2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival Programme

Kaki King performs as part of the 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival. Kaki King performs as part of the 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival.

The 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival have revealed their full programme with Australian legend Tommy Emmanuel, English virtuoso Albert Lee and American star Kaki King headlining.


The diverse line-up will include 20 international acts and five world premieres. Tommy Emmanuel is set to perform on opening night alongside Pedro Javier Gonzalez and Richard Smith.

Alongside Albert Lee and Kaki King, other artists added to the 2018 line-up include Marc Ribot, Abbe May and Heath Cullen.

The festival finale will be hosted by media personality Julia Zemiro and will also feature a headline performance by South Africa's Derek Gripper.

Adelaide musicians involved in the festival include Wanderers, Kelly Menhennett, Hana & Jessie Lee and many more. “I am so proud of this year's programme,” Adelaide Guitar Festival Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan says.


“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.”

'The 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival programme 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 to 10 August.'

A free guitar expo will be available, providing guests with the opportunity to uncover various handmade treasures. Workshops, artist talks and masterclasses will also be on offer.

“The calibre of artists at this year's Adelaide Guitar Festival is extraordinary across so many genres,” Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier says.

“This, combined with the community engagement elements of the programme, make this an accessible, entertaining and world-class event.”

2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival happens 9-12 August. Click here for more information.

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