This has been a banner year for Japan's middle-aged axesmiths, thanks to B'z guitarist Tak Matsumoto's win at the Grammies back in February. You can pay your respects to a few of the nation's greatest fret-fiddlers at this annual bash, where the lineup is every bit as geeky as you'd expect for a gig organised by Guitar Magazine. The stars of the event are Char and Masayoshi Takanaka, now both well into their fifties, while versatile jazzman Kazumi Watanabe will be performing in a duo with fellow guitarist Yosuke Onume, as well as with his regular Jazz Kaiki Trio. Oh, and let's not forget about fusion plank spankers Masao Matsubara and Issei Noro, who'll be jousting like the eighties never ended. Good times.