The Festival Season 2024

Wednesday 25 September

10:00 – 11:00

Venue: Novotel London Bridge

There’s a lot to cover in this year’s IFF kick off conversation, and our annual review of the summer season.

With no respite on costs, high levels of cancellations reported and the numbers of new festivals dwindling, the festival business is perhaps tougher than ever right now. Add in unpredictable weather, the availability of headliners and some high profile activism around budget-critical sponsors, and it’s a challenging mix.

But the explosion of music, creativity and excitement emanating from fields this year was bigger than ever, and experienced by millions of fans worldwide.

It’s big business, and these are big topics… expect a very full review of 2024 as IFF’s schedule of debates gets underway.

Chaired By:

JAMES DRURY
Special Projects Editor, IQ Magazine

A journalist for over 20 years, James has spent more than 12 years covering the live music industry. James is IQ magazine’s Special Projects Editor, In charge of publications such as the European Festival Report, Global Promoters Report, International Ticketing Report and others. He is the editor of the Barbican’s monthly Guide magazine, and writes on culture for a variety of publications. As a regular presenter James has appeared at conferences such as the ILMC, Canadian Music Week, MIDEM, and The Great Escape, and appeared on the BBC, France 24, ITV and more. He is former Managing Director of the UK and European Festival Awards.