Hot off the grapevine today is news that the 2019 Australian HiFi and AV Show has been cancelled. The full story is not available just yet but the Sydney show set for kick off at the start of August this year has been put on the back burner. Organised by exhibition specialists, Chester Group and to be held in the Novatel Sydney Central it showed great promise and no doubt Sydney AV enthusiasts will be very disappointed with this news. In a country though that struggles to support one motor show per year, having two audio shows per annum did seem a little extravagant.
UK based Chester Group re ignited the Australian HiFi show scene in 2011 with the first of many A/V exhibitions. Offering both the trade an outlet to show off their wares and consumers some electronic show excitement without having to leave the country. This was something much missed by everyone in the preceding 'dark' years of no shows for nearly 20 years. Having been instrumental in getting the industry together for a number of well supported shows over the years in both Melbourne and Sydney the UK firm found themselves somewhat at war with local outfit Stereonet. Stereonet obviously felt they could do a better job (as surely they couldn't have thought the country needed two audio shows per year). This culminated last year in the Melbourne audience being offered two HiFi Shows in two adjacent weekends.... The saga continues?