Melbourne Guitar Festival 2018


Concerts, Guitar Displays, Masterclasses and a $15,000 Performance Competition

Join us September 21-23, 2018 | Melba Hall, Melbourne University



CRAZY FESTIVAL PASS SPECIAL! Festival Passes from only $150 ($300 value)

Includes entry to see Stephanie Jones (Fri 7pm, includes complimentary beer, wine and cheese), Gothenburg Combo (Sat 1pm), Matt Withers and Acacia Quartet (Sat 5pm), Harold Gretton (Sat 7:30pm, includes complimentary beer, wine and cheese), Festival Gala Concert (Sun 10:30am), Dan McKay (Sun 12:30pm), International Concert Artist Competition (Sun 2:30pm), Callum Henshaw (Sun 4pm) That's $300 value!

What is the MGF?

Run by Michael MacManus and Evan Hopkins, we have built a community of very passionate music lovers. Our events are not only about the extraordinary music on display, but also highlight a social and inclusive environment which goes hand in hand with great music.

This is why we offer complimentary catering at our evening concerts, and the chance for you to meet all of our artists after their shows!

We also have great guitar displays where you can interact with the luthiers themselves. And if you are a guitarist, you can cetainly have a play of the many guitars on display!

The best way to experience this is in person!

So come and join us at Australia's favourite Guitar Festival!

MGF 2018 Featured Artists

Stephanie Jones  

Harold Gretton

Gothenburg Combo  

Callum Henshaw

Dan McKay

Matt Withers and Acacia Quartet 

Ken Murray

Highlight Events (8 concert performances!):

Fri Sept 21, 7pm - Stephanie Jones Concert (90mins with internval)

Sat Sept 22, 1pm - Gothenburg Combo Concert (60mins no interval)

Sat Sept 22, 5pm - Matt Withers with Acacia Quartet Concert (60mins no interval)

Sat Sept 22, 7:30pm - Harold Gretton Concert (90mins with interval)

Sun Sept 23, 10:30am - Festival Gala Concert (60mins no interval). Players to include Stephanie Jones, Harold Gretton, Callum Henshaw, Ken Murray and the Gothenburg Combo!

Sun Sept 23, 12:30pm - Dan McKay Concert, Australian Composers Hour (60mins no interval)

Sun Sept 23, 2:30pm - International Concert Artist Competition Final (60mins no interval)

Sun Sept 23, 4pm - Callum Henshaw Concert (60mins no interval)

What else is happening?

Guitar luthier displays, Concert Artist competition, free masterclass viewing, presentations, concerts and complimentary beer, wine and cheese during intermission for the evening concerts! Meet and chat with the artists and other guitar enthusiasts! And don’t forget to have a play of the many guitars on display!

Now that’s what we call the perfect weekend!

What are the performance competitions?

The Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced categories showcase Australia's best emerging talent.  

Players compete for cash prizes for each category, and the main prize for this year's Advanced Category is a handmade concert guitar by Andrew Doriean ($6800 value).

Our International Concert Artist Competition sees some of the world's finest players converge to compete for a first prize valued at approximately $9000 ($1000 cash plus a paid Australian Concert Tour in 2019).

Interested in entering our performance competition? Head on over to our competition page HERE for more information!

Above: Alice Pfeiffer, 13, 2017 Advanced Category Winner

Festival Directors

Michael MacManus

Evan Hopkins  

Contact Us

Please reach out to us if you have any questions about this year’s event.

  • Address: Melba Hall, Gate 12, Royal Parade, Melbourne University, Parkville
  • Phone: 0413903746
  • Email:


The easiest option would be the $8 parking about 50m from Melba Hall.  

But make sure you purchase and display your parking ticket BEFORE you leave the carpark. 

Royal Parade Car Park  

Entry: Via Royal Parade, located between Genetics Lane and Medical Road (beneath Kenneth Myer Building). Hours: Monday - Sunday 6:00am to 10:00pm Fees and charges: $12.00 for 4 hours, or $25.00 for all day. $8.00 after 5:00pm Monday to Friday and weekends. Payment Options: Purchase a day ticket from the pay machine and display it clearly on the dashboard of your vehicle. Pay machines are located on each of the four levels of the car park next to the lift foyer. Signage at all exit points indicates their position For assistance: Please use the intercoms located near the pay machines next to the lift.

A big thank you to our amazing sponsors!