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Gala Dinner

The Gala Hou-dinner & 25th Arthur Awards

Be spellbound! Be dazzled! Be bedazzled!… as The ILMC Gala Hou-dinner & 25th Arthur Awards invites 350 guests to an enchanting evening of spectacular illusion.

To mark a quarter century of The Arthurs, the live music industry’s most respected awards, this year’s Gala Dinner takes place in the stunning surroundings of the Sheraton Grand Park Lane. With its grade II-listed ballroom and Silver Gallery adorned with palladium leaf walls and Grecian muses, the Sheraton Grand is one of London’s most spectacular Art Deco spaces.

Carriages will transport guests directly from the Royal Garden Hotel to the venue, where they will be immersed in the dark edges of Victorian London, the shadowy playground of illusionists and elusive conjurers. Following a champagne reception, guests will be tricked and treated to a supernatural five-star, four-course feast with a selection of fine wines to match. Meanwhile, mysterious forms of entertainment and the annual Pop Quiz will see guests levitated to new heights of enjoyment.

Entertainment for the special 25th anniversary edition comes from world-famous illusionist and street-magic pioneer Paul Zenon who has performed across the globe and appeared on hundreds of TV shows. Paul will be wowing guests on the night, revealing why the best-selling author and entertainer continues to win both awards and acclaim.

The highlight of the evening is The Arthur Awards, where we will be consulting our crystal ball and revealing which stars of the live music industry will be taking one of our cherished statuettes home with them.

If you've never attended an ILMC Gala Dinner before, and you'd like to see what you'd be letting yourself in for, click here.

If you would like to join the great and the good of the live music industry for one of the most magical evenings in the live music biz calendar, a ticket for the Gala Dinner is priced at £199 and a limited number of tables with the capacity to accommodate ten warlocks, are available at £1,990.

The dress code for this event is smart. Any heathen arriving in casual attire, or, heaven help us, denim trousers, will face all manner of curses…

Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, London W1J 7BX
Hosts: Commerzbank Arena | DEAG | Ticketmaster | Full Metal Holiday
Date: Thursday 7 March 2019
Time: 19:30-00:00



Arthur Awards 2019

For two and a half decades, the live music industry's Oscar equivalents have been handed out during ILMC.

This year, as we celebrate Arthur's 25th anniversary, we are adding two new awards to the line-up: the new event award (New Gig on the Block) recognising a new event or festival running for three years or less; and the return of our best family entertainment-style production award (Best in Show). Other categories can be seen below.

The nominees in each category are decided by a committee of 100 industry professionals. The final winners are then decided by an open vote of all ILMC members.

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And the Nominees Are...

First Venue To Come Into Your Head

Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg (DE)
Eventim Apollo, London (UK)
Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)
Royal Albert Hall, London (UK)
Royal Arena, Copenhagen (DK)
Tauron Arena, Kraków (PL)

The Promoters' Promoter

Kelly Chappel, Live Nation
Simon Jones, AEG
Folkert Koopmans, FKP Scorpio
Dave McGeachan, DF Concerts
Steve Tilley, Kilimanjaro
Rauha Kyyrö, Fullsteam

Liggers' Favourite Festival

British Summer Time (UK)
Paléo Festival Nyon (CH)
Primavera Sound (ES)
Reading Festival (UK)
Roskilde Festival (DK)
Sziget Festival (HU)

Second Least Offensive Agent

Lucy Dickins, ITB
John Giddings, Solo
Jon Ollier, CAA
Solomon Parker, Coda
Beckie Sugden, X-ray Touring
Russell Warby, WME

Services Above and Beyond

Beat the Street
Eat to the Beat
Global Merchandise Services
Pieter Smit 


All Points East (UK)
Black Deer Festival (UK)
Lollapalooza, Paris (FR)
Mad Cool Festival (ES)
Musilac Mont-Blanc Festival (FR)
Neighbourhood Festival (UK) 

Most Professional

Eddie Bull, Synergy Business Management
Lester Dales, Dales Evans & Co
Selina Emeny, Live Nation
Gavin Maude, Russells Solicitors
Dr Dick Molenaar, All Arts Tax Advisers
Tina Richard, T&S Immigration Services

The People's Assistant

Claire Bewers, Coda Music Agency
Rosie Clarke, SJM Concerts
Hannah Edds, X-ray Touring
Julie Nilsen, Live Nation
Bhavika Patel, Ticketmaster
Sandra Swift, AEG Presents

The Golden Ticket

See Tickets
The Ticket Factory

Tomorrow's New Boss

Kelly Bennaton, DHP Family
Leo Benton, K2 Agency
Kevin Jergenson, ICM Partners
Mike Jones, MJR Group
Maxim Karlik, UTA
Aino-Maria Paasivirta, Fullsteam


Blue Planet II - Live in Concert
Cirque du Soleil
Disney on Ice
Nitro Circus
Walking with Dinosaurs

The Bottle Award

Awarded to an individual who has
contributed greatly to the live music industry



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