PANEL: The Big Billing Debate
There have been quarrels over star billing since Roman promoters chiselled line-ups onto stone flyers for The Colosseum, but in recent history, the arguments have become even more gladiatorial. When it comes to ordering festival bills, and producing that all-important line-up poster, agents and promoters frequently struggle to see eye-to-eye. So how can we improve an avoidable situation? Is it a case of managing expectation with artists? Can data provide a solution that helps all parties involved? With performances being pulled due to disagreements over font size, it’s time for a sensible conversation.
Kim Bloem, MOJO Concerts (NL)
After Kim graduated as a music teacher from the Conservatory of Utrecht, she decided to broaden her horizon by studying Arts management. Starting as an intern in 2001 for the North Sea Jazz Festival, it was the right time and right place for her, and she was asked to stay on to book bands. From jazz to soul to pop to hiphop to just about everything, she is now vice head promoter for Mojo and books upcoming acts in the clubs to shows in arenas and stadiums. Mojo is market leader in the Netherlands with a substantial portfolio of festivals such as North Sea Jazz, Lowlands, Pinkpop, Down the Rabbit Hole a.o.
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Ian Evans, IME Music (UK)
Ian set up IME Music in 2005 while in his final year at university. In that time he as worked on numerous events across the UK ranging from 100 to 60,000 capacity and in the last few years he worked as the head programmer across the Global/Broadwick Live portfolio of events. As well as work for independent events including Y Not, Ian will continue his longstanding involvement with Victorious, Truck and Tramlines festivals.
Kazia Davy, Echo Location Talent (UK)
Julia Gudzent, Melt! Booking (DE)
In 2005, Julia joined Melt Festival as its second full-time employee. She worked as a German tour promoter for artists such as The 1975, Matthew Herbert, Years & Years, Robyn and many more. Within Melt Booking, she built up event series such as the Introducing newcomer show series, introducing artists such as Chvrches, Years & Years, Jessie Ware, Alt-J and many more to the public for the first time.
She also promoted Certain People, the first and only concert series to be held at the infamous Berlin Berghain.In 2015, she gave up tour booking to concentrate fully on festivals, working as programmer and head of artist liaison for festivals such as Lollapalooza Berlin, Melt Festival, Berlin Festival, Pure & Crafted, Body&Soul Festival, Untold Festival, Neversea Festival. She is one of the very few festival programmers to work internationally in countries such as Ireland, Romania and Germany.
Levi Jackson, WME Entertainment (UK)
Thomas Zsifkovits, Barracuda Music (A)
Thomas Zsifkovits entered the music business 25 years ago when he began to manage the band of his best friend. As nobody wanted to give him a job, he started his own business. He promoted club shows and soon started booking his own festival called Mind Over Matter.
In 2001 he joined Wiesen Festivals. He has worked together with Ewald Tatar since then. When they left Wiesen and started a new business endeavor with Harry Jenner, Zsifkovits was a founding member. A few mergers and name changes followed.
For 15 years now, Barracuda Music – as their company is called today – has promoted around 300-500 shows per year in Austria (and in neighbouring countries) and festivals such as Nova Rock and Frequency. Artist development is one of the big strengths of the company.
Zsifkovits first promoted Twenty One Pilots in a 250 capacity and last time when the band sold out the country’s biggest indoor capacity and headlined Frequency Festival.
11:45 – 12:45
Kim Bloem, MOJO Concerts (NL)