Beat 2008 incoming

Beat 2008 is almost upon us, taking place at the Sheffield Carling Academy on Sunday 19th October 12.30 - 5.00pm. The show comes to you from the team. Check out the up-to-date artist list below...

One of the show's special guest drummers this year will be Pete Ray Biggin who is originally from Sheffield and who is now one of Britain's most sought after drummers. Pete also won the Beat 1993 young drummer competition. Pete is now playing with bands like Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Incognito.

Also in attendance will be Eric Ward (world class snare drummer) demonstrating with his team of Scottish Pipe Drummers who between them have a wealth of experience from the Pipe Band World.

In addition, Rhythm's own Pete Riley will be there. Pete is an extremely versatile player and has written and recorded many successful instructional drum books /DVDs. Finally, Concord Street Noize, the final of the Beat 2008 young drummer competition and an array trade/exhibition stands will ensure the day goes with a bang.

Tickets are priced at £9.50 in advance or £12 cash on the door. Please visit for more.

Please note: Adrian Erlandsson will no longer be performing at Beat 2008.

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. In addition to testing the latest music gear, with a particular focus on electronic drums, it's my job to manage the 300+ buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear for them at the best prices. I dabble with guitar, but my main instrument is the drums, which I have been playing for 24 years. I've been a part of the music gear industry for 20 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance music writer, during which time I worked with the world's biggest instrument brands including Roland, Boss, Laney and Natal.