Firstly, we’d like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and a smooth and successful 2023. And with just seven weeks to go until the doors to ILMC 35’s wellness spa fly open, we’re kicking off the year with another bevy of fantastic speakers that we’ve lined up for this year’s event, which takes place 1-3 March.

Joining CAA’s Maria May on The Open Forum: The industry health check are Obi Asika from United Talent Agency and Herman Schueremans from Live Nation Belgium / Rock Werchter. Wasserman Music’s head of global music Marty Diamond and Jenny Hutchinson from Bristol Ashton Gate Stadium take part in The View From The Top: Stadiums & large-scale shows. Meanwhile, Jane Beese from Manchester International Factory will chair The State of Independents: Opportunity knocks.

Emma Bownes of The O2 and John Drury from OVO Arena Wembley take the helm for The Venue’s Venue: The cost of live-ing, while eps chief Okan Tombulca chairs IPM: The great production debate. ILMC’s resident tech guru Steve Machin from Vatom will head up New Technology: The fitness test, and Festival Forum: Mud baths & outdoor pursuits will welcome Yourope’s Holger Jan Schmidt as its chair.

So, if you haven’t already registered to join the international live music business at ILMC 35, discounted early-bird passes are still available here.