As the first press release goes out tomorrow I thought I'd give you a head start on the news.
First off I have over 20 new exhibitors for 2018, I have had to have a move around to get everything in.
I've been back through the 2017 thread and picked out some of your requests, so...
I have The Barista coming to the show, so there will be proper coffee available, please buy some
There will be a show guide with a plan of the show and a full exhibitor listing available when you come in.
The back car park will finally be open.
The venue have agreed to have bacon sarnies available first thing both days, this is especially for Mark @guitars4you
Saturday will have a new opening time, funny what comes to you when you are sat on the sofa, so the show will open at 9-42 (see what I did there!) The opening time is sponsored by Ernie Ball Super Slinkys, the first 9 visitors through the door will get a token for a free EB T Shirt and a pack of EB strings (any gauge), the next 42 will get a token for a pack of EB strings.
The Live Stage times will be 10-46, 11-48 etc, when you have a theme you have to run with it
The catering area at the front is now gone (don't worry) and has been replaced by a small tech area for those that are looking at recording their guitar.
There will now be Dino's Bar where you will be able to get food and drink (beer, sandwiches and curry) this will be where The Barista are also stationed. I have asked for smaller but more of them tables.
The European Guitar Builders are having a stand at the show (the association behind the Holy Grail show in Berlin) I am stupidly excited about this.
There will be a new feature entrance, that you will have to wait and see. One of my frustrations has always been that when I used to spend someone else's money I could do these nice little touches, the new exhibitors this year have meant that I have a bit more cash to spend on the presentation of the show, I hope you like it.
The Acoustic Room upstairs will happen again, a few new names in there.
There will be many regulars on here on show (forgive me if I forget some) so @FelineGuitars @ThorpyFX @Graingerguitars @RiftAmps @skelf @guitars4you @iain.reverb @stand_made @Rabs and although no longer a full time employee hopefully @rossyamaha
The Fretboard will be there so @TTony, free hugs (again and again and possibly again) from @Handsome_Chris plus others ( @Clarky ?)
My helpers @Jetfire and @Guitar_Slinger patrolling with air horns
I think that's it for now, full exhibitor list is available at www.theguitarshow.co.uk
If there are things I missed from the 2017, please let me know and I'll see what I can do to put them right for 2018
I am going to ask all exhibitors to get involved in this thread, so it may prompt a few more to sign up here, it would be nice if they engaged and told you what their plans for the show are.
Thanks for your support and hopefully see you there.