My Guitar Gods Festival - DORKING UK 14&15th April 2018
My Guitar Gods Festival - DORKING UK 14&15th April 2018
Guitar players festival & guitar exhibition show - APRIL 14 & 15th 2018 Headlined by Michael Schenker and Tony Iommy ! Outdoor event
Guitar players festival & guitar exhibition show - APRIL 14 & 15th 2018 Headlined by Michael Schenker and Tony Iommy ! Outdoor event Read more
About this project
SPECIAL UPDATE...Michael Schenker has provisionaly accepted to headline the festival if it gets funded !!!
I'll try to keep this short as I can sometimes get carried away with words!
My goal in launching this unique "Guitar Gods" festival is simple - Bring my favourite guitar players together to all perform in one single event.
To share my passion of guitar playing with you all.
The idea for the event came to me a few years ago.
I drive a lot for work and I listen to music for hours on end - Generally guitar driven! I got so frustrated with the fact I'd never be able to take the time off I'd need to go and see all these great guitar players perform live. So I decided to do something about it!
Design and organize my own guitar player’s festival!
I love the idea of sharing my passion for guitar playing with others and I know that raising money to achieve this festival is going to be challenging but also fun and exciting! I am sure I will also meet many interesting and wonderful people along the way…
Now for the pledge...
I will deliver for you (and so much for me too of course:)
"My Guitar Gods Festival"
A two-days guitar driven music festival with a line up of 11 amazing world class guitar players…And also some national talents who play guitar with passion and skills.
Running alongside the music festival, I will organize a guitar exhibition show! A first for either programs to be brought together in the UK !
Festival-goers will virtually enter a 'guitar village' put together especially for this occasion. That will offer the chance to discover everything to do with guitars.
From guitar-playing workshops, guitar making, customizing, fixing etc. To guitar traders and manufacturers presenting guitar products, related demonstrations, etc. Everything to do with guitars really and their sound. This is going to become the essential guitar enthusiats pilgrimage over the future - And of course in an atmosphere of music played by our Guitar Gods.
HOW AMAZING IS THIS GOING TO BE !!
This festival will be taking place around the town of Dorking in Surrey. Exact location to be announced soon.
Now you are probably wondering who these 'Guitar Gods' would be, if this event is of any interest to you!
Who I regard as a Guitar God is somehow of course very subjective. My guitar gods might not sound like guitar gods to you...But in short, I consider a guitar god a guitarist who has an amazing and unique style of playing, some very personal technical abilities, a very often special and unique sound or guitar tone that is quickly identifiable (like Eddie Van Halen for exemple). And crucially, he or she can write great leads and great songs… My Guitar Gods are not all guitar shredders and are certainly not all "solo based" acts!
Top of my list of main headliners for My Guitar Gods Festival 2018 would be.
-Michael Schenker (ex Scorpions, ex UFO and for a long time now the heart of the Michael Schenker Group)
-Tony Iommy the legendary guitarist from Black Sabbath.
The plan in inviting a guitarist such as Michael Schenker or Tony Iommy is not necessarily to have them come and perform with their regular bands of course but rather with a dream backing band made of top players they would choose them selves to support their best works!
They are heavy rock/hard rock guitarists, which are my first loved genres of music - But by no means my only ones! Other genres of music will be represented through the guitar talents who will also be participating in the festival.
And as the festival grows bigger over the years we will possibly able to invite other guitar players I don't even dare name here!!! So be part of starting this adventure!
This is going to become a major music event I have no doubt. So I hope YOU will get behind the very first one and help making it possible.
Here is the list of the 11 guitar players who I would approach to book once funds are in place.
-Michael Schenker (Scorpions - UFO - MSG)
-Akira Takasaki (Loudness)
-Tony Iommy (Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell)
-Steve Stevens (Billy Idol - Atomic Playboys)
-Warren Demartini (Ratt - Arcade)
-Jake E Lee (Ozzy Osbourne - Badlands - Red Dragon Cartel)
-George Lynch (Dokken - Lynch Mob)
-Ronnie Le Tekro (TNT)
Risks and challenges
I have worked in the music field from being a roadie to a tour manager and have had much experience in putting gigs and small festivals together in the past.
Once funding is in place I will book the named artists to come and perform and organise the festival with a competent team to do so.
Hundreds of festivals take place every year in the UK and it happens that a few of them get canceled for various reasons.
Anything from extreme adverse weather or last minute local council pulling out the plug on the event for whatever reasons.
Planning of the event will be undertaken by my self and the production team I will have put together.
All the fields to deliver the event will be addressed appropriately so everything is in place to make it a successful event.
I will be looking into covering the event with appropriate insurance If for any reasons the festival came to be cancelled. So all the purchases of advance festival tickets would be refunded.
This it self is work in progress.
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