while The Show Room: The show must go on hones in on those touring show behemoths and the genre’s successes. The Sunday Review: The view from the high wire is the final main-room meeting, which summarises and expands upon the key issues raised over the weekend, before The ILMC Autopsy: Cleaning up after the elephantswraps it all up neatly.
Sunday chairs include: Ed Bicknell (Damage Management), Tom Taaffe (The Agency Group), Stuart Galbraith (Kilimanjaro Live), Gordon Masson (IQ Magazine), and Allan McGowan & Martin Hopewell (ILMC).

View the full Sunday schedule.

Ed Bicknell, Tom Taaffe, Stuart Galbraith, Gordon Masson, Allan McGowan, Martin Hopewell.


List your AAA Shows

With most of the world's live music industry leaders gathered in one place, the ILMC weekend is a great time to put on any London shows that you might be contemplating.
Any gigs at which a guest list can be arranged for ILMC delegates — no matter how big or how small — will be included in our Access All Areas programme, and advertised in the conference guide, website and e.News.
To add your show, please email [email protected].

Early-Bird Rate Ends Friday!

The title says it all! ILMC’s early-bird delegate rate ends on Friday at 18:00 GMT. If you haven’t already signed-up, you can save yourself enough money for a few rounds of drinks at the hotel bar while basking in that feeling of smugness.
Registrations are flying in thick and fast, so if you haven’t already done so, sign-up here and secure your place for The Greatest Conference on Earth.