Pollstar Live!, the world’s largest gathering of live entertainment professionals, returns to the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, Feb. 21-23. The three-day conference is a flagship event for Pollstar magazine with compelling keynotes, panels, roundtables and the Pollstar Awards, celebrating the best in the business, along with plenty of opportunities to network and engage in insightful discussions.
Pollstar Live! kicks off with Production Live!, the one-day companion conference that features panels on all topics related to staging live events including lighting, video, stage management, sound technique, concert production, video, regulations, security and more.
Getting To Know Your Pollstar Live! Panelists
Vice President, Production Services, PRG
Panel: >Bang, + <Bucks: This is the Latest/Greatest For Live Music Production
Date/Time: Tuesday l Feb. 21 l 2:45 p.m.
Why must everyone go to your panel?
Hallaert: People will say, “Oh, I saw you on that great panel discussion.” It’s a free icebreaker for the rest of the conference!
What story will you tell during the panel?
Not an exact story just yet… but we’ll be providing tangible ideas and valuable takeaways by (as a group) presenting diverse perspectives on the topic. Personally, I’ll always try to be thought-provoking and insightful. The goal definitely is to educate, inspire and spark the audience’s curiosity.
What’s the story you won’t tell?
What may cause tempers to flare?
No subject should be left undiscussed. Honorable opponents shake hands and even applaud each other at the end of the day.
What was the best part of your 2022?
Live events bounced back from the pandemic and moved fast-forward into the immersive future. Coming out of the pandemic, the appetite for live events was higher than it’s ever been. I also think we were seeing a refinement in the ways fans are consuming live entertainment.
Your predictions for 2023’s live industry highlights?
The future of live entertainment will be more exclusive, more multipurpose, and, well, more hybrid – a blend of the real and digital worlds. We’ll see a lot of trends that are supported by technology. The current cycle of technological advances and pace of innovation is unprecedented. That will also mean that part of the live industry is quickly moving from the live performance space to our pockets…
Career tentpoles you are most proud of?
The Metallica one-offs in 2019 and 2021 at Chase San Francisco, Celine at The Wiltern (with Iggy Pop, The Kills, Interpol and The Strokes) last December and, a bit longer ago, U2’s Joshua Tree world tour.