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It's the end of the year, a time to look back at the wins, losses, innovations, and lessons learned within the live events industry. For those of us that made it out to a few key industry conferences, including FestForums in Santa Barbara and XLIVE in Las Vegas, we all had a chance to share insights, discuss experiences, and look at what's ahead for 2018. Whether you made it to either, both, or neither of the conferences, here's a look at some of the key takeaways I gleaned that I'd like to share; the topics and areas of focus that will be on my radar going into next year.

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For a number of years now, Kaffeine Buzz has been reporting on event technology trends, publishing deep-dive articles on festival live streaming, VR and AR, and multi-part series on the growth of streaming content in television, film, and sports, while weaving research into the shift of advertising and branding and how that's impacting entertainment and its fans.

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As I stated in the first newsletter, the goal of TheConnected.Buzz is to help all of us connect the dots between business and branding, technology and fan delight, safety and healthy risk-taking. The intent is to keep us all connected by sharing experiences and insights throughout the year and spotlighting how those in the industry are melding the traditional business practices and tools with new and innovative tactics and technology solutions to sanely stay ahead of the game.

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Toyota's Music Den has been on tour during the festival season and arrives this weekend for Life is Beautiful Music & Art Festival in downtown Las Vegas (September 22-24). The Music Den serves almost as a mini-festival within a festival, curating more intimate musical experiences for the fans by bringing the performers up close and personal within a smaller setting. At this year’s LIB the Den line up includes Viceroy, David Shaw and Zack Feinberg of The Revivalists, RAC, Kamaiyah, Day Wave, Local Natives, Broods, Ella Vos, Classixx, Mondo Cozmo, Middle Kids, Tycho, FRENSHIP, Hippo Campus, with Sofi Tukker having to cancel (Quinn XCII is replacing them during their 6:00-6:50pm slot on the Ambassador stage).

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“We like it rough and raw. Nasty. Messed up,” said Mike Brandon, lead singer of Mystery Lights, in Wick Records’ video series, ‘Live From The House of Soul’.

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[This article appeared originally on LineupLive.com, a contributed article by Kim Owens.] The year of cashless. The year of beacons. The year of RFID. I think it’s also the year of the Goat, if I’m not mistaken. Thing is, it’s the year for all of it in 2015. The one thing tying it all together, not forgetting ticketing and social media, is the data. It’s all these points of information that let the promoter, the festival organizer, the live event producer have the insight to make better decisions, which leads to a better experience for those people coming through the gates and through the doors.

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[This article appeared originally on LineupLive.com, a contributed article by Kim Owens.] 2011 was not that long ago. But in four short years, Governors Ball Music Festival in New York has made some significant operational and technical leaps.

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Yes, there are some pinnacle bands playing Riot Fest Denver, which comes to Denver for the first time in 2013 on September 21 and 22 at May Farms in Byers, Colorado, from the rock god Iggy Pop to The Replacements, which has influenced countless other bands since their inception many decades ago.

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