Guitar Idol 2009 launches it''s international talent search

Guitar Idol is the world’s biggest online talent search to find the hottest undiscovered guitarists on the planet. The competition in 2008 saw over half a million online visitors, and Brazilian Gustavo Guerra finally crowned Guitar Idol at the live final in London. The race is on to find the 2009 Guitar Idol. Staged over four online heats, contestants are competing for a place at the Guitar Idol Live Final on the massive main stage at The London International Music Show, on June 13th 2009, with the chance to open for the headline act featuring Steve Vai!

Organized by online magazine All Out Guitar, and Lick Library, Guitar Idol 2009 will see the public and professional judges select the best guitarists from around the world. 12 Finalists will be invited to play live in front of thousands in London and take home fabulous prizes from sponsors including Marshall, PRS, Ernie Ball/MusicMan, Blackstar Amplification, Mayones Guitars, The Guitar Institute and Rock School, The outright winner will have the honor to open for the headline band at the London International Music Show featuring legendary Guitar Hero Steve Vai, Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain and Phil Hilborne!.

The Guitar Idol final will take place at the spectacular London International Music show which is back for its second year at the ExCeL exhibition centre, London Docklands, June 11th to 14th 2009. As the UK’s biggest music show, it features the world’s top rock stars and an exhibition of the best musical instrument brands. With a range of exciting concerts, seminars, activities, it is the ultimate day out for anyone interested in music.

Simply register at and upload a YouTube video of your finest guitar work. You have until March 29th 2009 to submit your entries so get practicing! For full rules and details please go to

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