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PLASA 2018 seminar programme expands

This year’s event takes place at London Olympia from September 16-18.

Next month’s PLASA show is set to build on its 2017 seminar programme with a raft of new and expanded seminars, covering all areas of the pro audio and lighting industries.

Taking place at London Olympia from September 16-18, PLASA 2018 is shaping up for another stellar outing, with audio exhibitors forecast to rise 18% on last year’s show, which also saw an audio exhibitor increase of 23% on its previous edition.

And as its exhibitor list grows, so to does its seminar programme, featuring a wide range of panels and discussions on key industry topics.

Respected lighting designer Rob Halliday will present Giudizio Universale – Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel, revealing this €9m immersive stage show created by Marco Balich, now at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome. Having worked on the show, Halliday will discuss the richly pigmented, high-contrast lighting design.

Another seminar comes in the form of Creating the Tempest, which will see Sarah Ellis from the Royal Shakespeare Company discussing the innovative digital technologies used in their its production which could change the face of theatre.

Holoplot are hosting a session exploring wave field synthesis for 3D sound applications and challenging acoustic environments. Attendees will gain knowledge about how this technology can go beyond theory to produce real world products and scalable solutions able to cope with harsh acoustic environments.

Back by popular demand is a panel of festival veterans who will lift the lid on the realities of an artist changeover during festival season and how unique and surprising challenges are overcome.

ChamSys are on hand with practical training sessions, suitable for both beginners and more experienced users. Attendees will learn how to patch a show, create cues and FX, and much more using QuickQ and MagicQ consoles and software. Zero 88 will also run back-to-back introductory sessions aimed at familiarising attendees with the operation of FLX consoles. Audio professionals are catered for by multiple training sessions on Sennheiser’s Speechline Digital Wireless System.

Meanwhile, the Fast Track Theatre will offer numerous bite sized sessions where visitors can cut their business teeth and up their marketing game: Brand advisor Shéa Bennett from Identity will reveal how to add magic to your next live event, Darryn de la Soul from Soulsound will show you how to set up a small business, Tony Lennon from BECTU will help with tax for freelancers, and John Schwab from Curtain Call will emphasise the importance of networking.

In addition to a PLASA panel on mental health awareness, Scotty Stewart will present a personal view, sharing his story as a successful touring rigger who suffers severe depression. This session will provide ample opportunity to ask questions about living with depression and the challenges it presents in this industry.

Meanwhile, the PLASA Awards will be presented on the Monday evening of the show with all entries available to view throughout the show at the Innovation Gallery. So far, those who have qualified to enter include MA Lighting, SGM, D.T.S and Infinity.

To register and find out more please visit

You can read PSNEurope’s interview with PLASA MD Peter Heath, in which he discusses the show’s recent return to form, here.