LIMS 2009: photo gallery

The best of this weekend's music show caught on camera

The London International Music Show 2009 was a veritable treasure trove of shiny gear, rock star debauchery and general music making excess.

So welcome to LIMS 2009... in photos.

Next page: this way to the show floor...

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And we're in! The day before opening and we're greeted with the Marshall stand "in progress". Ahem.

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And we're "in progress" too. We give you the small (if imperfectly formed) MusicRadar stand. Somehow, we went from disorganised chaos to...

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...the finished article! Welcome to day one!

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Obligatory trade show photo #1: The coffin guitar case.

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Dr Jim Marshall OBE signing stuff on Marshall's stand. Jim wasn't the only legend we bumped into first thing...

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...it's Spinal Tap's Nigel Tufnel! Well, it's his guitar. Behind glass. On the Music Man stand. Where's a hammer when you need one.

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Guitarist's Mick Taylor and Guitar Techniques' Neville Marten rock the MusicRadar stand.

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Roland V-Piano: look but don't touch. Unless you have that hammer we mentioned back on the Spinal Tap page.

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"MusicRadar, where have you bin all my life?!"

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Now that's what I call a V-Drum... One of four walls of sound.

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DubFX, beatboxing, looping, Boss pedals... how?

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Yes, you are allowed to be very proud of your custom paint job, Mr Inky Hollow Guitars.

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Steve Vai mania! Biggest crowd of the show, hands down.

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I SAID, WHERE'S MY HAMMER?!

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Obligatory Guthrie Govan shredding shot. Wouldn't be a show without him...

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The view behind the scenes. Arf.

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Korg MicroKorg + Bling ragga Skullcandy cans = Much coolness.

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And you'll never guess what this is (via the weirdest stand of the show).

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Back to the MusicRadar stand. Hang on, Neville looks diff... oh no, it's Mick from Guitarist with a 12-year-old 'blues star in the making' called Adam

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Guitar Idol winner Jack Thammerat graciously accepts his prizes after totally kicking everyone's ass.

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We give you SpongeBob SquareBand.