British India, Ash Grunwald and Dallas Frasca to headline guitar fest

Strings to the ready : festival co-organiser and Byron Music co-owner Nick Sergi. Photo Jeff Dawson

The Byron Bay Guitar Festival (BBGF) is returning on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018 at the Byron Bay Brewery for its second year.

The brand new local festival is impressing audience and industry alike with its two-day line up.

Headlining is Aussie chart-topping alt-rockers British India who are celebrating their tenth year and sixth album Forgetting the Future; the prolific and powerful force that is Ash Grunwald, bringing his reputation as a live act not to be missed; and representing female rock, Dallas Frasca’s hot thumping live show will knock Byron’s socks off.

Byron Bay Brewery will enjoy musical treats with ‘riff-rocking blues kings’ The Fumes; local rep from legend Jeff Martin (The Tea Party); the beautiful and powerful Hussy Hicks; Australian blues guitar master Lloyd Spiegel; Melbourne acoustic duo Opal Ocean; returning favourite from last year The Jimi Hendrix Show with Steve Edmonds; special appearances from Byron Bay High School students and many more.

Produced by Byron Music, the event features 29-plus live performances on two stages, as well as a guitar market showcasing some amazing instruments and craftsmanship from some of the world’s favourite manufacturers including Fender, VOX, Yamaha and more, workshops and seminars presented by artists and manufacturers, and of course the delicious food and beverage on offer throughout the festival thanks to Byron Bay Brewery.

Festival Director Nick Sergi (pictured) said, ‘This is guitar lovers’ heaven but it appeals to lovers of all music. It celebrates the diversity of the guitar and the diversity of people who love music.

We’re really excited about building this festival up and celebrating not just music but the industry around it. In a world where more and more is moving into the digital realm, we want to bring it back and celebrate live music, the craftsmanship of beautiful instruments, and the community that forms around music when you’re physically standing in a room enjoying it together’.

After a successful debut year in 2017, despite torrential rain, the Byron Bay Guitar Festival was heralded a success for bringing a local community event accessible to all back to the Byron fold. It was embraced by artists and audience alike. The event showcased emerging artists through to renowned stalwarts including the late great Phil Emmanuel.

Byron Bay Guitar Festival is an all ages event, and supports the charity Be Happy Music Club.

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