Pollstar Live! 2024 Hub: Record Attendance, Insightful Panels, Female Artists Take Top Pollstar Awards Honors


Slotted right between music’s biggest night and the Big Game was the return of Pollstar Live! – the live industry’s Grammy Awards and Super Bowl rolled into one with the conference marking the world’s largest gathering of global live entertainment professionals and the 35th annual Pollstar Awards representing the only peer-voted awards in the live entertainment industry.  

This year’s conference, the flagship event for Pollstar which took place Feb. 6-8, set an attendance record for the third consecutive year thanks to an increased capacity at its new venue the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles and a general wave of success for the live entertainment industry at large.

Pollstar Live! offered three days of engaging discussions and keynote conversations led by the top visionaries and executives in the live business, along with plenty of networking opportunities.  

The event launched with the one-day Production Live!, featuring panels and keynote conversations dedicated to lighting, rigging, audio, tech, transportation, staging and other topics related to bringing the magic of live shows to life, led by the industry pros who dominate the scene backstage. 

Hosted by comedian, actor and author Tom Papa, the Pollstar Awards took place at the historic Wiltern in Los Angeles on Feb. 8 and honored the most successful artists, executives, tours, venues, companies and more from the live industry in more than 40 categories. 

See below for a recap of the 2024 panels and keynotes with speakers including Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament; Full Stop Management CEO Jeffrey Azoff; Ballmer Group Co-Founder and LA Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer; Jon Bon Jovi; Executive Chairman and CEO of Sphere James L. Dolan; Chairman and CEO of Oak View Group (Pollstar parent company) Tim Leiweke; CAA Head of Music, Partner and Managing Director Rob Light; Live Nation President of U.S. Concerts Bob Roux, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks and many more.

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Dolan Talks Sphere, Battling Secondary Scalpers At Pollstar Live! (Panel Recap)

The Art of the Upsell: Giving Fans What They Want Around a Full Live Event Experience (Pollstar Live! Panel Recap)

Where To Go & When: Developing the Global Touring Strategy (Pollstar Live! Panel Recap)

Co-op Live Sneak Peek (Pollstar Live! Panel Recap)

Music, Basketball & The Intuit Dome Featuring Steve Ballmer With Jeff Ament (Pollstar Live! Recap)

Genre Spotlight: Country! (Pollstar Live! Panel Recap

The Venue’s Role in Booking, Marketing & Maximizing Concerts (Pollstar Live! Panel Recap)

The Most Impactful Show Possible: A Look at Sustainability and the Live Music Industry (Pollstar Live! Panel Recap)

Booking/Artist Development: Names To Watch (Pollstar Live! Panel Recap)

Golden Era 3.0: How Long Will This Boom Last And What Can We Do To Sustain? (Pollstar Live! Panel Recap)

Rainmaker I: The Intersection Of Art And Commerce Featuring Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks With Bob Roux

Crisis Averted: The Art & Craft of Subverting Murphy’s Law (Production Live! Panel Recap)

The Next Generation Of Road Warriors Lead The Way (Production Live! Panel Recap)

Just Call Me: Improving Comms Between Artist Teams and Road Crew (Production Live! Panel Recap)

Multiple, Sitdown, Residency, Whatever: The Pros & Cons of a Semi-Permanent Production (Production Live! Panel Recap)

Transportation, Labor And Gear: 2024 Outlook (Production Live! Panel Recap)

Outdoor Operations: Stage Managing, Layout & Production (Production Live! Panel Recap)

A Matter Of Trust: The Artist/Crew Dynamic In Tedeschi Trucks Band Featuring Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi (Production Live! Panel Recap)

Opening Remarks (Production Live! Recap)