Great news: The U2 Conference is coming back for its second edition in 2013! And next year's event will include an even more active role for all of us with @U2: In addition to helping publicize the event, we'll also be programming a track of sessions that will be geared toward a mainstream/popular U2 fan audience. (And we want your help - read on!)
The U2 Conference will be presented in collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum on April 26-27, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. Ann Powers, NPR's music critic, is the keynote speaker; additional keynote speakers will be announced as the conference approaches.
Much like the first conference back in 2009, there'll be an academic aspect with professors, students and other scholars presenting studies/papers about the band. But next year's conference will also feature several sessions created specifically for a more mainstream/popular U2 fan audience.
@U2 has agreed to program the "popular audience" track, where discussions and presentations don't necessarily need to have a scholarly slant. We expect to talk about things like U2's future, U2.com and artist fan clubs, the impact of technology on being a U2 fan and much more.
Whether you're planning to attend or not, we'd like your help in developing ideas for the mainstream/general sessions. (We'll invite you to pitch/apply to be a presenter/speaker at a later date. Now we're looking for content/session ideas.) We've created a web page that explains how you can share your session ideas with us:
Please read that and fill out the short form to let us know what you think would make for great sessions at The U2 Conference! And we'll see you in Cleveland next April!