Ministry Tour 2017
13/10/2017 Artist

The godfathers of industrial music have been a major influence on countless bands and are still going strong after being formed way back in 1981 by founding member Al Jourgensen. Both Al and Blackstar clinician Sin Quirin will be using Series One stacks. For more information on Series One click here:

Gear of the Year 2017
10/10/2017 Company

Blackstar is proud to announce that we have been nominated in The Guitar Magazine’s Gear of the Year Awards. The Blackstar Fly3 Bluetooth has been nominated for the ‘Best Accessory’ award. Voting has commenced so be sure to visit and place your vote. 

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band Tour
05/10/2017 Artist

Ian Hunter and the Rant Band are kicking off their European tour this week which sees them play fourteen shows throughout October. Ian is best known as the lead singer of Mott The Hoople though he was already a veteran of the London music scene by the time he joined the band in 1969 and has achieved huge success as a solo artist since the they disbanded in 1974. Ian and his band have been using Blackstar since 2008 and will be using the handwiredArtisan 30 along with the Artist 30 during the tour. For more information on the tour visit

Paul Draper - Mansun
21/09/2017 Artist

Paul Draper, former Mansun frontman, is kicking off his first ever solo tour this week and will be performing six dates taking across the UK. The gigs will see Draper performing tracks from his debut solo album, Spooky Action, released earlier this year to rave reviews. The sold out tour will be Paul’s first shows in fourteen years. Paul will be using an Artisan 30 and his guitarist Ben Sink will be using an Artist 30. For more information on the tour and the album visit 

Macmillan Fest 2017
01/09/2017 Festival

This Saturday Macmillan Fest will be taking over multiple venues in Nottingham including Rescue Rooms, Stealth, Rock City, Spanky Van Dykes and Tap n Tumblr. With over sixty-three acts to play across seven stages the festival is hoping to raise both awareness and money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Blackstar is proud to be supporting the event and will supplying amps for all seven stages. For your chance to get tickets to the event visit

RivFest 2017
30/08/2017 Festival

RivFest is an annual festival set up by the family of the late River Reeves, guitarist for Viola Beach. The festival will take place on this Saturday 2nd September at the Priestley College in Warrington. The acts performing include Maximo Park, Billy Bragg, Eliza and the Bear, Spring King, plus many more. Blackstar is proud to be supporting the festival and will be providing amps for both stages. For more information on the festival and the River Reeves Foundation visit

Reading and Leeds Festival 2017
23/08/2017 Festival

The infamous Reading & Leeds Festival is taking place this weekend with the most revered artists from across the globe playing at both Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds throughout the Bank Holiday weekend. Reading is the world’s oldest popular music festival still in existence and was joined by Leeds in 1999. This year promises to be as popular as ever and Blackstar artists performing over the weekend include Everything Everything, Ray BLK, Counterfeit, Fizzy Blood, Shame, Otherkin, Mint, White Room plus many more. For more information on the festivals visit

Bloodstock Competition
10/08/2017 Festival

This weekend is Bloodstock festival, the number one metal festival in the uk, and to celebrate Blackstar are running an awesome competition. For your chance to win two guest passes for next years festival plus a festival pack including a Fly3, t-shirt, tonelink, ear protecters and a poncho simply take a photo of yourself at Bloodstock and include the #blackstar10 either on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. We will announce a winner on Tuesday 15th August 2017. Good luck!

Bloodstock Festival 2017
04/08/2017 Festival

Bloodstock festival is taking place next weekend in Derbyshire. Established in 2001, Bloodstock has progressed over the years from its humble beginnings as a one day event to a three day full on metal extravaganza. Blackstar artists Possessed, Soilwork, Kreator, Venom Prison and Courtesans will all be performing and Blackstar will be providing equipment for all of the stages at the festival. For more information on the festival visit

Posessed European Tour
19/07/2017 Artist

Few bands have done more to push the boundaries of extreme metal than the legendary Possessed. Even fewer can create a unique style which continues to set them apart from all others by being the very first in a genre, Death Metal. The band is kicking off their European tour at Wacken Open Air festival and will be playing twelve dates across Europe including Bloodstock festival in the UK. Guitarist Daniel Gonzalez will be using a Series One 1046L6 rig through out the tour. For more information visit

Summer NAMM 2017
13/07/2017 Company

Summer NAMM kicks off this week and will be showcasing a complete product landscape set within one of America’s most musical cities, Nashville, Tennessee. This year Blackstar will be there in full force and will be launching three special 10th anniversary edition amps. The Artisan 10 AE, the Series One 10 AE and the Artist 10 AE. The limited edition amps will be hitting the stores this November, for more information check out the official press release. Company founders Ian Robinson, Paul Hayhoe and Joel Richardson will be live on ACME Radio this Saturday and you can listen to them discuss these amps and much more at If you’re lucky enough to be at Summer NAMM this year then make sure you visit Blackstar at booth 953 to check out all our exciting products on show. 

Steve Cradock Summer Tour
10/07/2017 Artist

Long-term Blackstar endorsee Steve Cradock is back on the road this summer with his Artisan 30 rig. Having recently finished touring with Paul Weller, Steve is busy again with a number of Ocean Colour Scene shows throughout the summer culminating with a headline slot at Beyond the Tracks festival in Birmingham this September. Between shows with Ocean Colour Scene, Steve will also be performing his other role as guitarist for The Specials as they take to the stage for several festivals this summer. To watch Steve talk about his Blackstar amps amongst other things visit

Agnostic Front Tour '17
10/07/2017 Artist

The legendary Agnostic Front are currently in the midst of another European tour and will be playing thirty-one dates in a month. Guitarist Craig Silverman uses a HT Metal 100 stack and had this to say about the amp, ”The HT Metal 100 is by far the best and most versatile amplifier I have ever owned. From clean to crunch to blistering high gain, no other amplifier even comes close”. For more information on the band and their current tour visit

Jared James Nichols Tour 2017
27/06/2017 Artist

Jared James Nichols is currently in the middle of a UK tour which sees him play ten dates across the UK. The first half of the tour was in support of Blue Oyster Cult and Jared and his band have just kicked off the next stage supporting UFO. The Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer, writer and guitarist kicked off the run with a storming performance at Hellfest in France and will be playing Ramblin’ Man fair and Steelhouse Festival all with his Series One 100 rig and Artist 30 combo. For more information visit

Hawthorne Heights on Instagram
22/06/2017 Artist

This Friday the 23rd June Blackstar endorsees Hawthorne Heights will be taking over the official Blackstar Instagram account and bringing you a behind the scenes look at 24 hours on tour with the band. Hawthorne Heights are currently on the Vans Warped Tour and will bring you an exclusive, behind the scenes look as the tour heads to Las Vegas. Keep an eye on our account on the 23rd for an intriguing look into life on the road with Hawthorne Heights.