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A new competition format for Sky Arts endeavours to unearth a top-class guitarist.

Guitar Star will scour the UK and Ireland in search of amazing guitar players who are willing to jam, strum and pluck their way to victory, for a chance to perform on the main stage of major UK music festival, Latitude. Along the way they will be mentored by some of the biggest guitar stars in the world.

Former Radio 1 DJ Edith Bowman is to preside over the 9 part series.

“The guitar is the most loved and most played instrument in the UK and I just know there are some fantastic unknown players out there. What’s great and refreshing about this series is that for the first time we are looking for brilliant guitar players to showcase their amazing talent.


“I’ve spent my life listening to and sharing great music of all kinds and I can’t wait to get stuck in to celebrating the wonders of the guitar across rock, jazz, folk, classical and beyond! As a festival lover I also can’t wait for the moment when our winner takes to the main stage at Latitude – incredible!” – Edith Bowman

Entrants can be any age and play in any style – rock, classical, jazz or acoustic. The search will begin with auditions and culminate with the winner playing in front of thousands at the festival.

The competing guitarists will be tested on their ability to play both in a range of musical styles and a genre of their choice, and will perform at famous venues associated with their chosen style.

“Great music is one of our big passions at Sky Arts and I’ve always dreamed of playing to crowds at a festival but alas, my rendition of Smoke on The Water won’t quite cut it for this exciting Sky Arts competition series. Whether it’s electric or acoustic, classical or rock, Guitar Star is about those undiscovered geniuses of the frets with a real passion for music of all genres. I can’t wait to see the winner perform on the main stage at The Latitude Festival and who knows, they might even be the next Clapton, Page or Hendrix…” – Director, Sky Arts, Philip Edgar-Jones

Entry information can be found at

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