Musikmesse & Prolight + Sound Postponed Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Due to rising fears over the spread of Covid-19, commonly known as coronavirus, organizers have delayed the 2020 editions of the Musikmesse and Prolight + Sound trade fairs in Frankfurt, Germany. Prolight + Sound was originally scheduled to run from March 31 to April 3 and Musikmesse was scheduled for April 1-4, 2020. The newly scheduled dates for Prolight + Sound are May 26-29, 2020. New dates have not yet been announced for Musikmesse, but organizers say they will make that announcement in the near future.

Messe Frankfurt, the company behind the trade fairs, previously announced the postponement of its Light + Building show from March to September 2020.

"Given the increasing spread of Covid-19 in Europe, Messe Frankfurt has decided to postpone Musikmesse 2020," reads the statement from Messe Frankfurt. The health of exhibitors, visitors, contractors and employees has top priority for Messe Frankfurt. The new dates will be announced in the near future. Visitor admission tickets continue to be valid."

The ‘Musikmesse Plaza’ pop-up market (April 3 and 4) and the ‘Musikmesse Festival’ (March 31 to April 4, 2020) will still go on as planned. because, according to Messe Frankfurt, 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," Messe Frankfurt adds in its statement. "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.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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