The Darkness’ Dan Hawkins confirmed for The Guitar Show 2018


The Guitar Show has announced that The Darkness lead guitar slinger Dan Hawkins will be a special guest at the show, which takes place at Bingley Hall in Birmingham on February 24-25,

Appearing on the Live Stage on Saturday 24 in conjunction with Marshall Amplification, Dan will be talking through his live rig with Simon Bradley (The Guitar Magazine) at 13.56. Precisely.

Dan’s experience as both session guitar player and producer/studio owner (he owns the luxury Leeders Farm studio in Norfolk), Dan’s knowledge and understanding of tone is second to none and it will be a rig rundown not to miss.

Also appearing at the show will be Thunder bassist Chris Childs, who will be on the Sandberg Guitars stand between 2-4pm on both Saturday and Sunday. With a CV that includes Andy Summers (The Police), Go West and Beverley Knight as well as the UK’s favourite blues-rockers, Chris has a wealth of experience on both sides of the studio glass.

With more than 20 new exhibitors and a new Technology Hall, The Guitar Show will be bigger and busier than ever in 2018.

The first day of the show will open at 9:42am precisely (an appropriate time, as keen six-stringers will doubtless recognise) and, thanks to the sponsorship of Ernie Ball’s Super Slinky strings, the first nine visitors through the doors will receive an Ernie Ball t-shirt and set of electric guitar strings (in their choice of gauge – not necessarily 9-42), while the next 42 will grab a set of strings.

The well-received Acoustic Hall returns again in 2018 and the show will also host some of the best guitar-player friendly music production gear in the Technology Hall. From mics and preamps to software and speakers, everything visitors need to create polished, release-ready music will be on display from some of the industry’s biggest brands.

As ever, the Guitar Show’s main exhibition area is set to showcase a wealth of great electric guitars, basses, amplification and effects from all over the world (see current exhibitor list below). And with the involvement of retail partners PMT and Fairdeal Music will be available exclusively at the show.

Tickets for The Guitar Show are priced at £12.50 (£6 Under 16s) in advance and £15 (£10 Under 16s) on the door and available from