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9 Best Guitar Music Festivals Around the World

by AJ Shapiro December 25, 2016

9 Best Guitar Music Festivals Around the World

9 Best Guitar Music Festivals Around the World

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1. International Guitar Festival of Great Britain

When and where: November, Wirral, UK

The country’s  longest-running guitar fest has been taking place in November for the last 26 years. Hear presentations of everything from jazz, rock and blues, to classical, slide-guitar and flamenco. Local performers have a great platform to gain exposure and new fans.

2. New York Guitar Festival

When and where: May 8-15, New York, USA

Since its birth in 1999, the  New York Guitar Festival has presented some of the world’s most influential guitarists. For the last six years, it has also incorporated the Alternative Guitar Summit, where artists explore the sonic possibilities of the guitar. Past performers have included Pepe Romero, The Assad Duo, Eliot Fisk and surprise guest Bruce Springsteen.

3. Les Nuits Guitares

When and where: July 21-23, Nice, France

Translated as “The Guitar Nights,”  this guitar festival began in 2000 on the French Riviera. An eclectic round-up of international performers alongside local French guitarists make it one of the best guitar fests to catch in summer. Set on 6,000 m² of olive groves, listeners enjoy the open, cool air amidst hundreds of olive trees. Music-lovers with children will enjoy the family-friendly vibe.

4. North Sea Jazz Festival

When and where: July 8-10, Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands

What began in 1976 in the Hague is now one of  Europe’s best music festivals. Jazz legends Sarah Vaughan took the stage alongside Dutch avant-garde artists. This year, thousands of musicians will put on 150 performances over 13 different stages for over 65,000 festival attendees. It’s an overwhelming yet intimate event. Blues legend B.B. King performed in the 2011 edition.

5. International Guitar Festival Iserlohn

When and where: July 17-24, Iserlohn, Germany

With 4,000 euros in cash at stake for 1st prize, this is one of Europe’s most anticipated  guitar festivals. On seven evenings, there will be over 600 individual guitar lessons, lectures and a grand orchestra performance. The festival is now on its seventh year and incorporates yoga classes with the music schedules.

6. Toyota Country Music Festival

When and where: January 20-29, Tamworth, Australia

Tickets for  Australia’s largest music festival go on sale from October each year. Seven hundred performers across 120 venues take the stage, attracting over 55,000 visitors from around the globe. The Toyota Golden Guitars –  Country Music Awards of Australia is the event to catch. It’s held on the second Saturday of the festival.

7. Cordoba Guitar Festival

When and where: July 1-16, Cordoba, Spain

This is a cultural highlight you don’t want to miss. In its unique Training Program, you can enroll in guitar-making courses, musical composition courses and even learn flamenco song and dance routines. Films, exhibitions and conferences all focus on the guitar. The industry’s biggest stars in both modern and  classical guitar perform for the huge summer event.

8. Asia International Guitar Festival and Competition

When and where: June 9-12, Bangkok, Thailand

The International Guitar Festival and Competition was first staged in 2001. Organized by the  Thailand Guitar Society, you can hear the riffs every June at the Sukosol Hotel (formerly Siam City Hotel). It is one the biggest classical guitar events in all of Asia.

9. India International Guitar Festival

When and where: January 6-10, Kolkata, India

With over one million guitarists in India, this event was created to highlight the slide guitar. Listen to the distinct sounds of ethnic world music, as artists arrive from every corner of the globe to perform at this  popular guitar festival. Enjoy French, Irish-Celtic, American blues, country, rock, world fusion and, of course, Indian classical guitar.

Who knows maybe you’ll catch  Bohemian Guitars at some or all of these  ?

AJ Shapiro
AJ Shapiro


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