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:

Mark King - Level 42
31/08/2016 Artist

The longtime frontman for the British funk-pop group Level 42, Mark King was a onetime drummer but upon co-founding Level 42 in 1980 he moved to the bass, honing a distinctive thumb-slapping technique which became an integral element of the group’s sound. From their self-titled 1981 debut onward the quartet enjoyed considerable success at home, and in 1984 King took time out to record his debut solo album, Influences. After Level 42's international popularity peaked in 1986 with the hit "Something About You," the band released a series of subsequent LPs before disbanding in late 1994, having spent 177 weeks on the British singles chart and 228 weeks on the album chart. Due to popular demand the band reformed in 2004 and continue to tour the world today. Mark is now using a Blackstar Fly3 Bass and had this to say about the amp, "What a fantastic little amp!!! This sucker is going straight in with the luggage. A must have for any bassist who wants to keep his chops together when away from home”.

Neil Hannon - The Divine Comedy
31/08/2016 Artist

After six long years, one of the most unique and acclaimed songwriters in pop is back doing what he does best. Neil Hannon and The Devine Comedy are set to release their eleventh studio album this September and will embark on an extensive tour of the UK and Europe beginning in October and keeping the band busy well into the new year. Neil is using an Artist 30 combo and we are delighted to welcome him to the Blackstar family. For more information on The Divine Comedy’s new album and upcoming tour visit

L7 European Tour
26/08/2016 Artist

L7 first formed in LA back in 1985 when a pair of guitarist/singers, Suzi Gardner and Donita Sparks, decided to start a band. Over the next few years the group extended its lineup and in 1988 L7 were signed by the Epitaph label, which issued their self-titled debut the same year and the group spent the better part of the next few years touring the world. Their 1992 album 'Bricks are Heavy’, produced by Butch Vig, featured in Rolling Stone’s May 1999 list of ‘Essential Recordings of the 1990s’, and is widely considered their classic. The band reformed in 2015 and are just about to embark on a European tour playing across seven countries in just over two weeks and culminating in a show at The Forum in London. Both guitarist Donita and Suzi will be using Blackstar Series One 50 and HT Club 50 rigs. For more information on L7 and to see their tour dates visit

Sign up for Guitars on the Beach
19/08/2016 Festival

In just over two weeks, on September the 3rd and 4th, this years Guitars On The Beach will take place 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 and sign up free at

Bloodstock 2016
18/08/2016 Festival

Bloodstock festival took place this weekend in Derbyshire. Established in 2001, Bloodstock has progressed over the years from its humble beginnings as a one day event to a three day full on metal extravaganza. Blackstar artists Behemoth, Evil Scarecrow and Anti-clone all performed and Blackstar provided equipment for all of the stages at the festival. This year Blackstar also teamed up with Eyesore Merch and had a booth on site selling official merchandise and giving the festival goers a chance to try out our amps. For more information on the festival and for your chance to get tickets for next years event visit