NEWS: Guitars Across The Bay festival in Melbourne


Just found out about this event here in I Heart Guitar’s home town of Melbourne, Australia. I’m gonna try to make it along, so if you see me,  say hi!


Guitars across the Bay

 A guitar players’ paradise! March 19th & 20th 2011

The historic seaport of Williamstown will be the host of the first of many Melbourne International Guitar Festivals at Seaworks 82 Nelson Place Williamstown VICTORIA.

Our guitar festival will take guitar players, enthusiasts and music lovers through an assortment of sounds and styles of the guitar and guitar players, featuring some of Australia’s finest Guitarist’s over 2 days on 3 different stages.

Exhibitor stands of builders and distributors of Guitars, musical instruments and accessories will display and demonstrate their products in the main Industrial Work shed. There will be ‘guitar workshops’ conducted by some of the performers, information TBA on our website

It’s a wonderful opportunity and not to be missed, to experience world class guitarists performing solo, in duos or with their band(s) playing various styles of music i.e. Jazz, Blues, Classical, Country, Rock, Pop, Slide Texas Blues, Rockabilly, Flamenco, Spanish and Fusion, something for everyone and across generations.

A total of more than 40 performers, including to name but a few:

• The RocKwiz Orkestra

• Geoff Achison

• Ray Beadle

• Simon Patterson

• Jimi Hocking

• Ross Hannaford

• John Dallimore

• Stephen Magnusson

• Collard Greens & Gravy

• The Take Off

• Andy Baylor

• Matthew Fagan

• Fiona Boyes

• Anni Piper

• Brett Garsed

Plus many more, see website for more details about the performers and performers’ schedules.

One of the highlights will be the RocKwiz Orkestra’s ‘Guitar Players Show’ with guest guitarists performing classic guitar instrumentals.

There’s the main outdoor stage with the city scope across the bay providing the backdrop and providing our festival/logo name, plus 2 indoor stages, the Nelson Room and the Pirates Tavern.

We haven’t forgotten the younger visitors with Ukulele classes conducted by the Newport Folk & Fiddle Club and Face Painting.

A variety of food will be available at the festival and has been taken care of by our local Rotary Club of Williamstown, as well as their usual sausage sizzle there will also be plenty of different food stall styles to choose from including tea & coffee, fruit juices, healthy sandwiches, Dutch Pancakes (Poffertjes), hotdogs and donuts, fairy floss, hot potatoes, and ice cream.

Alcohol will be available and can only be purchased in the 2 bars available onsite, the Pirates Tavern and the Nelson Room and is not permitted to be brought onto the Seaworks site due to permit regulations.

Weekend or single day tickets available through Moshtix – 1300 GET TIX (438 849)

Or for purchase at counter, there will be a limited number of tickets available at an appointed local Williamstown outlet or at the door on the day unless sold out prior, please check website for details.

So whether you are a player, a fan or just want something to do on this weekend, this is a unique event that can’t help but be enjoyed by the whole family. We look forward to seeing you there, don’t be shy, come and introduce yourself to us and give us your feedback we love a chat…

…the ‘Guitars across the Bay’ crew,

Tommy Blank – Festival Director and Carole Dawes – Event Manager.