Scene News: Melbourne Guitar show annouinces exclusive Diesel session

After announcing a monster lineup, including Steve Hackett (Genesis), Nick Johnston (Canada) and Alex Hutchings (UK), the Australian Music Association (AMA) have added even more excitement to the incredible weekend of music with the announcement that Diesel will be performing and chatting exclusively at the Melbourne Guitar Show at Caulfield Racecourse over the weekend of August 5 and 6. With the complete event program (detailing the show hour-by-hour across 5 different stages) and final list of performers and exhibitors now available for all to feast their eyes on, festival-goers have the ability to plan their ultimate Guitar Show experience to a tee, ensuring they don’t miss out on a thing.

And the AMA could not be more proud to welcome the much-loved and respected Aussie performer, Diesel, who is set to make his debut Melbourne Guitar Show appearance in clinic for VOX at this year’s event. Well known for his 90’s hit Tip of my Tongue, Diesel is stoked to pay a visit to the Guitar Show, saying, “Can’t wait to head to Melbourne to play and talk about some of the gear I’m loving using, amongst the guitar-loving community.”

Set to be bigger than ever in 2017, the Melbourne Guitar Show has gone above and beyond to offer music enthusiasts the weekend of a lifetime. Proudly presented by Triple M and Australian Musician, the lineup boasts not only an impressive haul of Australian guitarists on display, but a bunch of international artists too. The lineup has been heavily curated to showcase just how dynamic and diverse the world’s most popular instrument is, with multiple genres and styles being represented – there’s definitely something for everybody, even the ukulele enthusiasts among us!

There’ll be a stack of performances as ever, but there will also be some exclusive, unique opportunities for punters to get up close and personal with their favourite artists, through a number of workshops and panels that will take place throughout the show. Among the talented bunch joining the packed schedule of seminars and demonstrations are Australian artists Lloyd Spiegel, Brett Kingman and Bob Spencer.

Partnering up with Triple M, Aon, Advance Audio and Franklin Printing, the Melbourne Guitar Show will be Australia’s largest pop-up guitar shop, home to over 80 exhibitors over the weekend, including all the industry’s heavyweight brands from Australia and overseas. For the comfort of patrons, there is a designated Acoustic Mezzanine where fans can try the best acoustic instruments on offer. Not only will the 2017 MGS provide a hands-on chance to see, hear and play a broad range of the world’s favourite brands, it will also see exhibitors offering great show deals, and an opportunity to get close to some hand-crafted locally made instruments and an epic historic guitar collection tracing the very roots of the guitar today from harp to lute to primitive ‘guitar’ evolution examples on show. There’ll be a Triple M finale jam featuring a host of the weekend’s best known guitarists and punters can even catch a movie amongst the festivities!

The Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourse on August 5 and 6.
Tickets are on sale now

Online ticket prices when pre-ordered:: Adult day pass $20, adult weekend pass $30, family day pass $35, concession day pass $10, concession weekend pass $15, Sunday premium pass** $40, weekend premium pass** $50

About the Melbourne Guitar Show

It was big in 2015, huge in 2016, and today the Australian Music Association has announced the 2017 return of the Melbourne Guitar Show to rock Caulfield Racecourse on August 5 and 6 – and this year, it’ll be bigger than ever.  Proudly presented by Triple M and Australian Musician, the line-up boasts not only an incredible haul of local guitarists, but also massive international artists – UK’s legendary Steve Hackett (Genesis), Canada’s renowned Nick Johnston and UK superstar Alex Hutchings.

In addition to some killer performances, MGS will also hold a monster exhibition that will feature a gigantic variety of electric and acoustic guitars, effects pedals, amps and more state-of-the-art guitar technology, both home-grown and from around the world.  It will continue to be Australia’s biggest guitar pop-up shop…and that’s not all.  In addition to this, the Melbourne Guitar Show will host information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented guitarists, including: Lloyd Spiegel, Nick Charles and Bob Spencer with many more to be announced.

This year will be extra special as the Melbourne Guitar Show welcomes UK guitar royalty, namely, the original Genesis guitarist and successful solo artist in his own right, Steve Hackett, in a very special premium ticketed event.  Hackett will be touring Australia for the very first time with his lavish Genesis Revisited tour, playing classic Genesis prog-rock tunes as well as selected material from his 25 solo albums.  For the Melbourne Guitar Show however, in a more eclectic and informal setting, Steve will play an exclusive up close and personal acoustic-based show featuring musical director Roger King on keyboards and woodwind/ brass virtuoso Rob Townshend.  This will be the only Australian performance by the Steve Hackett Acoustic Trio.
Genesis, only ever made it to Australia once, in 1986 – years after Steve and singer Peter Gabriel left the band, so Steve is making it up to fans by bringing some Genesis magic to our shores.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for long serving Genesis fans and aficionados of 70s prog-rock.  Steve will also participate in an onstage Q&A session following his guitar show performance. Excited about the upcoming tour, Steve says, “I’m thrilled to bring my Genesis Revisited tour to Australia.  I’ll be playing there for the first time and I’m hugely looking forward to it!  It’ll be great to meet fans and friends, and I know it’s an incredibly beautiful country.  I can’t wait!”

Another star joining the stacked line-up is the Canadian guitar virtuoso Nick Johnston.  Known for his catchy, melody-driven instrumental music Nick has been able to carve out his own unique style within a crowded landscape of instrumental guitarists.  Nick’s playing has attracted sponsorship from massive international brands including Friedman Amps, D’Addario and Schecter Guitars.  Also on board this year, we welcome world-renowned guitarist Alex Hutchings (UK), a modern fusion guitarist par extraordinaire, lauded by many as one of the finest players in the genre.  His international following has exploded in recent years thanks to millions of YouTube views via both his own channel and JamTrackCentral (alongside such contemporaries such as Guthrie Govan, Andy James and Jack Thammerat). Regularly touring around the globe, Alex performs under his own name and as an international demonstrator for BOSS/Roland.

Drawing over 5,500 guitar lovers and enthusiasts to last year’s exhibit, the Melbourne Guitar Show is gearing up for the biggest event yet.  The voice of the Australian music products industry, the Australian Music Association (AMA) will be teaming up with and presenting sponsors Triple M and Aon to present this year’s guitar-centric weekend.  â€œWe are looking forward to a show this year that builds steadily based on the merit and popularity of the first two and on the presentation of the best people we can find”, says AMA executive officer and MGS organiser, Rob Walker.  Not only will the 2017 MGS provide a hands-on chance to see, hear and play a broad range of the world’s favourite brands, it will also see exhibitors offering great show deals, plus an opportunity to get close to some hand-crafted, locally made instruments and epic guitar and gear collections.  Describing the exciting developments, Rob continues, “We will have more exhibitors this year, as well as bigger stand presentations by many brands.  We are in discussions with an increasing list of players who want to be a part of it, so we are sure this show will provide great value for guitar enthusiasts once again.”

The first artist line up announcement includes: Steve Hackett (UK), Nick Johnston (Canada), Alex Hutchings (UK), Lloyd Spiegel, Nick Charles, Bob Spencer, Shannon Bourne, Lloyd Spiegel, James Ryan and many more to be announced over the coming weeks.

The Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourse on August 5 and 6.  

Tickets are on sale now!

Online ticket prices when pre-ordered:: Adult day pass $20, adult weekend pass $30, family day pass  $35, concession day pass $10, concession weekend pass $15, premium ticket** $40

**Premium tickets include admission to Steve Hackett show – limited tickets available







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