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
Timothy Liam Epstein
Partner at Duggan Bertsch
Panel: Knowing When To Pull The Plug Or Sweat It Out
Date/Time: Thursday l Feb. 23 l 2 p.m.
Why must everyone go to your panel?
We are all in this together and all want to see the shows happen, but the live side has become increasingly difficult to promote and produce. Come listen to the considerations for whether to proceed or pull it.
What story will you tell during the panel?
It’s hard to pinpoint one story. I was part of teams that took down over a dozen events in 2023.
What’s the story you won’t tell?
Can’t think of anything being out of bounds.
What may cause tempers to flare?
Artists need to bear responsibility for ticket sales by promoting events on their socials… seems to become more and more important every day.
What was the best part of your 2022?
Getting some sense of normalcy even though the struggles were real.
Your predictions for 2023’s live industry highlights?
The supply chain gets a bit better, but the industry still hurts on the labor side for production and site ops. Ticket sales improve, but costs to put on the shows will remain high.
Career tentpoles you are most proud of?
Too hard to pick. Let’s say establishing a live-side practice supporting hundreds of promoters, venues and festivals.