Live music fans will be spoiled for choice this winter, with more than 780 artists and almost 100 venues signing up for Adelaide Guitar Festival’s Guitars in Bars, presented by Adelaide Festival Centre.

The official program, revealed online today, shows 220 gigs registered across the state – an overall increase of 38 per cent on last year’s event.

The number of registered artists has jumped more than 40 per cent, while venues are up by 60 per cent.

A key precursor to the upcoming Adelaide Guitar Festival, Guitars in Bars runs July 13-29.

Adelaide Guitar Festival Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan said Guitars in Bars has only been around for three years, but it’s already proving a success.

“This year offers the most exciting program yet, with more artists, more venues and more live music,” he said.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for performers to showcase their talent and we’re thrilled so many musicians and venues want to get involved.”

Guitars in Bars connects musicians with venues, resulting in an explosion of live music across South Australia.

This year there is increased interest outside the city and suburbs, with 25 regional events lined up at venues including Port Pirie, Port Lincoln, Barossa and Victor Harbor.

“We are excited that more of South Australia will be able to experience Guitars in Bars this year,” Mr Grigoryan said.

“Last year we had five regional events, this year we have 25. We know South Australians have a keen appetite for live music and we want to take it to as many places as possible.”

It’s a busy and exciting time for music enthusiasts - Guitars in Bars coincides with Music SA’s Umbrella: Winter City Sounds.

Adelaide Festival Centre’s CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier says Guitars in Bars helps to build excitement for Adelaide Guitar Festival, which runs 9 – 12 August.

“Guitars in Bars is growing in popularity which reaffirms South Australia’s love for live music and Adelaide’s status as a UNESCO City of Music,” he said. “It opens doors for musicians and helps established artists build their audiences.

“This year, three acts will be chosen to appear in Adelaide Guitar Festival which is an extraordinary opportunity and a reflection of Adelaide Festival Centre’s commitment to supporting local artists.”

Adelaide Guitar Festival brings some of the world’s best guitar players to Adelaide, including Tommy Emmanuel and Friends, Grammy award-winning legend Albert Lee, and Martha Masters & Vladimir Gorbach.

To view the full Guitar in Bars and Adelaide Guitar Festival programs please visit www.adelaideguitarfestival.com.au

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