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Paul Draper - Mansun
21/09/2017 Artist

Paul Draper, former Mansun frontman, is kicking off his first ever solo tour this week and will be performing six dates taking across the UK. The gigs will see Draper performing tracks from his debut solo album, Spooky Action, released earlier this year to rave reviews. The sold out tour will be Paul’s first shows in fourteen years. Paul will be using an Artisan 30 and his guitarist Ben Sink will be using an Artist 30. For more information on the tour and the album visit http://pauldraperofficial.com/ 

Macmillan Fest 2017
01/09/2017 Festival

This Saturday Macmillan Fest will be taking over multiple venues in Nottingham including Rescue Rooms, Stealth, Rock City, Spanky Van Dykes and Tap n Tumblr. With over sixty-three acts to play across seven stages the festival is hoping to raise both awareness and money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Blackstar is proud to be supporting the event and will supplying amps for all seven stages. For your chance to get tickets to the event visit http://www.alttickets.com/macmillan-fest-2017-tickets

RivFest 2017
30/08/2017 Festival

RivFest is an annual festival set up by the family of the late River Reeves, guitarist for Viola Beach. The festival will take place on this Saturday 2nd September at the Priestley College in Warrington. The acts performing include Maximo Park, Billy Bragg, Eliza and the Bear, Spring King, plus many more. Blackstar is proud to be supporting the festival and will be providing amps for both stages. For more information on the festival and the River Reeves Foundation visit http://www.riverreevesfoundation.org/rivfest-2017

Reading and Leeds Festival 2017
23/08/2017 Festival

The infamous Reading & Leeds Festival is taking place this weekend with the most revered artists from across the globe playing at both Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds throughout the Bank Holiday weekend. Reading is the world’s oldest popular music festival still in existence and was joined by Leeds in 1999. This year promises to be as popular as ever and Blackstar artists performing over the weekend include Everything Everything, Ray BLK, Counterfeit, Fizzy Blood, Shame, Otherkin, Mint, White Room plus many more. For more information on the festivals visit http://www.readingandleedsfestival.com

Bloodstock Competition
10/08/2017 Festival

This weekend is Bloodstock festival, the number one metal festival in the uk, and to celebrate Blackstar are running an awesome competition. For your chance to win two guest passes for next years festival plus a festival pack including a Fly3, t-shirt, tonelink, ear protecters and a poncho simply take a photo of yourself at Bloodstock and include the #blackstar10 either on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We will announce a winner on Tuesday 15th August 2017. Good luck!

Bloodstock Festival 2017
04/08/2017 Festival

Bloodstock festival is taking place next weekend in Derbyshire. Established in 2001, Bloodstock has progressed over the years from its humble beginnings as a one day event to a three day full on metal extravaganza. Blackstar artists Possessed, Soilwork, Kreator, Venom Prison and Courtesans will all be performing and Blackstar will be providing equipment for all of the stages at the festival. For more information on the festival visit http://www.bloodstock.uk.com

Posessed European Tour
19/07/2017 Artist

Few bands have done more to push the boundaries of extreme metal than the legendary Possessed. Even fewer can create a unique style which continues to set them apart from all others by being the very first in a genre, Death Metal. The band is kicking off their European tour at Wacken Open Air festival and will be playing twelve dates across Europe including Bloodstock festival in the UK. Guitarist Daniel Gonzalez will be using a Series One 1046L6 rig through out the tour. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/possessedofficial

Summer NAMM 2017
13/07/2017 Company

Summer NAMM kicks off this week and will be showcasing a complete product landscape set within one of America’s most musical cities, Nashville, Tennessee. This year Blackstar will be there in full force and will be launching three special 10th anniversary edition amps. The Artisan 10 AE, the Series One 10 AE and the Artist 10 AE. The limited edition amps will be hitting the stores this November, for more information check out the official press release. Company founders Ian Robinson, Paul Hayhoe and Joel Richardson will be live on ACME Radio this Saturday and you can listen to them discuss these amps and much more at http://acmeradiolive.com/listen-live. If you’re lucky enough to be at Summer NAMM this year then make sure you visit Blackstar at booth 953 to check out all our exciting products on show. 

Steve Cradock Summer Tour
10/07/2017 Artist

Long-term Blackstar endorsee Steve Cradock is back on the road this summer with his Artisan 30 rig. Having recently finished touring with Paul Weller, Steve is busy again with a number of Ocean Colour Scene shows throughout the summer culminating with a headline slot at Beyond the Tracks festival in Birmingham this September. Between shows with Ocean Colour Scene, Steve will also be performing his other role as guitarist for The Specials as they take to the stage for several festivals this summer. To watch Steve talk about his Blackstar amps amongst other things visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jRYUUdRKDc

Agnostic Front Tour '17
10/07/2017 Artist

The legendary Agnostic Front are currently in the midst of another European tour and will be playing thirty-one dates in a month. Guitarist Craig Silverman uses a HT Metal 100 stack and had this to say about the amp, ”The HT Metal 100 is by far the best and most versatile amplifier I have ever owned. From clean to crunch to blistering high gain, no other amplifier even comes close”. For more information on the band and their current tour visit http://www.agnosticfront.com

Jared James Nichols Tour 2017
27/06/2017 Artist

Jared James Nichols is currently in the middle of a UK tour which sees him play ten dates across the UK. The first half of the tour was in support of Blue Oyster Cult and Jared and his band have just kicked off the next stage supporting UFO. The Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer, writer and guitarist kicked off the run with a storming performance at Hellfest in France and will be playing Ramblin’ Man fair and Steelhouse Festival all with his Series One 100 rig and Artist 30 combo. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Jaredjamesnichols/

Hawthorne Heights on Instagram
22/06/2017 Artist

This Friday the 23rd June Blackstar endorsees Hawthorne Heights will be taking over the official Blackstar Instagram account and bringing you a behind the scenes look at 24 hours on tour with the band. Hawthorne Heights are currently on the Vans Warped Tour and will bring you an exclusive, behind the scenes look as the tour heads to Las Vegas. Keep an eye on our account on the 23rd for an intriguing look into life on the road with Hawthorne Heights.

Glastonbury 2017
22/06/2017 Festival

Its Glastonbury Festival this weekend. The five-day festival takes place in Pilton, Somerset and is the largest greenfield festival in the world. It is attended by around 175,000 people and first took place in 1970, back then it was known as Pilton Festival. This year it will be the 35th festival and promises to be as popular as ever. Blackstar artists performing this year include Kodaline, Birdy, Shame, Ray BLK, Wormrot, Hacktivist, Carl Barat and the Jackals plus many more. For more information on the festival visit http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Guitars on the Beach 2017
12/06/2017 Festival

This weekend on Saturday 17th of June, Guitars On The Beach will take place at Lyme Regis beach and will see the record bid for the most guitarist playing one song together. The songs this year will be Rave On and In The Summertime and Guitars On The Beach 2017 is once again gearing up to be one of the UK’s biggest unique live events of the year. There will be a special appearance from Ray Dorset from Mungo Jerry who will be leading the record attempt which takes place at 5pm. There will also be bands playing throughout the day and Blackstar will be providing the backline and demonstrating amps all day. So why not come and join in to help us set a new UK record and try and beat the World Record! For more information and to join Britain’s biggest band, visit www.facebook.com/guitarsonthebeach and sign up free at www.guitarsonthebeach.com

Download Festival 2017
12/06/2017 Artist, Festival

Download Festival is the UK’s premier rock festival. Held annually at Donington Park in Leicestershire it has expanded into a three day rock extravaganza since it was conceived in 2003 as a follow up to the Monsters of Rock festivals. The festival kicks off this week and Blackstar artists will be there in full force including Ministry, Hacktivist, The King Blues, Simple Plan, Code Orange, Wednesday 13, Venom Prison, Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics, Otherkin and many more. For more information on the festival visit http://downloadfestival.co.uk

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