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Peter Mensch confirmed for ILMC 30

ILMC 30’s Breakfast Meeting will be a session to remember, as taking the hot seat opposite host and raconteur extraordinaire Ed Bicknell, will be none other than legendary artist manager Peter Mensch.  

With four decades of experience managing many of the most successful guitar bands in history, the Q Prime co-founder has masterminded hundreds of millions of album sales, and some of the world's most successful tours.  

Q Prime’s current roster includes Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Snow Patrol, Foals, Silversun Pickups, Cage the Elephant, and The Black Keys. Whilst previous clients include Scorpions, Def Leppard, Queensrÿche, The Smashing Pumpkins and Hole.  

Peter will discuss his career in management – which began in earnest when he signed AC/DC at the age of just 26 – as well as today’s industry, and where it’s all going next. No doubt there will also be a few of the touring tales for which Ed’s sessions are renowned. There’s no better way to kick off the Friday of ILMC.

The Breakfast Meeting takes place on Friday 9 March between 10:30-12:00.

First ILMC 30 session topics revealed

ILMC 30's first confimed sessions are as follows... 

BREXIT 2025: Looking back

Chair: Michael Dugher, UK Music (UK)
Once the details of BREXIT are finally determined, what affect will it have on the live music industry? Making full use of this year’s ILMC theme, UK Music boss Michael Dugher chairs a panel of touring, tax and visas experts who will travel back in time from Earth year 2025 to tell us what happened. Find out the answers to these questions and more as our expert time travellers reveal all…


Gender: Calm down, what’s all the fuss?
Chair: Natasha Bent, Coda Agency (UK)
When it comes to discussing gender and equality in the live music industry, there are a vocal few while the majority fall silent. Meanwhile, as accusations abound in a post-Weinstein world, the culture of film and music are both falling under the spotlight. Natasha Bent invites senior industry figures, alongside Dame Helena Morrissey, renowned investment banking head and mother of nine, to discuss whether live music has a gender and inclusivity problem.

The Venue’s Venue: Spaces for stars 
Chair: Peter van der Veer, Ahoy Arena (NL)
The Venue’s Venue kicks off the Venues Summit 2018 with a first look at exclusive analysis of 2017 arena data from the EAA, NAA and IQ’sEuropean Arena Yearbook. Beyond the numbers, topics include maintaining standards in the face of falling revenues, and the change in the concertgoer experience from ‘being there’ to ‘being more.’ The impending European-wide GDPR legislation is also discussed and the new landscape for digital fan engagement that it brings.

Venue’s Summit: Corridors of power 
Chair: Stuart Galbraith, Kilimanjaro Live (UK)
For all the talk about artists and managers holding the reigns, who really calls the shots in the live music business? It’s often a one-horse race in each town for somewhere to play, but with ticket inventory – and the customer relationship – retained by the same buildings that are dictating show times, merch rates, and other charges, is the relationship between venues and the rest of the business shifting? From exclusivity deals to marketing and fees, a cross-industry panel considers who’s really in charge.

Precise session timings and speaker biogs will be listed on 30.ilmc.com shortly. The full ILMC agenda will be published online and in IQ Magazine in late January.

It's the Final Countdown!

Do do do doooo, do do do do dooooo... 

One of the extra ticketed events at ILMC this year is The Final Countdown Dinner on Friday 9 March - a last opportunity to get together, and a launch pad for the weekend. Immediately after the Closing Encounters of the Thirst Kind drinks, we will head to Dirty Bones in Kensington, the upmarket NYC-inspired diner, rated four-stars by Time Out for its “fun-loving atmosphere” and “pimped dude food.”

With a three-course menu ranging from flat-iron steak and slow ‘n’ low ribs, to mac and cheese, and other unidentified frying objects, plus delicious vegetarian and vegan options, it promises to be a last supper cooked to perfection.

After three days of conferencing and close encounters, it’s a last moment to relax with friends, colleagues and other intergalactic travellers before the weekend. And as anyone who’s experienced ILMC’s closing dinners before knows, it pays to expect the unexpected.

Tickets for the dinner cost £60 in advance, and include a welcome drink, coffee, and some other top-secret elements.

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It takes place at Dirty Bones, 20 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London, W8 4EP, between 18:00 - 20:00 on Friday 9 March 2018.

UTA’s Cocktails & Canapés

Of the many networking events on offer at ILMC, hands-down one of the most popular is UTA’s Cocktails & Canapés. At the end of the first day’s conference sessions, our friends at United Talent Agency will lay-on 60 minutes of complimentary booze and snacks to kick-start the schedule of night-time activities.

The ideal event to bring you back down to Earth after a busy day of conference invading, the entire team at UTA will also be available to discuss last-minute festival offers. And with previous editions seeing delegates queuing to get in, you won’t need super-human intelligence to know that early arrival is highly recommended.  

It takes place from 17:30-18:30 on Wednesday 7 March. And if a room full of agents, promoters and free booze isn’t a recipe for galactic chaos, we’re not sure what is.

Green Events & Innovations Conference 2018

The day before ILMC begins proper, a bumper anniversary edition of the Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI) will take place. Unless you’ve been living under an asteroid for the last few light years, you’ll know that GEI is the UK’s leading conference for sustainability at live events.

The conference will welcome 150 professionals working, or with an interest in, environmental and social initiatives and the development of live events. Practical case studies are mixed with presentations from around the world, alongsidenetworking coffee breaks, a complimentary lunch, and closing drinks party shared with delegates of the ILMC Production Meeting.

GEI10 takes place 10:00-18:00 on Tuesday 6 March at the Royal Garden Hotel in London.

Click here to book or to find out more about this event.