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BPM|Pro to be replaced with four new shows to ‘reflect industry changes’

The new shows were today unveiled on the final day of BPM|Pro in Birmingham

DJ expo BPM|Pro will be replaced by four specialist shows in 2018/19, as announced today by the organiser’s CEO on the second day of the show.

Mark Walsh, CEO of Marked Events, said the show has “closed on a high and will forever be remembered as a landmark show for the industry”.

He continued: “Our industry is about the user groups, the networks and your solutions. With that in mind, it is with great pleasure I announce our new line-up of shows, which will be rolled out throughout 2018 and 2019.”

The new shows are:

GIG – The Professional Entertainer Show – Genting Arena, NEC, Birmingham

October 21-22, 2018

WORSHIP Technology Show – !Audacious, Manchester

November 6-7, 2018

CLUB & BAR Technology Show – London

February 27-28, 2019

LIVE Production Show

Launching 2018

Held at Birmingham’s Genting Arena for the past two years, the original format of BPM|Pro, BPM, launched in 2007, specifically for the electronic music and DJ market. The Pro element was added – albeit as a separate entity – in 2014, which shifted the core focus to the professional audio and lighting industry. In 2016, the two expos joined together as BPM|Pro, with the shows’ frequent changes mirroring the shifts seen in the events industry over the past decade.

Walsh said in a statement released today: “As we all know, times have changed, the way we market, the sales channels, and routes to market have all changed vastly in the last decade. BPM was successful, and remained successful ‘til the end, but I felt that the momentum was starting to drop due to countless industry factors and the current economic climate. If we continued along the same path it would be near impossible to maintain the high standards you, and our visitors, have come to expect.”

Walsh had previously said in an exclusive interview with PSNEurope that he knew there were “areas that we need to work on and tweaks to be made” with the show’s format.

He continued in today’s ‘open letter to the industry’: “This is a bold move, but one I firmly believe in. The shows will be affordable and highly focussed to the needs of the audience. By delivering a targeted visitor experience at a tangible cost we can build worthwhile events for the future of our industry.”