2018 is now here which means it’s time to look to the year ahead and all the opportunities it presents. With this in mind, we like to kick off every January by planning our events schedule and checking out the biggest and best trade shows in the industry calendar. Here are just a handful of favourites from our agenda so far – featuring events from London to California!
1. PLASA Shows
PLASA, the leading international trade association for live entertainment technology, organises 3 shows per year focusing on presenting the most ground-breaking tech and new products from leading global brands to an international audience of pro audio, lighting, broadcast, AV and stage technology experts. Being PLASA members ourselves, we are big advocates of the organisation’s various events and encourage any industry professional to check out a show in 2018 for unparalleled access to amazing innovations, live demos, workshops and networking opportunities. The flagship show is at Olympia London, but you can next catch the PLASA action in Glasgow this 17th-18th of January.
2. The Event Production Show
Another juggernaut of a trade show held at Olympia London, the Event Production Show is the self-proclaimed ‘leading event for the UK’s live event sector’. From previous exhibiting experience, Flightcase Warehouse can confirm EPS certainly lives up to this claim. It treats visitors to cutting edge technology demonstrations, informative keynotes from some of the most creative thinkers in the entertainment tech and live events industries and inspires new ways of looking at events in modern environments. A high footfall matched with delegates who care passionately about what they do makes EPS an essential event on your 2018 trade show calendar. This year it runs from 28th February-1st March.
Casting our net slightly wider to the European continent, we look to Germany’s Musikmesse – one of the most important annual events in music. Musikmesse specialises in music production and instruments and is a true stalwart in the musical trade show world alongside NAMM (Anaheim, USA). The show itself stages over 1000 sub-events over its running course including artist spotlights, exhibitor demonstrations and technology showcases – covering a breath-taking floor space. This year Flightcase Warehouse is proud sponsor of the mondo*dr awards which will be held during Musikmesse. Musikmesse takes place from the 11th-14th April, in Frankfurt Germany.
Unless you’ve already got your ticket and booked flights to sunny California, you probably won’t be able to visit NAMM 2018 which is held this January 25th-28th in Anaheim, USA. However, we couldn’t complete this list without shining a spotlight on what is arguably the biggest and most famous show in the music, sound and event technology community. The NAMM show features the latest products from more than 7,000 brands, industry education, special events, concerts and one-off experiences. The trade show has a great ethos – to promote the pleasures and benefits of making music – which we really admire.
Do you work in event production, entertainment technology, music or sound technology and are planning to exhibit at a trade show in 2018? Flightcase Warehouse can help with your equipment’s protection and transportation needs. From convenient off-the-shelf flight cases to totally bespoke, made-to-measure creations, we can provide a solution that’s perfect for you. Call 01827 60009, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk for more information.
Our Favourite Bespoke Projects from the Last 4 Weeks
As always, it’s been a busy month for Flightcase Warehouse. The Pro Flightcase team (our bespoke arm for custom flight case creations) has been building non-stop in our Staffordshire workshop, completing fantastic projects for a whole host of inspiring customers. To round off the year, we wanted to share some of our favourite projects from the last 4 weeks and give you some great ideas for your next flight case. So, let’s jump into it!
On Tour With Ryder’s Creed
It’s always a pleasure to work with musicians hailing from neighbouring areas and this December we were able to lend our expertise to a project for Midlands-based band, Ryder’s Creed. We built a road trunk flight case for the hard-rock quintet to help keep their gear safe whilst they undertake a busy touring schedule, playing shows for their loyal fan base. Get to know the band a bit better and check out their latest news and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @Ryderscreed. Great to work with you, guys!
Setting Up Shop with the Charles Martin Watch Company
Luxury timepiece retailer the Charles Martin Watch Company approached Pro Flightcase looking for an on-brand point of sale solution that would help inject something truly unique and multifunctional to their showroom. Our team went on to create a bespoke hybrid flight case concept that teams modern, industrial style with point of sale display and secure storage for high-value luxury items. The company chose to complete their flight case with our signature Black Edition matte black ionised finish and a sleek glass counter top. The end result is functional, heavy-duty and on-brand design and will house leading luxury names including Rolex, Cartier, Bulagri, Tag Heuer and Omega.
Cutting Shapes for Paul Lairat
Any guitarist will tell you to call Paul Lairat instruments unconventional, and even would be an understatement! So, when a bassist came to Pro Flightcase looking for a custom fit flight case for their own Paul Lairat bass, it’s safe to say they had their work cut out. Our team took accurate measurements of the guitar’s wildly varying shape and distinctive cut-out body and created a one of-a-kind, specialised flight case featuring a digitally-cut foam insert that will protect the Lairat to perfection. It’s always a pleasure to work with iconic kit!
If you own valuable equipment that needs that extra level of protection, talk to the Pro Flightcase team today about a custom flight case designed and built to your exact specification. Whether you have your measurements to hand and are ready to quote, or you need some friendly advice of how to get started, we’d love to hear from you. Just call 01827 60009 or email email@example.com.
Here in the UK, December is characterised by families, couples and groups of friends descending on towns and cities to get their fill of fun festive activities. But despite the famous British weather and shorter days, we do everything we can to soak up the Christmas atmosphere. Here is a quick list of wonderful yuletide events taking place this month to help give you Christmas-outing inspiration.
1) The Snowman Live
Blending a stunning live orchestra with a screening of the iconic festive film, The Snowman Live is running for a number of dates in the UK until 30th December 2017. This is a brilliant way to introduce kids to live orchestral music through incorporating a beloved Christmas movie that’s sure to enchant and capture their attention. You can view remaining tour dates here: http://www.carrotproductions.com/
2) Christmas at the Eden Project
The Eden Project undergoes a dramatic change in December that’s sure to captivate all ages. Stunning light shows, soundscapes and live music are all on the bill during the Christmas period for The Eden Project’s “Festival of Light and Sound”. Think fascinating light displays making use of the lush horticultural canopies as their backdrop and surround sound music filtering through gorgeous greenery. Learn more at http://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/festival-of-light-and-sound
3) Christmas Markets
Arguably the UK’s favourite continental import at this time of year (maybe apart from the gluhwein) – the much-loved Christmas Market! City centres are decorated to the nines in European festive style and feature plenty of festive food and drink stalls, ice rinks, hand-crafted gifts and much more. Many markets are now joined by fairs and live entertainment stages too. Check out your nearest town of city’s offering and head out for a relaxed day of festive fun.
4) Disney on Ice
Is there a better way to bring Christmas cheer to little ones or fully-grown Disney lovers alike than a trip to Disney on Ice? Probably not! With spectacle, magical special effects and sing-along live music, the show is sure to leave you wide-eyed and with that warm and fuzzy festive feeling. Check out tour dates at https://www.disneyonice.com/gb/en-gb/shows. Not a Disney fan? Consider your night out a master class in live production.
If you are working on delivering events this Christmas and need to make sure your kit remains protected throughout a busy December schedule, get in touch with Flightcase Warehouse. We provide both off the shelf flight cases and bespoke solutions too for tailor-made protection. Call 01827 60009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more today.