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Live 2000 (London)
Live 2000 (London)
Date: 28/09/00, updated on 18/11/02 (4 review reads)
Advantages: Killed a few hours
Disadvantages: Not enough 'gizmos'
I was visiting my brother down south at the weekend and when he asked if I fancied going to Live200 I thought why not. As far as I was led to believe, the show was all about new technology. This sounded like something that would be interesting to see, so off we went on the Saturday morning.
The show was held in the Earls Court Centre which is literally straight across the road from Earls Court tube station, so getting there was certainly no problem. The entrance fee seemed a little bit steep at £12 for adults and £7 for kids, since there were six adults in our group the total came to £72.
Before last week I had never heard of the Live event, so I didn't really have any pre-conceptions about what to expect. My brother, on the other hand, had been to the Live96 and Live98 events so he did have his expectations. He had told us about some of the things that he had seen showcased at past events, things like digital TV for instance. Many of the things he talked about from previous shows were at a pre-launch stage and were not readily available to the public. This was not the case at Live2000 though. I must say that I can't recall seeing anything that I had not seen before. Sure there were many examples of the latest products, but they were all simply the latest versions of existing products, a bit bigger better or faster. The only thing I can think of that was slightly innovative was digital radio, but since I don't listen to much radio anyway even that didn't interest me very much.
There were large sections for the products that you would expect, things like mobile phones, sound systems, TVs and DVDs etc. Some of the in-car entertainment systems were worth having a look at, but you would probably need to win the lottery to be able to afford most of what was on show. There were also a few Internet sites with stalls. AOL, Freeserve and world-online to name a few, but again these were all existing services and nothing new.
r><br>One of the highlights for me was the dooyoo stall. I got to meet some of the staff and spent a bit of time chatting with Jules and Giles. I managed to scrounge a T-shirts each for my hubby and me. I also got a dooyoo hat and some lighters (yes I know - I really should give up smoking again). The dooyoo peeps told me that they had over four hundred new members signed up by Saturday morning, so we can look forward to loads of new people reading our opinions :)
As some other people have said in their opinions, marketing people mostly manned the stalls. Pretty girls in skimpy clothes are OK if you are into that sort of thing - but they didn't do much for me personally! As far as getting information about products went, most of them didn't have the slightest idea what they were promoting. If it wasn't written on the leaflet they didn't know about it. Talking about leaflets, if you had taken all that were thrust into your hands you would need a forklift truck to carry them. If you ever do go to one of these events do yourself a favour and keep your hands in your pockets until you see something that you are genuinely interested in.
My impression of the whole show was that it was just a big advertising event, and we had to pay £12 for the privilege of seeing the adverts. The price of food and drink was a bit hefty too at 95p for a can of coke and £1.50 for a small portion of chips. Don't get me wrong though, the show was definitely a good way to spend a few hours on a rainy day - the problem for me was that Saturday was a scorcher of a day and I was stuck inside. I spent about three hours at the show, which was plenty time to see everything.
Would I go to the next one? Well, only if I could see some sort of list before hand of what would be on show. I think a few hours wandering round the high street stores would have let me see, technology wise, as much as I seen at Live2000 (but I wouldn't have got to meet Jules
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