The Monday morning following ILMC is always a peculiar time. Aside from sitting in a quiet room wondering what the hell just happened, it takes time to process the flurry of memories and snapshot images from the previous few days that all flew by in a blur. But first impressions, however, are that ILMC 28 was one of our best yet.
One common criticism of music business conferences is that the panel topics show little change year on year, but of all the takeaways from ILMC this year, it’s the agenda which stands out the most. The tragic attack on Le Bataclan was omnipresent throughout the weekend, and not least the harrowing first-hand accounts from survivors of that terrible night during the Show Safety session.
However, beyond the reactions to this new threat many are facing, the insight provided by the likes of Live Nation’s Michael Rapino and WME’s Marc Geiger proved a sounding board for other discussions. And with tech giants Google and Twitter also on hand to showcase their latest technologies, ILMC covered much of the innovation that continues to change the face of the contemporary live music business.
Outside of the panels and workshops, the general buzz around the hotel seemed louder and more optimistic this year. And with many of the events at standing-room only, the appetite to network and do business seemed greater than ever.
With the arcade machines packed away, and the space invaders and Tetris blocks confined to storage, the overriding question is ‘how can we top that?’. It’s a question that will no doubt keep the team busy until we go live with ILMC 29 in the autumn. But for now, please take the time to browse the digital mementos from the weekend throughout this section.
And if there’s a way you think we can improve the conference, or indeed IQ Magazine, please get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.