Messe Frankfurt, organizers of the Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound trade show, have stated that the upcoming show in Frankfurt slated to be held this coming April 1–4 will be postponed until May 26–29. An announcement on the PL+S website states:
Due to the increased spread of the corona virus in Europe, Messe Frankfurt decided to postpone Prolight + Sound after intensive consultations. The sector’s most important international meeting place for technologies and services relating to entertainment, shows and events, audio-visual systems integration and content creation will take place in Frankfurt am Main from 26 to 29 May 2020. Existing visitor tickets will also be valid in May 2020.
Another statement from Messe Frankfurt adds:
From the current perspective, the ‘Musikmesse Plaza’ pop-up market (3 and 4 April) and the ‘Musikmesse Festival’ (31 March to 4 April 2020) can take place as planned. These events are aimed primarily at a regional audience from the greater Frankfurt area.
The ongoing spread of Covid-19 in Europe called for a reassessment of the situation in close cooperation with the public-health authorities in Frankfurt who require that steps be taken to prevent event participants from high-risk regions coming to Frankfurt and visiting the fair when ill. Given that these participants could also be infected by Covid-19, it is necessary to conduct a health check to prevent the infection spreading even further. This is an important part of the infectiological risk assessment. Messe Frankfurt is not able to implement such measures. Additional factors behind the decision include the growing number of travel restrictions, which will make it difficult for many potential visitors and exhibitors to get to Frankfurt.
“The current situation represents a major challenge for fair and exhibition companies from all over the world. We regret that the 40th anniversary edition of Musikmesse cannot open its doors from 1 to 4 April. However, we are looking forward to some great concerts for fans from the region at Musikmesse Festival, which will be held at a variety of venues throughout Frankfurt. Additionally, we continue to extend our invitation to music lovers to visit the ‘Musikmesse Plaza,’ where they can not only see and buy instruments, recordings and lifestyle products but also take part in numerous events”, says Detlef Braun, member of the executive board of Messe Frankfurt GmbH.”