High End Munich Moves Show Dates To September 2021

High End Press Release:

Good news for the HIGH END 2021: the audio show, which was planned to take place in mid-May, has now been moved to the late summer, namely from 9th to 12th September 2021. By choosing these later dates, the organiser of the event, the HIGH END SOCIETY SERVICE GmbH, is taking a huge step towards a successful relaunch of the trade show and also increasing planning reliability for all parties involved.

The new OEM show IPS will also move to September and will take place from 9th to 10th September 2021 in the MOC Munich alongside the HIGH END.

The HIGH END SOCIETY SERVICE GmbH feels that it is necessary to take this step despite receiving an extremely positive number of bookings and implementing a comprehensive hygiene and infection protection concept. “We are gaining four months, which will provide our clients from outside of Germany in particular with more time to reliably plan their participation”, explains Managing Director Stefan Dreischärf. At the end of September, Dreischärf and his team sent out invitations to the HIGH END 2021which was scheduled for May. They have been continuously receiving bookings ever since, with uninterrupted demand displaying similar tendencies to that of last year’s event. Nonetheless, the organiser is also receiving worried enquiries on a daily basis, namely from trade show participants expressing growing concerns regarding the new significant increase in cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus worldwide. Strict travel and quarantine requirements are causing exhibitors from abroad in particular to hesitate given that they cannot yet foresee when these restrictions will be lifted.

The latest news on a highly promising vaccine has now increased the likelihood that the spread of the coronavirus will slow down significantly. Dreischärf is convinced that: “In light of this positive prospect, there’s every reason to believe that the effects of an immunization will be much more prominent in the late summer of 2021 than in May. We therefore expect that by then, virtually no more limitations will apply to international travel.” For exhibitors and visitors from outside of Germany, the later dates of the event therefore make the entire planning of the trade show much easier – without the current concerns and with more scope for decision-making until the new registration deadline at the end of March 2021.

The organiser of the world’s leading audio trade show has spent the past few months working on new concepts to ensure that exhibitors can be provided with the optimal conditions for successful business despite the pandemic and that all parties involved can feel safe and at ease. “We strongly believe that live trade shows are still absolutely essential for the audio industry and are doing everything possible to continue our success story”, emphasizes Dreischärf. The organiser is, however, also aware of the huge responsibility involved in ensuring the smooth running of an event that revolves around personal contact without any concerns. “Nobody can predict the future”, states the head of the trade show. “We do, however, have to assume that the infection protection measures will continue to influence many aspects of life and business next year.” A return to life before the pandemic is seemingly still a long way off. Nevertheless, Dreischärf dares to hope that the requirements for trade shows will be less strict by September 2021 if the pandemic has been significantly curbed by then. The workable and flexible hygiene and infection prevention concept for the event will, of course, remain in place and be adapted based on the current circumstances.

The HIGH END, the internationally renowned audio trade show, is the undisputed leader when it comes to impressively setting the tone for top-class music reproduction. It has been providing ideas and impetus for producers, sellers and consumers of high-quality consumer electronics for four decades. On the four days of the event in May, the entire world of audio experts and professionals will gather in Munich to visit hundreds of exhibitors from more than 40 different countries as they showcase their latest innovations in the halls and atriums of the MOC Event Center.

JEB-42's picture

Does that not create a dog pile of audio shows at the same time? Axpona a week or two before and RMAF about a month after? Does that not limit manufacture attendance to one or the other?

Michael Fremer's picture
I've stepped in them many times before. We will have to see what others do...this is "the big one".
jimf42's picture

It would be better if they held the Munich show at the end of Sept and then we could go to both Oktoberfest and the High End show.

OldschoolE's picture

that's great. I agree, without trade shows, the industry is on a ventilator at best. Obviously, we all have to adapt these days, but how do adapt a trade show? We also have to believe that many will be skittish, both trades people and attendees alike, but then there is also the intense cabin fever we all feel wanting to get out and run amuck, so we will see which is stronger.
Personally, I won't partake of the vaccine until it is has been around a couple of years. (Even then, I can't get a standard flu shot without risk of ending up in hospital, but I have been through many flu seasons without a scratch so far. I'm not immune by any stretch, just cautious and lucky).
I'd love to take in a trade show again, but I have been out of the industry since end of 2017 and have no purpose even as an off the street attendee.

eugeneharrington's picture

As a regular attendee of the Munich High End Show, I must say that I really missed my trip to Southern Germany this year! It's a great time of the year, early May, when the weather is usually very nice. The record shopping the city is also really worthwhile. I am glad that the High End Society has opted for the September 2021 dates. Although there has been very encouraging news on the vaccine front, it is unlikely that there will be widespread distribution of the vaccines by May 2021. September though, sounds feasible and doable. It is good too that High End comes just before Oktoberfest when there will be strong demand for hotel space in the city. Anybody who would prefer for both events to coincide would probably recoil at the cost of accommodation in the city if that were to happen. So, there is hope on the horizon that life can get back to near normal and we can once again pursue this wonderful audiophile hobby by hearing the best that the industry has to offer in just under a year's time.