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UK guitar sales spike thanks to “Glastonbury effect”

Written by Zanda Wilson on July 6, 2019

UK music retailers often see a spike in guitar sales during Glastonbury each year, and 2019 was apparently no different.

As The National reports, retailer GUITARGUITAR had an increase of 16% in electric guitar sales last weekend, during this year’s festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

Store owners said the “Glastonbury effect” can see the number of guitars sold can rise by as much as 20% between the end of June and the middle of August each year, a period that also includes Reading and Leeds Festivals.

The store’s website also saw a 55% boost in searches for Schecter Guitars, which are used by The Cure‘s Robert Smith and Simon Gallup.

“The world is a very different place from what it was when the first Glastonbury Festival took place in 1970,” said GUITARGUITAR founder Graham Bell.

“But 49 years later it’s amazing to see that people continue to be inspired by their musical heroes and it makes us proud that we’re able to give them everything they need to emulate their favourite musicians.”

Watch The Cure’s performance of ‘Burn’ from the festival below:

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