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Dua Lipa for Futures Forum Keynote

With just a few weeks to go before the inaugural edition of Futures Forum, we’re hugely excited to announce that our first-ever keynote interview will feature the double Grammy-winning superstar Dua Lipa.

The Futures Forum Keynote: Dugi & Dua Lipa will see Dua and her rock star father, Dukagjin Lipa, interviewed by IQ editor Gordon Masson about the pivotal role that live music has played in building Dua’s career, the demands of life on the road and their Sunny Hill Foundation in Kosovo.

Dua won the award for best new artist and best dance recording at the 2019 Grammy Awards on Sunday, having smashed Spotify streaming records and topped charts globally last year. She is only the third British female artist – after Adele and Amy Winehouse – to simultaneously take home two awards.

Dua and Dugi’s interview will be immediately followed by a drinks reception hosted by Live Nation Entertainment to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The keynote caps a day of panels, presentations and workshops, another highlight of which is legendary radio DJ Steve Lamacq in conversation with Mark Davyd (Music Venue Trust) in 30 Years in a Toilet: Enjoying grassroots venues the Lamacq way.

The Power Trio celebrates International Women’s Day with an inspirational speaker line-up: Live Nation’s EVP business affairs Selina Emeny, the operational lead for Kilimanjaro Live, Zac Fox, and the founder and president of Finland’s leading promoter, Fullsteam’s Rauha Kyyrö. ILMC’s James Drury will be on hand to steer the session – though audience participation is heartily recommended. This informal, intimate session is an opportunity to grill a trio of concert business figures at the top of their game.

Other confirmed speakers include: Karma Bertelsen (Kilimanjaro Live), Aino-Maria Paasivirta (Fullsteam Agency), Mike Jones (MJR Group), Mike Malak (Coda Agency), marketing consultant Emily Scoggins, Jenni Cochrane (AEI Group), Felix Canetty-Clarke (Sony/ATV), Tristan Hunt (AFEM), Fiona McGugan (MMF), Achal Dhillon (Killing Moon), Steven Hancock (MelodyVR), and Jules O’Riordan (Judge Jules).

You can view the full Futures Forum schedule here.

If you are not already registered, click here to join us on the day.

First Sessions Announced

The first conference sessions for Futures Forum are now live.

Futures Forum begins at 10am with Meet the New Bosses: Class of 2019, as UTA’s Oliver Ward chairs a panel of rising industry stars who will discuss their vision for the business. The morning also features the first round of 15-minute Soapbox Sessions, including How it’s done… the Brit Awards by BPI’s Maggie Crowe OBE, 10 tips for living an eco-friendly life by A Greener Festival’s Claire O’Neill and Content is king! by Ticketmaster’s Ben Tipple.

Panel discussion Surviving the Business: Health & wellbeing in live sees Live Nation’s Jana Watkins lead a discussion on how to survive and thrive in today’s business. In Beyond Touring: Full-stack futures, Rhian Jones leads a debate on how artists will be building careers and incomes in the coming years.

The afternoon’s Soapbox Sessions, meanwhile, are Confessions of a super-tout by reformed super-scalper and ticket bot inventor Ken Lowson, Drug testing with the Loop by Dr Henry Fisher, Production 101 by Good Taste’s Sara Maria Kordek and Ancient wisdom for modern living by Buddhist monk, meditation teacher and author Gelong Thubten.

Confirmed conference speakers include Karma Bertelsen (Kilimanjaro Live), Aino-Maria Paasivirta (Fullsteam Agency), Mike Jones (the MJR Group), Mike Malak (Coda Agency), marketing consultant Emily Scoggins, Jenni Cochrane (AEI Group), Felix Canetty-Clarke (Sony/ATV), Tristan Hunt (AfEM), Fiona McGugan (MMF), Achal Dhillon (Killing Moon), Steven Hancock (MelodyVR) and Jules O’Riordan, aka Judge Jules.

The full schedule, including the Futures Forum Keynote, will be announced shortly.

For Futures Forum registration info, click here.

Provisional schedule is live

Futures Forum takes place across multiple rooms in the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington. The day features a mixture of progressive panel discussions, quickfire presentations of new ideas and initiatives, and game-changing technology; workshops on a range of industry topics; and dedicated mentoring sessions with industry leaders.

The provisional schedule can be viewed here and may be subject to change.

If you can add to the conversation – if you have something to say, present, or request – we would like to hear from you. Email jon@iq-mag.net.

Futures Council announced

Some of the industry’s most exciting executives are steering Futures Forum.


Aino-Maria Paasivirta
Promoter, Fullsteam Agency

Aino-Maria Paasivirta, 26, is a promoter at Fullsteam Agency, Finland.

Paasivirta started working at Fullsteam as assistant to founder Rauha Kyyrö, working with acts such as Big Boi, Jośe González, Franz Ferdinand, Wiz Khalifa, Jack White, Volbeat and Justin Bieber. She has been booking foreign acts to Provinssi Festival (cap 32,000) together with Rauha the last 3 years.

Paasivirta has recently taken on the role of full-time promoter, and is the promoter for Allas Sea Pool, a 2500 capacity outdoor venue in downtown Helsinki. She is shortlisted on IQ’s New Bosses 2018 feature.

Fullsteam Agency is part of FKP Scorpio group.


Anna-Sophie Mertens
Promoter, Live Nation UK

Hailing from Hamburg, Anna-Sophie completed a BA in music, theatre and entertainment management at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) in the UK. During her studies, she also worked on projects including Rock am Ring and Rock im Park. She joined Live Nation UK in 2008 as a freelance promoter rep, but in 2015 became a promoter in her own right, working with talent such as Sigrid, Lewis Capaldi, Ariana Grande, John Mayer, Emeli Sandé, Ward Thomas, The Cadillac Three, Greta Van Fleet, Billy Lockett, Joy Crookes, Isaiah Rashad and many more.


Chin Okeke
Founder, Eclipse Live

Chin Okeke is an Impresario and Entertainment-Entrepreneur set on changing the conversation about Africa. Chin is a Law Graduate (LLB) from the University of Bristol and holds a diploma in Chinese from Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Chin was a talent manager for over seven years and has represented some of the biggest names in African media and entertainment. Since founding Eclipse West Africa (holding company of EBA and ELA), Chin has developed entertainment properties for multinationals like Pepsi, Bollinger and Red Bull to name a few. Chin has overseen the brand strategy, representation, and endorsement deals of several high-profile clients.

At Eclipse Live, they have since developed The Gidi Culture Festival, which is the biggest festival in West Africa, defining the progression of music and urban youth culture in Africa as we know it today. Born out of Lagos, the melting pot for music on the continent with a global outlook.

Chin acts as counsel to The Youth Philanthropists Foundation and is a founding trustee of the ECHO music and arts foundation.

Chin has recently launched Eclipse Booking Agency which is set on putting more African acts on international stages and opening up Africa for international and African talent through a trusted network of promoters on the continent.


Jon Chapple
News Editor, IQ Magazine

Jon Chapple is an experienced music industry journalist who has been news editor of IQ, the leading news and content platform for the international live music business, since January 2016.

Prior to joining IQ, he was deputy editor of pro-audio industry title PSNEurope. He has also written for the European Arena Yearbook, International Ticketing Yearbook, PSNLive, Shindig!, PopMatters and various Titan Magazines titles, and spoken at events including FastForward, Granada Experience and Venues Day.


Juliet Temko
Agent’s Assistant, United Talent Agency

Juliet Temko is an agent’s assistant within the music division at United Talent Agency in London. She is responsible for live bookings operations for over thirty internationally acclaimed jazz, funk and soul artists, including Chaka Khan, Hiatus Kaiyote and Snarky Puppy.

She is actively involved in organisations which promote the empowerment and success of women in the music industry. Prior to UTA, Juliet worked as a broadcast assistant at BBC Introducing in the West. Whilst living in Bristol she hosted live music events and jam nights. She is also a musician in her own right.


Karma Bertelsen
Marketing Manager, Kilimanjaro Live







Mike Jones
Founder, The MJR Group

Mike began promoting concerts at the age of 12 in South Wales, working predominantly with rock and metal artists throughout his teen years. In his early 20’s MJR was formed, and began to acquire and establish what would become an estate of concert venues nationwide in the UK.

In more recent years, he’s expanded into international markets beginning in Australia / New Zealand, and working back via South Africa, The Middle East, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and Western Europe. Some of MJR’s recent touring projects include Rita Ora, Hans Zimmer, Sia, Marvel Avengers Station, Steel Panther and 50 Cent. MJR now sells several million tickets annually, across four continents.


Mike Malak
Agent, Coda Agency/KID Talks

Mike Malak is an agent at CODA Agency, representing talent from the likes of Jess Glynne, to Billie Eilish, Pusha T, Yung Lean, KSHMR, Carnage and more. He has previously worked for Steve Aoki’s management team focusing on Dim Mak licensing and touring as well as a stint over at Warner Bros records in London.

Longtime relationships with the Black Eyed Peas and LMFAO helped him develop his craft and understand all facets of the music industry and the importance of knowing what each role means and what opportunities exist, especially in having seen the Black Eyed Peas go from selling out Jazz Café shows in London to three nights sold out at the Stade de France in Paris.

It is therefore through this process over the last 10 years that he decided to start KID Talks, a platform for young people to learn about the industry and motivate them to get started today as we know the industry has no right or wrong path to a job, it is all about hard work and persistence


Oscar Thornton
Promoter, AEG Presents / Goldenvoice

Oscar Thornton, 28 is Festival Producer and Promoter at AEG Presents / Goldenvoice, UK. Oscar started working in the festival industry 10 years ago building out Farr Festival and working across other shows in the uk. Farr Festival quickly earned a reputation as a leading electronic Festival in the UK and Europe, growing from 1k to 10k in 2018. Oscar joined AEG in September 2017, to work with Jim King and the wider team producing – All Points East taking place in Victoria Park.



Phoebe Rodwell
Membership & Projects Coordinator, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF)

Phoebe joined AIF in early 2018 working across the membership and being the first point of contact for all their enquires. She provides support across AIF’s wide range of projects and campaigns, runs the social media channels and helps organise events including the Festival Congress & Independent Festival Awards.

Prior to that she spend 18 months at the Music Managers Forum dealing with the membership and helping produce various events including the 2016 & 2017 Artist and Manager Awards. She’s also spent time volunteering at local radio stations; provided production assistance on multiple music videos; and did a stint as the only girl on the tour bus for a UK arena tour, handling the support artists merch as well as producing video content for them on the road.

Calling all influencers and innovators

Futures Forum will feature a mixture of hosted discussions, quickfire presentations of new ideas and initiatives, and game-changing technology; workshops on a range of industry topics; and dedicated mentoring sessions with industry leaders.

The day’s schedule is currently being built, and sessions will be announced as they are confirmed. In the same way that ILMC has driven conversation in the live music business for the last 30 years, we want Futures Forum to be the incubator of the best new talent in the business.

With an entirely new event taking shape, we’re looking for influencers and innovators to get involved. If you can add to the conversation – if you have something to say, present, or request – we would like to hear from you. Email jon@iq-mag.net.

Attending Futures Forum

To attend Futures Forum you need to:

1. Be a young professional (suggested aged 30 or under), or a registered ILMC delegate (ILMC delegates do NOT need to purchase a ticket to attend this event).

2. Either work for a known company in the live music business, or be nominated to attend by an existing ILMC member, or be a member of one of the following associations:

  • Association of Independent Festivals (AIF)
  • International Music Managers Forum (IMMF)
  • Music Managers Forum (MMF) UK
  • Music Venue Trust
  • Yourope

For more information, and to register, please click here.

For any queries relating to registration or general help, please email registration@ilmc.com.

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