New Panels & Speakers Confirmed

ESNS 2021 — Conference Programme Update

It seems like a cautious plan to reopen the live music business for 2021 is now coming together. What will the next steps be, and how do we get back on track?  With a new batch of confirmed experts & panelists, we’ll be making sure all the issues on ‘The road to recovery’ will be addressed at this year’s (fully digital and online) ESNS Conference. 


We’re happy to announce following new panels:

  • Final call: don’t miss the last of the three free online panels we’ve scheduled for you tonight! In light of the current crisis,  (Fat Beats/Patta), Eugene Kan (Hypebeast/MAEKAN), Linda Nápoles and Rebecca Tegegne (Ladieslovehiphop) will talk about why it’s so important to invest in culture. ‘Do it for the culture’ is moderated by Gunifort Uwambaga aka “Guni” (December 3rd, 07:00 pm CET).

Added Speakers at ESNS 2021

How to Make the Most of your Streaming Concerts.
Helienne Lindvall, is confirmed to host this panel in which different organizations from the live music sector shine a light on what’s needed for the future success of live streaming. With Ide Koffeman, Mojo Concerts and Down the Rabbit Hole Festival, Phil Middleton, from streaming platform Driift, working for the likes of Nick Cave, Biffy Clyro and James Bay, Lieke Timmermans, from the Dutch venue TivoliVredenburg, and responsible for the strategy and execution of streaming concerts, and Aly Gillani, label representative for Bandcamp in Europe, which is also hosting live streaming concerts (new!).

The Road to Recovery
The Yourope Event Safety Group (YES) takes the temperature of the current situation and outlines the status of what the road to a genuine reopening looks like. YES representatives Pascal Viot, Paleo Festival and Henrik Bondo, Roskilde Festival, will host this panel discussion, with Morton Therkildsen, Crowd Safety Manager Roskilde Festival, Sabine Funk, MD of International Training for Crowd & Safety Management, Coralie Berael, Vorst National in Brussels, Michal Sládek, Pohoda festival, Sven Varsek, Das Fest and Alexandra von Samson, Goodlive.

“I am speaking” – Diversity in the Music Industry
Are festival line-ups really diverse, how many People of Colour do you work with on a daily basis, how many women do you know in leading positions? In this panel we’re taking a closer look at diversity in the music industry.
Hosted by Julia Gudzent, founder of Misc Berlin, an agency for diversity and empowerment, we hope to find out where the industry needs help in becoming more open-minded and diverse. With Natasha Bent, Paradigm Agency, Hannah Shogbola, Echo Location Talent Agency, Rauha Kyyrö, Fullsteam Agency, and Demba Sanoh, writer/historian, connected to Misc Berlin.

Impala Presents; What’s Up in Indie Land?
Execs from leading European indies will discuss how they envision their future, including things they’d like to see changed in the current music ecosystem, but also what they have in store for music fans next year. A panel led by Juliana Koranteng, founder of Jay Kay Media with panelists Ruth Barlow, Beggars Group, Michel Lambot, co-founder and co-president of Pias Music Group, Horst Weidenmuller, founder of !K7, Dario Drastata, Dallas Records, plus Fabienne Schmuki, head of Irascible music agency, will try to answer the question: ‘What does it mean to be an indie in 2021?’.

Talent Development in Covid-19 times: A Chance or a Lost Generation?
Tomorrow’s musical heroes will only break through if they get a chance to develop themselves today.  But what if these precious chances just aren’t there, now that even established artists have difficulties staying afloat. POPnl presenters Imke Loeffen and Lars Kelpin, will host this Dutch-language panel. With Pim Kokkeler, coördinator Booster Festival and connected to ArtEZ University, Janneke Nijhuis, artistic coordinator at Popradar, Hugo Schaap, radio station NPO 3FM, Froukje Bouma, artist manager (S10, Linde Schöne) and Maarten Middendorp, booker at Agents After All.

Register now for the digital edition of ESNS with panel discussions, keynotes, sessions, speed meetings, network opportunities and lots of new European music.