London Guitar Show ’09 Line-up Announced

Posted 26 Mar 2009 in Miscellaneous, Performance

The biggest, most anticipated and unrivalled guitar event of the year, the London Guitar Show launches on the 11th June at ExCeL London.  It features four days of seminars and clinics, master classes and other activities including a careers fair, guest speakers, instrument demos and workshops.


Featured in the world class lineup is the Master Guitar Virtuoso himself, Steve Vai, who is to bring his Alien Guitar Secrets master class, discussing music theory, guitar techniques, the music business, and most importantly, techniques on how to discover and unlock personal musical identity.

Steve Vai

Other confirmed items include:

  • Albert Lee
  • The Swans
  • Jan Akkerman
  • Phil Hilborne featuring Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain
  • Nick DeVirgilio (drummer for Spocks Beard / Tears for Fears)
  • Cora Coleman-Dunham (drummer for Prince)
  • Drummer Derrick McKenzie and percussionist Sola Akingbola(Jamiroquai)
  • Steve Smith
  • Pete Lockett
  • Editors from the UK’s top selling guitar magazines Mick Taylor (Guitarist), Neville Marten and Jason Sidwell ( Guitar Techniques), Stephen Lawson ( Total Guitar ).
  • more to be confirmed

Additionally, they will be staging staging the final Guitar Idol, the world’s biggest online talent search to find the hottest undiscovered guitarists on the planet. Following 2008’s spectacular final where the winner flew in from Brazil, this final is the chance to live the dream after many of the finalists from 2008 attracted recording, endorsement and lucrative tour deals.

via London International Music Show ’09.


  1. guitar speed (19 Oct 2009, 22:43)

    Awesome lineup for the event. Too bad I don’t live in the area – I would LOVE to go to the Vai lecture and learn a thing or two (or maybe a lot!).

  2. Chris (15 Feb 2010, 23:39)

    That was one hell of a show

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