Gutterdammerung is a new rock ’n’ roll/film/gig concept from the mind of visual artist Bjorn Tagemose. Gutterdammerung is part rock show part immersive cinema experience featuring some of the biggest rock names on the planet including Iggy Pop, Grace Jones, Henry Rollins, Lemmy, Joshua Homme and Slash. It is known as the loudest silent movie on earth. Thanks to music director Kevin Armstrong (Iggy Pop’s guitarist) who is a longterm Blackstar endorsee, Gutterdammerung is powered by Blackstar amps. Both guitarist Kevin and Chris Jones are using Series One 104EL34 rigs. Gutterdammerung has already been performed at a number of major festivals including Download, Hellfest and Isle of White and there are a few more festival shows this summer before the UK tour kicks off in September. For more information visit http://gutterdammerung.com
Glastonbury Festival 2016
It’s raining, it’s muddy, it can only mean one thing, it’s 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 34th festival and promises to be as popular as ever. Blackstar artists performing this year include Ellie Goulding, Richard Hawley, This Is The Kit, Isaac Gracie, Vangoffey plus many more. So if you are heading to Glastonbury this year get out your wellies and your waterproofs, it could get messy.
Guitars On The Beach 2016
Blackstar is proud to announce the sponsorship of Guitars On The Beach 2016. This will take place on September the 3rd and 4th at the Mark Hix Food Rocks Festival, Lyme Regis and will see the record bid for the most guitarist playing one song together. Last year around 3000 guitarist took part in the event held on Lyme Regis beach. The song this year will be Rave On and Guitars On The Beach 2016 is once again gearing up to be one of the UK’s biggest unique live event of the year. There will be bands playing on both days with the records bid at 5pm on Saturday the 3rd. Blackstar will be providing the backline, giving guitar tutorials and raffling our Fly 3 amps throughout the weekend. 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, guitar tuition and to join Britain’s biggest band, visit www.facebook.com/guitarsonthebeach and sign up free at www.guitarsonthebeach.com
Isle Of White Festival 2016
The Isle of White Festival was revived in 2002 and has gradually grown each year to become the award winning three day mainstay of the UK festival circuit that it is today. The festival is steeped in history and recognised around the world for its line-up, mixing legendary artists with the hottest up and coming acts. This year Blackstar artists will be there in full force including, Iggy Pop, Everything Everything, The Corrs, Ocean Colour Scene, Maxi Jazz & The E-Type Boys, Gutterdammerung plus many more.
Download Festival 2016
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. Blackstar artists performing at the festival this year will include Iron Maiden, Bury Tomorrow, Raging Speedhorn, InMe, Milk Teeth, Wearing Scars, Fort Hope, Buck & Evans and many more. This year Blackstar will also have a stand between the Lemmy stage and the Zippo Encore stage where you can come in, try out some amps, get autographs from our artists and check out our range of official Blackstar merchandise. We’ll see you there!
Camden Rocks Festival
Camden Rocks Festival is due to take place this weekend and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. The one day festival is staged in twenty different venues across North London’s Camden area. Amongst the long list of iconic venues are the Electric Ballroom, Barfly and the Underworld. Blackstar artists will be there in force this year with bands such as Young Guns, InMe, Evil Scarecrow, Wearing Scars, Buck and Evans and many more. For more information on the festival visit http://camdenrocksfestival.com
Iggy Pop Tour
The legendary Iggy Pop is setting off on a European tour this month starting in Munchen, Germany on the 28th. The tour will see Iggy and his band play twenty-one dates across Europe including Isle of White Festival on the 11th June. Iggy recently released the Josh Homme produced album ‘Post Pop Depression’ featuring Josh and Dean Fertita on guitar but he has returned to his usual band for this tour. The band includes Kevin Armstrong using a pair of Artisan 30’s and Seamus Beaghen using a HT Studio 20 rig. For more information on Iggy Pop and the tour visit http://iggypop.com
The Great Escape Festival
The Great Escape Festival took place this past weekend in Brighton and Hove. The major three day music festival showcases the best in new music from a variety of genres. The festival hosts around 450 emerging artists from all over the world across 30 venues throughout the city. This year Blackstar endorsees were there in force and among the bands were Astroid Boys, Cash & David, Hidden Charms, Isaac Gracie, Milk Teeth, Money, Otherkin, Samm Henshaw, Twin Wild and The Sherlocks.
Fly Bass Award
We are both honoured and excited that our first ever dedicated bass amplifier has won the prestigious Total Guitar ‘Best Buy’ award.
These are just starting to arrive in stores now so head down to your local music store and see what the fuss is about.
Full information can be found at https://www.blackstaramps.com/ranges/fly-bass
The Soapgirls are French born Mie and Millie who started their music career professionally in 2007 and by 2011 released a debut album that topped the South African charts. This quickly launched their career and they soon found themselves on stages across America and Europe. They now reside in sunny Cape Town but are in the UK to record their new album and play some shows which will no doubt be electric and Mie will be using her HT Metal 100 rig. For more information visit http://thesoapgirls.com
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12 Months of Interest Free Financing on Artist 15 & Artist 30!
Blackstar is announcing, that for a limited time only, they are offering interest free financing for the new Artist Series –– the incredibly responsive amplifiers packed with iconic guitar tones.
Starting May 2nd and running through July 31st, 2016, Blackstar Amplification will be offering up to 12 months of interest free financing on any new purchases of the Artist 15 and Artist 30 amps.
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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”. He has also toured in support of such artists as James Bay and Tori Kelly. Next month Samm will be kicking off his headline tour before playing a string of summer festivals around Europe. Samm came to our London base with guitarist Gaetan Judd to check out some amps and he will be using the Artist 15 for his upcoming shows. For more information visit http://www.sammhenshaw.com
Isaac Gracie is a singer songwriter from Ealing, London who in just a matter of months has gone from writing and recording alone in his bedroom to being a hotly tipped breakthrough act for 2016. He’s just released his first EP, Songs From My Bedroom to rave reviews and is causing the biggest stir the UK’s new music scene has witnesses in years. Isaac will be on tour later this year supporting Michael Kiwanuka and will be playing festivals including Lattitude and Reading & Leeds. He visited our London base this past week to test out some amps and was so impressed with the Artist range that he used one for his show that night in London and will be using one for his upcoming tour. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/isaacgraciemusic
Ihsahn - Arktis
Ihsahn is best known for his work with the legendary black metal band Emperor and is rightly regarded as one of the most influential metal musicians ever. Nowadays he devotes his time to his solo albums and Arktis is Ihsahn’s sixth solo outing since The Adversary, his solo debut in 2006. Arktis is garnering rave reviews across the board and we spoke to Ihsahn about the recording process involved in the album and what Blackstar equipment was used. “For live purposes I keep on coming back to the Series One, for the flexibility and powerful tone. However, in the studio, where there is time to fine tune tones and put layers of sound together, I’ve come to love my Artisan 100! The different vintage characters, clarity and immense attack make it a joy to work with. For my latest album “Arktis”, recorded at Juke Joint Studio in Notodden, a majority of the recording was done using the Artisan 100 with different LT/HT pedals in front.“ Arktis is available now. For more information visit http://www.ihsahn.com
David Ellefson of Megadeth
David Ellefson of Megadeth received a Fly 3 Bass and gave us a quote about it. Here is what he had to say: "Mini but Mighty is what the Fly 3 Bass is all about! I Love it!" - you can check out all about the Fly 3 Bass right here: https://www.blackstaramps.com/ranges/fly-bass