Step Inside the Gibson Garage London with The Darkness

Above: Mark Agnesi shows Dan and Justin Hawkins of The Darkness the Made to Measure area of the Gibson Garage London, where players can design their dream guitar from choosing a unique wood top from the selection on the wall, down to the components inside and out

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Gibson TV, the iconic and leading global instrument brand Gibson’s award-winning, worldwide online network-features original series about music and culture from the world’s best storytellers. Gibson TV has premiered the new episode of the original series titled “The Scene”-a unique series that showcases historic music locations and venues across the globe. Hosted by Mark Agnesi, Director of Brand Experience at Gibson, the series travels to different music hot spots across the globe to discover important music landmarks that shape that city’s music scene. Viewers get special behind-the-scenes tours of notable record stores, venues, and recording studios like the Grand Ole Opry House, The Troubadour, Station Inn, Carter Vintage Guitars, RCA Studio A, Capitol Records Studios, Third Man Records, Amoeba Music, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, the Gibson Garage Nashville, and more. All Gibson TV original shows are streamed for free on HERE; subscribe to Gibson TV on YouTube and be notified when new episodes become available HERE.

In the latest episode of Gibson TV’s “The Scene,” watch as host Mark Agnesi and special guests Dan and Justin Hawkins of The Darkness take viewers on a full tour of the new Gibson Garage London before its official opening this weekend on Saturday, February 24, 2024. The ultimate guitar experience and destination for music lovers across the globe, the Gibson Garage London marks the first-ever Gibson flagship store outside of the U.S. and follows the successful opening of the Gibson Garage Nashville. The Gibson Garage London is located at 61-62 Eastcastle St, London, UK, just off Oxford Street, and is open daily.

Watch as Mark Agnesi and The Darkness tour through the entire new Gibson Garage London flagship store, including the state-of-the-art performance stage, the Gibson Gallery, the Made-to-Measure room, the dedicated Acoustic, Epiphone, and Kramer areas, as well as the hidden Gibson Artist Lounge which houses a collection of rare guitars, a piano and a secret bar, all tucked behind a replica of a traditional red phone box.

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With a rich history of craftsmanship and innovation, Gibson has become synonymous with music culture. Inside the Gibson Garage London, visitors can plug in and play more than 300 electric and acoustic guitars across Gibson, Gibson Custom, Gibson Acoustic, Epiphone, and Kramer, explore the entire collection of Maestro pedals, and more across 4,000 square feet of retail space.

Above: The Darkness (L-R) Rufus Taylor, Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, and Frankie Poullain. Credit: The Darkness.

At the Gibson Garage London, music lovers can design their own Made-to-Measure guitar inside the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab by selecting a unique guitar wood top off the wall and choosing the specs inside and out. The Gibson Garage London features a special, dedicated Acoustic guitar room with one of the largest displays of Gibson Acoustic guitars in the entire UK, as well as areas for Epiphone electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, and the biggest display of Kramer guitars in the UK. At the Garage, fans are welcome to pick up and play all things Gibson, Epiphone, Kramer, MESA/Boogie, and Maestro and enjoy a massive display of exclusive Gibson apparel, gifts, and lifestyle items, as well as gear and accessories. Whether you are a seasoned professional musician, a casual guitar player, a beginner, or simply a music fan, the Gibson Garage is the new, must-see music destination in London.

The Gibson Garage London is the ultimate guitar and music experience and features uniquely British cultural discoveries around every corner and level. Music fans will experience weekly live performances, artist showcases and signings, and panel discussions from musicians and artists, all from its state-of-the-art stage located on the lower level of the Garage. The Gibson Gallery, a bi-annual revolving gallery wall, displays the photography and art of British artists and musicians. The inaugural exhibition at the Gibson Gallery features an exclusive collection from legendary music photographer Gered Mankowitz. For the past 50 years, Mankowitz’s portraits have helped to shape the iconic images of music’s key players. The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, PP Arnold, Kate Bush, Elton John, The Jam, Eurythmics, Oasis, and many more have all looked down the lens of Mankowitz’s camera. This Gibson Gallery exhibit will also feature rare and unseen portraits from Mankowitz’s unrivaled archive, which is curated by RedHouse Gallery in association with Iconic Images.

The Darkness was formed in the early noughties by Justin Hawkins, his brother Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain (bass), and Ed Graham (drums). The band catapulted to success in 2003, winning Ivor Novello Awards, Brits (x3), MTV Europe Music Awards, a VH1 Award, you name it, and they won it, for the incredible debut album Permission to Land, and the hit singles including “I Believe in a Thing Called Love,” “Growing On Me,” and “Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End).”

Since then, drummers have come and gone–Rufus Taylor now owns The Darkness drum stool as a long-term member–but the guitar-wielding brothers and bassist Frankie Poullain have gone on to release seven more Top 10 albums and tour the world year after year. The Darkness has sold over five million tickets to headline shows and toured with global names including Queen, Guns ‘N Roses, Lady Gaga, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, KISS, Robbie Williams, and Ed SheeranThe Darkness has clocked in over 200 million streams on Spotify and over 70 million views on YouTube. For the latest updates on The Darkness, visit: and follow them here @TheDarkness.

Above: Gibson Garage London main room.

The Gibson Garage London is located at 61-62 Eastcastle St, London, UK (one road from Oxford Street) and is open daily Monday-Saturday from 10:00-7:00pm and from 12:00-6:00pm on Sunday. For the latest news and updates on the Gibson Garage London, follow @GibsonGuitarUK on Instagram, or visit

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