Adam Boult 

Is guitar music on the way out?

Adam Boult: For this week's readers' panel, we'd like to hear your thoughts on the current state of guitar music
  
  

At last week's Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, probably the highest-profile music event in Britain this year, the lineup featured remarkably few guitar bands. With the exception of Jack White, every headliner was either a hip-hop or dance act – and lower down the bill, Kasabian and the Vaccines seemed in a minority alongside Tinchy Stryder, Nicki Minaj, Rizzle Kicks and Plan B.

Glastonbury in recent years has also seen an increase in the number of pop, rap and dance acts on the main stage, replacing the wall-to-wall guitar-heavy lineups of previous years.

Is this it for guitar music? Is it going to become a relic, a niche concern for ageing rock and metal fans? Do young people care about the next big guitar band – and, if not, should we care? What's behind this apparent dearth of guitar music?

Or will there be a resurgence? It's a risky business to make predicitons about such trends – remember Decca Records turning down the Beatles in 1962, with the prediction that "guitar groups are on the way out".

Whatever your views, we'd like to hear them. If you'd like to take part in this week's readers' panel, send us between 100 and 200 words on the subject "Is guitar music on the way out?" Send your submission to adam.boult@guardian.co.uk, with the subject line "readers panel," before 8am on 29 Friday June, and we'll pick a handful to publish that day.

 

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