This year, the highlight of the live music industry’s calendar will quite literally be out of this world. Over 350 guests – the leading explorers and star makers in the business – will be whisked off-planet as we take an interstellar journey to The Gala-ctic Dinner & Arthur Awards.
The space voyage begins at the opulent 8Northumberland hotel, which boasts one of the grandest Victorian interiors in London along with critically acclaimed cuisine and service, and is just yards from Trafalgar Square.
Travellers may experience a feeling of weightlessness after the champagne reception, which is followed by an exquisite five-star, four-course feast, with a selection of fine wines to match. In addition to the finest cuisine in the cosmos, universally renowned entertainment and the annual Pop Quiz will see guests teleported to new heights of enjoyment. Click below to see highlights from last year's event.
Voting is now open for the Arthur Awards - hosted by
CIA CAA special agent Emma Banks - and if you’re receiving this email, you’re eligible to cast yours. Click here to help decide which stars of the live music industry will take UFOs (unidentified f…ing objects) back to their own planets in 2018.
This event is sponsored by our friends at CSB Shows & Concerts, and Roskilde Festival.
Every year ILMC's Nikos Fund raises money for charity. The Nikos Fund was set-up to commemorate the life and contribution to the ILMC of one of our founding members, the late Nikos Sachpasidis. This year’s worthy cause is Music Support – an organisation that provides help and support for individuals in any area of the music industry who are suffering from alcoholism, addiction, emotional or mental health issues.
A donation from every ILMC registration goes towards the Nikos Fund, and there are many other ways to contribute, including participating in the Texas Probe 'em Poker Tourney on Wednesday 7 March, or the Nikos Fund Prize Draw on Friday 9 March. Or you can add any spare change (both metal and paper welcome) to the collection tins strategically placed around the hotel or occasionally rattled in your face by enthusiastic ILMC space crew.
Somewhat amazingly, the live music industry’s favourite gathering will celebrate its 30th birthday in 2018 – which is not bad for something that was originally intended to be a one-off meeting.
However, celebrations at ILMC HQ have been muted by the fact that the approaching anniversary has unexpectedly triggered an automatic government declassification, revealing the shocking truth about the conference. After three decades of disinformation and misleading guises, the ILMC has been unmasked as the Interplanetary Life-forms Moderation Corps – a top-secret agency established to monitor the various weird and wonderful otherworldly inhabitants of the live music universe.
We can now reveal that during Earth dates 6-9 March 2018, over 1,000 interplanetary travellers will invade our top-secret underground base - a location cunningly disguised as one of London’s best five-star hotels, The Royal Garden, but so hush hush that it makes Area 51 look about as covert as Disneyland.
All the highly classified data you need to land at ILMC can be found on this highly confidential website, and we’ll also be dispatching regular updates in our for-your-eyes-only e.News service, as well as in that covert organ of cover-ups and disinformation, IQ Magazine.
One piece of not-so-secret information is that the Royal Garden Hotel HQ can only squeeze in a finite number of foreign bodies and Earth-bound visitors. ILMC typically sells out in advance so it’s advisable to register before we run outta space.
Though, if you’re faster than light you might even scoop the much-coveted ILMC Mug Award (for being the first mug to register) in the process.
A galaxy of the industry’s leading companies and friendly life-forms have pitched in to support ILMC this year, and we’re particularly proud to reveal our platinum partner, Live Nation; gold partner, Ticketmaster; silver partner, CTS Eventim; and associate partners, DEAG, AirX, Malaysia Major Events and Showsec.
Also joining this pre-eminent collection of interstellar supporters are United Talent Agency, William Morris Endeavor, EPS, Feld Inc, Buma Cultuur, TESDER, Harlem Globetrotters, Emporium Presents, Eventbrite, Roskilde, CSB Shows & Concerts, EAA, Music Week, Pollstar, VIP, Musikwoche, Aiken Promotions, Britannia Row, Music Bank, Redburn, ID&C, PRG, Blackout, Inner Sanctum, Green Copper and many more...
Voting is now open for the Arthur Awards 2018 – the live music industry’s favourite and most-established awards. The Arthurs recognise the top players in the international concert business, from promoters, agents and venues; to festivals, production stars and suppliers.
Who’s in line for gongs in categories such as agent, promoter, venue, festival, and ticketing company? And which stars of the live music industry will take UFOs (unidentified f…ing objects) back to their own planets in 2018? All the nominees are online here.
ILMC members, and all those who receive our regular eNews or subscribe to IQ Magazine, are eligible to vote, and our virtual polling station will remain open until Friday 16 February 2018.
Click here to cast your vote.
The awards are the climactic ending of The ILMC Gala-tic Dinner & Arthur Awards – an opulent evening that will take place at 8Northumberland, which boasts one of the grandest Victorian interiors in London, and is just yards from Trafalgar Square.
To purchase a ticket for the The ILMC Gala-tic Dinner & Arthur Awards and be one of the first to witness who will take home the statuettes this year, click here.