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Jay Marciano confirmed for last ever (Late) Breakfast Meeting at ILMC 36

AEG Presents Chairman and CEO has overseen global tours for Taylor Swift, Elton John, Blackpink, The Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber and more.

Ed Bicknell to step back from ILMC duties after 22 years

AEG Presents Chairman and CEO Jay Marciano has been confirmed for The (Late) Breakfast Meeting at ILMC 36, in what will be the last ever edition of the famous interview series. 

Marciano is one of the most respected executives in the entertainment industry today.

Responsible for overseeing AEG’s tour and concert promotion, facilities, and digital divisions (including AXS), he oversees a portfolio of over 100 live music venues; global tours for artists such as Taylor Swift, Elton John, Blackpink, the Rolling Stones and Justin Bieber; and festivals including Coachella, BST Hyde Park, Electric Forest, All Points East and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

Having held senior leadership roles at Universal Concerts, Madison Square Garden Entertainment, and having previously run AEG’s European operations, Marciano is an executive with keen international awareness, and a clear vision of where the business is headed.

ILMC 36’s (Late) Breakfast Meeting will also be the last, with host Ed Bicknell hanging up his microphone after 22 years in the role.

During his tenure, Bicknell has interviewed some of the biggest names in the music business across management, promotion, agencies and the artist fraternity, including Irving Azoff, Roger Daltrey, Nile Rodgers, Emma Banks, Arthur Fogel, Paul McGuinness, Marc Geiger and many more.

Bicknell is a highly successful music manager best known for working with Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits, Gerry Rafferty, Bryan Ferry, Scott Walker, and The Blue Nile.

ILMC head Greg Parmley says: “With Ed’s humour, candour and expert knowledge of the business, the Breakfast Meeting interviews have been a highlight of ILMC’s programme for two decades, so it’s immensely fitting that we bring the series to a close with Jay; one of live music’s most highly respected individuals.”

"I'm thrilled to return to ILMC and look forward to a lively conversation with Ed,” says Marciano. “It's a monumental time for our business, and while it's always nice to get together as an industry and talk about where we've been, I think the most critical issue to address is where we are going. I hope to be able to bring that to center stage at the Breakfast Meeting. Wait! Do promoters actually eat breakfast?!"

Ed Bicknell adds: “After 22 years of vibrant, exciting, intellectually stimulating and occasionally humorous banter from me it’s time to wrap it up. And as Jay’s keen to explore where we’re all going, I’m hoping he brings a map!”  

The (Late) Breakfast Meeting takes place at 4.45pm on Thursday 29 February 2024 as part of the 36th International Live Music Conference (ILMC). The conference will welcome over 1,400 of the world’s top live music professionals from over 50 countries to the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London from 27 Feb-1 March.

Full information about ILMC 2024, The Arthur Awards, Futures Forum, London Calling and the new Touring Entertainment LIVE day is at

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