What to Expect at Futures Forum 2024

So you’ve never been to Futures Forum, and you want to know what the one-day conference is all about…


So you’ve never been to Futures Forum, and you want to know what the one-day conference is all about…

Futures Forum is a one-day event for the next generation of live music industry leaders to forge relationships and exchange ideas. The day takes place on Friday 1 March 2024, the final day of the International Live Music Conference, the largest annual gathering of global touring, festival and live entertainment professionals.

The event features debates, keynotes, Q&A sessions, mentoring opportunities with senior figures from the business, and a host of great networking opportunities among peers. It’s a great way for young and early-career professionals to network and connect with others while sharing knowledge and finding inspiration.

The event uses a variety of mediums to put the focus on young and emerging professionals in the live music sector. From topical conference sessions and quick TED-style presentations to mentoring meetups and immersive workshops, Futures Forum is designed for and by the next generation of industry leaders.

In 2023, conference topics included developing TikTok stars for the stage, holistic sustainability and closing the generational gap. The event concluded with a keynote interview between Wasserman Music’s Marty Diamond (agent to Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, and Janelle Monáe) and BBC Radio 1’s Abbie McCarthy

Meanwhile, thought-leaders shared big ideas in bite-sized packages for the 15-minute Soapbox Sessions. Last year, these sessions touched on LatAm market analysis, disability diversity, mental health, grassroots venues, touring advice and more.

In addition to conference sessions and networking opportunities, Futures Forum offers one-to-one mentoring for delegates via the Meet Your Mentor sessions. These sessions give delegates the chance to gain advice and connect with a range of successful senior figures across the business.

Companies that participate in Futures Forum include AEG Europe, Live Nation, CAA, UTA, The O2, Music Venue Trust, X-ray Touring, DreamHaus, AXS, Kilimanjaro Live, WME, Wasserman Music, Music Managers Forum, Ticketmaster, Oak View Group, SEC and many others. With all ILMC delegates encouraged to attend, there is opportunity to forge relationships with the people that currently define the business.

Futures Forum is the perfect opportunity to exchange ideas and email addresses with professionals like yourself. It’s a can’t-miss event for those in the global live music industry looking to forge relationships with both emerging and established professionals from around the world.

So what are you waiting for? Passes cost just £125+VAT for the day, which includes a five-star lunch, refreshments and drinks. With a sell-out launch event in October, we anticipate the flagship event selling out sooner rather than later.

Discounted group packages are also available if you’d like to bring multiple team members. Please get in touch for more information on these.