Music's Live Weekend 2016


Birmingham's biggest and best annual music trade show is happening at PMT Birmingham on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th November.


What Is Music's Live?

In 1996, Garry Chapman and Clive Morton launched a Guitar show in Birmingham at the NIA. After three years, it outgrew the NIA and moved to the NEC and became the annual event, 'Music's Live'. After a successful 10 years at the NEC, Music's Live finished. However, Garry Chapman saw an opportunity!

After hearing many customers saying that PMT Birmingham looked like a music show, Garry decided he would relaunch Music's Live inside the music megastore PMT Birmingham in 2011. Ever since, Music's Live has seen some of the world’s top brands such as Roland, Yamaha, Korg, Fender, Gibson, Ernie Ball, Shure, Focusrite, Novation, D'Addario, Marshall Amps, Blackstar, Taylor Guitars, VOX, ROLI, Washburn, Nord, DigiTech, Soundcraft, JBL, QSC and KRK launch products in PMT's flagship music shop and hold exclusive offers and competitions for an entire weekend in November.

Pictures from Music's Live 2015 Pictures from Music's Live 2015. Find out what happened at last year's event here.

Music's Live 2016

Music's Live Weekend 2016 will feature new product launches, workshops, hands-on demonstrations and live performances. Plus, there will be fantastic one-off deals, end-of-line clearances, competitions, freebies, PMT 25th Anniversary deals and a mega second-hand sale too.

Part-exchanges are also welcome all weekend, along with our usual PMT finance packages, including our ‘Buy Now, Pay Later’ option. And when you're at Music's Live, make sure you use the hashtag #MusicsLive2016 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so we can share all your fantastic pics and vids!

What’s Happening at Music’s Live 2016?

Live Lounge Times & Listings

Saturday 5th November

10:00AM Marshall Code Amplifiers with Steve Smith

11:00AM Boss GT1 & Katana Amplifiers with James Roberts

12:00PM Shure In-Ear Monitoring with Graham Logue

1:00PM Roland TD-50KV Kit with Jonathan Pullen

2:00PM Marshall Astoria Amplifiers with Bernie Marsden

3:00PM  Yamaha TransAcoustic Guitars with Alex Wesley

4:00PM  Line 6 Helix Effect Processor with Alex Wesley

Sunday 6th November

11:00AM Blackstar Artist & ID:Core II Amplifiers with Steve Marks

12:00PM Boss GT1 & Katana Amplifiers with James Roberts

1:00PM Roland TD-50KV Kit with Jonathan Pullen

2:00PM Novation Circuit, Bass Station II & Mininova with Mark Lowes

3:00PM Yamaha TransAcoustic Guitars with Alex Wesley

4:00PM Fender Elite & Gretsch Streamliner Guitars with Damon Chivers

Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake) In-Store

Bernie Marsden of 70's rock band Whitesnake will be at Music’s Live on Saturday! Bernie will be rocking out on stage in the shop at 1PM, then in the Live Lounge from 2PM to 3PM to meet & greet everyone and to answer any of your questions regarding the music biz and guitar gear.

whitesnake Bernie Marsden & Dave Hill from Music's Live 2015

Second-Hand Sale

We'll be hosting a fantastic sale of 2nd hand premier gear during Music's Live weekend. Don't miss out on getting your hands on pre-loved high-end guitars, basses, cymbals, synthesizers, amplifiers, guitar effects and DJ equipment at a fantastic price.



Roland TD-50KV Drum Kit

We are proud to announce the UK’s launch of the new Roland flagship V-Drum kit, the TD-50KV, will be happening at Music’s Live Weekend. John Pullen of Roland will be putting the TD-50KV through its paces in the Live Lounge on Saturday & Sunday at 1PM.


Roland SYSTEM-8 & AIRA Series

Dan Taman will also be running a workshop on the Roland SYSTEM-8 and AIRA series on Saturday and Sunday. If you’ve ever wanted to try out this fantastic, top-of-the-line studio gear, Music’s Live is the perfect place to check it out with the aid of a Roland Expert.


Roland DJ-808

The eagerly awaited DJ-808 will be available to demo at Music’s Live. Come and experience Roland’s true performance instrument, designed specifically for DJs and producers to add a new dimension to your live shows on Saturday and Sunday.


Roland TB-03, TR-09 & VP-03 Boutique Range

Dan Taman from Roland will be joining us to show you how the TB-03, TR-09 and VP-03 synthesizers and drum machine perform all weekend, so come and be the first to try out the new range of Roland boutique products at Music’s Live.



Boss GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor

This is your first opportunity to see the new GT-1 guitar effects processor demonstrated in the UK. Roland Expert, James Roberts, will be demonstrating the latest guitar FX processor from Roland in-store all weekend; plus, James will be hosting a special, in-depth demo of the GT-1 in the Live Lounge on Saturday at 11AM and on Sunday at 12PM.


Boss Katana Amplifiers

Another first UK launch at Music’s Live 2016! The greatly anticipated BOSS Katana amplifiers will be demoed by James Roberts in conjunction with the Boss GT-1 in-store all weekend and in the Live Lounge on Saturday at 11AM and on Sunday at 12PM.

Please Note: Everything from Roland and BOSS’ 2016 range will be available to purchase during Music’s Live Weekend except for the TD-50 and TD-50KV kits, which will be landing later in the month at PMT Stores and PMT Online. However, we do advise to put your order in for the new V-Drum kits during Music’s Live so that you will be the first to receive them in the UK.

Aston Microphones

Aston Origin & Spirit Microphones

Imagine a microphone that has no need for a shock mount or a pop shield – something that has been designed for superb performance and quality in the UK. Now stop imagining and come and try out the new brand of microphones, Aston Mics! We will be joined by Kevin Davey and Yaniv Zaidman from Aston Microphones on Saturday & Sunday during Music’s Live, so if you have any queries about the new microphone brand, now is your chance to have them answered and try an Aston Mic in-store.



Yamaha TransAcoustic Guitars

PMT Birmingham will be the first music shop in the UK to have the Yamaha TransAcoustic guitars displayed and ready for you to try out during Music’s Live. Yamaha’s TransAcoustic guitars are the world’s first acoustic guitar the feature acoustic reverb and chorus – without being plugged into an amp! The sound and playability of the TransAcoustic guitars cannot be described in words; it has to be seen, heard, and played - and you can do all three at Music’s Live. Alex Wesley from Yamaha UK will be demonstrating the TransAcoustic in the Live Lounge on Saturday & Sunday at 3PM.


Yamaha Montage Synthesizer

If you haven’t tried out this fantastic new synthesizer from Yamaha yet, this is your big chance to see (quite possibly) the best synth player in the world, Dom Sigalas, demonstrate the Yamaha montage all day on Saturday.

Yamaha DTX Kits

Simon Edgoose will be demoing the award-winning Yamaha DTX kits at Music's Live. Simon is Yamaha UK's top DTX demonstrator, and if you’ve always wanted to try your chops out on an electric kit, Music’s Live is the perfect opportunity to do so!


Yamaha Pianos and Keyboards

Daniel Watt will be at Music's Live Weekend showing you the differences between the world-famous Clavinova pianos. Plus, Daniel will also be demonstrating the fantastic Yamaha S Series and PSR keyboards, which are perfect for anyone who is wanting to learn how to play the piano.



Line 6 Spider V Amplifier Range

Line 6 had a momentous job of bettering the popular Spider IV, yet they somehow they managed it with the amazing new Spider V range, which features updated modeling and effects, higher wattage, wireless capabilities, 128 crafted presets, a built-in tuner, metronome and real drummer loops and a gorgeous new look! Line 6 Expert, Alex Wesley, will be demonstrating the Spider V range at Music’s Live, so you can try these awesome, new tone machines in-store all weekend.


Line 6 Relay G10 Wireless Guitar System

If you have been itching to try out a wireless guitar system, then you will have to head over to Line 6 during Music’s Live, where Alex Wesley will be demonstrating the easiest to use wireless guitar system ever: The Relay G10. All guitarists and bassist have to do to use the G-10 is plug in and play! Make sure you try it out during Music’s Live Weekend.


Line 6 Helix Guitar Effects Processor

We think it would be fair enough to say that the Line 6 Helix is probably the best guitar effects processor in the world. Come and see for yourself why we keep selling out of these effects processors and ask Line 6 demonstrator, Alex Wesley, all about the Helix during Music’s Live Weekend.


Taylor Guitars Road Show

Simon Blundell from Taylor will be showcasing the very latest acoustic guitars, including the new 500, 600 & 800 Series. Special 'one-off' Taylor guitars will also be at the event, so if you're after a very special acoustic, make sure you come and take a look at the exclusive and unique Taylors only available to purchase at the Road Show.

And don't forget, there will be free TaylorWare gear and Anti-Rust Elixir strings for all, plus the chance to enter the exclusive Music’s Live/ Taylor Giveaway to win a Taylor 210e in Sunburst!

taylor-210e Win this gorgeous 210e SB at Music's Live

How to Enter Taylor's Giveaway at Music's Live

When you attend Music's Live 2016, you can enter Taylor's giveaway to be in with a chance to win a Taylor 210e electro-acoustic in sunburst.

To enter the raffle, write down your name and email address on the sign-up form when you are trying out the Taylor guitars at Music's Live 2016 on Saturday 5th or Sunday 6th 2016. Scroll to bottom of blog for Terms & Conditions.


The Gibson Custom Experience

We are proud to announce another UK first at Music’s Live with the ‘Gibson Custom Shop Workbench’. The Custom Shop Workbench features a giant, tailor-made, portable exhibition that shows you all of the woods, pickups, purfling, inlays - in fact, everything that goes into making a Gibson Custom Shop guitar!

If you want to have a ‘Made 2 Measure’ Custom Shop Gibson guitar to your total specification, this is the perfect opportunity to speak to Ben Dunnett, the head of Gibson Custom Shop in Europe. Ben will be in-store all weekend to talk to you about any Gibson Custom shop queries, so don’t miss out.


Gibson 2017 USA Guitars

Gibson 2017 guitars will be in stock and ready to go at Music’s Live Weekend! The fabulous Ben Scarr from Gibson will be on-hand at PMT Birmingham ready to show you the reigns of Gibson’s newest range and provide you with all the information you’ll ever need to know about Gibson guitars past and present.

Gibson High-Performance Acoustic Guitars

The latest range of the new Gibson HP Montana range will also be available to try out at Music’s Live on Saturday & Sunday. The HP Montana range includes the HP665, HP415, HP635HP735 and the top-of-the-range HP835 Supreme.

gibson-newcastle2 Try out the new Gibson 2017 range at Music's Live


Epiphone Masterbilt Century Guitars

The much anticipated Masterbilt Century guitar range will be in stock and ready for you to try at Music's Live. Ben Scarr will be on-hand to talk to you about these gorgeous vintage style guitars and talk you through the differences of the De Luxe and De Luxe Classic, the Zenith and Zenith Classic and the Olympic models

Epiphone Masterbilt Century Range The new Epiphone Masterbilt Century Range


Fender Elite Guitars & More

Damon Chivers from Fender will be showing everyone the latest Elite Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars at Music’s Live all Weekend. Plus, there are new, limited-edition Offset Mustangs available for you to try and limited-edition Fender Blues Deluxe amplifiers in cream available in-store too.

Stratocaster or Telecaster? You can try them all at Music's Live

Fender Custom Shop

Simon Jacob, Custom Shop Sales Manager for Fender, will be in-store during Music’s Live weekend to talk to you about all things Fender Custom Shop! If you’ve ever wanted to inquire about a Custom-made Fender guitar, then Music’s Live is the perfect opportunity to do so.



VOX Starstream Guitar, AV Series & VTX Modelling Amplifiers

The Final Chapter’s Gareth Cirket will be hosting a VOX demo on Saturday between 10AM-4PM to help find the right gear for you to get the sounds you need during Music's Live. Gareth will be showcasing the new Starstream Guitars, AV Series amps and VTX modeling amp range. Plus, everyone who tries out a VOX amp will receive a free clip-on guitar tuner. VOX is also hosting a prize draw to win a VT20X combo and free VOX wearables.

GarethCirket_VOX Make sure you visit VOX at Music's Live for freebies & more


Latest Gear from KORG

Luke Edwards, KORG's in-house brand specialist, will be with us at Music's Live weekend to show you the latest synths, keyboards and production tools, including the Kronos, Kross, Krome, Taktile, Volca range and more.


PRS Guitars

Paul Reed Smith guitars have become one of the world’s top guitar brands in the past 30 years, and it’s not hard to see why: from the latest SE Custom series to their glorious Private Collection, PRS creates some of the most beautiful axes ever made. Jezz Ayscough, the UK's top PRS guru, will be in-store during Music’s Live Weekend to demonstrate PRS guitars in-store and answer any of your burning questions.



Shure In-Ear Monitoring

Come and find out the secrets of in-ear monitoring, explained by Graham Logue from Shure, at Music’s Live. Graham will have a full range of wireless systems for you to try and compare to find the perfect personal, on-stage monitoring system for you.

There will also be a special Shure in-ear session in the Live Lounge on Saturday at 12PM. Make sure you speak to Graham who will answer all questions about Shure and how you can always get the best sound – whether you’re playing live or recording.

Faith Guitars

Faith Naked Series

The beautifully manufactured guitars from Faith are still one of our most loved lines at PMT, and we can’t wait for you to meet Steve Finlay, the UK’s top Faith expert, at Music’s Live Weekend. Come and experience the Faith Naked series and play a high-quality guitar that is uncomplicated and unadorned with unnecessary cosmetics – just pure joy to play!


Novation Circuit

The latest update of Novation’s groovebox has been extremely popular, and you can come and see Mark Lowes from Novation demoing the Circuit in the Live Logune at 2PM on Sunday at Music’s Live, along with the full Novation range.

sE Electronics

sE Microphones

sE Microphones are the most successful studio mics to date, and sE Expert Sam Haywood will be giving advice and helping you get the right mics during Music’s Live – whether you record in your bedroom or a professional studio!



Focusrite Audio Interfaces

No matter what your budget is, Focusrite always has your studio essentials covered with top-quality audio interfaces. From the 2nd Generation Scarlett range to the PRE Thunderbolt series, Phil Kidulis from Focusrite will be on hand all Saturday to give you the help you need to find the interface you need.



KRK Studio Monitors & Headphones

What can we say about these industry-leading studio monitors apart from they are awesome? Phil Kidulis will also be demonstrating KRK monitors at Music’s Live to let you hear the difference between each range and find the right pair for you. And don’t forget, KRK headphones are now an industry standard and definitely our best-selling headphones, so make sure you try them out at Music’s Live.


D’Addario Restring Weekend

You know the drill – D’Addario Restring Day, but happening for two days at PMT Birmingham in celebration of Music’s Live!


Book your 20-minute slot between 10AM and 4:40PM on Saturday 5th or 11:30AM and 4PM on Sunday 6th to get your 6-string electric guitar restrung completely for free with D’Addario NYXL strings by PMT’s in-store guitar tech.

About NYXL Strings

Envisioned, perfected, and manufactured by D’Addario in New York, the newly engineered, break-resistant, high-carbon steel core and plain steel alloy delivers a whole new level of freedom, confidence and power to your guitar playing thanks to D’Addario’s NYXL strings.



QSC TouchMix 30

The first UK demonstrations of the new QSC TouchMix 30 digital mixer will be happening exclusively at Music’s Live 2016. The TouchMix 30 is perfect for recording demos & band practices, plus it makes a great audio interface for music producers and it’s also a fantastic professional live mixer for DJs. Not convinced? Come and see Emma O’Sullivan from QSC put the TouchMix through its paces on Saturday & Sunday.


ADAM Audio

ADAM Monitors

Kevin Bent from Adam Audio will be at Music’s Live all weekend showcasing the latest gear from ADAM, including the award-winning F7 studio monitors and Sub7 subwoofer – which you can get as a special bundle at PMT - don’t miss out on the offer!


Marshall Amplification

Marshall Astoria

Bernie Marsden will be performing in the Live Lounge on the range of Marshall Astoria amps so you can listen to the pure vintage tone. Bernie will be in the Live Lounge on Saturday from 2PM to 3PM.


Marshall CODE

Steve Smith from Marshall will be at Music’s Live demoing the Marshall CODE amplifiers and turning it up to 11! CODE amps are the latest digital amplifiers from Marshall that are packed with plenty of special features. Steve will be in the Live Lounge on Saturday at 10AM – don’t miss it.


Nord Keyboards

Nord Piano 3 & Nord Electro 5

The two latest Nord keyboards, the Piano 3 and Electro 5 range, will be demonstrated by Rob Wallace on the Nord stand during the Music’s Live show. Plus, Rob will be demoing the extremely popular Nord Stage 2 EX range so you can find out why it’s one of our best-selling keyboards.



Washburn Acoustic Guitars

Elliott Thomas from Washburn guitars will be showing off the latest acoustic guitars from the brand at Music’s Live. Come and try the favourably priced Washburn guitars all weekend.



Soundcraft Si Impact Digital Mixer

The Si Impact Digital Mixer is the digital desk that has blown the market apart. Elliot Pearson knows Soundcraft like the back of his hand, and he is going to be in the shop all weekend to help navigate you through Impact’s analogue features so you can try the innovate mixer for yourself.




Rob Wallace will also be demonstrating the amazing ROLI Seaboard RISE and Seaboard GRAND at Music's Live weekend. If you've yet to try out these masterpieces of innovative design that have revolutionised the way to make music, then this is your chance to try one with an expert.


DigiTech TRI+

Elliott Thomas is showing off the amazing DigiTech TRIO+ at Music's Live weekend. If you're looking for a band in a box, then the TRIO+ is a must-see at Music's Live!



The JBL EON One Line Array System will be demonstrated by Elliott Thomas during Music's Live weekend. With the rising demand for high quality and portable sound systems that don't weigh a ton, JBL's Professional EON ONE solution delivers renowned JBL sound quality, a six-channel mixer and Bluetooth audio in a sleek column-style design. EON One is perfect for solo or duo gigging musicians and DJs, coffee houses, fitness studios, corporate environments and more. Come and try it out at Music's Live!


Klotz Cables

Have you tried Klotz cables yet? We have some exclusively-pricedKlotz Kik cables so you can find out just how awesome they are for yourself. Come and pick a fantastic piece of German manufacturing at a great price at Music’s Live.



Hercules Accessories & Stands

The gang from Hercules are joining us at Music’s Live with some specially-priced guitar stands, mic stands, guitar wall hangers and iPad holders - so come on down and fill your boots!


Ernie Ball

Ernie Ball Strings

It’s going to be Ernie Ball strings galore at Music’s Live! From Super Slinky to Not So Slinky, we have awesome deals on the world’s leading guitar strings – exclusively at Music’s Live.


Orange Amplifiers

Exclusive Orange Amp Deals

We’ve teamed up with Orange and come up with a great deal! If you purchase any Orange amp or cab worth £350 or more during Music’s Live, you will receive a free Orange electric guitar! This offer is only available at PMT Birmingham until stock lasts - and we only have 12 guitars available, so don’t be slow!

Not only do we have a great offer, we also have the wonderful Zakk Ford from Orange in-store demoing the latest Orange amplifiers. Come and pick Zakk’s brains and get an exclusive bargain at Music’s Live.



AKAI Area Launch

In celebration of Music’s Live, we will be launching a brand-new AKAI area on the weekend! Daniel Bird from AKAI will be in the shop on Saturday & Sunday showing off the new area and all the fantastic hi-tech products inside, so make sure you come to Music’s Live and check it out.


Mesa Boogie

Mesa Boogie Expert, Steve Preston, will be in-store on Saturday demoing the much-loved Rectifier, Lone Star and Mark V range at Music’s Live.


Jim Dunlop, MXR & Pedaltrain

Steve Preston will also be demoing the latest guitar pedals from Jim Dunlop and MXR on Saturday. Plus, Steve will be able to show you how to get your FX pedals set up like a pro with the fantastic Pedaltrain pedalboards at Music’s Live.


Martin Guitars

On Sunday, Steve Preston will be demonstration some stunning Martin acoustic guitars at Music’s Live. Steve will also be bringing with him a very special Martin guitar that costs over £12,000! Make sure you come to Music’s Live on Sunday to check out the glorious the 000-42 Authentic 1939 guitar and try the latest models from Martin.


AER Amplifiers

Steve Preston will also be at Music's Live on Saturday to show off the fantastic and extremely popular acoustic amps from AER and have them set up and ready for you to try.


Blackstar Amps

Artist Series & ID:CORE Range

Steve Marks and Drew McDonald from Blackstar will be at Music’s Live all week showcasing the Artist Series and the new ID:Core range. Blackstar will also be hosting a special demo in the Live Lounge on Sunday at 11AM so you can see the fantastic capabilities of Blackstar amps! Plus, you can win a Blackstar ID:Core BEAM amplifier on PMT Birmingham's social media giveaway - find out how to enter the giveaway here.



Studio Monitors & Headphones

Ian Young from Focal will be in-store during Music’s Live Weekend showing you the latest studio monitors and trying out the new Focal headphones.



Audix Microphones

Ian Young will also be demonstrating the latest microphones from Audix. If you’re looking for new studio and recording gear, make sure you come and speak to Ian during Music’s Live Weekend!



Tom Mortimer will be walking you through the complexities and genius that are Moog synthesizers. Come and try the hottest analogue gear such as the Sub37, Sub Phatty and Mother 32 at Music’s Live Weekend with the help of a synth expert.



Come and try the latest drum machines, synthesizers and MIDI controllers from Arturia with hi-tech expert Alex Theakston during Music’s Live weekend!



Gerry Eyton-Jones will be joining us at Music’s Live to show off the latest kits from Mapex, including some real stunners from the Armoury, Tornado and Mars range.


Vic Firth

Gerry will also be helping you choose the perfect Vic Firth drumsticks for your drumming style and techniques all weekend during Music’s Live.



Dave Wilkinson from Ludwig will be with us all Music’s Live to demonstrate the latest stunning, hand-crafted kits from the Ludwig Drum Company. Make sure you check out all the fantastic drum gear on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November at PMT Birmingham!


Musicians' Union

Ben Benson from the Musicians' Union will be at Music's Live all weekend. The Musican's Union is an extremely helpful legal group for musicians. The MU currently represents over 30,000 musicians and was formed in 1893. The MU works for musicans by negotiating with all the major employers in the industry, as well as offering services, benefits and advice. Come and speak to Ben at Music's Live Weekend and see what the MU can do for you.


Music's Live Prize Round Up


PMT Birmingham Address:
136 Lawley Middleway, Birmingham, B4 7XX. View store details here.

Taylor Road Show Raffle Terms & Conditions:

Winners will be selected on Monday 7th November 2016, after Music's Live 2016 has ended. Winners will be contacted via the email address they entered the raffle with. Any entries submitted after Sunday 6th November, 17:00PM, will not be entered into the prize draw. Excludes employees of Professional Music Technology. UK residents may only apply. No purchase necessary. If selected winners do not reply within 5 days their prize will be to be sent to a runner-up. Entries sent before and after the competition will not be counted as valid entries. One entry per person.


2 Comments on “Music's Live Weekend 2016”

  • Rach
    5th November 2018

    Is there another music exhibition happening this year or in the future?

    • Sophie Moss
      7th November 2018

      Hi Rach, yes there is - please find all the details for Music's Live 2018 here:

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