According to, guitar legend Joe Satriani, former DEEP PURPLE and BLACK SABBATH bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes and ex-GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke have been confirmed for New Zealand's first international guitar festival, to be held in July 14-19.

The festival, called G-TARanaki, has been made possible by the international rock reputation and perserverance of Venture Taranaki events project manager Garry Sharpe-Young.

The former rock journalist and writer of countless rock 'n' roll books said the festival would include a number of concerts, workshops, forums, jam sessions and school visits.

Its objective was to give New Zealand guitarists the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by guitar legends across a variety of musical styles.

Sharpe-Young said what was special about the festival was the artists would not jet out as soon as they had played, but would stick around to mix with locals.

"I hope this festival will create lots of unique moments that will only happen in Taranaki. We're going to be getting a lot of local guitar experts in as well, and you never know what will happen when you get all of them together with these international guys. There will be a lot of collaboration, a lot of sharing."



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