FastForward 2018

The future of the music industry starts here.

FastForward is a boutique music business conference aimed at connecting the next generation of music industry leaders, to help lay the foundation for a sustainable career in the modern music industry.

Following the sold-out success of the flagship conference in Amsterdam over the last 2 years, and our first international expansion to London in September 2017, we return to where it all began at the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ for the third edition of our flagship event.

The two-day conference in this vibrant European business hub will offer a combination of keynote speeches, interactive panel discussions, FastForward’s ‘FastFifteen’ rapid-fire solo presentations, intimate networking experiences and cutting-edge tech activations, with a curated speaker lineup and program to bring the best & brightest UK and European business leaders together to explore the latest trends to emerge in the music and media industries today.

While FastForward is aimed at under 35s, there are no strict rules as to who can attend. By limiting the attendance numbers, our events allow for deeper networking. For FastForward, it’s about meaningful discussion. Those establishing themselves in the industry who want to expand their network, rather than those who are fully established already, will find it most valuable.

FastForward also exists to highlight emerging talent so that when other conferences are looking for someone different who is really good at marketing, management, music tech, or in the gaming space and beyond, our line-up can be a point for people to call upon, and to showcase some of the excellent talent that is out there.

Learn about our history, across Amsterdam and London, and the vision behind our events.

FastForward 2018

Taking place on Thursday 15 & Friday 16 February at the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ in the heart of Amsterdam, FastForward 2018 continues the development of the FastForward community with our flagship conference.

Topics to be covered at this two-day event include the Importance of Music in Shaping Culture, the Future of D2F, Merch, and Monetising FansStreaming 2.0: What Happens Next, the Future of AdvertisingMythbusting Secondary Ticketing, and Future of Search & Discovery.

We are proud to say that FastForward 2018 is proudly supported by Dutch digital distributor FUGA, French music market intelligence company Soundcharts, and UK independent music trade body Association of Independent Music, joining Global Event Partners international creative agency Sherry Design, and boutique research agency Media Insight Consulting, who continue to curate the event.

Tickets are available via Ticketmaster’s Universe platform here, with prices starting at the Early Bird rate of £195 available until 18 November, rising to £235 until 20 January, and finally £275 for the last minute rate. Similar to previous years, attendance to the event will be limited to 150 to allow for a more meaningful & valuable networking experience.

If you have any questions about this third edition of our flagship event, why not contact us