The PLASA Show is an annual, London based trade show hosted at Earls Court Exhibition Centre and organised by the Professional Lighting and Sound Association. The show draws international attendance of exhibitors and visitors in the lighting, audio and related technologies sector of the entertainments industry.

Now in its 31st year, the show anticipates a record number of new product launches at this year's eventFact|date=July 2008.


The show originally started in 1977 at the Bloomsbury Crest, London, launching under the name of Discotek 77. In 1982, whilst still at the Bloomsbury Crest, it was renamed the BADEM Light & Sound Show to mirror the name of the fledgling trade association that had been set up for the sector - the British Association of Discotheque Equipment Manufacturers.

In response to the growing diversity of it membership base, BADEM was subsequently renamed the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) and thus in 1984, the show likewise became the PLASA Light and Sound Show. In 1985, it relocated to the Novotel in Hammersmith before three years later moving to Olympia 2, where it stayed until 1992 before transferring to the larger Earls Court 2.

It made the move from Earls Court 2 to Earls Court 1 in 1996 and in 2007 opened the doors back to Earls Court 2 and - for the first time in the show's history - occupied both halls.

For much of its history, the show has been run by an external events company, however in 2007, PLASA took the management of the event in-house and launched PLASA Events Ltd [cite web
title =PLASA Launches Events Strategy
publisher =UK Sound and Lighting Community
url =
accessdate =04/01/2008
] .

Facts & Figures

PLASA attracts senior buyers and specifiers from the entertainment, live event, corporate, architectural and installation technology markets.Fact|date=July 2008 In 2007, PLASA's ABC audited attendance was 12,300, of which 30% were from outside the UK. [cite web
title =Why Exhibit?
publisher =PLASA Events
url =
accessdate =04/01/2008

Over 90% of PLASA visitors have purchasing authority and come to the Show to spend an average of between 20% and 60% of their annual budgetsFact|date=July 2008.

The show typically runs for 4 days at the beginning of September each year. In 2008, the event runs from Sunday 7th to Wednesday 10th September.

External links

* [ PLASA Show website]
* [ PLASA website]
* [ Latest PLASA and Industry Trade Show News]


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