The International Live Music Conference (ILMC) will return in person and at a new, five-star location for its 2022 edition, celebrating the entertainment world’s emergence from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The three-day ILMC 34 event will welcome 1,200 of the world’s top live music professionals from over 40 countries to the recently upgraded Royal Lancaster Hotel from 1 – 4 March 2022.
The move marks the first venue change for ILMC in more than 20 years, in response to increasing demand for the industry-leading event. The Royal Lancaster will provide extra space for networking, private meetings and events, all in a first class, newly revamped environment.
Carrying over the online benefits of ILMC 33’s ‘Virtually Live’ lockdown event, ILMC 34 will use a hybrid model, with conference sessions available on demand to delegates for 30 days after the event.
Next year will also see the Green Events & Innovations conference move into ILMC itself, on Friday 4 March, for the first time, having previously been a standalone event. The move reflects an increased focus on sustainability across the live business.
Meanwhile, the ILMC Production Meeting, taking place on Tuesday 1 March, is also expanding its programming to include a day-long tranche of sessions by the Event Safety & Security Summit (E3S) – a sister event that typically takes place in October.
The Arthur Awards and Gala Dinner will also return in person to the Grade II listed ballroom of the Sheraton Grand Park Lane on March 4.
With thousands of votes compiled from professionals around the world, The Arthur Awards see 350 of the live industry’s great and good gather to recognise a handful of lucky winners taking home one of the cherished statuettes.
Emma Banks will again take on hosting duties after fronting last year’s virtual edition, which was streamed live to thousands around the globe.
The Gala will consist of a champagne reception followed by a five-star, four course feast prepared by award-winning chefs.
Companies and partners supporting ILMC 34 include Live Nation, Ticketmaster, CTS Eventim, Tysers, ASM Global, DEAG, TADC, Showsec, Semmel Concerts, Oak View Group, Feld Entertainment, Megaforce, The Harlem Globetrotters, eps, and Universe.
ILMC head Greg Parmley said: “Given that ILMC in 2020 was the last moment that the live music industry came together en masse, it’s hugely exciting to finally be announcing this physical return. With a new venue, more networking and meeting space than ever, and some huge announcements lined up, it’s going to be a stellar edition.
“The industry faces an equal assault of challenges and opportunities currently, and so bringing the international business together in March, to map out the new roads ahead, has never felt so important.”
Full information about the conference including schedule, events and partners is at 34.ilmc.com