Saying we’re in the ‘middle’ of a global pandemic kind of glosses over the point that we’re not even in the middle of this pitiful situation. The coronavirus’ many terrible variants keep ravishing the population, while vaccines are a mere glimmer of the hope they promised. As the wave of terribly necessary Fall tour cancellations and lockdown measures rages on, it’s hardly surprising that Winter NAMM 2022 is being postponed and mashed up with NAMM’s Summer event. Which isn’t terrible news when you think about it. If it actually happens, the physical June 3 – 5 event will be a much more engaging experience compared to the pale online impression of what NAMM is supposed to be which we got last January.
Winter NAMM 2022 moved to June 3-5
Registrations for the event, which will be hosted in its usual mecca – the Anaheim Convention Center in South California – will open in March 2022. Information is understandably sparse at the moment. The organisers promise a reunion of “thrilling experiences, new customers, and unexpected opportunities” which sounds like the good ol’ NAMM we know and need. That would be education events, concerts, product demos and announcements, random encounters with pro audio moguls, and a whole lot of male ponytails – a full-blown physical NAMM. You can subscribe to the newsletter to get updates on how the event is shaping up.
Interestingly, this NAMM event isn’t labelled as Summer NAMM. Rather, it’s a “spring edition” of sorts. This means that a separate summer event may eventually happen.
Sensibly, the hosts are providing extensive health and safety measures to stop NAMM 2022 from becoming a super-spreader event. You can read all about them here. The gist of it is improved air ventilation and maximally safe product demos. Here’s hoping that we’ll get our gear back on track in June without harming anybody!