AXPONA 2020 Postponement Announced

Joel Davis, founder and CEO of AXPONA 2020 sponsor JDEvents, has today announced that the show, which was to have run April 17–19 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center in Chicago, is going to be postponed until August 7-9, 2020.

Jason Victor Serinus, of Stereophile, spoke with Davis, who said the date change resulted “out of concern for the health and safety of all participants due to the growing coronavirus situation. This decision was made following an outpouring of feedback from the AXPONA community over the last 72 hours . . .. We rescheduled out of an abundance of caution during this unpredictable time. . . . We will contact all exhibitors and attendees directly later this week as we work through the details of the move.”

Serinus also reported that Davis said the decision was based on conversations and input from “hundreds of customers, including conversations, emails, and texts, in addition to our own best assessment of the situation and what will ultimately be in the best interest of the industry.”

AXPONA organizers were extremely limited in their options according to Davis who said that “It’s not easy to find an open week at any venue given [that] we use almost the entire venue and we need 5-6 days total to produce the event.” Since this was the one window of opportunity to switch dates for the event, Davis said they decided to go for it.

With the two largest audiophile-centric shows on the planet now either cancelled (High End Munich) or postponed (AXPONA), it could be only a matter of time until other shows and events follow suit in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.