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The Australian Music Association is excited to today announce the 2019 return of the Melbourne Guitar Show, set to rock Caulfield Racecourse on August 3 and 4 – and this year’s show is set to be colossal.  Proudly presented by Triple M and Australian Musician, the lineup boasts an impressive haul of both local and international artists.  In addition to the world-class performances from the artists on the massive lineup, #MGS2019 will also hold a huge gear expo that will feature a gigantic variety of electric and acoustic guitars, effects pedals, amps and more state-of-the-art guitar technology, both home-grown and from around the world.  See, try and buy!  It will continue to be Australia’s biggest guitar pop-up shop, as well as hosting information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented guitarists.


Simon Hosford tells Jen his top 5 influential guitarists. 

Eddie Van Halen – complete and utter freakishness and genius, Beethoven with electricity… and to this day, to my ears he made the guitar sound like it was alive.. like a living breathing organism separate to him, that could scream and wail and talk with electrons from another planet. And what amazing rhythm and feel and tone on top of that!
– Tommy Emmanuel – not only an amazing human being, but has tirelessly given back to the community, and can truly play anything on the guitar, and in almost any style. He is also one of the most passionate and enthusiastic musicians I have ever heard and had the joy of working with. A total inspiration any single time you hear him pick up a guitar. Sharing the stage with him is humbling to the point of almost too nerve wracking lol. Steve Vai is quoted as saying Tommy is the best guitarist in the world. And who can argue with that?
 – Irwin Thomas – another world legend right in our back yard! Sheer proof that facility can be fused innately with passion and soul and tone. People think that those things are mutually exclusive, you know “oh, he play’s with feel” and then “yes, but he plays with technical ability”…but all of that’s just rubbish.. you don’t hear people going around saying that Chopin or Segovia had no feel…and they could play anything. Irwin has it all. He could make “ba ba black sheep” sound captivating. 
– Michael Landau – One of the true grand masters of the modern electric guitar sound and tone. And such understated feel and restraint. Could probably run rings around most guys technically, but you won’t hear him do it.. because as soon as that sound comes out of those speakers, you are floored. Landau chooses not to chop out, in the same way that you could eat delicious dripping sticky honey as fast as salt and vinegar chips… but why would you?
– Malcom/Angus Young – quite simply.. modern rock and roll would not be what it is today without them, any more than it would be if Jimi Hendrix had not existed. The funk, the pocket, the sound, IS the sound of Rock,n’Roll in as much as Chuck Berry is.

The first lineup announcement for #MGS2019 includes a fantastic mix of guitar talent including Keith Merrow and Dennis Jones, both from the USA, who will join the eclectic and star-studded local list, which this year features: Ash Grunwald, Sarah McLeod, Dave Leslie, Lloyd Spiegel, Stars (featuring Mal Eastick, Nick Charles, and Roger McLachlan), plus Minnie Marks, Phil Manning, Anna Scionti, Chris Finnen, James Norbert Ivanyi, Cartridge Family feat Sarah Carroll and Suzanna Espie, Jeremy Barnes, Simon Hosford’s Fair Warning (who will be playing the entire Van Halen debut album), Michael Dolce, James Ryan, Charlie Bedford, Shannon Bourne and heaps more.  Hit up the Melbourne Guitar Show website for the latest show additions.


“I’m so stoked to be a part of the Melbourne Guitar Show this year!” enthuses Ash Grunwald. “I’m incredibly excited to be unveiling something I’ve been collaborating on which has been a lifelong dream of mine.”


Drawing thousands of guitar lovers and enthusiasts to the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show, #MGS2019 is growing year on year and is gearing up for the biggest event yet.  Champion of the Australian music products industry, Australian Music Association (AMA) will be teaming up with and presenting sponsors Triple M, 3PBS, Beat, Mixdown and Noise11 to present this year’s guitar-centric weekend.  At last year’s show, punters not only enjoyed scheduled performances and demos from the awesome artists on the lineup, but also witnessed surprise on-stand appearances from some of Australia’s finest artists, including Harts, Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Bec Sandridge, Dan Sultan and many more.  Both the organisers and the exhibitors are constantly wrangling acts right up until the very last minute – and who will be joining the all-star jam this year? Come on down and find out!


Thrilled to present #MGS2019 once again, AMA executive officer and MGS organiser, Rob Walker says, “It’s exciting to see the show develop each year and add value to the live music industry.  We are proud to present such a broad range and quality of guitars, amps and gear from the big brands to local artisans.  And each year we get to put together a program of live music featuring the considerable talents of our guitar community.  It’s a great weekend for anyone into music, particularly guitars.”


Rob continues, “And not only will the #MGS2019 provide a hands-on chance to see and play such a broad range of gear, there’ll be bargains a plenty.  We like to call it Australia’s biggest pop up guitar store!”


The Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourse on August 3 and 4.


Tickets are on sale June 7 from


The Melbourne Guitar Show is produced by the Australian Music Association, an incorporated not-for-profit. Proceeds, if any, are used to provide services to the Australian music products industry, particularly the promotion of music making to the community.


Online ticket prices when pre-ordered:: Adult day pass $20, adult weekend pass $30, family day pass $40, concession day pass $10, concession weekend pass $15





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