"I'm just a kid from Flatbush," an emotional John Patitucci told a packed Auditorium on 21 September at the UK Guitar Show as he accepted Bass Player's Lifetime Achievement award, adding "It means so much to me to be up there alongside my heroes."

We’re delighted to report that the show was packed to the gills, with a record number of tickets sold and a huge number of bass players giving performances and masterclasses. It was definitely a bit warm in there, the British weather at the end of September having actually been sunny for a change, and volume levels from competing instruments were intense at times, but those were the only widely-reported downsides to a generally excellent and successful event.

We also raise our glasses to Nick Beggs, who redefined the words ‘huge tone’ with his Auditorium performance; Ariane Cap, who both played and taught at the event; Lorenzo Feliciati and his terrifyingly virtuoso band; Cody Wright, pick-master extraordinaire; and loop lord Steve Lawson, as ever the master of all he surveys.

Visitors were also treated to the masterclass wisdom of Ellen O’Reilly, Phil Mann, Paul Geary, Jon Liebman, Scott Devine, Nik Preston, Becky Baldwin, Alex Claber and Dave Marks, while the Tone Zone hosted audience Q&As with former Big Country bassist Tony Butler, Mark Gooday of Ashdown and Dave Boonshoft of Aguilar. Does it get better in bass world? Well, it may well do next year. See you there!

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