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/
The Corrs - UK Tour
The Corrs are kicking off their UK arena tour this week. After a ten year hiatus the band are back together. Last November they released their latest album ‘White Light’ which was their first since 2005. The Corrs have sold over 40 million albums worldwide making them one of the most successful Irish groups in recent years. Both guitarists Jim Corr and Anto Brennan will be using a pair of Artist 15’s. For more information visit http://www.thecorrswebsite.com
InMe on tour in UK
InMe are currently on tour supporting Alien Ant Farm across the UK throughout January. The tour is in support of last years album Trilogy: Dawn which is the first part of a ‘Trilogy’ concept album. Guitarists Dave McPherson and Gazz Marlow both use ID:100 TVP rigs. Check out this video for Rapture: Land of the Secret Rose, taken from the album and featuring footage from their recent Trilogy: Dawn Tour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3iPvUjbL0k
Bob Mould UK Tour 2016
Bob Mould will be touring the UK in February in support of his new album ‘Patch The Sky’ due to be released on March 25th. The tour will see him play six venues across the UK before heading back to the US in April to play a further seventeen shows. The new album is his first release since 2014’s ‘Beauty and Ruin’ which garnered some of the strongest attention and positive receptions since his 90’s trio Sugar and ‘Patch The Sky’ promises to continue in that vein. Bob will be using a pair of Artisan 100’s turned up as loud as possible no doubt. For more information visit http://bobmould.com
Ryan Hamilton UK Tour
Following the success of his critically acclaimed debut solo album, Ryan Hamilton returns to the UK for his first full band, headlining solo tour! Whether it’s been touring as one half of the hugely popular People On Vacation (featuring Bowling For Soup front man Jaret Roddick) or doing insanely unorthodox things like playing across UK living rooms during last year’s sold out House Party Tour, Ryan has developed an incredibly loyal following across the UK. Ryan uses a Fly 3 to play live and had this to say about the amp after his last UK tour. ‘I bought the Blackstar Fly3 to practice at home. I loved it so much, I just did a full UK tour with it! You should have seen the sound guys when I showed up with that tiny amp. It was a blast, and the Fly 3 did an amazing job’. For more information visit http://ryanhamiltonmusic.com
Delta Deep have just kicked off their ’Sugar Shack’ tour this week and will be playing five shows across California in the coming week. The tour is in support of their self-titled debut album which was released last year to critical acclaim. The band consists of Def Leppard Guitarist Phil Collen, Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, Vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook and drummer Forest Robinson. Phil Collen is using a Blackstar ID:60 TVP. For more information on Delta Deep visit http://www.deltadeep.net
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