PLASA Show returns to showcase the future of ‘live’

29th August 2023

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

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 the meeting of thousands of industry professionals. Free tickets are available until 31 August, after which the price will increase to £15, then £20 on the door.

Lighting professionals can look forward to meeting Artistic License, Astera, Ayrton, Chauvet Professional, Claypaky, Elation, ETC, GDS, GLP, MA Lighting, Martin, Robert Juliat, ROXX, SGM, TMB, Vari-Lite and more leading brands. Plus, headline sponsor Robe will run impressive live demonstrations on its stand 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, Peavey, RCF, Sennheiser, Shure, Tannoy, Yamaha and more. Plenty of AV brands will be in attendance too, such as Canford Audio, Clear-Com, Epson, Green Hippo, Luminex, PSCo, Rosco and Tight AV.

Those who work with staging and rigging technology can shake hands with the likes of Area Four Industries, BroadWeigh, ChainMaster, CM-ET, Dirty Rigger, Doughty Engineering, Harlequin, Holotronica, J&C Joel, Life Turn Move, Next Truss, Rigging Services, Steeldeck Industries, Total Solutions Group, UK Rigging and more.

And if that wasn’t enough, PLASA Show also welcomes several new brands to the show this year, including Microphone Dude, Claywell Digital, Mighty Tough Cases, AV Tapes, Innovate Audio, Sumolight, SpectralBot, Hex Event Solutions, Offstage Controls, and Vampire Squid.

Educational sessions

This year’s seminar programme, sponsored by Vectorworks, boasts back-to-back sessions delivering creative inspiration, business advice and technical insights – several of which are in association with LSi and relate to recent magazine content. Lighting highlights include sessions on Eurovision with Tim Routledge; the Olympics with Durham Marenghi; Women in Lighting on the role of lighting in storytelling, and technical deep-dives with ETC, Avolites, Cast and Vectorworks.

Audio content comes courtesy of Innovate Audio and its panLab spatial audio processor; London’s Frameless art gallery; the ASD on radio mic fitting; Sandy Brown on acoustically challenging spaces; and OutBoard’s investigation into “What’s Immersive?”. AV is also well catered for with sessions on Green-Go with Canford; advanced video technologies with Frame:work; intercoms with Clear-Com, RFID with Rentman; and IPMX with Avixa.

Business is high on the agenda too, with a session on redefining leadership with Production Futures; touring and 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 drone light shows; Unusual Rigging on the West End’s Mrs Doubtfire; James Simpson on his LSi column, Future Tech, and Sam Woodward on his LSi column, Set in Motion. Visitors can also go deeper into health and safety with Tom Goode; BS7909 with James Eade; EN17206 with TAIT; technical standards with the ABTT; and theatrical experimentation wiht UCL’s PEARL.

Training and demonstrations 

In addition to the seminar programme, PLASA Show will see several hands-on training sessions and immersive demonstrations. Visitors can take advantage of Dante Certification across levels 1, 2, and 3, as well as an additional elective course – visitors are advised to sign up on the website in advance to these popular sessions to secure a space. Elsewhere, ChamSys will offer three days of practical training sessions, covering MagicQ, QuickQ, guest lighting designer sessions, and end of day Q&As.

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. And for lighting professionals, Minuit Une will demonstrate its impressive award-winning IVL Photon luminaire.

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 for some of the most iconic concerts, albums and shows. Including, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon sound system, The Beatles’ Abby 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. In association with LSi and sponsored by Medialease and Yutree, the awards are highly regarded for their independent and unbiased judging process. Visitors can see the nominees on the Innovation Gallery during the show and see who wins during an intimate ceremony at 6pm on Monday 4th September in seminar theatre 1.

Spaces for socialising and support 

Introduced at PLASA Focus Leeds earlier this year, the EventWell Hub will debut at London’s PLASA Show, offering a quiet space with professional support.

Elsewhere, Women in Lighting will host a networking session in partnetship with Ambersphere and Ayrton. Find them at the PLASA bar from 3:30pm on Monday. Also at the bar, visitors can enjoy quality music courtesy of Martin Audio and The Bug Club – a professional DJ booth, in a converted VW camper van, kitted out with Martin Audio equipment.

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 for your entry badge at