BPM, Europe's biggest DJ show for everyone from bedroom DJs to top-notch producers is back! Bigger and better than ever, this year's show in Donington will also see our Tech Awards go live.
Last year's inaugural show attracted over 2200 visitors, with even more success-hungry DJ and producer fanatics expected to flood through the doors this year. Held 18th & 19th October, you'd be mad not to catch it this time round.
"There are so many good reasons for someone to go to BPM. It works on so many different levels and appeals to all types of DJs - from club and scratch to budding bedroom DJs," explained show organiser Mark Walsh.
Held at Donington Park's Exhibition Centre, Mark claims the show is a "dream for upcoming producers and DJs". With a programme bursting with live performances, seminars and workshops, it's the ideal opportunity for you to show off your own talent whilst building those all-important contacts.
Take two steps forward with your career and get yourself along. Advanced tickets will only set you back £8, with more on the door.
BPM is divided into three specially themed areas. The main stage is the central hub for live performances and DJ showcases, equipped with top of the range soundsystems, awesome lighting and party effects.
"It provides an exciting focus for the event," said DJmag's Tech Editor, David Eserin. "Organisers are keeping the main stage line-up hush hush at the moment, but we just know they're going to pull out the stops if last year is anything to go by."
Top manufacturers like Pioneer, Stanton, Rane and many more will have their kit on display in the exhibition area, and that's where you can pick up a bargain.
Alongside the raft of kit on show, visitors can get up close and personal with top industry players. DJ agents and managers will also be taking part in the lively seminars.
"Seminars have a reputation of being a bit dry and boring, but I can assure you that's not the case at BPM," revealed Eserin. "Each seminar offers a lively forward-thinking insight into the industry and last year's presentations were rammed. This is where invaluable information is passed on to visitors who would be well-advised to check out this year's seminar programme."
Slipmatt and Phantasy took part in last year's show and they were well impressed.
"BPM is a fantastic show," said Slipmatt. "It was great to see the next generation of DJs getting into the kit and DJ culture. It is a must-visit event for any DJ."
Phantasy added: "It was good to see all the new kit. But more importantly it was great to chat with the guys behind the equipment and meet others within the industry. I'm looking forward to being back on the Audio Intimidation stand this year."
Of course, no industry event is complete without the after-hour knees-up. This year DJmag's teamed up with Pioneer and BPM to host the official after-party at Rapture nightclub, in Loughbourogh.
"We're currently working on a serious line-up," revealed Eserin, "so you can catch the most cutting-edge equipment being pushed to its limits."
The full line-up will be announced soon so keep your ear to the ground and your eyes on the mag.
DJMAG TECH AWARDS
BPM is the best DJ show out there and this year we're judging our illustrious Tech Awards at the event. For the first time ever, our panel of expert DJs and producers will be judging the kit in front of your very eyes.
David Eserin explains: "Manufacturers will be given a few minutes to demonstrate the beauty of their gear and then they'll face a grilling from our panel. Following our panels own hand-on session, they'll pick the winners."
The new and improved Tech Awards is the perfect opportunity to see all the leading products in a number of popular categories pitched against each other in a head-to-head battle. You can even get your hands on the kit yourself to see if you agree with the judges' decision.
More details will be revealed next issue in our Technology Special, where you can get involved and pick up a big prize in return.
The DJmag Tech Awards will be captured on film. You'll be able to watch it at djmag.com!