UK Guitar Shows - My first time, Advice?

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Hi everyone,

Looking for some advice and feedback from this rad hivemind.
Im looking to take my small business to a few guitar shows next year across the uk.
And I was interested in which you all prefer, recommend, avoid?

Anything stories you could share good or bad would help as I have never exhibited before and would love to not completely mess it up.

Thanks in advance

Ryan -Noisy Hammer Cabs

- Custom Guitar and Bass Cabinet Specialists - Based in the UK - 
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  • JasonJason Frets: 813
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    Hi, I’m biased :-) but happy to answer any questions honestly.  Let me know if you need any info. J
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  • RiftAmpsRiftAmps Frets: 2210
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    I've been exhibiting for 4 years now and I find they offer one of the best RoI for advertising. Print and online advertising are good, but exhibiting is by far superior from that perspective.

    The small 'tabletop' shows are great fun but require the same amount of effort to exhibit as the bigger shows for only a single day. Then again, at around £75 per 6ft table they are great value.

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  • spark240spark240 Frets: 1741
    edited June 2020
    The Mojo shows are ok, some are little small, depends what your flogging I guess...tables start around £40

     But of course....@Jason is the best ;-)



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  • sixstringsuppliessixstringsupplies Frets: 289
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    The table top shows are great for value. Circa £75 a table, as long as I  cover the costs of getting there (ie. petrol and hotel if required to stay the night before) then I'm happy. As others have mentioned, its generally about marketing and networking. I try and get rid of as many business cards as I can and meet customers, guitar builders, potential customer etc...If you go to a show and don't sell anything, I wouldn't worry. It' about getting your brand out there. 

    I hope to go to @Jason show next year for the first time having done the table top circuits for a while.

    Bristol show is very very good, as is Kempton, as is  Haydock. 
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  • JasonJason Frets: 813
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    spark240 said:
    The Mojo shows are ok, some are little small, depends what your flogging I guess...tables start around £40

     But of course....@Jason is the best ;-)

    Cheers mate :-)
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  • Thanks everyone, this is so much great knowledge and feedback. Definitely making a list of shows we want to hit. Balancing time, money and exposure. (and trying to keep a business running ha)
    - Custom Guitar and Bass Cabinet Specialists - Based in the UK - 
    www.noisyhammer.com
    www.facebook.com/noisyhammer
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