This year's digital International Festival Forum (iFF) in London, Sept. 2-3, will feature a keynote with WME's former head of music Mark Geiger, who'll be conversing with Lisa Yang of Goldman Sachs.
The two-day livestream event will see hundreds of festival and agency professionals congregate for panel discussions, workshops, networking and deal-making.
Other speakers include Alex Hardee (Paradigm), Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury), Maria May (CAA), Jim King & Arnaud Meersseman (AEG Presents), Roberta Medina (Rock in Rio), Peter Elliott and Matt Bates (Primary Talent), Fruzsina Szep (Goodlive), Fra Soler (Primavera Sound), and Tamas Kadar (Sziget).
Topics of discussion will range from disruptors, innovation and change over the next few years, to "ticket prices & artist fees, force majeure & refunds, virtual festivals, the lost year of artist development, corporate upheaval, sustainability, risk, insurance, and more," according to the program announcement.
Live showcases of some of the agency's hottest new acts are usually part of IFF. This year, Paradigm is going to produced a livestream showcase in partnership with Livefrom.events. Primary Talent International and Solo Agency will also present upcoming artists.
Paradigm director and agent James Whitting commented: "Even as a virtual edition, IFF remains an important moment to bring the music festival and agency sectors together. There’s no shortage of great new artists to showcase, and after the lost summer, a huge amount to talk about. If anything, this year is more vital than ever."
Companies that have confirmed their attendance at the first digital iFF include, in alphabetical order, 13 Artists, ATC Live, Black Deer Live, BPM Concerti, Charmenko, Cobra Agency GmbH, Electric Castle, FKP Scorpio, Fullsteam Agency, Gadget ABC Entertainment, ICM Partners, Lost Horizon Festival, Matchbox Live, MetalDays Festival, Mojo Concerts, Paléo Festival Nyon, Roskilde Festival, TAKK, The Talent Boutique, Vertigo, Wacken Open Air & X-ray Touring.