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Doc McGhee to be interviewed by Ed Bicknell at ILMC 35

Legendary KISS manager confirmed for The (Late) Breakfast Meeting


More than 15 years after their last ILMC encounter, highly respected music manager Doc McGhee will return to sit down with former Dire Straits manager Ed Bicknell for The (Late) Breakfast Meeting at this year’s event.

As a music manager, McGhee founded the careers of Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe, and Skid Row, and has managed the world-famous band KISS for over two decades. McGhee Entertainment clients have included Guns N’ Roses, Scorpions, Liz Phair, James Brown and Diana Ross. With many of his artists having found notoriety of sorts, McGhee’s anecdotes and tales from the road are legendary.

A pioneer of the entertainment industry, McGhee has rebranded and relaunched artists worldwide, staged global live events such as the Moscow Music Peace Festival, featured in numerous documentaries, and continues to produce shows for film and television.

A friend of ILMC and long-time Breakfast Meeting host, Ed Bicknell is a highly successful manager in his own right. As well as Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits, he is best known for working with Gerry Rafferty, Bryan Ferry, Scott Walker and The Blue Nile.

The (Late) Breakfast Meeting will take place at 16:45 on Thursday 2 March.

Elsewhere, the list of ILMC speakers has been growing daily. Among the top industry names recently announced are Jessica Koravos (Oak View Group), Marcia Titley (Eventim), Phil Bowdery (Live Nation), Alex Hardee (Wasserman Music), Mark Davyd (MVT), Tommy Jinho Yoon (ICA-Live-Asia), Amy Bowerman and Patrik Meyer (Deutsche Bank Park), Steve Reynolds (LS Events), John Langford (AEG Europe), Kim Bloem (Mojo Concerts), Lisa Ryan (EFM) and many more.

ILMC Managing Director Greg Parmley said: “The last time Doc and Ed got together at ILMC, they had the room in tears of laughter. 15 years on, it remains one of the stand out sessions in our history, so it’s great to have these two on the bill together again. Doc is a music industry titan. It’s no exaggeration to say he has worked with and even launched some of the biggest names in the business.”

ILMC 35 will take place from February 28 – March 3 at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel. Full info and tickets can be found at

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