High End 2020 Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Fears

What has undoubtedly become the largest and premier high-fidelity and audio trade show in the world – High End Munich – has been formally cancelled by High End organizers over fears of worsening health conditions amid the outbreak of the coronavirus.

This could have repercussions for other large hi-fi trade shows such as the upcoming Montreal Audiofest and AXPONA in Chicago.

Below is the High End press release, and I will post further thoughts and news regarding the High End 2020 cancellation in the coming days.

Press release

The HIGH END 2020 trade show, planned for May 14 to 17, 2020 at Munich‘s MOC exhibition grounds, has been cancelled due to the current worsening trend with respect to the spread of the novel coronavirus.

This decision was reached by the HIGH END SOCIETY Service GmbH upon consideration of all criteria in close cooperation with the Board of the HIGH END SOCIETY e.V.

Given that in addition to the countries affected in Asia, infections in Italy have rapidly increased within a few days, it is unclear how the virus will continue to spread in Europe. “That is why as organisers of an international trade show, we consider it our responsibility to act in a timely manner”, explains Ste- fan Dreischärf, Managing Director of HIGH END SOCIETY Service GmbH. On the one hand, this move seeks to safeguard the health of all stakeholders and, on the other hand, to work towards averting possible economic losses of the exhibitors.

“We naturally regret having to take this step,” says Dreischärf. “But we take our duty of care towards our exhibitors, visitors and employees very seriously.” Since the rapid spread of the virus in China in mid-January, the organiser of the world‘s largest hi- trade show has been weighing the possible consequences for the exhibition planned in May. Each day, the situation was re-assessed by monitor- ing not only the global spread of the coronavirus but also the international trade show and exhibition scene.

At the beginning of February, HIGH END SOCIETY Service GmbH already offered Chinese exhibitors options for withdrawing from their participation in this year’s hi- show. Over the past few weeks, the organiser increasingly received inquiries from other companies as to whether the strained situation would have an impact on the HIGH END 2020.


cazz's picture

Maybe have all the manufacturers give video presentations & announcements in a virtual Hi End show so everyone can at least see new products.....it might be fun and everyone can stay at home.

volvic's picture

There will be a lot of people who are attending and exhibitors who will have paid deposits and airline tickets that in all likelihood will be difficult to recoup. A very rash decision in my opinion.

rugyboogie's picture

Glad that they acted quickly and not last minute.
Vendors can at least make cancellations for flight, transport of gear and displays.
France yesterday banned all activities with more than 5000 people of indoor events.

SAnderson67's picture

What a shame! But all international events are canceled in my city as well, so not a big surprise really.