TOMMY EMMANUEL c.g.p
Sat 11th August, The Enmore Theatre
Sun 12th August, The Concourse
with special guest Richard Smith (Concourse)
Australia’s world acclaimed acoustic guitar icon returns home this August.
with special guest Daniel Champagne
The Neck Is a Bridge To The Body
Fri 10th August, Factory Theatre
Provocative and moving, surprising and beautiful, this is Kaki King at her visionary best.
BEIJING GUITAR DUO & GRIGORYAN BROTHERS
Fri 17th August, The Concourse
The world renowned duo debut in what promises to be an astounding evening of guitar virtuosity.
SYDNEY GUITAR FESTIVAL GALA
Thursday 9th August, The Concourse
From classical to blues, jazz to rock, the gala is the perfect chance to see some of Australia and the World's best guitarists doing what they do best.
The Jimi Hendrix Tribute
Saturday 11th August, The Concourse
Foxy Lady, Hey Joe, Watchtower, Purple Haze, Voodoo Chile. Culminating in a massive psychedelic fueled jam that you will never forget.
with special guests The Spin Drifters
Fri 17th August, The Brass Monkey
Sun 19th August, Factory Theatre
After decades playing with Eric Clapton to the Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris and Joe Cocker, Lee brings his rock and country roots to Sydney.
MARC RIBOT (US)
with Benjamin Hauptmann and Jess Green performing new material with their groups Danaïdes and Bright Sparks
Sat 11th Aug 2018, Manning Bar
Sydney Guitar Festival and Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) present US guitarist Marc Ribot, who Rolling Stone claims helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985’s Rain Dogs.
PEDRO JAVIER GONZÁLEZ (ESP)
with Paco Lara (ESP) and Bandaluzia
Sat 11th Aug, Concourse Concert Hall
Authentic Flamenco returns to the Sydney Guitar Festival with two of Spain’s most prominent flamenco guitarists performing with Australia’s premier Flamenco group Bandaluzia.
Z-STAR TRINITY (UK)
with Karen Lee Andrews
Fri 10 August, Factory Theatre
Shaking up the Australian blues scene, award-winning international artist Zee Gachette will be setting the stage alight with her high octane energy modern blues, psyche rock, folk n’ funk.
The TURNER BROWN BAND (US/AUS)
with Shelley's Murder Boys
Fri 10 August, Leadbelly
A joint Australia/USA musical collaboration between Australian slide guitarist and music producer Dom Turner (of awarded blues act ‘Backsliders’ fame) and Ohio based ‘Sacred Steel’ vocalist and lap-slide guitar sensation Nikki D Brown, return to Australia following the success of the 2017 festival tours.
PIONEERS OF ROCK N ROLL
Dr Zane Banks & Drey Rollan
Sat 18th Aug
Awarded Live Performance of the Year at the 2017 Sydney Guitar Festival, this brilliant concept show comes to The Factory, featuring a 10 piece band of Sydney's finest musicians and a few very special guests.
LARGEST ELECTRIC GUITAR ENSEMBLE
WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT
Featuring The Choirboys and James Morley (The Angels)
Sunday 12th Aug, The Concourse
A unique fundraising event for the Australian Children's Music Foundation giving you the chance to perform with The Choirboys and break a World Record!
SYDNEY JUNIOR GUITAR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Presented by Big Music
Sun 12th Aug, The Concourse
Big Music in Association with Sydney Guitar Festival are thrilled to once again to host the Sydney Junior Guitar Championships!
A fun and inclusive challenge for young guitarists to develop their skills; under pressure and in front of an audience!
JOHN & RICK BREWSTER OF THE ANGELS PRESENT
MR TAMBOURINE MAN
Sat 11th Aug, Factory Floor
John and Rick Brewster pay homage to Bob Dylan in Mr Tambourine Man.
MAKE A CIGAR BOX GUITAR
with Geoff Tonkin
Sat 18th Aug & Sun 19th Aug
Nothing beats the thrill of making and playing a musical instrument you have made yourself and this course offers you just that.
DEREK GRIPPER (RSA)
Thur 9th August, The Concourse
Fri 10th August, The Factory
With Kaki King and Daniel Champagne
The remarkable South African guitarist Derek Gripper transcribes more music from West Africa’s kora masters for guitar to stunning effect.
CARVIN JONES (US) & SIMON KINNY-LEWIS
Fri 17th Aug, The Factory Floor
RAY BEADLE BAND
With Special Guests!
Sat 11th Aug, The Brass Monkey
Sydney Guitar Festival 2018 Presents: An Evening with Ray Beadle & Friends
Get Blind with Brian! The Sequel.
SUn 12th Aug, Camelot
For the Sydney Guitar Festival, Brian will be arranging music for a unique performance where the audience is to be blindfolded.
With Sorcha and Lisathe
Thu 16th Aug, The Golden Age
Sydney Guitar Festival and The Golden Age present Tesse - the collaborative project of Sydney based singer-songwriter Tom Stephens.
RICHARD SMITH (US)
Sun 12th Aug, The Concourse
SYDNEY GUITAR FESTIVAL & THE BRASS MONKEY PRESENT
DAMIAN WRIGHT, PACO LARA (ESP)
with The Dancing Fingers
Thu 16th Aug, The Brass Monkey
Performing with The Spin Drifters and Albert Lee