The Brits 2015 took place with a bang this past week and Blackstar had Sam Smith guitarist Ben Thomas using a HT Reverb pedal on the live show. Ben also used a HT Club 50 and HT Stage 60 in the build up to the Brits. Sam Smith won both the British Breakthrough act and Global Success Award to cap off what has been a meteoric rise to stardom. One Direction won the best British Video award after what has been another unstoppable year for them. One Direction are supported by guitarist Dan Richards who uses an Artisan 100 and HT Dual pedal.
This weekend we will be at the Great British Guitar Show in Birmingham on stand E5. We will have lots of cool Blackstar products to show and demo to you including the NEW ID:Core BEAM and the Fly 3. Make sure you pop down and pay us a visit! See you there!
Blackstar Potential is a free online series of guitar lessons taught by professional teachers and famous artists. They cover everything from your very first steps like plugging in your guitar, right through to full blown shredding and cover different styles of music.
Our vision for Blackstar Potential is to offer free lessons to inspire new guitarists and encourage you to improve your craft. Playing guitar is great fun and we want to share this experience with everyone. It may seem daunting at first, but you can learn the basics really easily with help from our lessons.
On Learn To Play day (21st March) we will also be sending members of the Blackstar team into some of the PMT stores across the UK, where they will be demoing our amps and showing you why playing the guitar is such a great way of self expression.
Make sure you get down to your local PMT store on the 21st March and say ‘hi’!
Check out our online lessons at www.blackstarpotential.com and be sure to come back regularly for new lessons.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Blackstars Head of Sales, Keith Dudley.
We have known Keith for over 10 years and he was an integral part of the team that grew and established the Blackstar brand around the world.
Keith will be remembered for his love of music, football, jumping out of planes and his amazing charity work, most notably the support he gave to his beloved Rock School in Birmingham.
Keith joined Blackstar in 2007 and in the following 8 years he grew the UK dealer network and established the global distribution sales channel. Keith was without doubt one of the best face to face sales professionals in the music industry. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry and always had time to share his passion for music.
Joining Blackstar allowed him to fulfil a lifelong ambition to travel the world, touching the hearts of everyone he met and spreading the, Blackstar Grin.
Keith will be greatly missed but never forgotten. His jokes, anecdotes and Black Country charm will live on forever. Whenever we see a Blackstar in a store, or on a stage, we will remember the big part Keith had to play to the Blackstar story.
The Blackstar family grieves a valued and much loved friend.
Following Blackstars decision to change our route to market in Australia, we are very excited to announce the appointment of our new distributor:
CMI Music & Audio
Phone: +61 3 9315 2244 Fax: +61 3 9315 2115
Address: 36-38 Export Drive, Brooklyn, Vic 3012
CMI are an award winning Distribution Company with a proven track record in the Australian MI industry.
They work with a number of other leading MI brands and Blackstar are proud to be included in their first class line card.
Existing Australian stocks will arrive with CMI in January and a large shipment of Blackstar product will be available from the middle of February including the arrival of the new Fly 3 mini-amp, and re-stocks of the bestselling ID Series, ID:Core and HT ranges.
We thank you for your patience and look forward to further developing the Blackstar brand in Australia through our loyal dealer network in the very near future.
If you have any enquiries then please do contact CMI directly who will be happy to assist you.
The FLY stereo packs hit stores this week! Each FLY pack contains a FLY 3, FLY 103 and a PSU so you don’t always have to use batteries. The addition of the FLY 103 extension cabinet will turn you 3 watt mono FLY 3 into a 6 watt stereo monster! So, make sure you get yourself one of our new FLY 3’s. Music on the move.
The 2015 NAMM show in Anaheim takes place between the 22nd and 25th of January. It’s the worlds largest trade-only event for the music products industry and Blackstar will be there in full force. This year will see the launch of two new Blackstar products and we will have Blackstar artists Mike from DevilDriver and Sin and Al from Ministry with us. If you are at the show then make sure you pay a visit to the our booth #6440 in hall A. For all of you who can’t make the show then there will be a live webcast on the 22nd for all the Blackstar exclusives from the 2015 NAMM show. Keep ‘em peeled!
Don’t forget to get onto Insider’s online community and go to the Official Artist Patches page where you can download the tones created by the likes of DevilDriver, Bob Mould, Tommy Henriksen and many more straight onto your ID amp!
We are proud to announce that our latest product to hit the market, The Fly 3, has won its first award. Winning the Total Guitar Best Buy award in the micro amp category. Released on the 1st November The Fly 3 has already created quite a buzz and the 3 watt mini amp with big tone will no doubt go on to receive more accolades and awards. Don’t just take our word for it, get down to you local dealer and try one for yourselves.
So our new product The Fly was launched on the 1st November and in the build to its anticipated release we got some of our artists to test the amp. These artists included Gus G, Uli John Roth, The Vamps, Sin Quirin and Richard Hawley. All were blown away by The Fly and if you visit our Facebook page and YouTube channel then you can watch them in action.
Gus G had this to say about the amp "The FLY 3 is by far the most convenient practice amp ever created! Tone quality should not be in question, after all it’s a Blackstar” whilst Richard Hawley said “Most Flies are annoying, this little Fly is seriously good company!”
But don’t just take their word for it, get down to your local dealer today and try one for yourself!
This year saw the last ever Firefest festival take place. The festival that in Nottingham’s infamous venue, Rock City, has come to the end of a 9 year long run of festivals which Blackstar have been a proud sponsor of for the past 4 years. This final year was headlined by Heat, Fire House and Danger Danger and was completely backlined by Blackstar amps. Play loud!
This week we launched a tasty little teaser video for the new product we will be unveiling on the 1st November! If you haven’t already seen it (or just want to see it again) here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMauAkzdpM0
Make sure you watch this space!
To help you get out of the studio and onto a stage, Blackstar are offering up to £45 cashback when you purchase any of the amplifiers listed below.
Claim £45 cashback when you purchase either of the following: ID:60TVP, ID:260TVP, S1-45, S1-50, S1-100, S1-1046L6, S1-104EL34, S1-200, HT Metal 60, £30 cashback on an HT Metal 5, or £20 cashback on an HT Metal 1.
For full terms and conditions go to: www.blackstaramps.com/cashback - UK ONLY
Blackstar have 2 products in this year’s MIA Awards; Amplifier of the Year category, the Metal 5H and the ID:Core 10.
Could everyone visit the link below and show your support for Blackstar by voting for the ID:Core Stereo 10 in the poll below:
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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.