Ian Hunter and the Rant Band
11/11/2016 Artist

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band are in the middle of their UK and Scandinavian tour which sees them play thirteen shows across the UK, Sweden and Norway through out November. 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. The current tour is in support of Ian’s latest album ‘Fingers Crossed’ released in September. This week Ian and the Rant Band will be playing Shepherds Bush Empire and as always they will be using their Blackstar amps. Ian uses an Artisan 30. For more information on the tour and the latest album visit

ACM London - Richard Shaw Masterclass
10/11/2016 Company, Artist

Cradle of Filth guitarist and Blackstar endorsee, Richard Shaw, was at the new ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music) campus in London to perform a masterclass. The new ACM campus is based in Clapham and it’s a microcosm of the music industry, with performers, producers, songwriters, artists and business entrepreneurs all under one roof and Blackstar are proud to supply equipment for both the new campus in London and for the Blackstar/PRS room in ACM’s Guildford campus. Richard Shaw used to be a student at ACM and is now the guitarist for Cradle of Filth. Richard uses a Blackstar HT Metal 100 rig.

Jared James Nichols UK Tour
01/11/2016 Artist

Jared James Nichols is currently in the middle of a UK tour which sees him play sixteen venues across the UK. The first half of the tour was in support of Walter Trout and Jared and his band have just kicked off the next stage supporting Scorpion Child. The Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer, writer and guitarist released his first LP last year, ‘Old Glory and the Wild Revival’ to critical acclaim and is wowing audiences with his electric live shows in which he uses a Blackstar Artist 30 amp. For more information visit

26/10/2016 Artist

Bones are currently on tour supporting Band of Skulls and will be playing the Roundhouse in London this week. The band has just returned from Tokyo where they played the Red Bull Live On The Road event and they will be back out with Jeff Beck on the Loud Hailer tour at the end of this week with a show at the O2 Arena on Sunday. Guitarist Carmen Vandenberg is using a HT Club 50 rig which can be seen in this video from their recent headline show at the Water Rats in London

Wednesday 13 + Evil Scarecrow
25/10/2016 Artist

This weekend the Halloween Weekend of Horrors returns to The Garage in London where Blackstar endorsees Wednesday 13 will be playing two nights supported by Evil Scarecrow on the Friday. These shows are back by popular demand after last years Halloween weekend in which Wednesday 13 took The Garage by storm! The Saturday night has already sold out but for your chance to get your spook on and see some awesome bands visit

Patrick Rondat
20/10/2016 Artist

The legendary french guitarist, Patrick Rondat, paid a visit to our London office this week to try out a range of amps and pedals. Patrick first became known in the instrumental metal genre. He participated in the "Hard Rock Rendez-Vous" (1989) compilation which exposed him to a wider audience. First there was a French tour with Blue Oyster Cult, then the release of his debut solo album "Just For Fun" which consolidated his position as leader in the instrumental metal genre. He changed direction with "Rape of the Earth" (1991). His first two albums were distributed internationally and he participated in the famous live show on BBC Radio 1 London. Patrick has released six studio albums and one live album during his extensive solo career and he has worked with such greats as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Jean Michel Jarre. Patrick will now be using a Series One 50 rig with an LT Dist and LT Drive pedal.

Soilwork - Fury Tour
14/10/2016 Artist

Swedish metal eminence Soilwork was spawned in Helsingborg in 1995 by guitarist Peter Wichers and vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid. Following two highly acclaimed albums, Soilwork joined the Nuclear Blast roster, releasing a new bombshell year after year and touring aggressively across the globe. The band have just kicked off their 2016 Fury tour and will play twenty-seven dates across North America into mid November. Both guitarists Sylvain Coudret and David Andersson are longterm Blackstar endorsees and will be using Series One rigs on this tour. For more information on the band and the tour visit

Richard Hawley - 3 Ring Circus
12/10/2016 Artist

Richard Hawley has just taken part in the 3 Ring Circus along with John Grant and Bill Ryder-Jones. Over one night three amazing artists played at three intimate venues. Each artist acted as the opening act in a venue, played a forty minute striped down/acoustic set then jumped to the next venue, played again and then off to the final venue. So each artist became the opener, middle act and headline. The venues, spread across Sheffield, included the Trafalgar Warehouse, Upper Chapel and The Drama Studio. Richard Hawley and his accompanying guitarist used their Blackstar Fly 3 amps through out the night. Richard will be playing a couple of shows later in the year with his full band behind him and his Artisan 30 combo. For more information visit

Samm Henshaw - Village Underground
06/10/2016 Artist

The multi-talented Samm Henshaw is a British singer, songwriter and record producer from London who broke onto the scene last year with the release of his EP “The Sound Experiment”. Next week Samm will be playing a headline show at Village Underground in London followed by performing on the Jools Holland show. In November Samm will be touring across Europe with five headline shows before supporting Chance The Rapper for ten dates including two nights at Brixton Academy. Samm uses an Artist 15 and both of his guitarists Gaetan Judd and Jon Hockings use Artist 30’s. For more information on Samm and his band visit

InMe 20th Anniversary Tour
30/09/2016 Artist

Essex rock quartet InMe celebrate their 20th anniversary this year, and to mark the very special occasion the band will be heading out on a special headline tour in October joined by their friends, Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics and Empire. Both guitarists Dave McPherson and Gazz Marlow use ID:100 TVP rigs. For more information on the tour visit

Carmen Vandenburg
21/09/2016 Artist

Carmen Vandenberg is the guitarist of London based band Bones and along with vocalist Rosie Bones has just collaborated with Jeff Beck and co-written his new album ‘Loudhailer’. They were on tour throughout the summer with Jeff and Buddy Guy and will be heading out with Jeff again in October. Carmen has also worked with Roger Taylor, Dave Stewart, Roger Mayer and Guy Chambers. Carmen came to our London office to try a range of amps and pedals for her upcoming tour and studio work and will be using a HT Club 50 rig. For more information on Bones visit

Riot Fest 2016
16/09/2016 Festival

This weekend Riot Fest takes place in Chicago, Illinois. Riot Fest is a multi-day music festival specialising in punk, rock, alternative, metal, and hip-hop. Founded in 2005 in Chicago, it has now expanded to include stops in Denver and Toronto. This years lineup includes The Specials with guitarist Steve Cradock using a pair of Artisan 30’s and Morrisey’s guitarist Boz Boorer also using an Artisan 30 combo. Other Blackstar endorsees over the weekend include Bob Mould using an Artisan 100 rig and The Descendants using a HT Stage 100 rig. For the full lineup and more information on Riot Fest visit

Wednesday 13 and One Eyed Doll Tour
15/09/2016 Artist

Wednesday 13 and One Eyed Doll are currently on tour playing thirty-six shows across the US and Canada until the end of October. Both guitarist Jack Tankersley from Wednesday 13 and Kimberley Freeman from One Eyed Doll are Blackstar endorsees using a Series One 104EL34 and a HT Metal 100 rig respectively. Wednesday 13 will be in the UK for two special Halloween shows at the Garage in London on the 28th and 29th October with the second night having already having sold out. For more information on the tour visit

Young Guns - London Shows
08/09/2016 Artist

The London-based Young Guns have emerged as one of the UK’s most electrifying bands, garnering heavy radio play and UK chart success. The band is back in the UK this week for a couple of London shows at The Borderline and The Hippodrome before playing Butserfest in Petersfield at the weekend. The band return to the US next week to play fifteen shows across the states before heading back home in October to tour the UK and Europe in support of Billy Talent. Both guitarist, Fraser and John Taylor are long term Blackstar endorsees and both use Series One rigs. Young Guns new album ‘Echoes’ is released on the 16th September and is available for pre-order now. For more information visit

Operation Domination Tour
02/09/2016 Artist

Angel Vivaldi and Gus G. are currently on a US tour called the 'Operation Domination Tour'. They have various dates around the US that you can check them out at. For full details and to get your hands on tickets, go to the following site: