Show organisers report that a record 568 visitors filled the aisles at the show breaking the show’s attendance record, underlining the event’s importance in the region and its role as an opportunity for industry launches towards the back end of the year.

Industry firsts and launches included three new audio products from the AVSL Group, the first opportunity to get to grips with HDanywhere’s new mHub 4K unit, a new touch-screen version of the Display Shield line, a world first with the Artcoustic Performance range of high performance cinema speakers, the first chance for installers to witness the bespoke services of star celling experts, Starscape, the first trade show outing for the Trinnov Altitude 32 Dolby Atmos enabled AV processor available from Anthem AV Solutions and finally AWE chose the event to launch its supply of the new Denon HEOS multi-room wireless music system.

First time exhibitors all reported a positive experience with many booking already for next year and for the Southern event as well.

First time exhibitors included the AVSL Group with its large range of over 4,500 products including the Adastra audio range, Canon with three projectors showing what it can offer the domestic market and Starscape offering its bespoke star ceiling services.

Long term supporters of the event has also reported a very positive reaction.

Chris Pinder, MD of HDanywhere, said: “EI Live! North offers a valuable opportunity to see custom installers’ initial reactions to a new product like mHub 4K. The show’s busy, yet relaxed vibe, presents manufacturers with a chance to spend time talking to both existing and potential customers and lets us explain the benefits of switching to using our systems.”

RGB Communications was also extremely pleased with the show’s performance saying that organisers had built on experience from previous shows to deliver the best Essential Install Live! North yet.

Matthew Baxter, product marketing executive, said: “We have gained ourselves more high quality opportunities than in any northern show we have attended before and our Ocean Air luxury motorised blinds really were a ‘star’ for us.”

David Kitchener, MD of All Things Media, the company behind the Essential Install Live! Shows, commented: “With the show posting visitor numbers close to 600 and many companies choosing to either exhibit for the first time, launch products or praise the show for its performance, Essential Install Live! North continues to demonstrate its value to the CI market.

“Its location and the time it takes place during the year have allowed the event to develop into a vital cog in the machine that is the expanding UK and European CI industry.”

The next Essential Install Live! Show takes place on June 9-10, more details at