The Interfacio team has just been at the ExCel centre in London’s Docklands once again for the PLASA exhibition. It turned out to be the last PLASA in this location, because it’s been announced that next year the show will move back to its spiritual home in the West of London, specifically Kensington Olympia.

That’s a very short distance from Earls Court, but the show has travelled far. The pro audio content has dwindled, and the competition with Birmingham’s combined BPM and PRO exhibitions – almost overlapping with PLASA’s London dates – continues to disrupt and confuse the market. Much talk at the show concerned this competition, and the original decision by PLASA to move from September to October, ostensibly to avoid a clash with IBC but in so doing creating a head-to-head with a UK show that is much closer to PLASA’s market footprint. Surprisingly muted, there also emerged the news that PLASA’s US and European Regional Boards are to “end their cooperation agreement” in order to “refocus”. Importantly, the US based Lighting and Sound America magazine which was created by PLASA before the merger with ESTA six years ago, remains an asset of the European PLASA EU operation and therefore will continue to operate and run within the PLASA portfolio.

There was once again a robust presence from the lighting industry, with Robe repeating the investment in its own large Arena next to the main show floor and showing a comprehensive portfolio highlighting solutions for television and theatre. Lighting and ri