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2009 Billboard Touring Conference


This week I decided that instead of going to class I would head to New York City and go to the Billboard Music Touring and Concert Awards Conference. Held at the Roosevelt Hotel next to Grand Central, the conference puts the biggest names in the industry under one roof for two days.

The leadoff panel for the conference was a collection of concert greats including Jon Cohen from Cornerstone and Harvey Leeds of Live Nation. In a yearly contest, the panel lead by moderator Liana Farnham of Madison Square Garden, picks the bands they think will make the largest jump in ticket sales for the next year.
Some of last years picks included We The Kings, The Cab and Fleetfoxes. This year’s picks were very ranged and I thought it would be fun to get other peoples thoughts on this. The rules stipulate that the band can currently be playing shows no larger than 1500 and will expand to a higher level over the next 12 months.
The bands picked for this year were:
  • All The Day Holiday
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Matt & Kim
  • Passion Pit
  • LCD Soundsystem
  • Eric Church
  • Owl City
Speaking to Liana after the panel I voiced my picks. The two bands I chose to add to the list were Hockey and Hey Monday. In the comments section tell us what bands you think will explode in the concert industry over the next 12 months, we’ll see who get’s it right!

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  • Comment by katy posted November 04, 2009 at 22:49

    lol–passion pit played a club called sonar in balitmore last spring–capacity: 1400. they just got under the radar..and matt & kim played at goucher last year…so my school now pre-predicts hot new bands? oh ya.

    also, lcd soundsystem!!! that's really exciting…they are sweet, i'm glad they're getting some recognition.

  • Comment by Harris posted November 04, 2009 at 23:13

    I don't see a pick from youuuuuu, who do you think will be the band of 2010??