BBC America’s BritBus Tour has officially invaded the US. Since April, the bus has hit 15 major cities for a series of two- to four-day events featuring the latest and greatest in British music.

Gibson has co-sponsored the tour, which brings emerging Brit bands the Crave and the Jyrojets through San Francisco, San Jose, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston, and New York.

To round out the tour as an all-inclusive celebration of music, entertainment, art, and photography—all from the British isles—singer-songwriter and BritBus founder Julia Jones is also on board the bus, as are world renowned photographer Mick Rock and painter Shane Record.

Last week, between shows in Chicago and Atlanta, the BritBus even stopped in Nashville for a tour of the Gibson Guitar Factory.

Of the factory tour, BritBus tour staff member Giles says, “It’s an unbelievable place, and what’s so impressive is the amount of work that is still done by hand to craft a Gibson guitar. Hardly surprising, though, as you can hear the quality of the instrument when put in the hands of a band member from the BritBus tour.”

Since its first stop in San Francisco, the vintage red double-decker BritBus has traveled from coast to coast with a top speed of 45mph. Outfitted with plasma screens, and a custom bar with Bass Ale on tap, the bus is a full-fledged party mobile.

The BritBus tour ends with a five night run in New York next week.

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