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At a conference, a talk can be done by a speaker (person) or multiple speakers (group of persons).
At a festival, a live set can be played by an artist (person) or a band (group of persons)

What's a word that would fit the following sentence regardless of the talk/set being done/performed by a person or a group?

The ____ will be on stage at 2PM on Thursday.

I've thought of “performer” but it wouldn't fit for a group.

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    The talent or act. – Dan Bron Dec 8 '14 at 23:27
  • The presentation/performance will begin at 2PM on Thursday – Jim Dec 9 '14 at 3:20
  • @DanBron: I think you should give that as an answer. Especially, act. – ermanen Dec 9 '14 at 4:33
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Guest(s) is one possibility as a universal descriptor.

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the entertainment could be singular or plural.

  • You probably mean entertainment – Jim Dec 9 '14 at 3:17
  • Well at least I've learned that I use 'entrap' wrong 90% of the time (should be entrain). TX @Jim – Mazura Dec 9 '14 at 3:47

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