Take part in a world record attempt
On 22nd July 2018, at the legendary Ealing Blues Festival, Brain Tumour Research and Blackstar Amplification wiil attempt to set a new Guinness World Record!
The record for the largest electric guitar ensemble was set in India in 2013 with 368 participants – we are aiming for at least 400 and will be playing 'Heroes' by David Bowie (full album version) approx 6 minutes long.
This attempt is being organised by me, Dave Pile, a life-long guitar player. I lost my mum to a brain tumour in 2013. So the aim is not only to smash the world record, but also raise as much money as possible for Brain Tumour Research. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TheGreatGuitarChallenge All profits made will go straight to @braintumourrschenabling vital research into this woefully underfunded form of cancer. Just 1% of the national spend goes to this devastating disease!
Guinness World Records have officially accepted my application to make this attempt and so now we need your help in making it happen. We need as many enthusiastic electric guitarists as possible willing to take part and blow the existing record out the water!!
We are asking all electric guitarists to register on this page. This not only includes a donation to Brain Tumour Research but will also entitle you to the following:
- A New Blackstar Fly 3 micro amplifier (including batteries) to take home!
- T shirt (to mark the event)
- FREE day entry to the blues festival
- The opportunity to make history and break a world record! We do ask that you bring your own electric guitar and a lead (sorry, no acoustic electric guitars)
Buckcherry tear it up at Sweden Rock
Stevie has been using the HT Stage 100 MkII and the Series One line throughout the festival season. Catch Buckcherry at the London O2 arena this weekend. Tune in to our coverage from the show on our instagram page #blackstaramps
Backyard Babies at Sweden Rock Festival
Other Blackstar artists at the festival included Buckcherry, Kreator and Helloween.
Morrissey US Tour
Morrissey is currently in the midst of his US tour which will see him play 16 dates including two sold out nights at the Hollywood Bowl. The tour is in support of his new album ‘Low In High School’ which is released on November 17th. Morrissey’s long-term guitarist and collaborator, Boz Boorer, will as always be using his pair of Artisan 30 combos. Check out the Artisan 30’s here https://www.blackstaramps.com/uk/products/artisan-30
Music's Live 2017
Blackstar will also be showing the 10thAnniversary Edition amplifiers, voiced on classic Blackstar tones from the Artisan, Series One and Artist Series. Blackstar’s product specialist Steve Marks will be there all weekend to demonstrate the new models. Check out the new HT Venue MkII series here https://www.blackstaramps.com/uk/ranges/ht-venue-series-mkii
One Eyed Doll - Something Wicked World Tour
The band are renowned for their interactive fan-friendly live shows and are fronted by longterm Blackstar endorsee, Kimberley Freeman who was voted in the Top 20 Most Extraordinary Female Guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine. Kimberley will be using a pair of Series One 1046L6 stacks for the tour https://www.blackstaramps.com/uk/products/series-one-1046l6
Music China 2017
Blackstar exhibited with their new distribution partner Digime. Neil Zaza introduced the HT Venue MkII series with 3 amazing performances on the live stage. Check out the new HT Venue MkII series here https://www.blackstaramps.com/uk/ranges/ht-venue-series-mkii
Ministry Tour 2017
The godfathers of industrial music have been a major influence on countless bands and are still going strong after being formed way back in 1981 by founding member Al Jourgensen. Both Al and Blackstar clinician Sin Quirin will be using Series One stacks. For more information on Series One click here:https://www.blackstaramps.com/uk/ranges/series-one
Gear of the Year 2017
Blackstar is proud to announce that we have been nominated in The Guitar Magazine’s Gear of the Year Awards. The Blackstar Fly3 Bluetooth has been nominated for the ‘Best Accessory’ award. Voting has commenced so be sure to visit http://www.theguitarmagazine.com/goty2017 and place your vote.
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band Tour
Ian Hunter and the Rant Band are kicking off their European tour this week which sees them play fourteen shows throughout October. Ian is best known as the lead singer of Mott The Hoople though he was already a veteran of the London music scene by the time he joined the band in 1969 and has achieved huge success as a solo artist since the they disbanded in 1974. Ian and his band have been using Blackstar since 2008 and will be using the handwiredArtisan 30 along with the Artist 30 during the tour. For more information on the tour visit http://ianhunter.com/main
Paul Draper - Mansun
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
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 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
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
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!