Standing Apart – Building a unique lineup in a consolidated market

Jasmine Ballroom December 12, 2017 2:00 pm - 2:50 pm

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Paul Peck, President of Programming and Live Production, Blackbird Presents
Sam Krichevsky, Co-Founder, Tanz
Craig Asher Nyman, Head of Music & Live Performances, Life is Beautiful
Mike Petryshyn, Founder& President, Riot Fest
Tim Epstein, Partner, Duggan Bertsch

The consolidation of music festivals over the past few years has lead to a situation where festivals from Boston to Vancouver are ending up with similar lineups, especially towards the top of their bills. Artists and fans have begun to express their frustration over lineup homogenization, but are there any viable solutions since the music festival industry is increasingly being controlled by a few major live entertainment companies that have every incentive to negotiate multi-festival deals with leading artists at sensible price points? We’ll discuss these issues with festival executives and talent buyers to get their feedback on creating appealing lineups that stand apart from the competition