Unparalleled Festival Networking at XLIVE 2016

*Written by Carlos Rodriguez for Electronica Life 

LAS VEGAS, NV –  A winter trip to the desert proved to be a festival journey unlike any other.  While other festival conferences have either stagnated or fallen off the map in the last few years, X-Live has rebranded, expanded, and hired an all-star team to bring together true innovators in the festival market. X-live now includes festivals of multiple genres, like food & beverage, music, film and more. Several thousand festival producers, operators, vendors, agents and more descended upon the Tropicana for three days of non-stop conferences, workshops, keynote speakers and meetings.

Attendees ran the full gamut, ranging from newly minted entrepreneurs with just business cards and ideas, to full scale festival promoters, to venture capitalists looking for new additions to their portfolio. No matter what you were looking for, if you looked hard enough you could find it. Of course the higher value individuals typically make a quick pass through the event, so you have to be well connected & well planned to grab them at the right moment to get a couple words in. Luckily XLIVE attracts enough of these people, that no matter what you are looking for, you are likely to find at least a few connections that will add great value to your organization.

Networking is the primary reason any business person ventures to an event like this, and XLIVE knows it. They help you set meetings with other attendees if you are a sponsor. They will reach out and discuss strategy and do their best to connect you with the people you want to be connected to. They even run their own meeting room and assist with scheduling in between parties.

Breakout sessions were numerous, running through the different challenges that each festival faced, while trying to keep the conversation to the similarities between us all. The X-live EXPO hall was one of the better, if not the best in the festival conference space. Many of the booth’s were vendors selling competing products, but despite being competitors, many felt they were meeting the right people and building their networks.