BPM DJ show to grow following PLASA acquisition
Thursday, 1 February 2024
plasa-bpmPLASA's MD Peter Heath and Mark Parkhouse, BPM director
UK - PLASA has acquired BPM, the UK’s only dedicated trade event for the DJ sector. The annual show is set to take place at Birmingham’s Cranmore Park from 12-13 October 2024, spanning the mobile, radio, club and karaoke DJ markets. The event offers a unique opportunity for professionals and enthusiasts to get hands-on with pro equipment and discover services available to support a successful DJ career.
The show’s acquisition by PLASA means that BPM will now align with the association’s market-leading trade events for live entertainment technology: PLASA Show and PLASA Focus Leeds. These events span the entire live entertainment technology sector, ranging from pro audio and lighting to AV technology, staging and rigging. PLASA Show has been the UK’s flagship event for over four decades, welcoming 6,500+ visitors and 200+ brands each year. Meanwhile PLASA Focus Leeds welcomes 2,000+ visitors and 150+ brands, with a reputation as the industry’s favourite - and most friendly - trade event.
With this experience and success, PLASA is strategically positioned to strengthen the BPM show in alignment with the growing DJ sector. Currently, BPM welcomes 40 exhibitors and 2,000 visitors. However, the PLASA team intends to work to expand the show floor and bring even more visitors to the event.
In addition to internationally significant trade events, PLASA serves the industry as an association, offering business support and technical guidance. Many BPM exhibitors are already PLASA members, which means that PLASA can now support its members’ business objectives across two distinct yet complementary markets.
With PLASA’s plans to increase its value for European members in 2024, BPM is a timely addition to the association’s commercial portfolio. European brands can now tap into the UK’s wider entertainment sector while gaining support and guidance as a PLASA member.
BPM director, Mark Parkhouse, comments: “Developing and running BPM has been an incredible journey. But now it’s time for the show to evolve, and PLASA is strongly positioned to be the new guardian. Together with my business partners, Kris Dawber and Jack Wilson, we wish PLASA and BPM a long and successful future. And I highly recommend you check out the BPM this year!”
PLASA managing director, Peter Heath, adds: “PLASA is the proud new owner of BPM, a fantastic show full of potential. The DJ market is growing in various directions, and it really is an exciting time to get involved. You can expect to see the show grow and evolve over the coming years, and we will do our best to retain the show’s essence while adding the PLASA signature experience.”
BPM will return to Cranmore Park in Solihull as planned, from 12-13 October, to ensure the smooth transition of ownership. However, from 2025, BPM will relocate, with a refreshed vision and larger format to reflect the expansion of the DJ and producer profession. Further information about BPM 2024 will be published over the coming months.

 


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