UK: Guitar Nation Live 2010

Guitar Nation Live 2010, to will be held in Olympia London over the 13th and 14th of November, is the UK biggest Guitar show and has it all: Top stars, fantastic exhibition of the best gear, concerts, masterclasses and seminars.

After looking through the impressive line-up they’ve managed to put together, I started thinking “Hmmm, it’s been a while since I last visited England, I really think they should get to review the event in person”.

Steve Vai

Whether you’re buying, selling, trading or just browsing amongst the hundreds of new and vintage guitars, basses, amps, pedals, straps and strings, top retailers, manufacturers and music memorabilia – Guitar Nation Live is a dedicated guitar exhibition of over 120 stands where you can see the latest styles, the weird, the handmade and the newest technology. Exhibitors include Marshall Amps, Bose, PRS guitars and many other famous brands, plus there’s an amazing range of freebies included in your ticket price;

  • Free Guitar lessons from Tech Music Schools
  • Free to view: World exclusive preview of Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitars to be auctioned for charity by Bonhams LA in March 2011. See up close some of the rarest most desirable guitar set-ups on the planet!
  • Free Set of Ernie Ball strings or Rotosound Bass Strings on advance ticket bookings
  • Free Guitar Icons photographic exhibition (Jimi Hendrix, Keith Richards, Brian May etc) from Proud Galleries
  • Free instrument valuation from Allianz
  • Free hearing test with the Musicians Union
  • Free to enter competitions to win cool prizes including two Jet City 2112RC 20w guitar combo amps.
  • Free performances and seminars from world class artists and key music industry pros:

    • Pink Floyd’s Guy Pratt presents touring with ‘My Bass and Other Animals’
    • Phil Hilborne live with his band
    • The Hamsters : See the UK’s best blues-rock band live in concert
    • Guitar Master Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes in concert
    • YOUTH ; Uber-producer (The Verve, U2) /Killing Joke bassist shows how to make music that matters
    • Sting’s guitarist, Dominic Miller and Percussionist Rhani Krija perform together with Guy Pratt
    • Top Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor talks about his academy and learning to play the guitar
    • Hard hitting discussion panels from XFM with guest speakers and station DJ’s

The show organisers are also excited to have Guitar God Steve Vai making his only UK appearance this year when he’ll be appearing at two master classes at Guitar Nation 2010. These ticket only events will be;

  • ‘An Audience with Steve Vai’ presented by London’s top music School, The Guitar Institute
  • ‘Where The Wild Songs Are’ – Steve Vai presents a Flex-Able/Passion and Warfare recording session re-creating some of his most iconic guitar tracks.

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