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Show Preview: latest details on PLASA Focus Glasgow 2018 (Jan 17-18)

All roads lead to Glasgow’s for Scotland’s only event for the audio, lighting, AV, rigging and other products and services for the events and entertainment industry

All roads lead to Glasgow’s for Scotland’s only event for those working in professional audio, lighting, AV, rigging and other products and services for the events and entertainment industries

Now in its fourth year, the two day Glasgow (January 17-18) will again play host to some of the world’s leading brands will be displaying their latest products and solutions – whilst industry leaders clear their throats to provide inspiring talks, live demos, interactive workshops and panel discussions.

The conference/exhibition will take place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), with doors opening at 10am tomorrow (January 17th), closing at 17:30.

Highlights from this years event, as confirmed by the organisers, will include the very latest in lighting technology from Ambersphere Solutions and the highly anticipated LED Ghibli spot fixture by Ayrton and Clay Paky’s compact Axcor 300 spot and beam.

Robe are showcasing their all new MegaPointe, CHAUVET are presenting their Maverick MK Pyxis and Maverick MK2 Profile, and Chroma-Q will reveal their award-winning Color Force II, Color One 100X LED PAR, and Inspire XT.

Production services supplier, Adlib, will host a demo room, providing visitors with the opportunity to get hands-on with the latest audio products from leading brands, including the hotly anticipated SYVA Colinear System from L-Acoustics, the latest SQ Series console from Allen & Heath, the ‘future classic’ M32 console from Midas, and the ‘sonic powerhouse’ SD12 console from DiGiCo.

On the show floor, among the 85 exhibitors, there will be plenty for audio professionals, with STEEDSY.COM displaying the latest from Funktion-One, with founder Tony Andrews on hand to chat with visitors. Also, Bose will be showcasing their EdgeMax in-ceiling loudspeakers, and FE Live will be presenting fresh d&b audiotechnik products.

AC-ET are due to present riggers with new wireless load monitoring solutions from BroadWeigh and electric chain hoists from Columbus McKinnon Entertainment. Additionally, AC-ET will display the latest in AV including Green Hippo’s new Hippotizer V4+ range.

Seminar highlights include: The Enchanted Forest, whose award-winning lighting design duo will chat beautiful surroundings and awe-struck visitors; the lively Riggers Forum, chaired by Steve Macluskie of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, which will unpack proximity in manufacturer guidelines; Oran Burns from d&b audiotechnik will focus on the ideal frequency response for a live sound system; and Edinburgh International Festival’s technical director, John Robb will explain how he transformed St. Andrew Square with light, sound and projections for the festival’s 70th birthday.

On the second day, Funktion-One founder Tony Andrews will be presenting a seminar on Audio Purity using state-of-the-art equipment, PSA, PLASA and the BBC unite to discuss approaches to mental health, Dave Phillips from Shure discusses the loss of 700MHz, and BECTU present critical research from their ‘Eyes Half Shut’ campaign.

Register online today for your free entry badge, and find out more about the show:

AV User Group 

The AV User Group is to hold its annual regional members meeting on January 17th during the PLASA Focus show in Glasgow

The meeting will take place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC), on the first day of the PLASA event, kicking off at 12:30. After the meeting, there will be a networking event with drinks and catering, both are free of charge for members.

The meeting will feature informative presentations from Sony, Analog Way, Shure, and the latest news from AVIXA (which includes a market trend report) combined with educational sessions on meeting room acoustics and the Display Image Size standard this promises to be an excellent event.

“If you are an end user of audio visual equipment, regardless of market sector, and would like the opportunity to network with your peers and discuss common challenges as well as benefiting from the educational and informative agenda, then this is for you,” the AVUG said in a statement.

All welcome

The meeting is open to AVUG members, as well as new ones registered before the event. New members can sign up here. Membership is free to qualifying AV professionals.

“Following on from the successful inaugural regional meeting in January 2017 we wanted to build on this and expand regional meetings to provide regular value through our events for UK members outside of London,” added Kevin McLoughlin, AVUG Group management committee. “With the recent changes within the group structure in place we are ready to return to Glasgow in 2018 and we encourage existing members and any AV/IT managers, senior technicians and end users in the region to sign up to the group and take advantage of this informative day of seminars and networking. The response from our sponsors has been very positive and it is sure to be an event where knowledge and information is exchanged by representatives across the whole spectrum of the AV industry.

“We have plans to take this regional model to other cities in the UK and the Republic of Ireland later in 2018 and beyond as part of the overall global strategy of group expansion.”

Now in its 20th year, the AV User Group (AVUG) has become a globally recognised not for profit organisation, devoted exclusively to supporting AV end user professionals.

Its purpose is to provide an independent, supplier agnostic forum for end users of AV equipment to learn from their peers and industry suppliers by sharing best practice and experiences. The ultimate goal is to promote effective use of audio visual equipment and services to the end user community.

The Group has grown extensively in recent years both locally and internationally, holding meetings in New York and Hong Kong and plans to launch on the US west coast (San Francisco) in 2018.

Those attending the meeting in Glasgow can expect:

  • Completely up-to-date information about the latest Audio Visual products and services in an informal environment
  • Sharing peer group/end user experience and advice
  • The opportunity to comment and sometimes change the road map for AV systems during developmental stage

For more information about the AV User Group, please take a look at our exclusive interview with Kevin McLoughlin, AVUG Group Management Committee, who discussed the origins of the Group, its purpose – including benefits, and plans for the future. The article can be found here.

For more details about the upcoming event and/or becoming a member, please email: [email protected] or click here to access the official AVUG website.