As part of the International Track at Pollstar Live! 2019 in association with MIDEM, a panel of international festival experts will address the current hot topics of a mature and developing worldwide festival economy.
One of the participants is Thomas Dürr , CEO of Swiss promoter ACT Entertainment, which has promoted or co-promoted stadium shows of Helene Fischer, Herbert Grönemeyer, Coldplay,
Guns N’ Roses, Depeche Mode, Yann Tiersen, Hans Zimmer, Seeed and more in Switzerland.
Dürr will appear on the “International Festivals: Juicing Up a Mature Marketplace” Tuesday, Feb. 12 panel (3:30pm-4:15pm) along with John Boyle, president of Live Nation Japan; Stuart Galbraith, founder of Kilimanjaro Live; Leca Guimarães, International Director of C3 Presents; Jan Quiel, promoter and booker at Seaside Touring; and Beatrice Stirnimann, CEO of Baloise Session. The panel is moderated by Greg Parmley, Managing Director of ILMC.
Ahead of Pollstar Live! Dürr answered a couple of questions about the conference and his favorite live shows.
What are you most looking forward to about your panel, International “Festivals: Juicing Up a Mature Marketplace”?
I’m interested in how the festivals work out in other parts of the world. Is there also a buy-up of the festivals? Is there a concentration?
Which industry development has impacted your business the most in recent times?
Firstly, the music business is developing into a real industry. Secondly, there are no new headliners coming up and the musicians’ fees rise up to the nirvana.
What aspect are you most looking forward to at this year’s Pollstar Live! Conference and why?
It`s my first time, so I want to see how our business works at this part/place of the world.
What was the live show or shows that most changed your life and why?
The two Coldplay shows in Zürich’s football stadium. That was for me the most entertaining event ever. Also when we first held “Hans Zimmer – The Show” with himself on stage – he is so sympathetic and shy but his sound went right through me. Rammstein, a hard rock music show – we first held it in small venues and later on they became the headliner on our Greenfield Festival.