PLASA Show returns to showcase the future of live

PLASA Show once again returns to Olympia London to showcase the future of live entertainment technology.

From 3-5 September, the expanded show will set the stage for 239 brands, 112 educational sessions, and thousands of industry professionals.

Lighting professionals can look forward to meeting Artistic Licence, Astera, Ayrton, Chauvet Professional, Claypaky, Elation, ETC, GDS, GLP, MA Lighting, Martin, Robert Juliat, ROXX, SGM, TMB, and Varilite. Plus, headline sponsor Robe will run impressive live demonstrations throughout the show.

Pro audio professionals can connect with brands such as Allen & Heath, AED Audio, BishopSound, d&b audiotechnik, DiGiCo, EM Acoustics, FBT Audio, Glensound, KV2 Audio, JBL, L-Acoustics, Midas, Nexo, Omega Pro Audio, OutBoard TiMax, Peavey, RCF, Sennheiser, Shure, Tannoy, and Yamaha. Plenty of Audio-Visual brands will be in attendance too, such as Canford Audio, Clear-Com, Epson, Green Hippo, Luminex, PSCo, Rigging Services, Rosco, and Tight AV.


This year’s seminar programme, sponsored by Vectorworks, boasts back-to-back sessions delivering creative inspiration, business advice, and technical insights.

Business is high on the agenda too, with a session on redefining leadership with Production Futures; parenthood with Women in Live Music; neurodiversity with Backup; the future with award-winning author Mark Stevenson; sustainability with the ALPD; and Brexit with PLASA.

Attendees can enjoy presentations on technical achievements, including TAIT reporting on the Soundstorm festival; Electric Airshows on lighting drones; Unusual Rigging on the West End’s Mrs Doubtfire; and James Simpson on his LSi column, Future Tech.

And visitors can go deeper into health & safety with Tom Goode; BS7909 with James Eade; EN17206 with TAIT; Technical Standards with the ABTT; and theatrical experimentation with PEARL.

In addition to the well-stocked seminar programme, PLASA Show will see several hands-on training and immersive demonstrations. Visitors can take advantage of Dante Certification across levels 1, 2, and 3, as well as an additional elective course.

Audio professionals can explore live demonstrations from KV2 Audio, JBL, and RCF, with plenty of new products on show. Plus, the d&b Soundscape theatre returns to run various sessions and demonstrations throughout the show.

Vintage audio and lighting

Following its debut last year, CH Vintage Audio will return to the show, in tandem with LSi’s Classic Gear Live. Together they will showcase vintage audio and lighting products used in some of the most iconic concerts, albums and shows. Including, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon sound system, The Beatles’ Abbey Road monitors, and David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust tour equipment from 50 years ago.

Celebrating innovation

The PLASA Awards for Innovation will of course be at the show, celebrating this year’s most impressive technology.

Visitors can see the nominees on the Innovation Gallery during the show and see who wins during an intimate ceremony at 6pm on Monday in seminar theatre 1.

Futhermore, both exhibitors and visitors are invited to the show bar afterwards for the official #WeMakeEvents afterparty – offering a valuable way to chat with people from across the industry.

Sophie Atkinson, PLASA’s Head of Events, says:

“This year’s show has really grown, with a significantly bigger show floor plus exciting new features and friendly get-togethers. With the industry keen to safeguard against future challenges, we have made sure that the show’s content is both valuable for businesses and accessible for new entrants. I invite you to take advantage of all there is to offer and join the conversation at the forefront of the live sector.”

PLASA Show will take place at Olympia London from 3-5 September. Find out more and register here: