New Panel Announced For Pollstar Live! 2023 With Focus On Boutique Fests


With a little over two months to go until Pollstar Live! returns to once again unite the live industry, speakers are continuing to be confirmed and new programming announced. The latest panel added to the schedule is “Big In Peoria: The Boutique Boom & the Power of Secondary Market Festivals.”

Speakers on the panel include Laurie Kirby of FestForums Conference, Sam Summers of Hinterland Music Festival, Amy Mendonca of Planet Bluegrass, Rendy Lovelady of PCB Entertainment & Gulf Coast Jam Presented by Jim Beam, and Shay Jasper of Trio Presents, LLC and Roots N Blues Festival. 

This panel will examine how festivals with budgets less than half of the major events can still thrill regional fans and turn a profit while ensuring their longevity. It’s still a balancing act in streamlining budgets, selecting the right artists, securing all necessary permits, and overcoming weather issues, but these pros have cracked the code in many ways. Be sure to stop by the panel to learn the speakers’ tips.

Pollstar Live! 2023 is set for Feb. 21-23 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The conference is the world’s largest gathering of live entertainment professionals and the flagship event for Pollstar magazine, featuring compelling keynotes, panels and roundtables, along with plenty of networking opportunities and the Pollstar Awards celebrating the best in the business.

The conference kicks off with the one-day Production Live! dedicated to topics including lighting, video, staging, stage management, concert productions, regulations, security, travel, tour management and accounting.

Confirmed 2023 speakers include Jenna Adler, co-head of CAA’s global hip-hop / R&B touring group; Rick Mueller, president – North America; Brandon Pankey, vice president of business development & operations at Live Nation Urban; Corrie Martin, EVP & managing executive at Wasserman Music; Robin Shaw, co-founder of Upstaging; Sam Hunt, EVP & managing executive at Wasserman Music; Tina Farris, tour manager with Tina Farris Tours; recording artist Symba; and Ben Lovett, chief executive officer at tvg hospitality.      

Registration for the conference is open now, with rates set to increase Dec. 12. Combo registrations are available (Production & Pollstar Live!), with in-person and digital options. A hotel room block at the Beverly Hilton is available for attendees, with reservations first come, first served upon availability.  

Voting for the Pollstar Awards is ongoing through Dec. 9 for Pollstar subscribers.

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