Festival of Sound reports 25 per cent increase in visitors, Hi-Fi Show will return in 2019

posted on Tuesday, 30th October 2018 by Steve May

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The organisers behind London’s Festival of Sound consumer Hi-Fi show, say the event will return in 2019, and that footfall increased by 25 per cent at this year’s event.

Some 4,500 people are said to have visited the show, which took place at the Novotel London West hotel in September, and its associated live music events. Organisers believe the innovative mix of gigs and gear successfully broadened the appeal of the event.

With over 200 hi-fi brands on display, industry support was high, with many companies choosing to use Festival of Sound as the UK debut for their latest products. Included in the product unveils were: PMC’s fenestria speakers, Audiolab’s 6000 series, Parasound’s Hint 6 amplifier, Vertere’s D-Groove record player, Revel’s PerformaBe Series loudspeakers, Chord Electronics’ Hugo M Scaler, KEF’s R Series and Yamaha’s MusicCast20 and 50 streaming speakers.

“It’s extremely gratifying to see how many of the big brands chose Festival of Sound to unveil their latest products,” says Vernon Hamblin, show producer. “It’s clear that the industry values London as the place to unveil its products to a new, enthusiastic, music loving and high net worth audience.”

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Ten live concerts were staged in the Festival of Sound Yamaha Live Music Arena, starting with an Opening Night Gala Concert featuring BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Nick Bright, followed by UNKLE’s James Lavelle and the cello of Philip Sheppard. The music on the first full day of the show started with Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Boo Hewerdine, followed by four up and coming artists from London’s Urban and Grime scene. Headlining on Friday night were Art of Noise co-founders JJ Jeczalik and Gary Langan, who deconstructed and reconstructed familiar tracks, including Yes’ Owner of a Lonely Heart.

Saturday saw the Unsung Singers, a band made up of the UK’s top backing singers, performing hits they from the biggest names in music. The evening support slot went to Nashville’s Beth Nieslen Chapman, with the headline act Kokomo and guest artists, including Chris Difford and the original members of the Average White Band.

On Sunday, an ensemble of four of the UK’s top session guitarists performed, followed by a similar gathering of eight leading drummers, including Simple Minds’ Mel Gaynor. The evening ended with jazz guitar plaing courtesy of Antonio Forcione.

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In addition, there were a series of live seminars. Popular talks included Whispering Bob Harris in conversation with Chris Difford; recording engineer Gary Langan talking about his work on Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody; extracts from the book ‘Evenings with Led Zeppelin’; Chris Kimsey, producer of 15 Rolling Stones albums, revealing the secrets behind Marillion’s Clutching at Straws album; Kenney Jones, drummer from The Small Faces and The Who, revealing extracts from his autobiography and Chris Phipps, producer of Channel 4’s iconic music show, The Tube, taking the audience behind the scenes of the many celebrity encounters he’s had. Audiophiles were catered for with seminar sessions from KEF, PMC, GIK Acoustics, Russ Andrews, Peter Aylett and Noel Keywood.

Festival of Sound will return September 26 – 29 2019.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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