Organisers of last weekend’s Indulgence Show at the Novotel hotel in London’s Hammersmith have heralded the event as a ‘resounding success’.
Over five floors of the London hotel, this was the second year for the show, organised by London retailer Unilet Sound & Vision, which won ERT’s Turning Point Award for its launch of this show and the Headroom event.
Indulgence attracted some 3,600 visitors, 101 exhibitors and 165 brands. It encompassed the Headroom show, but as well as headphones of all types and portable audio and accessories, it also featured jewellery, cars, luxury goods and hi-fi.
Music was very much a theme of this year’s show, with live acts performing throughout the weekend. There were also music-themed seminars. Miles Showell of Abbey Road gave crowds an insight into his remastering work on the 50th anniversary reissue of The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, while producers Gary Langan and Chris Kimsey talked about various highlights from their careers. UK speaker and electronics manufacturer PMC also had a professional guitar tutor on hand to give showgoers lessons. And manufacturers such as Audio Note (cellist Vincent Bélanger) and Vertere (Caezar, pictured) had live musicians and bands who had made albums for them playing in their rooms
Still with music in mind, show producer Vernon Hamblin said of the show: “This was our difficult second album. Like Led Zeppelin II, Coldplay’s A Rush of Blood to the Head, or Radiohead’s The Bends, we had to prove we weren’t a one-hit wonder. The industry had given us a leap of faith in 2016 and so we are absolutely delighted that Indulgence Show 2017 proved beyond any doubt that we have what it takes to produce a sustainable and ongoing show. The industry wants it, the public wants it and we want to continue producing a show that gets bigger and better each year. We look forward to welcoming exhibitors back and introducing many new faces to the Indulgence Show 2018.”
Speaking exclusively to ERT after the event, Mr Hamblin added: “The general feedback we had was very positive. Everyone said that we created a great vibe and a good atmosphere. Exhibitors were pleased with the quality of visitors and said that they were genuinely interested. They were also pleased that we had taken on board comments from last year and acted on them. We improved the signage and made the entrance more welcoming.
“Numbers were around 20 per cent up on last year and many exhibitors have already booked for the next show. Many big-name audio companies were already committed to the show for three years and very happy to have a hi-fi show in London again.”