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Soapbox Sessions

Soapbox Sessions

Room 1 | 15:30 – 16:30 | Friday

The second batch of 15-minute talks by four innovators, thought leaders and inspiring individuals will see presentations tackling the most pressing issues facing the business today, mixed with case studies by trailblazers pushing the envelope in their chosen fields – with plenty of time for discussion at the end.

15:30 - 15:45
Confessions of a Super-Tout
Host: Ken Lowson, Tixfan (US)

As the former CEO of Wiseguy Tickets, super-scalper Ken Lowson built a $25m ticket touting empire, rubbing shoulders with bankers and financiers while gaining infamy as the ‘man who broke Ticketmaster.’ Now reformed, Lowson speaks at Futures Forum on the rise and fall of Wiseguy – including its demise at the hands of the FBI – and the company’s invention of ticket bots, as well as his current efforts to clean up what he calls the “swamp” of primary ticketing with his new company, Tixfan.

15:45 - 16:00
Drug Testing with The Loop
Host: Dr Henry Fisher, Volteface (UK)

The prevention of drug-related harm and deaths is a major concern for festivals and live music events the world over. This session sees senior chemist Dr Henry Fisher explain how The Loop, Britain’s first and only on-site drug safety testing organisation, is tackling this issue head-on to make live music events safer.

16:00 - 16:15
Production 101
Host: Sara Maria Kordek, Good Taste Production (PL)

Behind every successful tour is a great production manager – especially in a world where even solo pop acts demand production that puts the poodle-haired rockers of old to shame (looking at you and your 49 trucks, Ed Sheeran). In this session, PM Sara Maria Kordek, who has worked with the likes of Hans Zimmer, Jamiroquai and Pat Metheny, shares five things she’s learnt from a life on the road.

16:15 - 16:30
Ancient Wisdom for Modern Living
Host: Gelong Thubten, Buddhist Monk, Meditation Teacher & Author (US)

Tibetan Buddhist monk and mindfulness pioneer Gelong Thubten shows delegates how to integrate mindfulness and meditation into their busy working lives. Complementing the later ‘Surviving the Business’ session, Thubten’s presentation draws on ancient, traditional, authentic training in Buddhist meditation, translating it into a non-religious format perfect for modern live music professionals.