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Win tickets to Music Live at the NEC!

This is your chance to win tickets to the UK’s favourite music-making event!

Joe Bonamassa

THIS is your chance to win tickets to the UK’s favourite music-making event! Music Live returns to The NEC from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 November and with tickets for the show selling faster than ever it seems the UK is keen to rock its way through the credit crunch blues. Try your luck and enter our competition and you could be in with a chance of winning one of five pairs of tickets.

Music Live is the busiest musical instrument exhibition in the UK, with guitars, drums, synths and recording equipment on display from the world’s biggest brands including Marshall, Gibson, Fender, Yamaha, Roland, Paul Reed Smith and countless more. With hundreds of instruments available for visitors to get their hands on and retail partners on-site to facilitate great show-only deals Music Live is like the country’s biggest music shop all under one roof.

An eclectic Live Stage line-up covering blues, classic rock, acoustic and modern Brit Rock is also on offer at this unique show. Artists confirmed for the show include Stone Gods (formed from the ashes of The Darkness), fast-rising UK rockers Mexicolas and The Electric City and Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake rhythm section Tommy Aldridge and Marco Mendoza.

Megadeth frontman and metal legend Dave Mustaine will be appearing at the show each day for signing sessions/meet-and-greets with fans on the Marshall amplification stand.

Friday 7 November is Education Day, when in excess of 8000 students from around the UK visit the show, taking advantage of careers and music production seminars hosted by big-name industry producers, engineers and managers.

New blues guitar legend Joe Bonamassa will be playing the Live Stage on Saturday 8 November as part of his UK tour and deliver an exclusive ‘Blues In The Schools’ seminar on Education Day (Friday 7). BITS sees Joe tracing the history of the blues from its roots in the 1800s to the varied genre it is today. This will be the first time the masterclass has been conducted in the UK.

The Gibson tour bus is another unique feature, which will be on-site during the show where visitors will be allowed a glimpse of what life is like on the road.

If that’s not quite enough there’s also Guitarfest! Professional Music Technology's Guitarfest takes place on Friday 7 November as part of this year’s Music Live. This year's Guitarfest line-up includes Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Thunder, Vinnie Moore (UFO), The Quireboys and Marco Mendoza and Tommy Aldridge (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake rhythm section) with guitar genius Soren Anderson.

A joint ticket for Guitarfest and Music Live is available from priced at £20.00 (plus booking and transaction fee).

Advanced tickets for Music Live only are priced £15.00 adult and £11.00 for children aged 5 – 16; tickets purchased on the door are priced £17.00 adult and £11.00 for children. Tickets which are subject to booking and transaction fee can be purchased on-line at or by calling 0844 33 88 000.

For your chance of winning one of five pairs of tickets to the show answer this question

Q: Name the Blues guitarist who will be performing at Music Live.

E-mail your answer to either to reach us by Friday, November 7. The editor's decision is final and all usual Trinity Mirror rules apply.



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
Multimedia Journalist
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