The international live music business’s best-loved awards – The Arthurs – were handed out during ILMC’s Gala Dinner on Thursday, 2 March.
With more than 400 professionals in attendance, at ILMC’s new home, the five-star Royal Lancaster Hotel, it was the biggest Gala Dinner in the event’s history.
Reflecting this year’s focus on the Latin live music market, this edition took place as The ILMC Gala Fiesta & Arturo Awards, with Lucy Noble (AEG Presents) and Claire O’Neill (AGF) stepping in as last-minute hosts.
Eleven gongs were awarded in total, including the famous Bottle Award, which recognises an individual who has contributed greatly to the live music industry. This year’s recipient was Karsten Jahnke, founder of Germany’s renowned Karsten Jahnke Konzertdirektion, with Jahnke having celebrated his 60th year in the business last year.
Also on the night, the top promoter gong went to Kelly Chappel of Live Nation, while agent – the ‘second least offensive agent’ category was won by Alex Bruford (ATC Live). The top festival award (Ligger’s Favourite Festival) went to Switzerland’s Montreux Jazz Festival.
The full list of winners can be found below.
ILMC managing director Greg Parmley said: “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 (the live music industry’s Oscar equivalents) 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.
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