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2021 AES Show Will Co-Locate With NAB

Next October in Vegas to be a busy one for industry events

The AES fall show will co-locate with the NAB Show in Las Vegas in the fall of next year.

It is the latest major change in our industry’s usual convention schedule, which has seen upheaval since COVID-19 began hitting the United States hard.

Those few days in October are shaping up to be big ones for multiple organizations that hold annual events — assuming their schedule holds and that the national pandemic situation allows it by then — because the NAB Show, the AES show, the Radio Show and the SBE national meeting now will all take place in Las Vegas 11 months from now.

For many industry professionals who are comfortable traveling by then, these shows may well be their first in-person events since the pandemic started.

[Related: “NRB Plans an In-Person Event in March”]

The latest announcement was made by AES Executive Director Colleen Harper and NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown.

The Audio Engineering Society show will be held Oct. 11–13 at the Westgate Hotel adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center. The NAB Show, normally in the spring, will take place at the LVCC on Oct. 9 to 13, as previously announced, with the 2022 NAB Show to follow six months later on its normal schedule.

The fall AES convention in recent years has been held annually at New York City’s Javits Convention Center, and since 2017 it was co-located with NAB Show New York. Both were held online this year.

Announced previously, the 2021 NAB Show will co-locate with the Radio Show and NAB’s Sales and Management Television Exchange. And the Society of Broadcast Engineers plans to have its annual national meeting there.