In Conversation we heard from Placebo’s Brian Molko, Domino Records man and ‘How Soon Is Now?’ author Richard King, supergroup Producers with Lol Creme, Trevor Horn and Ash Soan and, in the Great Festival Conversation, Michael Eavis and Rob da Bank returned to the TGE stage for the first time in six years, this time joined by newer festival innovators Jo Vidler (from Secret Garden Party, Wilderness and Glade) and Simon Taffe (from End Of The Road Festival). Plus, to celebrate Xfm being on air in London for 20 years, Jon Hillcock spoke to the alternative station’s new music champion John Kennedy.
In an expanded programme of networking sessions, supported by Arts Council England there were opportunities to meet the distributors, agents and bookers face-to-face, plus digital companies took part in the Digital Pitch Party and Digital Demo Party, while UK Trade & Investment again hosted a great afternoon of international networking.
On the panels side, we put the spotlight on the DIY approach (again with support from Arts Council England), and had an indepth look at the state and future of the music media. PRS for Music presented another full day of sessions, including the traditional key note from their Chief Economist Will Page, where he was joined by Live Nation’s Tim Chambers, soundlounge’s Ruth Simmons, and Martin Mills, Chairman of the Beggars Group. Other panels looked at running a record company, the piracy battle and copyright reform, local music scenes, the environmental impact of streaming, and live opportunities for new talent in Europe, and specifically Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, our featured region for 2012.
Digital experts proposed something old, new, borrowed and blue in the Digital Wedding, music supervisors and brand experts offering insights into their respective worlds, John Robb led both his Pop Question Time and Pop Quiz, plus CODA’s Alex Hardee, Spunk Records’ Aaron Curnow, Seymour Stein and Trevor Horn shared some stories in Heroes & Villains.