Austin, TX (December 16, 2013)—The fifth annual International Music Festival Conference was a huge success this year, nearly doubling in attendance from the prior year. Held December 8 to 10 in Austin, TX, IMFCON provided industry leaders with three days of networking and educational events to wrap up the 2013 festival season, and prepare for the next year.
Hot topics during the conference included the rise in popularity with Electronic Dance Music (EDM), as well as the change in festival ownership, as many larger entertainment companies are acquiring festivals.
Monday’s keynote speaker, Shelly Finkel, Head of Acquisitions, SFX Entertainment, has spearheaded the company’s acquisitions of major EDM festivals and promoters, including TomorrowWorld, Electric Zoo and i-Motion. During his address, Finkel told the audience that EDM will continue to grow and dominate the festival industry. He also announced that Europe’s longest-running EDM festival, Mysteryland, will makes its US debut this year at the historic grounds of the original 1969 Woodstock Festival in Bethel Woods, NY.
Sunday’s keynote Q+A was with Arthur Fogel, President of Global Touring and chairman of Global Music for Live Nation, who discussed his career working with some of music’s most famous artists, from The Rolling Stones, Madonna, U2, Lady Gaga and Sting. The interview was conducted by Stuart Ross of Red Light Management and former COO of Festivals for AEG/ Goldenvoice.
Safety was also another big topic during the conference, with a panel session featuring Jim Digby, Executive Director of the Event Safety Alliance, Hadden Hippsley of Lambda Productions and Scott Carroll, Program Director, Take 1 Insurance. The Event Safety Alliance announced last month that it is ready to release the first edition of The Event Safety Guide, designed to provide guidelines when producing an outdoor event to assure that employees, artists and the audience are safe.
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