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ILMC 30 sells out

With under three weeks to go, the 30th International Live Music Conference (ILMC) has sold out, organisers have announced.

All tickets for the ‘Close Encounters of the 30th Kind’-themed anniversary conference, which kicks off with Tuesday 6 March’s 30th Birthday Blast-Off, have now been snapped up, as well as for the Gala-ctic Dinner & Arthur Awards on Thursday 8 March.

A limited number of passes remain for the 11th ILMC Production Meeting (IPM) and the tenth Green Events & Innovations (GEI) conference, which both take place on 6 March, and for Friday’s closing dinner.

“We’re thrilled that so many of the great and good of the global live music business will be joining us to celebrate ILMC’s 30th birthday,” says ILMC MD Greg Parmley. “Demand for places at ILMC is at a record level this year, and with over 1,100 delegates now confirmed, we’re set for one of our best editions yet.”


Look who's talking at ILMC 30

The line-up of guest speakers lending their expertise to this year’s conference agenda is looking like a who’s who of the live music business.  

Recent updates include Festival Forum: Overjoyed or overblown?, which will see Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn, C3 Presents’ Charles AttalAnders Wahren from Roskilde Festival and FKP Scorpio’s Stephan Thanscheidt discuss the state of the international market.

Joining Natasha Bent for Gender: Calm down, what’s the fuss? will be CAA’s Emma Banks, Metropolis Music’s Raye Cosbert, Dame Helena Morrissey from Legal & General, Folkert Koopmans from FKP Scorpio, and the Royal Albert Hall’s Lucy Noble.

Exploring Country Music: New roads alongside Ben Martin of Marshall Arts, will be Milly Olykan from C2C Festival/AEG Presents UK, Country Music Association chair Sarah Trahern, Mojo Concert’s Bertus de Blaauw, BBC radio DJ Bob Harris and UTA’s Sean Goulding

And in Brexit 2025: Looking Back, host and UK Music CEO Michael Dugher will be joined on stage by Dr Dick Molenaar of All Arts Tax Advisors, Okan Tombulca from eps GmbH, Oleg Gaidar from Artist & Entertainer Visas Global, and Annabella Coldrickfrom Music Managers' Forum (MMF).
While final conference sessions will be announced shortly, the provisional agenda including guest speakers is here.

Arthurs voting deadline

There’s just two weeks left to vote in this year’s Arthur Awards – the live music industry’s favourite and most established prize-giving ceremony. The Arthurs recognise the top players in the international concert business, from promoters, agents and venues, to festivals, production stars and suppliers.
As always, winners are decided by a vote of all ILMC members and IQ Magazine readers, so if you’re reading this email, you’re eligible to cast yours. If you’ve not already done so, help decide who’ll take home a little green man this year by voting here.
The awards are the climactic ending of The ILMC Gala-tic Dinner & Arthur Awards – a luxurious five-star evening that will take place at 8Northumberland, and boasts one of the grandest Victorian interiors in London, just yards from Trafalgar Square.

To attend the The ILMC Gala-tic Dinner & Arthur Awards in person, either tick the relevant box when registering for ILMC, click here, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Call for prizes

Each year, ILMC raises a significant sum of money for our chosen charity, which this year is Music Support who provide help and support for individuals in any area of the music industry who are suffering from alcoholism, addiction, emotional or mental health issues.
To help with fundraising, ILMC is looking for prizes that can be won during Friday afternoon’s Nikos Fund Prize Draw.
Do you have anything you’d like to contribute in exchange for a good name-check and positive karma? It could be anything from tickets and experiences, to memorabilia or more. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details.
And don’t forget to be in The SMG Space Bar on the mezzanine of the hotel on Friday 9 March at 15:30 for a chance to win one of them…

ILMC's 30th birthday party

You only celebrate your 30th birthday once, so to mark this momentous occasion, we’re inviting friends, family and intergalactic invaders to join us for a birthday party like no other. From 18-21:00 on Tuesday 6 March, we’re opening up the entire mezzanine floor of the Royal Garden Hotel for a stellar early evening line-up of killer tunes from world-class DJs; top-secret competitions with fantastic prizes; and a guest list that stretches across the entire musical multiverse.

The party is being hosted by the wonderful folk at PRS for MusicAEG Ogden, andViberate, and with everything from bubbles and nibbles to virtual space flights laid on, it’s going to be a very popular few hours.

It’s an early event to allow delegates to invade, meet, and reconnect before heading out for the evening. Early arrival is recommended.

For more info, click here.