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The Breakfast Meeting with Peter Mensch

The Breakfast Meeting with Peter Mensch

Room 1 | 10:30 – 12:00 | Friday

Host: Ed Bicknell, Damage Mgmt (US)

Every year, on the final day of ILMC, we invite a music business VIP to take part in an intimate interview in which they describe the trajectory of their rise in the industry, and sometimes reveal some of their innermost secrets. Previous industry nobility has included the likes of Marc Geiger, Arthur Fogel, Emma Banks, Nick Mason, John Giddings, Paul McGuinness and Michael Eavis.

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.

If there’s a better reason to get out of bed on a Friday morning, we can’t think of one… 

Host's Biog | Ed Bicknell

After moving to London, Ed worked as a drummer for Jess Conrad and then as a booker for John Sherry Artists, finding work for a number of prog-rock/college bands - including Wishbone Ash. Towards the end of 1977 he was working at NEMS agency when he got a call from Phonogram A&R man John Stainze who had just signed a new band, Dire Straits, to the Vertigo label. Ed got the job as their manager, and continued to manage Mark Knopfler as a solo performer for several years after the dissolution of the band in 1995. He left the London office of William Morris Agency as head of international music in February 2008, after working there for a year. In recent years, Ed has often appeared on radio and television to discuss music industry issues and his beachfront home in Barbados.