Sheehan's Acoustic Avalon
About The Show
+++ Scheduled Dates for 2013: 9th and 10th November. +++
An annual event run by Sheehan's of Leicester, Acoustic Avalon provides a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to see, play and buy a huge selection of the world's best acoustic guitars. The show attracts visitors from all corners of the UK and beyond. Now in it's 20th year, the show has become a landmark event in the acoustic guitar world, regularly featuring world class artists as well as world class instruments.
The 2013 show will take place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November at Leicester Racecourse Conference Centre (see below for directions). Opening hours are 10:00am to 5:30pm with regular demonstrations throughout the day, plus workshops, cafe / bar, evening concert and a large selection of guitar accessories all at knocked-down prices.
A host of instrument and amplification manufacturers are currently being finalised, but to get some idea, these are the manufacturers that have represented the show in the past: AER Amplification, Breedlove, Burguet, Collings, Crafter, Patrick J Eggle, Fishman, Gold Tone, Godin, Hofner, Kala, Dave King, Lowden, Martin, Martinez, McPherson, Seagull, Simon & Patrick, SR Technology, Stonebridge, Taylor, Takamine, Tanglewood, Vintage, Yairi, Yamaha and more.
Please keep checking back as artists will be confirmed over the coming months!
You can see many past Avalon performances on YouTube. To open a new window and go straight there click here. (Videos courtesy of Kev Stevenson)
Also check out our Avalon Facebook Page
If you're serious about acoustic guitars, make sure you don't miss Acoustic Avalon 2013!
Acoustic Avalon is a once-a-year opportunity to see some of the finest acoustic guitar players in the world together under one roof. This year is certainly no exception, with the line-up soon to be confirmed. Don't forget: tickets for the Saturday evening concert will be separate to the days' events.
Tickets - How and Where to Get Them
You can order tickets online through the Sheehans website, or by telephone on (0116) 2557492 during shop opening hours (9:30am - 6:00pm Tuesday - Friday, and 09:00am - 5:30pm on Saturdays)
- Saturday / Sunday day tickets £12 (£8 concessions*)
- Concert £15 (only available with one or more day tickets)
- Full weekend pass including Saturday day + Sunday day + concert £30 (£20 concessions*)
*Concessions apply to under 14's when accompanied by an adult, and over 65's
For Acoustic Avalon enquiries and information, contact Sheehans of Leicester:
- by email: please click here
- by telephone: +44 (0)116 255 7492 (please ask for the acoustic guitar department)
- our address: Sheehans Music, 58a London Road, Leicester, LE2 0QD
Shop opening hours are 9:30am - 6:00pm Tuesday-Friday, and 9:00am - 5:30pm on Saturdays. An answerphone service is available outside of these times, we will respond to all enquiries as quickly as we can!
Directions to the Show
By Car from M1 junction 21 - take the A5460 towards Leicester. At the first roundabout, turn right (3rd exit) on to the B4114 (signposted to Narborough); after about 1/4 mile you'll reach another big roundabout / traffic lights, turn left here onto the A563 Outer Ring Road (signposted to Leicester South and East). Keep following the ring road across several large cross-roads and a roundabout by a strange round building (known as the 'pork pie library') after about three miles you'll get a second large roundabout where the A563 meets the A6, and take the 3rd exit towards Leicester Racecourse (where the exhibition is held).
By Car from A6 south / A14 - Follow the A6 into Leicester until you reach a large roundabout where it joins the A563 Outer Ring Road (about 1/4 mile after you pass a large ASDA superstore on your right). At the roundabout, take the 1st exit towards Leicester Racecourse (where the exhibition is held).
By Car, Other Routes - head towards Leicester City Centre until you pick up signs for A6 Market Harborough, head out of town on the A6 until you reach a large roundabout where it meets the A563 Outer Ring Road, and take the exit for Leicester Racecourse. If you pass a large ASDA on your left, you've gone too far!
By Train - regular train services operate between Leicester and London, Birmingham, Sheffield, Nottingham and East Anglia. Take a taxi to the exhibition centre at Leicester Racecourse, or one of local bus services 29, 30 or 31 (ask for "the racecourse").
To view the location on multimap.com, click here
(N.B. Although the conference centre appears right next to the A563 Outer Ring Road, to get there you have to take the separate access road from the nearby roundabout)