ILMC 35: Arthur Awards Winners

Karsten Jahnke

The annual Arthur Awards were handed out ILMC’s Gala Dinner in London, England, on Thursday, March 2, honoring 11 live professionals for their work.

With more than 400 in attendance at ILMC’s new home, the five-star Royal Lancaster Hotel in London, it was the biggest Gala Dinner in the event’s history.

Eleven awards were handed out in total, including the Bottle Award, which recognizes an individual, who has contributed greatly to the biz. This year’s recipient was Karsten Jahnke, founder of Germany’s renowned Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion, who celebrated his 60th year in the business last year.

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Also on the night, the top promoter gong went to Kelly Chappel of Live Nation, while the “second least offensive agent” category was won by Alex Bruford of ATC Live. The top festival award (Ligger’s Favourite Festival) went to Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival. Full list of winners below.

To reflect ILMC’s focus on the Latin live music market this year, the Arthurs took place as The ILMC Gala Fiesta & Arturo Awards, with AEG Presents’ Lucy Noble and A Greener Festival CEO Claire O’Neill hosting the show.

ILMC managing director Greg Parmley commented, “Congratulations to this year’s deserving Arthur winners, and many thanks to all the live music professionals at the 2023 ILMC Gala Dinner who helped make it the biggest edition in our long history. It was a particular pleasure to recognise Karsten Jahnke with the prestigious Bottle Award, with him having celebrated a phenomenal 60 years in business in 2022.”

For more than two and a half decades, The Arthur Awards have been handed out during ILMC. The shortlist of nominees in each category are decided by a committee of 150 industry professionals. Winners are then decided by a combination of an open vote of all ILMC members and IQ Magazine readers, and a closed panel of judges made up of senior industry figures.

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2023 Arthur Awards Winners

The Venue Award
(First Venue To Come Into Your Head)
Barclays Arena, Hamburg

The Promoter Award
(The Promoters’ Promoter)
Kelly Chappel, Live Nation

The Agent Award
(Second Least Offensive Agent)
Alex Bruford, ATC Live

The Festival Award
(Liggers’ Favourite Festival)
Montreux Jazz Festival

The Production Services Award
(Services Above & Beyond)
Beat The Street

The Professional Services Award
(Most Professional Professional)
Katie Moore, Live Nation

The Assistant Award
(The People’s Assistant)
Kai Henderson, AEG Presents

The Ticketing Professional Award
(The Golden Ticket)
Marcia Titley, Eventim Norway & Sweden

The Industry Champion Award
(The Unsung Hero)
Holger Jan Schmidt, Yourope

Young Executive Award
(Tomorrow’s New Boss)
Dan Rais, CAA

The Bottle Award
Karsten Jahnke, Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion

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