OpenMusicMedia #5 – Live & Kicking

January 23, 2009

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

William IV

7 Shepherdess Walk
London, England N1 7QE

We’re under a month into 2009 and we’re already close to finalising the topics and speakers for the next three OpenMusicMedia meetups. And it’s about time we started telling you about the next one. The date is Wednesday 4th February and leading the conversation will be Songkick‘s Ian Hogarth. If you haven’t heard about Songkick already then we think you probably will very soon. Based in East London, Songkick is a leading gig recommendation and ticket search engine that tracks concerts based on your listening habits.

The theme set by Ian is ‘Live & Kicking’ and he’ll be talking about how the industry has boomed over past 9 years and where the concert industry is going to be in 5 years time. How start-ups and technology are going to accelerate that, and what you need to do to get on the train. With traditional recorded music sales in decline is the future of the music industry live? What can artists and bands do to monetize their live performances? Is it sustainable? What changes are we seeing in the live music sector? And what happens if the music doesn’t lend itself to the live arena?

These are just some of the discussion points, so come down and get involved.

As David Bowie once said:

”Music itself is going to become like running water or electricity…So it’s like, just take advantage of these last few years because none of this is ever going to happen again. You’d better be prepared for doing a lot of touring because that’s really the only unique situation that’s going to be left. It’s terribly exciting. But on the other hand it doesn’t matter if you think it’s exciting or not; it’s what’s going to happen.”

More Details On OpenMusicMedia

WHAT: the OpenMusicMedia Meet is a group that gets together regularly in London to discuss, explore and shape the future of digital music and media. The format is open and everyone is invited. The group serves as a meeting point for people with similar interests and open up conversations between them. Everyone is encouraged to hang around after the discussion to eat and drink. The William IV serves great food!

WHO: A melting pot of label execs, journalists, social media types, digital distributors & retailers, entrepreneurs, music geeks, bloggers and future thinkers. The group is open to anyone who has a professional or personal interest in this space.

WHERE: Upstairs at the William IV pub. Just a 5 min stroll from Old Street tube. http://www.williamthefourth.com/

DRESS CODE: Informal. No vested interests, no politics and no agendas.

ADMISSION: An open mind, open ears and a passion for the topics discussed. There is no charge, though the more booze you buy the nicer our hosts will be. After our discussion we encourage everyone to stay and enjoy the great food at the William IV. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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5 Responses to “OpenMusicMedia #5 – Live & Kicking”

  1. geetarchurchy Says:

    Hi! Would love to come and bring a friend if possible!

  2. Jonas Woost Says:

    No problem, bring as many friends as you like!


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