Now in its fourth year, The London International Guitar Show (LIGS) returns to Kempton Park Racecourse Exhibition Centre on Sunday 27th October 2019 from 10am to 4.30pm.
Hosted by Northern Guitar Shows Ltd., who have been successfully organising guitar shows throughout the UK for more than twenty years, LIGS has all the trademark features of their other well-established events. These include an affordable entrance fee for visitors, sensibly-priced exhibitor costs with no added extras, free parking for all, good transport links including proximity to the motorways and even a railway station in the venue grounds. Long-distance visitors can also benefit from a large range of reasonably priced accommodation nearby.
140 exhibitors are already booked with more signing up each day for what promises to be an amazing show.
Forged in the style of USA table-top exhibitions, LIGS is first and foremost a retail event. New, vintage and pre-owned guitars, amps and pedals will be available to buy, trade and sell from a host of retailers, distributors, manufacturers, luthiers, boutique makers and private collectors – not to mention a whole gamut of strings and accessories.
As with all the NGS exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations and live music will be available in separate areas throughout the day, with some of the top names in the industry performing in an intimate setting. This year Vintage Guitars presents astonishing young acoustic virtuoso, Rory Evans; former Stone Roses and Asia guitarist Aziz Ibrahim Esq. will be performing an eclectic set with his usual multi-genre mastery while Hamstead Soundworks features session supremo and YouTube phenomenon Mike Bradley and his band with his original rock, blues and funk compositions. Last, but definitely not least, The Huers will showcase their superb songs, great playing and sublime harmonies through the show’s PA system provider BOSE professional.
A special feature of this year’s event will be a classic guitar display curated by David Plues, author of ‘Burst Believers IV, with original ‘Bursts, Goldtops, 335s and more from the golden era of vintage guitars.
LIGS is a breath of fresh air for exhibitors who may dread the logistics misery usually associated with guitar shows. Vehicles can pull up practically outside the doors, making load in and out a piece of cake and vastly reducing set-up and breakdown times. Plus, with all live demonstrations and performances confined to a separate area, the ability to conduct business and talk to customers is vastly improved, as is overall noise pollution – you can leave your earplugs at home!
“We really look forward to every show organised by Northern Guitars Shows.” says Rob Bennett from Shergold Guitars (Barnes & Mullins). “They are always well attended by lots of passionate guitar players of all ages. Every show has proved to be useful and given us the opportunity to connect with punters in an environment that is always lively and very friendly.”
“Every show we’ve done with Northern Guitars Ltd. has been fantastic for us” says Matt Bascetta from House of Tone Pickups “The organisers, Peter and Gail, are always very friendly and accommodating and it’s a great day out with some brilliant gear and people.”
Public admission will be just £12 (pay on the door) with accompanied under-12’s free.
LIGS is sponsored by PMT, Reflex Print, Acoustic Review, BluGuitar, Fret-King Guitars, Vintage Guitars, Hamstead Soundworks, Guitar.com, Pedal Patch, The Musicians’ Union, Ernie Ball, Mooer, L R Baggs and Hercules Stands.
Registration is open to any business with guitar-related products including retailers, distributors, manufacturers, luthiers, boutique makers and private collectors and dealers.
To book a stand email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01925 813185 or 07403 346409.