In Conversation we had BRIT Producer Of The Year winner Paul Epworth, acclaimed singer-songwriter Frank Turner, label founders Mark Jones and Chris Swanson, plus from DJ Shadow discussing his awe-inspiring Shadowsphere show.
Keynotes came from PRS for Music’s Will Page, asking ‘what now after MySpace’, with contributions from Bandcamp’s Andrew Dubber, Topspin’s Ian Rogers and SoundCloud’s Dave Haynes, plus HMV CEO Simon Fox discussing his company’s work in developing artists and the live space and BPI Chairman Tony Wadsworth officially launched his new MusicTank report on the evolution of the record label.
Meanwhile extra insights came from PRS for Music’s Chris Carey, Deloitte’s James Bates and Paul Lee, and Wired UK’s Duncan Geere. Other panels looked at the future of digital licensing, what influences the influencers, the future of ticketing, the changing role of A&R, the music company of the future plus the challenges of going global, with a particular focus on Eastern Europe and live opportunities in the US. Plus we had masterclasses in what journalists and bookers want, and on legal matters, and heard case studies from the Truck Festival, Musicmetrics and Mobile Roadie.
And on Saturday John Robb hosted his first ever Pop Question Time, and Stephen Jones lead the first ever edition of Heroes & Villains, featuring Wall Of Sound’s Mark Jones, The Orchard’s Scott Cohen, Paradigm’s Steve Ferguson and music industry legend Seymour Stein.