Melbourne Guitar Show 2016 poster

Melbourne Guitar Show returns in August

Guitar lovers rejoice.

The Australian Music Association has announced the return of the Melbourne Guitar Show at the Caulfield Racecourse on August 6 and 7.

This year’s exhibition will feature a massive range of the latest and greatest electric and acoustic guitars, effects pedals, amps, guitar technology and accessories. Not to mention seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented guitarists including Kevin Borich (The La De Das, John Paul Young) and Phil Manning (Laurie Allen Revue, Chain), and a host of young up-and-comers. 

The Melbourne Guitar Show had a successful debut last year, drawing almost 5000 punters, and Australian Music Association CEO Rob Walker said this year’s festival would be bigger and better.

“It had such a great vibe – a really positive event,” Walker said.

“The exhibitors, the artists and the patrons were all enthusiastic about an incredibly friendly and well attended show.

“This year we’ll have 70 exhibitors with more stands and more great products.”

The festival will provide a hands-on chance to see, hear and roadtest some of the world’s favourite brands, with exhibitors offering one-off show deals, plus an opportunity to get close to some hand-crafted, locally made instruments and epic guitar and gear collections.

This year there will be a section exclusively for acoustic instruments, so showgoers can see, try and buy acoustic instruments without competing with amps and electrics.

“We have focused on showcasing a great variety of live guitar styles presented by some of Australia’s best players,” said Walker.

“We have made a concerted decision to present more group concerts that highlight the acoustic and electric guitar, featuring performances by legends and soon-to-be legends.”

In addition to solo acts, there will be a Melbourne Guitar Show SuperJam.

“You never know who’s going to get up to play,” Walker said.

“It could easily be one of those rare ‘were you at the Melbourne Guitar Show when…’ moments.”  

The Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourse on August 6 and 7.

Visit the website for the full artist lineup and ticket information.

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