Hertfordshire bred rockers, Fort Hope have announced a massive UK headline tour, as well as a high profile support slot with Saosin at London’s O2 Academy Islington. 2016 already looks bright for Fort Hope, who were included in Kerrang!’s ‘Class of 2016’ in January. Live they already have a fearsome reputation, having supported Frank Iero, Mallory Knox, Jimmy Eat World and Moose Blood. With their growing following, their dynamic stage presence and sing-along ready rock anthems, they have earned themselves a spot on this year’s Download festival. Guitarist Jon Gaskin uses a Series One 100 rig. For more information on the tour http://forthope.seetickets.com/tour/fort-hope
Ellie Goulding is about to embark on a UK arena tour with support from John Newman. Chris Kettley, Ellie’s guitarist uses Artisan 30 combos and John Newman’s guitarist Carlos Garcia uses an Artisan 30 alongside an Artist 15.
Tour dates can be found here - http://www.elliegoulding.com/live/
This Is The Kit
This Is The Kit is the much beloved musical project of Kate Stables. Kate sings, plays guitar, banjo, trumpet and percussion, while a cast of carefully hand-plucked friends deliver guitar strums, banjo plucks, hushed horns and electronic textures that sit beneath. They released their third album ‘Bashed Out’ last year to critical acclaim and will be touring throughout the year playing some of the biggest UK festivals including Festival No. 6 and Kate will be using her newly acquired Artist 15. For more information on This Is The Kit visit http://thisisthekit.co.uk
Great British Guitar Show
Come and see us at stand E10 at the Great British Guitar Show this weekend!
More info here: http://www.theguitarshow.co.uk/
C Duncan came to our London base to try out a range of amps before his sold out show at The Union Chappell. C Duncan is a Glaswegian composer and multi-instrumentalist who’s debut album ‘Architect’ was nominated for a Mercury Prize Award last year and has catapulted him to success. The album was self-recorded at his home studio in Glasgow and has received rave reviews. He will be touring across Europe in the coming months and will now be using an Artist 15. For more information on C Duncan visit http://c-duncan.co.uk/
Our deepest condolences go to the families of Viola Beach and their manager Craig Tarry. We had the brief pleasure of working with them and could only predict huge things for the band. The tragic event that occurred last weekend is beyond sad. Such promise, such talent, all lost whilst doing what they loved. Our thoughts are with them and their families.
The bands ultimate ambition was hit the number one spot. Please download the awesome ‘Swings and Waterslides’ to help this happen.
Jack and Wayne from Trampolene came to our London base this week to try out a range of amps and pedals. The three piece rock band hail from Swansea, Wales but have recently relocated to London. The band has toured the UK as headliners, played a four week Friday night residency at Koko in London and performed sets at Glastonbury and the Isle Of Wight Festival in 2015. They have supported the likes of the Buzzcocks, The Enemy and Catfish and The Bottlemen. Lead singer/guitarist Jack Jones is famed for his spoken word poetry and was recently performing his poetry before introducing The Libertines on their arena tour. Jack loved the Artist 15 amp and will be using it when they visit the studio later in the month. For more information on the band visit http://www.trampolene.co.uk
The Stranglers are about to embark on a special tour celebrating the anniversary of their Black And White album so we made Baz some extra special amps for this extra special tour.
The tour is less than a month away. They have been entrenched in their west country rehearsal rooms honing what promises to be a blistering set. Ticket wise, the Glasgow and Perth dates have already sold out and other gigs are very close to doing so. Don’t hang around to secure your tickets! A full range of Black And White themed merch is being worked on and we will shortly be bringing you news of two exciting Black And White related releases.
For more information visit - http://www.thestranglers.net
BBC 6 Music Festival
This weekend the 6 Music Festival is set to take over Bristol with venues such as the O2 Academy and Colton Hall hosting a varied selection of gigs from Friday with supporting fringe events also scheduled. Radio station BBC 6 Music has curated the line-up which features around 50 artists including Blackstar endorsees Bob Mould and Everything Everything. This is only the third time the festival has taken place with the previous festivals being held in Manchester and Newcastle. To find out more visit www.bbc.co.uk/6music
The Defiled UK Tour
The Defiled have just announced their rescheduled UK tour dates for 2016. They were due to support In This Moment on dates originally scheduled for January and February, with those shows to be followed by a run of nine headline gigs but had to postpone until May. Keyboard player The AvD says: “After our Running In Circles tour getting postponed earlier this year, we are proud to announce that we are hitting the road with our brothers Forever Never. These are dates that coincide with our In This Moment UK tour so get ready for some intimate drunken shenanigans.” Guitarist and singer Stitch D uses a Series One 1046L6 stack and bassist Vincent Hyde uses an Artisan 100. For more details on the tour visit http://thedefiled.net
Learn To Play Day
At Blackstar we are passionate about guitar playing and we will always try and encourage people to pick up a guitar for the first time and give it a go!
This is why we are sending some of our staff to various stores across England on March 12th for Learn To Play Day so make sure you pop into one of the below stores and visit one of our team for tricks and tips on playing techniques and how to achieve a great tone!
Drew – PMT Bristol
Sam – PMT Leeds
Steve – Music Room Nottingham
James – PMT Birmingham
Alex – PMT Northampton
The Sherlocks consist of two sets of brothers and originate from Bolton On Dearne. In the short time they have been together the band have already played such festivals as Reading and Leeds and have just supported The Libertines on part of their UK arena tour. The band have just set out on their headline UK tour which sees them play twenty venues throughout February including iconic venues such as London’s Borderline and Glasgow’s King Tuts Wah Wah Hut. Both guitarists Kiaran Crook and Josh Davidson will be using an Artist 15 and HT Club 40 and bassist Andy Davidson will be using an Artisan 100. For more information on the band and their UK tour visit http://thesherlocksmusic.co.uk
Fun Lovin' Criminals
Its twenty years since the Fun Lovin’ Criminals released their debut album ‘Come Find Yourself’ and to celebrate this the band are releasing a 3CD collectors edition of the album, featuring rarities, live recordings and alternate mixies. They’ll also be touring the album across the UK, starting on January 29th at Dublin’s Vicar Street venue and playing thirteen dates in total. Longterm Blackstar endorsee, Huey Morgan, will be using a HT Stage 100 rig. For more information visit http://www.funlovincriminals.co
Richard Shaw - ACM Masterclass
Cradle Of Filth guitarist and Blackstar endorsee, Richard Shaw, held a masterclass at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford last week. It was an extra special class for Richard as he is a former student of the college. Richard played a number of Cradle of Filth songs and talked about his rise in the music industry to a captivated audience consisting of students hoping to one day emulate his success. The class took place in ACM’s new room which is sponsored by both Blackstar Amps and PRS Guitars. Richard has set off with Cradle of Filth this week on their North American tour which sees them play thirty-two dates before they return to the UK to headline HammerFest in March.
Ocean Colour Scene
To mark the 20th anniversary of their legendary Moseley Shoals album, Ocean Colour Scene are going back to the venues where it all began. In their 23-year existence, Ocean Colour Scene have notched up nine albums, three of which went Top 5 – 1996’s Moseley Shoals, 1997’s Marchin’ Already and 1999’s One From The Modern – and a run of nine successive Top 20 hit singles commencing with 1996’s The Riverboat Song. They supported Oasis at their massive Knebworth shows that same year, and two years later helmed the biggest arena tour of any UK band to date. This week sees Ocean Colour Scene playing three shows in clubs they played just as Moseley Shoals was originally released, a time when no-one could have guessed at the success that was to follow. They will perform the album from start to finish. Longterm Blackstar endorsee, Steve Cradock, will be using his trusty Artisan 30 rig. For more information visit http://oceancolourscene.com/homepage/