UK - The Green Hippo training team took to the road to deliver a week-long residency at Backstage Academy in Production Park, Wakefield, as well as a private training session in Lithuania.
October was another packed month for the Green Hippo training division, involving a week-long residency at Backstage Academy in Production Park and a successful private training session into the Baltic region.
Green Hippo is renowned for its commitment to training excellence - its Hippotizer training sessions, known as HippoSchool, have been running for over 10 years, visiting over 38 countries and training over 2,000 students, freelancers and professionals - and October 2018 marked the beginning of Green Hippo’s new partnership with Backstage Academy, the Production Park-based centre of excellence that specialises in degree courses, short courses and training programmes for the live events industry.
This new partnership, announced earlier this year, means Backstage Academy’s students now have access to three of Green Hippo’s Hippotizer Amba+ Media Servers, supplied by A.C. Entertainment Technologies. Additionally, Green Hippo will also deliver training courses, giving real-world work and project experience to Backstage Academy’s students and staff.
The first of these sessions saw two Green Hippo product specialists travel to the Academy to deliver a week of invaluable instruction. Green Hippo’s Suzy Stenning and Zep Mouris spent the first two days at Production Park delivering training to Backstage Year 1 and Year 2 Live Visual Design & Produc
UK - Live events educational facility Backstage Academy has announced its new leadership team for 2019.
The team will be headed by vice-principal Rachel Nicholson, whose arrival is the culmination of an eminent journey in the theatre world. After gaining a degree in lighting design, she was awarded a postgraduate studentship to study an MA in Theatre Practice where she specialised in Lighting and Digital Scenography. Nicholson subsequently pursued a successful freelance career, working in a variety of venues and companies including Sadlers Wells and The National Theatre as a lighting designer and technician, before returning to the education sector permanently in 2006.
Also joining is Richard Sadler as academic director. He has worked in repertory theatre, touring and the West End. He spent eight years with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden before joining the London Bach Choir as their first professional general manager. He will drive academic enhancement and quality assurance at the Academy.
Matt Bate, director of operations and student services, joined the Academy in September 2015 from the University of Exeter, where he was vice-president and executive trustee of the Students’ Guild. At Backstage Academy, he will oversee the day-to-day operation of all courses.
Jack Scarr, marketing & commercial director, has worked in educational marketing for over seven years to apprenticeship and degree level.
Miles Marsden, industry partnerships director has been business development director at Production Park for Art, Brand & Arc
Germany - The Adam Hall Group held its Event.Tech Days networking event to present the latest innovations from its solutions portfolio.
The international manufacturer and distributor of event technology welcomed 50 customers and 80 participants at the company’s HQ in Neu-Anspach (near Frankfurt) on 21-22 November, where rental industry experts could see products from Adam Hall brands including LD Systems, Cameo Light, and Gravity.
Additionally, in a format coined “Tech Talks”, the rental professionals were subsequently invited to openly discuss and exchange their insights, ideas and views surrounding the future of the event technology industry with the Group’s product management and R&D teams.
The Event.Tech Days were rounded off by an evening event in cooperation with BMW that included networking, dining and drinks, live music, as well as the German premiere of the new BMW X5 and 8 models.
Attending this inaugural event were rental company professionals from Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, who received exclusive introduction and demos of products including Cameo moving lights and battery-powered spotlights; the new rental series from Gravity Stands.
Adam Hall Group CEO Alexander Pietschmann gave a keynote speech before the product specialists highlighted the new products.
In pro audio, Viktor Wiesner presented the current LD Systems portfolio, from the award-winning MAUI P900 in cooperation with Porsche Design Studio through the CURV 500 TS Compact Touring System to the Stin
South Africa - DWR Distribution worked with UJ Arts & Culture to offer practical training to students interested in working back stage on productions.
“UJ Arts & Culture's partnership with DWR grants us access to valuable professional skills and knowledge we would otherwise not be able to make available to our crew and students interested in developing these niche skills,” comments Pieter Jacobs, head of UJ Arts & Cultural. “The results speak for itself with some students now being able to work on our productions as junior technicians, which in the long-term will also benefit the industry."
The aim of the course was to create a basic, hands-on introduction to lighting and audio, and was targeted at students from the University of Johannesburg. The students are involved with theatre as an extra mural activity and participate in shows and festivals.
“We found a massive need for practical training existed for both the technicians at UJ Theatre as well as students who just wanted to get involved,” says Jannie de Jager, who heads training at DWR. “Earlier this year, Michael Taylor-Broderick from our team presented a theatre lighting workshop that focused on the theory of lighting. We were then asked to present both a practical lighting and audio session to the students as a follow up course.”
On the lighting side, Jannie and Michael went back to basics. “We drew an uncomplicated lighting plot,” Jannie explains. “Included were channel numbers, fixture numbers, positions, and gel allocations. The task was simple. Re
South Africa - DWR Distribution recently hosted L-Acoustics training to ensure that all current and new Kara users were up to standard and internationally certified.
Tony Szabo, head of applications for touring at L-Acoustics, presented the two-day course; the theory was hosted at DWR in Johannesburg, while the practical session took place at the premises of rental company Eventech.
“L-Acoustics has always insisted on training on the line source array systems, to ensure that there is a high and consistent standard throughout the world,” comments Richard Smith of DWR.”
The training seminar in South Africa, which was limited to invited users of Kara and potential users, consisted of two modules. The first module was System Fundamentals which covered Soundvision 3D modelling software and amplified controllers, including LA Network Manager software. The second was called K-System Training, which is any K-Series System from Kiva II all the way up to K1. In this case it the focus was on Kara, as several companies in the training group had purchased Kara and required the necessary certification.
The second morning was devoted to Kara theory, while the afternoon was a practical workshop dedicated to rigging and listening, with special thanks to Eventech. The feedback from delegates were positive all round.
South Africa - Robe lighting’s CEO, Josef Valchar presented demonstrations at a successful South African Robe roadshow event which received a friendly welcome in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg at the start of November.
Organised by local distributor DWR and also attended by Robe’s sales director Harry von den Stemmen, the roadshow was an opportunity for the entertainment industry to experience first-hand the new T1 Profile, iParfect, RoboSpot and SuperSpikie products.
The team was very busy from 10am to 5pm each day and gave five to six demos at each venue. “The response was impressive! We had close to 50 people in Cape Town, 40 in Durban and over a hundred in Johannesburg,” commented Josef.
“It was great to hear all the feedback and see the reaction first-hand to the products. Obviously, the main attraction was RoboSpot and the T1, but people also liked the iParfect and everyone got to see SuperSpikie for the first time. It’s a Spikie on steroids - bigger, bolder, brighter! All in all, it was very good.”
Says DWR’s Duncan Riley, “It was a successful roadshow and I think it’s wonderful that Robe still care about all their users and potential users in Africa – even if some of them are small businesses. That’s important and means a lot to us.”
UK - The UK Hog Factor competition final took place at Production Futures as two teams competed in a lighting showdown using High End Systems’ Hog 4 console.
Rose Bruford’s ‘Two CLCs and A Norwegian Walk Into A Bar’ won the lighting programming contest, whilst ‘Hogging Bruford’ finished runners-up. The finalists programmed to Foo Fighters’ Pretender.
The judges, including renowned LD Jonathan Armstrong and senior product manager for Hog consoles, Sarah Clausen, took into account the artistic impression of the live show as well as the programming style of the Hog 4. They agreed that the winning team “produced a better structured show in the desk, and had a better use of colour and contrast with their design, portraying a better journey throughout the song”.
Clausen comments: “Both teams showed a real ability to break down the song and structure of a lighting show to fit the music. We were very impressed with both teams timing and execution.”
Since its launch in 2015, High End Systems has run Hog Factor competitions around the world at various trade shows and will be back next year at Prolight & Sound 2019 in Frankfurt.
UK - Down Hall Hotel & Spa was the early autumn setting for the Green Hippo SHAPE 3D projection mapping masterclass. The sessions took place on two September days with over 30 places taken and attendees travelling from Denmark, Finland, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland, as well the UK.
The first day offered a fundamental introduction to SHAPE 3D projection mapping. Opening with talks covering models and basic content, topics progressed to Hippotizer set-up, closing in the evening with both building alignment and blending practice. Day two shifted up the gears, delivering an advanced-level masterclass – participants took part in a detailed look at complex SHAPE products and setting up complex projects. The advanced syllabus also involved creating content with Notch, as well as building practice and demo station work.
Both days involved access to an impressive selection of kit – outside, as well as in. Additionally, Stage Sound Services provided eight Panasonic PT-RZ21k laser projectors in Tempest weatherproof enclosures. Green Hippo’s media partner for the masterclass was LSi magazine.
"This year’s SHAPE 3D Projection Mapping Masterclass was a great success; our delegates learned a lot and gained valuable hands-on experience mapping the hotel. It was very exciting to work closely with our users; showing them SHAPE’s new features and exploring 3D workflows."
Read more about the recent masterclass in the November issue of LSi - out now!
USA - Sensaphonics recently held a Gold Circle Seminar to train audiologists in meeting the specialised needs of artists, sound engineers, and other music professionals. The two-day seminar features personal instruction from Sensaphonics president, Dr. Michael Santucci, and audio engineering consultant Joe ‘Sound Guy’ Tessone. Four audiologists gained Gold Circle certification through a series of classroom modules and a hands-on demo session with a live band using in-ear monitors for the first time.
Topics included advanced hearing loss prevention techniques, concert sound system basics, monitoring technology overview, product information, and backstage etiquette, all with a focus on how the music industry differs from other work environments. Classroom instruction is held at Sensaphonics headquarters in downtown Chicago and includes a tour of the company’s IEM manufacturing facility and Musicians’ Hearing Clinic. Hands-on instruction included proper ear impression technique, plus a live band rehearsal session, where seminar participants interacted with musicians using in-ear monitors for the first time.
Earning their Gold Circle Certification were audiologists Shahrzad Cohen of Hearing Loss Solutions in Sherman Oaks, CA; Rebecca Grome of Ears 4 U Hearing Services in Nashville, TN; London Gleghorn of Sound Access, LLC in St. Louis, MO; and Rachel Bringewatt of ENT Consultants in Omaha, NE. Also attending was Sensaphonics artist relations consultant Richard Sandrok.
“This was an exceptional group of qualified audiologists, and we’re prou
South Africa - DWR has announced details for its upcoming Robe roadshow, taking place in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg this month.
DWR will bring Robe’s new T1 Profile, iParfect, RoboSpot and SuperSpikie fixtures to each location and Robe CEO Josef Valchar and international sales director Harry von den Stemmen will introduce the products in person.
The roadshow will be hosted in Cape Town on 5 November at the Roxy Revue Bar at the GrandWest Casino from 10am to 5pm.
In Durban, the event will take place on 7 November at the Grace Family Church, Umgeni Park from 10 am to 4pm.
Meanwhile, those living in Johannesburg are invited to visit the DWR Distribution offices in Laser Park, Honeydew, on 9 November from 10am to 5pm.
For catering purposes, forward booking is requested on line at www.dwrdistribution.co.za/register/robe-roadshow-november-2018
UK - High End Systems’ Hog Factor UK competition is poised to return on 7 November, when the Live Finals will be held during Production Futures in Wakefield.
The previous winner of the contest, Nina Mesitz and her team Status Cue, triumphed at Hog Factor at Prolight + Sound 2018. Six months on she looks back at her progress since and plans for the future.
The team are students from the Austrian vocational school BS Evita. Mesitz, who is a trainee of the Graz theatres, speaks highly of the competition, commenting on the ‘valuable experience and lifelong key contacts’ she made from it. “It’s a unique opportunity that aspiring lighting designers or technicians must take advantage of,” she states.
Mesitz and her team jumped at the chance to participate in the competition, recognising the importance of getting hands-on experience with industry professionals. Presenting their work in front of an audience with a passion for the field was her greatest incentive.
The aspiring lighting designer received the Hoglet 4 console lighting desk as the winning prize and has already made use of the console at the international a capella competition Vocal.Total. The desk will play a key role in her professional life as she explains “With the lighting console, I can continue to work independently, gain experience and practice for the future. Hog Factor has allowed me to take the most important step towards self-employment.”
Looking at future Hog Factor competitions, Mesitz emphasises how worthwhile and valuable the experience has been
UK - Shure has launched a free integrated systems certification programme to offer sales and technical advice about its products and solutions.
Courses from the Shure Audio Institute (SAI) Integrated Systems Certification programme are available through Shure’s regional websites and are open to all clients looking to gain up-to-date knowledge on how to purchase, resell, and technically support Shure products in the integrated systems market.
The microphone manufacturer has also launched a new training space at its UK offices at the I.O Centre, Waltham Abbey. It is fitted out with high-end equipment including Shure Microflex Advance MXA910 ceiling microphone arrays, IntelliMix P300 audio conferencing processors and ANIUSB-MATRIX for use in video conferencing applications, with a third-party DSP platform for voice lift. Those who wish to attend the training facility can simply plug in their laptops via USB to gain access to the AV system in the room.
Andrew Francis, manager of applications at Shure UK, comments: “We welcome any visitors to come in and talk to us about our technology. We can now deliver the best possible training and technical support to all our customers, as well as designing and building a unique space to be able to demonstrate how end users can create their own workspaces and use the technology within them effectively.”
South Africa - DWR Distribution’s Ole Boinamo hosted his first dot2 training session in both Tshwana and English at DWR’s offices in Johannesburg on 27-28 September.
The training was requested and sponsored by MGG with the aim to train crew based at Sun Arena’s Time Square in Pretoria, where MGG are the in-house technical supplier, as well as TUT (Tshwane University of Technology) students who are currently gaining work experience and training at MGG in order to complete their diploma.
“With most delegates residing in Pretoria, I presented the course in both Tshwana and English,” says Boinamo. “It makes a huge difference in understanding the functions of the console when you are being taught in your mother tongue. Learning becomes quicker, and more importantly, it creates an environment where students feel confident to ask any questions.”
“Once they grasped the concept, it opened a bucket of creativity,” explains Boinamo. “It was fantastic watching them come up with new ideas of what they could now do. This certainly was a rewarding experience.”
Mark Gaylard from MGG adds: “From our side it is very beneficial to get as many new entrants into our industry that are proficient on dot2 consoles which also lays a good foundation to start with the bigger MA console range. Thanks for offering the training and well done to Ole on putting it together.”
South Africa - Absen users in South Africa were invited to attend a three-day training session with Ricky Qiu from Absen at local distributor DWR Distribution earlier this year.
The ACE Training (Absen Accredited Certified Engineering) was attended by 20 delegates from both the rental and install markets, with the aim of imparting practical user knowledge to operate and set up screens as well as fault-finding.
“The Absen panels have taken off beyond our wildest imagination,” says Schalk Botha, sales representative at DWR. “The panels are user-friendly, reliable, cost effective and easy to maintain.”
Ricky Qiu from Absen adds: “The training went very well and was much better than I had anticipated. The course made sense to the delegates, and I can see a positive future for Absen in South Africa.”
Qui will be in the country again in November to demonstrate the new Absen Polaris Lite range - dates will be confirmed in due course.
UK - Green Hippo, in partnership with Kinesys, is running a two-day Automation Masterclass. Held in Kinesys’s London demo room – just 20 minutes’ drive from Heathrow airport and fully-equipped with chain motors, rotators, trolleys and truss – the course is designed for anyone looking to explore integrating moving elements with Hippotizer. No prior knowledge of Kinesys automation systems is required, though a good understanding of Hippotizer and basic SHAPE functions will help attendees get the most out of the sessions.
Course content includes: Classroom component to comprehensively cover all aspects of automation, including connecting to an automation system, to visualising and pre-programming your show; Hands-on sessions in Kinesys demo room where students will work with hardware, practicing object alignment, parenting and automation scripting; Use of Kinesys Vector and K2 motor control systems, throughout the two days, for 2D and 3D motion control, as well as a variety of chain motors and trolleys suspending projection screens, and truss and video panels. Complimentary lunch and refreshments are provided.
The dates are Tuesday 4 December and Wednesday 5 December 2018. Booking details are at www.green-hippo.com
USA - Media solutions and control specialist ArKaos will be at the LDI expo in Las Vegas next week on the stand of US distributor Elation Professional (# 931) showing their latest range of products, including MediaMaster, ArKaos video servers, GrandVJ and LEDMaster.
In a dedicated demonstration room at the Las Vegas convention Centre, the ArKaos team will be presenting two free training workshops on Friday, 19 October, and Saturday, 20 October.
The Friday session is taking place from 1pm-4pm local time. Topics covered will include ArKaos’s flexible range of media servers; an overview of the MediaMaster software; the highlights and uses of the KlingNet protocol and Kling-force interface and an overview of the new ArKaos An-Ki remote control and digital content management solution.
On Saturday, the workshop are running 9am-1pm and will focus on the MediaMaster workflow in various ArKaos ecosystems and will cover playback set up; video content management, video and LED mapping, DMX merging, Kling-net mapping and plus An-Ki which has been developed specifically for architectural / architainment applications.
A preview version of the next MediaMaster release – to include full fixture control over DMX via the Video Mapper - will also be presented.
Those wishing to attend need to register on arkaospro.com as numbers are limited.
UK - Students and young technicians from across Britain supported Robe’s international sales team at PLASA 2018 as part of the lighting manufacturer’s NRG (Next Robe Generation) initiative.
Hailing from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, six students from six colleges and universities came together to work as a close-knit team to provide a frontline ‘welcome’ to all the trade visitors coming onto the Robe stand and offering them product demonstrations whilst acting as ambassadors for the NRG programme.
NRG is a networking community for students, apprentices and young technicians who are serious about pursuing a career in the world of performance lighting and visuals.
The initiative provides NRG crew members the opportunity to meet and get advice from influential industry professionals. The initiative also offers young technicians an opportunity to showcase their talent in real working environments at top industry events, as well as exclusive access to technical tours of venues and organisations such as Sky Studios, the Royal Albert Hall, X Factor, Westfield Shopping Centre and the Roundhouse.
Ian Brown, sales director for Robe UK, was clear about the skills he was looking for when he conducted interviews with all the applicants for these very special roles on Robe’s PLASA stand.
He comments: “PLASA is a flagship show for Robe and we need to offer the most informed and welcoming introduction to all the visitors coming onto our stand. I selected students based on their interest in, and passion for Robe products.
World - Yamaha and Audinate are teaming up to present a free webinar entitled Live Multi-track Recording Made Easy: The Power of the Dante-Yamaha Connection.
Taking place on 24 October (Monday), the webinar will be moderated by Tom Kenny (content director, ProSound News) and will feature Andy Cooper (manager, Pro Audio Application Engineering, Yamaha R&D Centre) and Kieran Walsh (Audinate director of application engineering, EMEA) and Colin Sheen, a studio owner, recording engineer, composer and musician with many years’ experience of digital audio systems and use of Yamaha equipment with Dante.
It will help participants learn how to make successful multi-track recordings and virtual soundchecks using Dante audio networking and Yamaha professional audio products, including the TF, QL and CL series digital mixing consoles, as well as the Rivage PM7 and PM10 systems.
Cooper, Walsh and Sheen will all be giving “high quality tips, advice and passing on real world experience for running a stable network environment, including Dante Virtual Soundcard and the Dante Accelerator interface”.
The webinar is taking place at 5pm CET, 4pm BST, 11am EST and 8am PDT, ensuring that as many US and European sound professionals as possible can participate.
Registration for the webinar is free, please visit this link to participate.
UK - Manchester-based tube UK is holding expanded sessions on Yamaha’s Rivage PM7 digital mixing system on 15 October (Monday) at the city’s Albert Hall.
The sessions are being run in conjunction with Yamaha Commercial Audio and will be an engineering focussed, hands-on introduction to both the Rivage PM7 and PM10 digital mixing systems.
Sessions will begin with an introduction to the key features of the Rivage range by Yamaha’s technical staff, after which both systems will be setup in two areas with virtual soundcheck media, to simulate mixing a live show.
The sessions are being held at 2pm, 4pm and 6pm and are strictly on an RSVP, first-come first-served basis. Contact PM7@tubeuk.com to confirm your preferred time slot.
UK - PLASA has announced three new professional development training events aimed at industry professionals looking to broaden their skillset.
The events, taking place in November and February, will cover creative branding, problem-solving solutions and the latest electrical and wiring regulations, coming into force from January.
The branding, communications and strategy workshop is taking place on 21 November at Leisuretec’s HQ in Leighton Buzzard. It will be led by PR specialist Lauren Rogers of Burnt Orange (the Big Chill Festival; FIFA Club World Cup Abu Dhabi) and explore the importance of unique branding and how to differentiate in an authentic way. Businesses of all types and sizes are encouraged to attend.
On 22 November, LSi columnist and electrical consultant James Eade will provide updates to the 18th edition Wiring Regulations in a seminar and workshop at the London premises of drapes and rigging supplier, Blackout. Eade has authored IET guidance on temporary electrical systems and represents the industry on the British Standards Committee for IET Wiring Regulations. Designed for manufacturers, distributors, venue owners and end-users, this technical day will help delegates to understand their legal obligations of ensuring electrical safety in the workplace, be that on a factory floor or festival field.
On 14 February 2019, Caroline Russell from the Ideas Centre will present a session on creative problem-solving at Stage Electrics’ premises in Bristol.
Russell, who also spoke at PLASA’s Annual General Meeting in May
USA - DPA microphones is embarking on a ‘house of worship tour’ to share practical tips on how to achieve good sound in any sanctuary.
Company representatives will visit Washington (9 October) and Charlotte (23 October) in a bid to educate attendees on the best practices on mic’ing drums and vocals, and teach them how to solve any microphone challenge. DPA’s entire line of microphones, including its sub-miniature line of d:screet and d:fine lavalier and headset microphones, will also be on display.
Christopher Spahr, VP of sales and marketing, comments: “DPA is an ideal solution for mic’ing worship leaders, speakers, singers and instrumentalists as well as live streaming or broadcasting sermons. The first leg of the tour allows us to travel to regional churches to educate how professionals about our solutions and how our mics can help worship services deliver the best sound for any meaningful message.”
The first event is taking place on 9 October at the National Community Church in Washington.
This will be followed by an event in Charlotte, NC, on 23 October at Queen City Church.
Mexico - Community Professional Loudspeakers and its Mexican distributor Ampere Manufacturas Electrónicas sa de CV held a product training event and evening party to celebrate 25 years of business partnership.
Attended by dealers from across the country, the event was also the official launch of Community’s IV6 modular vertical array in Mexico and was attended by the company’s president and founder Bruce Howze, Christine Howze, CEO Steve Johnson, director of technical services Dave Howden and Latin America sales manager Steve Goodwin.
Jaime Celis, director general, Ampere Manufacturas Electrónicas, comments: “We are very proud to represent Community in Mexico, a brand that combines genuine engineering and innovation. Community continuously sets new standards in loudspeaker technology and the reliability of their products is outstanding. We have thoroughly enjoyed the last 25 years and look forward to partnering with Community for the next 25 years with equal passion.”
Bruce Howze adds: “It’s very gratifying to see the distribution we started 25 years ago with Ampere develop over the years into the enduring partnership we have today. They’ve always given their total commitment to our brand and products and are a valued part of our global team.
“Ampere is a fantastic company to partner with,” added Steve Goodwin. “With 25 years’ experience, they know our products inside out, yet maintain fresh enthusiasm with every sale and project. As sales manager for the region, I couldn’t wish to work with a nicer, more experienced
South Africa - The SOS Charity Fund, an initiative by DWR Distribution, supported the two-day Inspired2Unite Mega Masterclass Bootcamp hosted at the GrandWest casino on 2-3 July.
Over 350 young people were mentored and attended a programme, which was a combination of life coaching sessions alongside performance masterclass workshops in music, vocals and dance.
A counselling and mentorship project saw people over the age of 19 who had been through the Inspired Stages programme demonstrate leadership and role model qualities to those attending the bootcamp. SOS donated R10 000 to these volunteers.
Workshops were presented by special guests and artists in South Africa including Rudi Smit, international jazz funk / hip hop choreographer and dancer from Cape Town, talented pianist Garth Tavares, performer Sophia Vorster, Cape Flats saxophonist, Donveno Prins, life coach Tarryn Tomlinson, Signature SA and many others.
Karen Burt of Planet Productions and Gavin Taylor, group technical events and entertainment manager of GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, founded Inspired Stages in 2014.
Burt comments: “The jam-packed days ultimately worked on building self-esteem, self-belief and self-worth to survive both on and off stage.”
Duncan Riley of DWR, adds: “Thank you to Karen and Gavin for involving us and enabling us to give back.”
UK - PLASA has said the 2018 edition of the PLASA Show has been ‘the busiest and most vibrant’ show since it moved to London Olympia in 2016.
PLASA 2018, which took place on 16-18 September, saw a 4% increase in visitors with a palpable atmosphere that was reminiscent of its popular Earls Court days. The show welcomed a stream of exhibitors and attendees from around the world, primed to explore the leading edge of live entertainment technology.
The expo also confirmed its importance for networking and trade, with 63% of visitors being final decision makers or specifiers, and a quarter being business owners, managers and directors.
Jonathan Walters, UK sales and purchasing director from A.C Entertainment Technologies comments: “This third year back in West London has really confirmed PLASA’s decision to relocate to Olympia, each show here has worked consistently well, but this year has been one of the best shows of PLASA’s history. Sunday was busy for us, but Monday surpassed all expectations. There have been many discussions over the past four years that trade shows do not generate hard sales success: Monday’s result proved that is a misnomer.”
Leisuretec’s marketing manager Charlie Hendon, adds: “The atmosphere’s been lively and exciting with plenty of opportunities to establish new business relationships and socialise with existing clients.”
Meanwhile, platinum sponsor Robe revealed the first of a trilogy of stand designs, its PLASA stand incorporating its latest lighting fixtures used to light its show-stopping