Early Registration For 30th Annual Pollstar Live! Is Open
Early registration for Pollstar Live! 2019, the world’s largest gathering for the live entertainment industry, is open now at Pollstar.Live. The Feb. 11-13 event includes the Pollstar Live! Conference & Awards and Production Live! and, for the first time, will be based at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event and will feature the most ambitious lineup of speakers and presenters in its history.
Pollstar Live! is the flagship event of Pollstar magazine, the leading trade publication for the global live entertainment industry, which was acquired by Oak View Group a year ago. The 2018 Pollstar Live!, the first under the OVG banner, notched record attendance with a stellar lineup of speakers that included Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, Apple Music’s Eddy Cue, Shark Tank star and entrepreneur Mark Cuban, manager Scooter Braun, WME Music chief Marc Geiger, and manager/TV personality Sharon Osbourne, along with artists including Garth Brooks, Jon Bon Jovi, “Queen of Metal” Lita Ford, hip-hop visionary Jimmy Jam, Slipknot’s Shawn “Clown” Crahan, rapper/businessman Coolio, and The Band Perry’s Kimberly Perry, along with a veritable who’s who of the live music industry and beyond.
“If you are in the live entertainment business, Pollstar Live! is the ‘must-see, must-be’ conference event, not only the largest gathering of industry leaders, but offering the most important speakers and panels,” said OVG CEO Tim Leiweke. “Last year’s event brought together the best and brightest to share their visions of the industry, and with our move to the Beverly Hilton, we expect to tap into the live industry agencies, touring companies, and managers like never before. The revamped award show and nomination process will allow us to make this event a more critical platform for the industry. Space will be limited, and we expect to sell out quickly, so please take advantage of the early registration.”
Added OVG board member Irving Azoff, chairman/CEO, Azoff MSG Entertainment, “I have long been a proponent of ‘live first,’ and last year’s Pollstar Live! showcased a touring business conference on the rise, befitting an industry that has never been healthier. We couldn’t be more excited to stage the most powerful Pollstar Live! event in its 30-year history. I am also thrilled to see Pollstar Live! move west, closer to the epicenter of the live entertainment business – and my office.”
In addition to varied keynotes, case studies and Q&As, Pollstar Live 2019! will host a wide array of panels filled with the live music industry’s most influential and visionary promoters, producers, agents, managers, entrepreneurs, and venue operators, as well as leaders in other sectors aligned with and impactful on the touring business.
Work is already underway in assembling an unprecedented three days addressing the biggest ideas and game-changing executives in the realms of booking, promoting, producing, ticketing, branding/sponsorships, marketing, technology and venues, as well as the continued focus on the artist’s perspective that made Pollstar Live! 2018 the most artist-centric conference in the event’s storied history. Additionally, Production Live! on Feb. 11 will take on the production side of the industry, with topics on sound, lights, staging, transportation, video, tech, and venue operations, delivered from tour managers, production managers, lighting directors, stage managers, and other touring professionals.
Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company, and Ticketmaster, the global market leader in live event ticketing, will return as presenting sponsors of Pollstar Live! Conference and Awards 2019. Additionally, Pollstar Live! producers will re-invent the Pollstar Awards, the most coveted recognition of achievement in the live industry, to make them more relevant, current, and meaningful than ever. Pollstar Live! 2019 will also see more international flavor, reflecting today’s truly global touring industry and continuing the momentum generated by the addition of live-centric programming for the first time at Midem last June with the Live Summit at Midem in Association with Pollstar.
“Playing a role in Pollstar Live! is a dream gig, as we set out to assemble the most influential rainmakers in the world while addressing the pressing topics most important to our industry, discussed by those in the trenches solving problems, selling tickets, and bringing live to fans across the globe,” said Ray Waddell, president of OVG’s Media & Conferences division. “I am fortunate to be a member of a talented, hard-working team dedicated to serving a dynamic, robust business, and we are 100% focused on showcasing once again that Pollstar Live! is the leading platform in the world for advancing live music.”