Nile Rodgers Interviewed At ILMC, 15th IPM Shapes Up

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Chic Feat. Nile Rodgers plays Bluesfest Byron Bay at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm in Australia April 2. (Picture by Tao Jones /

In what might be the biggest Breakfast Meeting ever seen at ILMC, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, Songwriters Hall Of Fame, Grammy and Ivor Novello awarded guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers will be interviewed by former Dire Straits manager Ed Bicknell.

Rodgers career spans more than five decades, and saw him work with contemporary music icons like David Bowie, Madonna, Diana Ross, Duran Duran, Daft Punk and Lady Gaga. The co-founder Chic has written, produced and performed on albums that have sold over 500 million units worldwide. In 2018, he co-founded Hipgnosis Songs with Merck Mercuriadis.

ILMC head Greg Parmley said, “Between Hipgnosis, writing, recording, launching roller-skating pop-up parties, performing in support of the Ukraine crisis, and a huge summer of upcoming live shows, we’re honoured that Nile has found time to come over for ILMC. No one has as many different perspectives on the music business as Nile…it’s going be a truly memorable conversation.”

Rodgers and Bicknell join a list of A-list speakers at ILMC 34 that also includes Phil Bowdery (Live Nation), Lucy Dickins (WME), John Giddings (Solo Agency), Jessica Koravos (Oak View Group), Obi Asika (UTA), Alex Hill (AEG), and Stephan Thanscheidt (FKP Scorpio).

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Scene from IPM13, which took place in March 2020, just before the world of live came to a temporary standstill due to the emerging coronavirus crisis.

More To Speak About Than Ever Before: Greg Parmley Talks ILMC 34

The 34th edition of ILMC takes place at London’s Royal Garden Hotel, April 26-29. As is tradition, day one is dedicated to the International Production Meeting, which takes place in its 15th year in 2022.

Confirmed speakers include Phay Mac Mahon (production manager, lighting designer), Bonnie May (Global Infusion Group), Okan Tombulca (eps), Padraic Boran (MCD Productions) and Lina Ugrinovska (Banana & Salt).

IPM15 sessions will tackle topics including the industry’s response to the perfect storm created by Covid and Brexit, the relationship between the live industry’s old guard and its up-and-coming executive talent, sustainability and more.

Festivals, Livestreaming, Venues & Wasserman: ILMC 34 Unveils Speakers & Sessions

The team behind ILMC also organizes the UK’s Event Safety & Security Summit (E3S), which will run as part of the IPM for the first time. Crowd management and crowd communication, risk and resilience in event operations, are just a couple of topics to be discussed by leaders in event health and safety, and security.

Beginning in 2007 as a focused roundtable meeting between invited production professionals, IPM now brings together some 400 of the world’s top production managers, sound and lighting engineers, venue personnel, suppliers and promoters’ representatives. Delegates attend from over 35 countries, including Australia, Africa and the Middle East.

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