The Bristol Show 2018 review

Bristol Show 2018
Bristol Show 2018

Did you get to The Bristol Show this year? If you didn’t, well you missed out on the sub-zero temperatures that were especially prevalent on the waterside. Furthermore, you missed the largest Sound and Vision show so far.

As always the Show was buzzing. Visitors came from all over the UK and numbers were well up on Friday.

More importantly though, there were more younger attendees. Also, there were more couples and families. This is definitely needed if the Hi-Fi industry is to continue to move forwards.

Going global

While Bristol is not quite Munich, the show attracts an increasing number of foreign visitors, both trade and press.

Apparently, visitors came from 21 countries this year including Austria, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, France, Japan, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, U.A.E and the USA.

Top 12 Bristol Show debuts 2018

The Clarity Show Awards 2018

Clarity again held their Awards ceremony on Friday. Here Audio T was given the Honorary Fellowship in recognition of our contribution to the UK Hi-Fi Industry in putting the Show on year after year.

Planalogue AstinTrew

The rewards list is as follows:

  • Best Sounding Hi-Fi Room – Astin Trew
  • Best Home Cinema Room – Karma AV
  • Best Presented Room – Quad
  • Best Innovation – Roon Nucleus
  • Overall Best of Show – Dynaudio
  • Honorary Fellowship – Audio T

Into the 4th decade

Innuos Zen speaker collection
Innuos Zen speaker collection

So, Bristol continues its 4th decade as the UK’s prime show. Here are just a few happy unsolicited comments from exhibitors.

Luke Milnes, Wilson Benesch

We just wanted to thank you both and all the Audio T team for delivering yet another fine edition of ‘Sound & Vision’. We were delighted with the attendance throughout the show. Furthermore, we would like to echo the sentiments of many other industry professionals by reflecting that the audience was increasingly populated by new faces, younger faces and many with a serious interest in what we were presenting.”

Steve Rowland, Michell Engineering

It was a jam-packed show for us, Friday being possibly the busiest day since I have been involved. There was a definite positive, upbeat feel with everyone on Sunday. A great weekend, good job it wasn’t this weekend as things might have been very different. Didn’t get chance to say hello at the show but a great job done.”

David Brook, MCRU

Just a quick thanks again for a truly superb show, a wonderful effort and thanks for all involved. See you next year.”

Mike Picanza, Spendor Audio Systems

I just wanted to thank you on our behalf for delivering a great show. The attendance for Friday and Saturday was excellent, and even on Sunday, there was a steady stream over the day. Maybe being on the ‘British Loudspeaker corridor’ helped? And no question in my mind keeping all corridors free of clutter and additional signage worked far better, looked much more professional and made people use the Show Guide – which is the whole point.”

Anne Duhig-Reader, Nu Nu Distribution

Dropping you a quick email to say thank you, thank you, thank you for putting on such a great Show again this year. Both our rooms were consistently busy, we saw a lot of new faces and generated a great deal of interest that will keep us busy during March at least. Whatever you are doing don’t stop as it is obviously working. Looking forward to next year!”

Next year

I am looking forward to The Bristol Show 2019. Hopefully there will be more diverstity, both in what’s on offer and those attending the show.

Also, although the hotel has been host to the show for many years now, does anyone think that The Bristol Show has almost outgrown it? Let me know below.

Mark Friday 22nd – Sunday 24th February 2019 in your diary now.

See you next year!