Byron Bay Guitar Festival Rocks Around Again


The Byron Bay Guitar Festival (BBGF) is returning on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 October 2018 at the Byron Bay Brewery for its second year, with SAE Qantum presenting workshops and masterclasses, with Lloyd Spiegel, Jeff Martin, Opal Ocean and more…

‘Who draws the crowd and plays so loud
Baby it’s the guitar man
Who’s gonna steal the show
You know, baby, it’s the guitar man.’
(David Gates: Bread)

Amongst the incredible line-up are British India, Ash Grunwald, Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Lloyd Spiegel, Hussy Hicks, Opal Ocean, The Fumes, Dallas Frasca, Steve Edmonds, Joel McDonald, Nathan Kaye, Tullara, Minnie Marks, Shai Shriki, and many more.

This local festival prides itself on being accessible to all – add on the impressive guitar market, masterclasses and workshops worth their weight in gold, major raffles, brewery atmosphere, an intimate setting in which to rub shoulders with heroes of the guitar, and charity support offered by this event, and it’s one festival not to miss.

After rocking out to shredders and getting inspired by British India, The Fumes, Dallas Frasca, Legs Electric and more on Saturday, guitar lovers and aficionados will have the opportunity to really indulge in this ‘guitar lovers heaven’ on Sunday. As well as a guitar market (bring the credit card!), and performances from more legends including Ash Grunwald, Steve Edmonds, The Soul Movers, Nathan Kaye and more, get up close and personal in the guitar masterclasses.

Jeff Martin:

Jeff Martin: Giving a Masterclass at the Byron Bay Guitar Festival.


SAE Qantum Byron Bay is presenting a series of intimate theatre-style masterclasses and workshops with some of Australia’s masters of the six-string, and featuring some of the world’s moist celebrated guitar brands. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for beginners and advanced players alike. Here’s just a taste of what you can expect:

Jeff Martin presented by Byron Music

Jeff will be talking through guitar ‘alternate tunings’ that he has created and used throughout The Tea Party and solo works. These alternate tunings have been used to create the multi-faceted soundscapes that have become a renowned signature for Jeff’s music. Jeff will run through some of the Tea Party’s most intricate songs and discuss the method behind the music.

Lloyd Spiegel presented by Wazinator Stompboxes

Join Lloyd Spiegel (AU blues legend) and Warwick Porter (Wazinator Stompbox founder) in this rare discussion and demonstration of acoustic guitar technique. Lloyd will reveal his secrets to playing fast, singing loud and his methods of connecting to the audience. Warwick will introduce the range of Wazinator acoustic stompboxes and their different features. This workshop will be fun and informative and offer an up close and personal experience with one of Australia’s greatest blues players.

Joining these legends are flamenco freaks Opal Ocean presented by Yamaha, Angus Marshall presented by Fender, and a special workshop by Pro Music. Stay tuned for more info on these.

The masterclasses are extremely popular and there is limited seating available, so get in quick.

Byron Bay Guitar Festival is an all ages event, and supports the charity Be Happy Music Club.

Tickets are $50 for one day or $90 for two and are ON SALE NOW at

Full 2018 line up:

British India I Ash Grunwald I Dallas Frasca I The Fumes I Jeff Martin I Hussy Hicks I Lloyd Spiegel I Opal Ocean I Jimi Hendrix Show w. Steve Edmonds Band I The Soul Movers I Murray Cook I Southern River Band I Flying Machine I Joel McDonald I Frankie’s House Band I Andy Jans Brown & Cozmic I Tullara I Malcura I Legs Electric I Dan Hannaford I Jereome Williams I Martin Lartigau I Shai Shiriki I Nathan Kaye I El Dorado I When Hawk Met Sparrow I Taj Farrant I Jordan McRobbie I Byron High School Students + more!



General festival info:

The 2nd Annual Byron Bay Guitar Festival

Dates: Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 October 2018

Venue: Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay

Tickets at:

 +61 400 354 095


Official website:





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