LIVE UK, a sister publication to AUDIENCE, is the only publication dedicated to the country's contemporary live music business, providing news, features, tour plans and information to the people that drive the industry – promoters, festival organisers, venue operators, artiste managers, booking agents, ticketing companies, media and key professionals in dozens of related sectors.
The UK's Best Venues for Contemporary Live Music as an annual round-up of the most prominent and proactive venues, from pubs to stadiums and open-air sites, that play a part in keeping the UK a world leader in contemporary music. This 84-page publication features interviews with venue operators, profiles key personalities – from pub landlords to stadium bosses, and includes a survey of trends in areas such as ticketing and marketing.
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2013

The Dynamic Ticket
10.00 – 11.00
The Ballroom
Primary ticketing technology is in a state of constant evolution, with new access technology, anti-bot defences, social media linkage and booking fees all topics to be discussed.

Confirmed speakers include:
Noel Edwards - CrowdSurge
Rob Edwards - Eventim
Andrew Parsons - Ticketmaster
Will Quekett - The Ticket Factory
Moderator:
Roger Edwards - Consultant  
 
We’re With The B(r)and
10.30 – 11.15
Gloucester Suite
With several multi-million-pound arena naming rights deals in play and brands becoming increasingly interested in live entertainment, experts explain the pros and cons for both sides.
 
Confirmed speakers include:
Nuala Donnell - 02
Robert Guterman - Big Fish Music Partnerships 
Cameron Farrelly - Pd3
Moderator:
Peter Felstead - 9PR
 
 Digital Digest
11:15 - 12:00
The Ballroom
This session includes demonstrations and presentations that emphasise the wealth of opportunities the internet offers the live
music sector.
 
Confirmed speakers include:
Ian Hogarth - Songkick
Will Page - Spotify
Crisitina Riveiros - Music Glue
Adam Perry - BandApp
Moderator:
Chris Barrett (LIVE UK)
 
When The Label Fits
11.30 – 12.15
Gloucester Suite
 
As the multinational majors continue to be cautious about signing new acts, this session looks at how enterprising labels are developing new talent in tandem with the live sector.

Confirmed speakers include:
Kerry Harvey-Piper - Red Grape Records
Simon Williams - Fierce Panda
Moderator:
Doug D'Arcy (Songlines)
 
Masters of the Universe
12.15 – 13.15
The Ballroom
Summit favourite featuring leading international agents and promoters discussing global touring, new markets and, inevitably, sharing some startling revelations along the way.

Confirmed speakers include:
Paul Boswell - Free Trade Agency
Jeff Craft - X-ray Touring
Alex Hardee - Coda Music Agency
Moderator:
John Robb (Louder than War)
 
The Discovery Panel
12.45 – 13.30
Gloucester Suite
Sometimes they just emerge when least expected, while other times it takes substantial effort to find and develop top-selling artistes. This panel explores whether anyone really knows the secrets of success?

Confirmed speakers include:
Al Lavelle - Come On Die Young
Anna Moulson - Melting Vinyl
Ollie Jacob- Memphis Industries
Bonita McKinney - DHP Family
Moderator:
Rupert Dell- The Leadmill
 
University Heights
12.00 – 12.45
Montague Suite

Campus venues make a huge contribution to the industry, whether by staging shows or through students learning venue management, promoting, marketing artiste booking. This panel features key players from this sector.
 
Confirmed speakers include:
Guy Robinson - Nice Curve
Paul Ingleby - UEA
Clint Stephenson - Plymouth Student Union
Lee Welsh -
The Forum Hatfield
Moderator:
Mike Gartside (LIVE UK)
 
The Venue’s Menu
14.15 – 15.00
Gloucester Suite  

 

 

From pubs to stadiums and open-air spectaculars, each live event is a unique occasion for the audience, and that sells tickets. This panel discusses how promoters and venues can enhance that experience yet further.

Confirmed speakers include:
Carl Bathgate - Academy Music Group
Rebecca Kane- The O2
Anton Lockwood - DHP Family
Tony Moore - The Bedford
Troxy - Atif Malik
Jim Frayling - Wembley Stadium
Moderator:
Noel Edwards (CrowdSurge)
 
Fields of Change
14.30 – 15.15
The Ballroom
A near flat-lining economy, weather uncertainty and artiste exclusivity contracts maintain the pressure on festival organisers, and will no doubt be among topics for discussed.
 
Confirmed speakers include:
Hugh Phillimore - Cornbury Festival
Paul Bedford -Ingenious 
Jim King - Loud Sound
Oliver Jones - Deer Shed Festival
Moderator:
James Drury (Festival Awards)
 
Good Causes & Effects
15.00 – 15.45
Montague Suite
With millions of pounds a year being raised through collaborations between charities, festivals and artistes, this session asks how these good works can be expanded.

Confirmed speakers include:
Suzanne Bull - Attitude is Everything
Patrick Browne -
Crisis
David Longman - Killing Cancer
Elaine Mcginty - The Phoenix Cultural Centre
Moderator:
Mike Gartside (LIVE UK)
 
The Music Chamber:
Politics & Live Music

15.30 – 16.15
The Ballroom
Music tourism, the scourge of ticket abuse, the impact of the Live Music Act and the success of Rock The House will engage politicians and industry figures during this session.

Confirmed speakers include:
Harvey Goldsmith
Rob Hallett - AEG Live
Reg Walker - Iridium Consultancy
Sharon Hodgson MP
Lord Tim Clement-Jones
Lord Mike Storey
Mike Weatherley MP
Jon Webster - MMF
Anton Lockwood - DHP Family
Moderator:
Doug D'Arcy (Songlines)
 
Who Dares Wins
15.45 – 16.30
Gloucester Suite
This panel considers whether leadership, diplomacy, mental agility, ingenious tactical and strategic planning, an understanding of psychology, endurance and the courage to forge ahead regardless, may not be enough for a successful artiste manager these days.

Confirmed speakers include:
Kwame Kwaten - ATC
John Best - Big Dipper Productions
Alex Martin - AM Music
Andy Devaney -ARD (UK) Ltd
Moderator:
Nigel Dewar Gibb (Pitmans)
 
Media Interactive
16.30 – 17.15
Montague Suite
Media coverage of live music - be it print, online, radio or TV - is growing, with streaming shows and extra content strengthening the symbiotic relationship. This panel reviews how and why it works.
 
Confirmed speakers include:
Paul Flower - Absolute Radio
Jenny Stevens - NME
Rory Connolly - BBC
Moderator:
Tony Moore (The Bedford)
 
The Summit Interview:
Rob Hallett
16:45 - 17:30
Gloucester Suite
 After a false start as agent for The Sex Pistols, albeit briefly, Rob booked roots reggae bands until his career took off as agent for a host of '80s chart-toppers, including Dexy's Midnight Runners, Adam Ant, Duran Duran and UB40. He moved to promoting and was first to bring acts such as Mary J Blige, Britney Spears. Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Jay Z, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus to the UK; persuaded Leonard Cohen to tour again and hosted two Rolling Stones shows in Hyde Park this year, as part of AEG Live's British Summer Time festival
 
Speaker:
Rob Hallett
Moderator:
James Drury - Festival Awards
 
 

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