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PLASA Focus Leeds 2012: Last week’s show breaks all records

Daniel Gumble
PLASA Focus Leeds 2012: Last week’s show breaks all records

Last week’s PLASA Focus: Leeds 2012 show has smashed all records, with visitor numbers reaching 2,122 - an increase of 8.5 per cent on last year’s event.

A total of 2,680 people attended the show over the two days, with a swathe of exhibitors re-booking on-site for 2013.

Particularly successful at this year’s show was the Professional Development Programme, which saw a number of well-attended seminar sessions grab the attention of those in attendance. The programme range extended from a six-member panel of experts debating the future role of the lighting designer from the Association of Lighting Designers and Leeds University, to a demonstration of how and why loudspeakers produce what they do in 'Can You Hear Me At the Back?' from d&b audiotechnik, where there was standing room only.

Furthermore, API columnist Toby Alington’s ‘Capturing Adele at the Royal Albert Hall’ session was also extremely well received, whereby the industry veteran took a close look at the process of live recording, whilst also fielding questions from the room.

Especially impressed with the educational element at this year’s show was Tony Hamer, a retired lecturer from Leeds College of Music, who chatted to representatives from the Backstage Academy: "I've been coming to PLASA Leeds and London for as long as I can remember. It is the place where students can see the most bang-up-to-date equipment, talk to the most knowledgeable people and get a real feel for what's actually going on."

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There was a strong representation from the education sector from institutions as far afield as the University of Glamorgan, to colleges in Cumbria. Departmental technicians turned out in force: "We knew we could come here to try before we buy; you can't do that online or talk to the experts at the same time," commented Nick Smith and Martin Guppy, Performing Arts technicians from Haslingden High School. "Everyone is so friendly and helpful; it doesn't matter if you are looking for a single radio mic or a whole PA system."

You can view Audio Pro International's Facebook photo diary of last week's show by clicking here.

PLASA Focus: Leeds 2013 will take place at the Royal Armouries Museum and Saviles Hall on Tuesday April 30th and Wednesday May 1st 2013.

Tags: leeds, royal armouries, backstage academy

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