The new UK Guitar Show opened its doors on 29th and 30th September for the very first time, and the event was a huge success with a sold out exhibition space and visitor numbers far exceeding all expectation. The some 2,700 visitors travelled from all over the UK to come to the event, and from as far as Peru, Mozambique and the US, and the feedback from everyone who took part has been overwhelmingly positive.
“It was a fantastic event,” said Jamie Dickson, Editor of Future’s Guitarist Magazine.
“Exhibition space was totally sold out with more than 70 brands filling every corner of Olympia’s 3rd floor. We completely sold out of pre-sale tickets for Saturday, and a lot of people turned up to buy tickets on the door which made for a really busy show, and a very successful weekend for exhibitors.
“Big thanks to everyone who came down to join us – we had a brilliant weekend of stellar guitars, stunning talent and superb technique workshops from some of the best tutors in the country. We loved every minute – and can’t wait to meet you all again there next year!”
There were around 50 performances and workshops over the two days to delight and inspire visitors across 5 stages, as well as a Guitar Garage for visitors to have their own guitars looked after, and the much anticipated Vintage Room on the 2nd floor. Visitors were thrilled to get up close and personal with vintage and rare gear from Marshall, Orange, Seven Decades and the late Irish guitar hero Rory Gallagher’s collection, including his iconic ‘61 Strat. The Seven Decades performances played on some of the world’s rarest guitars were also a highlight of the weekend.
Visitors were able to try out and buy gear from Fender, Gretsch, Takamine, Yamaha, Faith, Ernie Ball, Ovation, Shergold, Orange and many more top brands. The Gear Hall gave them the opportunity to discover new and exciting products and check out iconic gear all under one roof. Rob Bennett of Shergold Guitars said of the event, “Having only relaunched Shergold Guitars last year, it is important for us to be at events that are well attended to maximise the exposure of the brand and give guitar players the opportunity to play the new guitars for the first time. The UK Guitar Show certainly did not fail in giving us this opportunity. The booth had a constant stream of visitors throughout both days meaning we were easily able to achieve our aim.”
There are already ambitious plans for next year’s show in the pipeline and we will be asking for detailed exhibitor and visitor feedback to help us to make the show bigger and better year on year.
Many thanks to all the visitors, exhibitors, artists, tutors and staff who helped make the event such a huge success, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back for the 2019 show.
Tickets and further information are available from: www.ukguitarshow.com