Futures Forum 2024 Schedule

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9:00am

Nine Kings Foyer

ARRIVAL, REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

Start your day off right with a warm beverage and an opportunity to meet those you’ve been emailing all year. Get an early start to understand the lay of the land and what’s on tap for our fourth edition.

9:50am

Rooms 1 & 2

A WARM WELCOME

Never attended Futures Forum and want to get the lowdown? Pop in before the day starts to find out how you can get the most out of Futures Forum from the people who know best…

10:00am

Room 1

PANEL: MEET THE NEW BOSSES: CLASS OF 2024

This stalwart session returns once again with a quartet of emerging execs – all of whom were recognised among IQ’s latest New Bosses List. These young professionals will reflect on their journey so far, including breakthrough moments, career highlights, and invaluable mentors.

This session will also give these next-gen leaders the chance to share their vision of the business and the issues that are important to them. Expect a lively discussion that uncovers the opportunities and challenges facing execs rising through the ranks in today’s live music business.

CHAIRED BY:

Connie Shao

AEG Presents (UK)

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Chloé Abrahams-Duperry

Ticketmaster (UK)

Katja Thalerová

LALA Slovak Music Export (SK)

Jamie Shaughnessy

CAA (UK)

Vlad Yaremchuk

Atlas Festival (UA)

10:00am

Room 2

A&R IN 2024: UNCHARTERED TERRITORY

When the routes to success are less defined than ever, how is the industry breaking acts in 2024? This session will explore how promoters, agents and managers are getting creative with artist development in an era where the cost of touring has peaked and audience behaviours are rapidly changing.

From growing fanbases to securing funding, establishing alternative revenue streams to innovating live strategies, panellists will share top tips to boost burgeoning artists to the next level and ensure their longevity.

CHAIRED BY:

Sally Dunstone

Primary Talent (UK)

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Caroline Simionescu-Marin

WME (UK)

Lottie Bradshaw

TEG Live Europe (UK)

Louisa Robinson

FORM (UK)

10:00am

Room 4

MEET YOUR MENTOR I

All Futures Forum 2024 delegates can get career advice or general tips from some senior figures from the touring and festival worlds.

For more information and to request one-to-one mentoring with any of our participating mentees, click here.

11:30am

Room 1

PANEL: AGENTS VS BOOKERS

In true Futures Forum style, this session brings together some of the executives who are defining the business with the emerging executives who are driving its evolution. In this lighthearted session, we’ll invite two renowned agents and their assistants to the stage for insightful discussions on the inner workings of their partnerships and the agency business as a whole.

Disrupting the traditional panel format, the conversation will be interspersed with quickfire questions testing the pairs’ knowledge of each other and their roster (think: the Mr and Mrs game show). Heckling is encouraged.

CHAIRED BY:

Marc Saunders

The O2 (UK)

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Alex Hardee

Wasserman Music (UK)

Holly Rowland

Wasserman Music (UK)

Beckie Sugden

CAA (UK)

Aimée Kearsley

CAA (UK)

11:30am

SOAPBOX SESSIONS I

Room 2

Four 15-minute presentations by innovators, thought leaders and inspiring individuals across the business. The first of two sessions includes…

Taylor Swift and the Rise of the Concert Film
11:30–11:45
Marc Allenby from Trafalgar Releasing, the firm behind multiple record-breaking global releases from artists including BTS, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Coldplay, Metallica and ABBA, gives an introduction to event cinema. Allenby will discuss the release strategies and business structures of this emerging industry via Swift’s Box Office smash The Eras Tour.

The Eurovision Effect
11:45–12:00
When Liverpool was awarded the honour of hosting the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine, the city was able to shine on the global stage and deliver an unforgettable celebration of music, culture, and community. Dominic Parker (ACC Liverpool) shares reflections on the significant economic and social impact, plus the legacy made possible through this monumental festival of music.

Dreamland: It’s All Swings and Roundabouts
12:00–12:15
Dreamland’s history has seen more twists and turns than a white-knuckle ride, but the value of the UK amusement park has held true for over a century: to entertain and delight. Since the 1950s, the seaside site has hosted gigs from Tom Jones, Status Quo, The Who, Slade and many more. With a mix of indoor and outdoor venues, alongside vintage rides, retro arcades, and a roller disco, Dreamland is a ready-made festival site. Hear how the team hang on for the ride.

Earth Aid Live: Building on a Legacy
12:15–12:30
Forty years on from the iconic Live Aid concerts, promoter Harvey Goldsmith is spearheading a new global charity concert series: Earth Aid Live. The “revolutionary” concert series is slated to take place in five continents over a single weekend in 2025, in a bid to combat climate change. Here, the legendary promoter discusses how he is once again leveraging live music on a scale seen only a handful of times and uniting the masses with a shared mission.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Marc Allenby

Trafalgar Releasing (UK)

Dominic Parker

ACC Liverpool (UK)

James Penfold

Dreamland (UK)

Harvey Goldsmith

Harvey Goldsmith (UK)

11:30am

Room 4

MEET YOUR MENTOR II

All Futures Forum 2024 delegates can get career advice or general tips from some senior figures from the touring and festival worlds.

For more information and to request one-to-one mentoring with any of our participating mentees, click here.

12:30pm

Nine Kings Foyer

COMPLIMENTARY DELEGATE LUNCH

Gone are the meal deals of weekdays past — here we have a two-hour complimentary lunch, featuring an epic spread of mouth-watering dishes. Vegetarian and vegan options are included, of course.

1:00pm

Room 4

POP PUB QUIZ

Are you a pub quiz champion? Put your skills to the test against other delegates in our quickfire, thrilling pub quiz during the lunch break. An epic prize is guaranteed, so you won’t want to miss this one…

2:00pm

Room 1

PANEL: NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL 2024

Promoters, get your chequebooks out – we’ve got the essential compilation of artists set to break in 2024. Back by popular demand, this music-sharing session sees sharp young executives reveal the acts they’ve got their money on.

During the hour, panellists will swap tracks, tips and tales of the artists that are dominating their playlists. Taking notes from old-fashioned A&R sessions, the young pros will play songs and compare notes on ticket sales, streaming numbers and more to determine the hottest ticket in town. Participation from the room is strongly encouraged.

CHAIRED BY:

Louise McGovern

Midnight Mango (UK)

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Gurj Summan

Live Nation (UK)

Kerem Turgut

All Things Live (UAE)

Niklas Magedanz

GoodLive Artists (DE)

Scott Kennedy

DHP Family (UK)

2:00pm

Room 2

SOAPBOX SESSIONS II

Four 15-minute presentations by innovators, thought leaders and inspiring individuals across the business. The second of two sessions includes…

Petok Productions: A Spotlight on Inclusivity Backstage 
14:00–14:15
Multidisciplinary backstage creative Pembe Tokluhan discusses the work of her production company Petok Productions, which paves the way for women, transgender and non-binary people working behind the scenes. She will outline the impact of Petok Academy, the firm’s training division dedicated to providing shadowing, mentoring, and training opportunities for individuals from marginalised communities.

Unlocking Fan Engagement with Data, Sponsorships and Fan-First Technology
14:15–14:30
Ira Akers, the co-founder of CUE Audio, a leading company in fan engagement, shares his invaluable insights on working with professional sports teams and how to apply that knowledge in the festival space. He will discuss the pivotal role of data and sponsorships in creating assets that can be sponsored and drive fan interaction before, during, and after events. He will also emphasise the importance of incorporating humanity into these activations and creating fan-first technology that offers opportunities that fans want, such as competitions, visibility, or chances to be rewarded.

Hype Up Your Tour on Social Media
14:45-15:00
Olivia Hobbs and Robyn Elton from Blackstar Agency, a specialist marketing, digital and creative agency for the music industry, give a social media masterclass for artist teams. The pair will share the tips they’ve gleaned from their work with artists including Arlo Parks, Andre 3000, Tool, Aurora, Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain and many more…  

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Pembe Tokluhan

Petok Productions (UK)

Ira Akers

CUE Audio (USA)

Olivia Hobbs & Robyn Elton

Blackstar Agency (UK)

3:30pm

Room 1

PANEL: THE EVOLUTION OF THE MUSIC FESTIVAL

What does the music festival of the future look like and who is it for? These questions are frequently posed to senior executives but who better to ask than the generation set to inherit today’s festivals.

This session will invite a quartet of junior executives from across the business to indulge in blue-sky thinking about how festivals should be organised and experienced, in a bid to come up with new and innovative solutions.

Panellists will be encouraged to reimagine everything from ticketing models to green initiatives and accessibility to safety procedures to determine next steps and priorities for the sector.

CHAIRED BY:

Ross Patel

Whole Entertainment/MMF Board (UK)

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Bee Grzegorzek

Attitude Is Everything (UK)

Daniel Lawson

GALA Festival / TOGETHERZERO (UK)

Jamie Tagg

Mighty Hoopla (UK)

Jess Kinn

One Fiinix Live (UK)

3:30pm

Room 2

PANEL: A GREENER FUTURE: THE CASE STUDIES

The last few years have seen enough panels of executives theorising about what can be done to make the industry more sustainable. For this session, we’re calling on professionals who have put theory into practice.

Sustainability pioneers from festivals, venues and tours will share their tried-and-tested practices and innovative solutions with delegates, to ensure the next generation is well-equipped to tackle the industry’s greatest challenge. Case studies coming soon…

CHAIRED BY:

Claire O'Neill

A Greener Future (UK)

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Jasmine Norton-Lyons

Festival Republic (UK)

Mark Stevenson

CUR8 (UK)

Mickey Curbishley

Solotech (US)

Nikoline Skaarup

DTD Concerts (DK)

5:00pm

Room 1

The Futures Forum Keynote: Team Kilimanjaro Live

The team behind Kilimanjaro Live, one of the most successful live music promoters in the UK, will be the keynote interview for Futures Forum 2024.

Formed in 2008, the London-based firm currently works with everyone from Simply Red, Ed Sheeran, Andrea Bocelli, Hans Zimmer, Stereophonics, to Don Broco. And with the Kilimanjaro Live team now setting the bar in comedy, spoken word, theatre and exhibitions, the company’s growth and development has been seismic. 

Three of Kilimanjaro Live’s principals – Stuart Galbraith, San Phillips and Alan Day – take the stage for the final session of Futures Forum to discuss building a modern music company, what they’ve learned on the journey, and how they see both Kilimanjaro Live and the broader business developing.

GUEST SPEAKERS:

Alan Day

Kilimanjaro Live (UK)

San Phillips

Kilimanjaro Live (UK)

Stuart Galbraith

Kilimanjaro Live (UK)

6:00pm

Nine Kings Foyer

CLOSING COMPLIMENTARY DRINKS

It’s a Friday evening, there’s free beer, wine, and non-alcoholic options. Need we say more?