The full program for the 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival was released today, showcasing 20 international artists, five world premieres, two Australian premieres and four Adelaide premiers as well as workshops, artist talks, a guitar expo, masterclasses, and more.

The Festival which runs August 9-12, features an eclectic, exciting line up of local, national and international artists across all genres of guitar, from rockabilly to rock, soul to blues, classical to country and everything in between.

Australian legend Tommy Emmanuel will show off his artistry on opening night, along with special guest guitarists Pedro Javier Gonzalez and Richard Smith. Witness Grammy-award winning legend Albert Lee and discover why his career has included collaborations with Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker. The Guitar Festival Symphony Gala will be another highlight, as will the Festival Finale featuring South Africa’s Derek Gripper in his only Festival appearance.

Television and media personality Julia Zemiro joins Adelaide Guitar Festival this year, hosting the Festival Finale as well as bringing her irreverent brand of interviewing to “In Conversation With…”, interviewing a variety of festival artists in this free event.

Expect a kaleidoscope of colour and a feast for the sense with cutting-edge performer Kaki King, see living legend, composer and collaborator Marc Ribot, celebrate women in music with Perth’s formidable Abbe May who will perform and host a night of female performers at Clam Jam, and get gritty with Australian performer Heath Cullen.

Adelaide Guitar Festival Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan says: “I am so proud of this year’s program. We’ve got a stellar line-up of exceptional artists from all over the world and our own home-grown heroes. From legends like Albert Lee and Tommy Emmanuel, world premieres and unique community engagement events like Resonance and Guitars in Bars, I cannot wait to share and experience this with you all in July and August!”

Adelaide musicians in this year’s festival including Wanderers, Kelly Menhennett, Hana and Jessie-Lee and more.

The 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival program also include Guitars in Bars with more than 200 gigs expected across the State, and Resonance, where world-class musicians will perform in hospitals, community centres and homes for older people across South Australia from 28 July – 10 August.

And discover handmade treasures from Australia’s finest luthiers at the Guitar Expo, a free event in the Festival Theatre foyer.

Guitar Festival Winter School, from 16 – 20 July,  will be a one-week intensive program run by some of the country’s finest guitar players, covering two streams of tuition across blues and roots and classical genres, for all ages and skill levels

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier says: “The calibre of artists at this year’s Adelaide Guitar Festival is extraordinary across so many genres. This, combined with the community engagement elements of the program, make this an accessible, entertaining and world-class event.”

Adelaide is the first and only UNESCO City of Music in Australia. As the leading winter guitar music event in Adelaide, Adelaide Guitar Festival is proud to celebrate and contribute to this status as a UNESCO City of Music. 

Adelaide Guitar Festival is a biennial event bringing incredible artists from around the world together with some of the best Australian musicians to deliver an exciting and entertaining program of events. The festival includes performances, workshops, master classes, artist talks, panel discussions and programs for emerging musicians. 

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