Uniting the industry’s most brilliant minds under one roof, the 13th annual conference will bring the dynamic festival community together to share in a creative and collaborative space where attendees can explore the latest trends and share ideas within the rapid evolution of the large scale gathering phenomenon.Featured speakers at this year’s conference include: Billboard and Hollywood Reporter President John Amato, Eventbrite Co-Founder & CEO Julia Hartz, The Recording Academy Executive Director Theresa Jenkins Red Frog Events Co-CEO Ryan Kunkel, Founders Entertainment Co-Founder & Partner Jordan Wolowitz, Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Managing Director John Trumble, AEG/Goldenvoice VP of Global Partnerships Caroline Frye Burruss, Soundslinger/Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival Founder/Chief Creative Officer Paul Peck, Charleston Wine + FoodExecutive Director Gillian Zettler, Creative Artists Agency Head – CAA Culinary Andrew Chason,AEG Senior Vice President Global Partnerships Mark Faber, Newport Folk & Newport Jazz Festivals Executive Producer Jay Sweet, Live Nation VP Strategic Initiatives Tobias Ekman, C3 Presents President – Shaky Festivals Tim Sweetwood, AC Entertainment Forecastle Founder & Captain JK McKnight, ESL/Turtle Entertainment America CEO Craig Levine, TwitchVP & eSports Evangelist Andy Swanson, Airbnb Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy Chip Conley and The Confluence Founder Russell Ward plus a collective of many other industry leaders (full list below).
2016 participants of XLIVE can look forward to an abundance of interactive spaces in the Exhibit Hall, ripe with opportunities for networking, education, and inspiration. Boasting over 100 of the most innovative companies within the live event industry, attendees will find themselves face-to-face with game changers that are providing festival organizers with the latest tools and services to take their operations, marketing, and fan engagement strategies to the next level. Also found in the Exhibit Hall will be the Innovation/Startup Showcase,giving emerging companies a forum to demo the next generation of event solutions and technology. Tech enthusiasts will revel at the newly-designed Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality Lab, where curious cohorts may experience the latest in VR/AR technology and witness firsthand how these tools can transform future productions.
Following an enlightening jaunt throughout the Exhibition Hall, attendees can stop and recharge at Refreshment Row, a comfortable setting to enjoy a beverage while they continue to take in the experience. Sync up playlists and share favorite music with longtime and new friends in the Live Lounge area – a perfect opportunity to network in a relaxed environment complete with charging stations for laptops and mobile devices.
Ahead of XLIVE 2016, fans on both coasts can look forward to attending one of two XLIVE 2016 receptions. Held in Los Angeles (August 24) and New York City (September 13), the XLIVE receptions will offer up a taste of what’s to come for XLIVE 2016 and 2017.
For more information and/or to register for the convention, please check out the XLIVE website and be sure to like the XLIVE Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest news and speaker announcements.
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