This year’s debut FastForward: London was a broad fusion of ideas, solutions, explanations, and collaboration that is paving the way for future events. The deliberately small event – with just 175 attendees – allowed for an intimate social environment, laying the platform for a no-holds-barred exchange of concepts from both our speakers and audience.
We brought people together from all corners of the music industry, and all levels of experience. From Sophie Crosby, SVP Insight and Marketing at Ticketmaster and Merck Mercuriadis, who manages Nile Rogers, through to people giving their first ever music presentation or panel.
Our unique ‘FastFifteen’ sessions, which are designed to allow experts to learn from their peers on very specialist subjects, covered a broad range of topics including advice on Exporting UK Music from the UK’s Department of International Trade, to how to Stand Out on Streaming Services from Deezer’s VP of Artist Marketing, and how best to Build an Audience in Live Music from DHP’s Head of Marketing.
The most important feedback we have had is about the quality of the delegates. Getting the right people on stage isn’t easy, but it is easy to influence. To have gathered a crowd of like-minded people in London, as we had in Amsterdam, who wanted to meet, network, and grow together was a real highlight.
There is a lot going on in the world at the moment, and a lot of uncertainty exists. To be immersed in a crowd of people that not only want to make their own future better, but that of those around them, was genuinely refreshing and makes us feel very confident and positive about what lies ahead.