Dua Lipa is the give a keynote interview at the inaugural Futures Forum, a one-day event for young live music professionals which takes place as part of this year’s International Live Music Conference (ILMC).
The singer and her father Dukagjin Lipa will be interviewed on Friday, March 8 at the Royal Garden Hotel in West London about the role that live music has played in building her career, the demands of life on the road and their Sunny Hill Foundation in Kosovo.
“It’s a huge vote of confidence in Futures Forum to have an artist of Dua Lipa’s calibre and influence as our first-ever keynote interview, especially on International Women’s Day 2019,” said ILMC head Greg Parmley. “With over 30 speakers confirmed, we’re also proud that Futures Forum has achieved a gender-balanced line-up in year one.”
The interview by IQ editor Gordon Masson will be followed by a Live Nation-hosted drinks reception to celebrate International Women's Day.
Live Nation UK and Ireland chairman Denis Desmond said: “This is the right time to toast the women making the live music business thrive, from artists like Dua Lipa to our growing team of female promoters. To close ILMC on International Women’s Day is a fitting celebration of our bright future and we look forward to welcoming all ILMC and Futures Forum attendees.”
The keynote will cap a day of panels, presentations and workshops which also sees radio DJ Steve Lamacq present 30 Years in a Toilet: Enjoying grassroots venues the Lamacq way, in conversation with Mark Davyd of the Music Venue Trust. All ILMC delegates are able to attend, while subsidised day passes are available for younger working professionals.
ILMC runs from March 5-8. Panel topics will range from ticketing, agency, investment, and management, to diversity, streaming, digital marketing and new technology, while The Who frontman Roger Daltrey will appear in conversation with former Dire Straits manager Ed Bicknell.