Mar 6, 2020


Room 1

1 hour

Debuting last year with an acclaimed, eclectic mix of topics and speakers – including BBC DJ Steve Lamacq, reformed super-tout Ken Lowson and Buddhist monk Gelong Thubten ­– the Soapbox Sessions will return in 2020. Featuring eight 15-minute, TED-style talks by thought leaders, these micro-keynotes promise to once again spark conversation while providing practical inspiration for busy professionals.


Hello, Lagos!
Host: Chin Okeke, Eclipse Live (NG)
With over 200m people, Nigeria is a powerhouse economy with a bustling live music scene. Promoter Chin Okeke takes delegates backstage at Gidi Culture Fest, aka ‘Coachella in Lagos’, and speaks on wider opportunities and challenges for live in Africa.

Being the boss sucks
Host: Olivia Hobbs, Blackstar London (UK)
Being your own boss looks great – but it’s not without its challenges. Olivia Hobbs, who left Universal Music Group to start her own creative and marketing agency, Blackstar London, talks about her experience to date.

Getting your dream gig
Host: Dave Brooks, Dice (UK)
In early 2018, Dave Brooks – then working as a freelance music writer – was offered a job by Dice after using the company’s app to buy tickets to attend 122 shows the previous year. Now Dice’s UK fan support manager, Brooks will talk about turning his passion for live into his livelihood.

The climate crisis and you
Host: Helena Farstad, Extinction Rebellion (UK)
After bursting onto the scene last year with a string of high-profile global actions, Extinction Rebellion join Futures Forum to outline their plans for 2020 and advise delegates on how they can work to live more sustainable lives, both personally and professionally.

  • Chin Okeke

    Eclipse Live

  • Dave Brooks


  • Helen Farstad

    Extinction Rebellion

  • Olivia Hobbs

    Blackstar London

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