International Live Music Conference back for 2022, relocates after 20 years

The International Live Music Conference (ILMC) will return as an in-person event in 2022, relocating to a new ‘five-star’ venue for the first time in 20 years.

The 34th edition of the event – ILMC 34 – will take place at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel in from March 1-4 2022. Held as a virtual affair this year due to lockdown restrictions, ILMC will welcome 1,200 leading live music industry figures from across 40 countries to celebrate the return of live events. It will feature a variety of conference and panel sessions, as well as networking and private meeting opportunities.

Building on the digital iteration of ILMC 33, ILMC 34 will adopt a hybrid model, with conference sessions available to access online to delegates for 30 days after the event.

Meanwhile, 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.

Emma Banks will host the awards once again 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 meal prepared by award-winning chefs.

ILMC head Greg Parmley commented: “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.”