The Effect Pedals and Amp Consumer Show was held on Sep 21 at ESP academy in Takadanobaba/Shinjuku, Japan.
The event, now in its 3rd year was attended by Blackstar distributor Kanda Shokai. They demonstrated
HT Metal 100, ID:100TVP100 ID:CORE and many more and made lots of noise to over 600 visitors.
So this weekend just passed saw the end of the festival season for us at Blackstar. Artist team Will and James headed down to Butserfest on Saturday with a load of backline for the stages and to be keeping a keen eye on some fresh talent! Blackstar artists Kids In Glass Houses performed on the main stage for their last ever festival appearance.
The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for wounded, injured and sick Servicemen and women. It takes place in Londons Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and over 400 competitors from 13 nations have been taking part. This closing ceremony is this Sunday and amongst the star studded line up will be The Vamps using a Series One 100 rig and a HT Studio 20 rig plus Ellie Gouldings guitarist Chris Ketley using two Artisan 30 combos. Be sure to tune in to BBC 2 at 20.00 (GMT) on Sunday to watch the ceremony and give your support.
The Premises Studios has been one of Londons most popular studio complexes for over twenty six years. It has fourteen high-spec music studios for rehearsal, recording and mixing. There has been more artists working at The Premises than you can shake a drumstick at including Arctic Monkeys, The Horrors, Nick Cave and Blur. We met with their studio manager Pete Story to take a look around and check on our HT-Studio 20, HT-Club 50 and ID:260 amps which he informs me are in constant use by a diverse range of artists. With its impressive facilities and legendary cafe The Premises will no doubt remain one of Londons musical landmarks for many years to come.
Residents London recording studios has been established since 2001. Set in the residential (hence the name) area of Willesden Green this hidden gem houses three stunning rehearsal rooms and two fantastic recording studios. Blackstar have three HT Club 50 rigs in their rehearsal rooms and have just added a Series One 100 head to be used in theyre recording studios. Such artists as Billy Bragg and Marianne Faithfull have rehearsed and recorded there over the years and with their ethos of remaining in the financial reach of everyone Im sure many more will follow.
This weekend Blackstar are supporting local festival ‘Rock Your Age’ which is in aid of the Children’s Air Ambulance charity. The event will host the best bands and performers from the local area raising money to help other people. All the bands will be plugging into Series One full stacks! If you’re interested, you can check out the details here: https://www.facebook.com/rockyourage
The sun shone, pop was plentiful and what felt like the entire cast of the Only Way is Essex and their families descended on Hylands Park in Chelmsford. We met with Baz from the Stranglers who was on great form. With only a 25 minute set and a very tight time restriction their set was classic after classic! He was full of superlatives for his Blackstar gear as was Mark from Kodaline who was buzzing after their fantastic show. Mark uses an Artisan 30H and had this to say about it, not only does it sound great but its so reliable on tour, gig after gig it never lets me down. Other great sets from Blackstar artists included John Newman, Sam Smith and James Arthur. With more pop than a bubble this years V Festival went off with a bang.
Gareth Johnson of Stand Alone Productions has worked with such artists as The Who, Noel Gallagher, Them Crooked Vultures, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and The Specials to name but a few. He has also worked on an impressively wide range of film and television work. He has a large array of equipment in his studio including a Blackstar HT-Dual, HT-Metal and his newly acquired Artisan 100 head. We took the head to his studio this week and he literally couldnt stop recording with it from the minute it was plugged in. I look forward to hearing more work from him and the many talents thats he works with.
John Henrys has been the beating heart of the music industry for over thirty years and it is a pleasure for Blackstar to have our office in there as our London base. With six first class studios and an extensive range of backline and audio to hire everyone has been through these doors from Abba to Zappa… except Abba… and Frank Zappa but pretty much everyone in-between. There is everything here a musician should ever need whether its tour supplies from the Pro Shop, coffee from the cafe or a game of pool in the green room. Of course there is also our Blackstar office. Our London base was opened last year to help service our artists and to help even more musicians achieve the sound in their head. That is where you will find me surrounded by our amps and pedals… if I am not loosing a game of pool in the green room.
The sun keeps shining in the UK (mostly…) and the this weekend sees the mighty Defiled, Sisters of Mercy, Gallows and New Model Army representing Blackstar at Sonisphere while James Hetfield of Metallica will be warming up with his Series One 200 before bringing the festival to a close.
The following week sees a trip up to bonny Scotland for T in the Park where Blackstar bands, Ellie Goulding, Paul Weller, Kodaline, The Stranglers, The Rifles, John Newman and Sam Smith will all power their sets with the Series One and Artisan ranges. Take your brolly just in case!
If you are heading to the Glastonbury festival this weekend look out for our Blackstar bands. If you see a Blackstar on stage tweet or Instagram tagging in @blackstaramps and you could win a Blackstar goodie bag! As a help here are some bands using Blackstar at Glasto: Kodaline, John Newman, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, The Horrors, The Subways and many more….
Blackstar are pleased to sponsor the first Alt Press Music Awards held in Cleveland, Ohio on the 21st July. Mark Hoppus will be hosting proceedings with live acts such as Misfits, Joan Jett and Asking Alexandra performing.
Blackstar have a busy weekend with the UK festival season now in full flow! Blackstar will be represented at Download by Tesla, Bury Tomorrow, Behemoth, The Howling, Richie Sambora and Zebrahead while John Newman, The Horrors and the 1975 will be performing with the Artisan series at the Isle of Wight.
Guitar Tornado was held in Shinsaibashi, Osaka on May 24 & 25. It is a guitar festival where many talented and professional players perform
One of our Series One 100 half stacks graced the main stage and there was a HT Studio 20 and a HT METAL 5 head with matching 408 cab set up in the showroom with an LT Pedal board. Not only could the performing guitarists use this gear but also the public were let loose on it all to great reactions.
Check out more info on the event here: http://guitartornado.jimdo.com/