Beat 2009 event and Young Drummer competition announced

Intitial details for the Beat 2009 event, set up by

Toni Cannelli

(founder of

Drummers Alliance

), have been announced. It will take place in Sheffield at the Sheffield Hallam University Students Union on Sunday 15 November between 1.30 and 5.00pm.

The show is now in its third year and attracts drummers from all over the UK. The prestigious event includes special guest drummers (details to follow), trade stands, exhibitions, demonstrations and the final of the Beat 2009 Young Drummer Competition.

The ‘Beat´ young drummer competitions have been running since 1987 and many of the previous entrants (not always the winners) are now amongst some of the most sought after drummers. Many are invited back as special guests - Pete Ray Biggin (Mark Ronson), Nathan Curran (Basement Jaxx), Steve Barney (Annie Lennox), Rick Chandler (Calvin Harris), Stuart Doughty (Reverend and The Makers) and Chris Bailey (Britney Spears) to mention a few.

If you are 17 years of age or under and would like to enter the fantastic Beat 2009 Young Drummer Competition, and be in with the chance to win a major prize visit

for more details.

Closing date for applications is 15 October at 12 noon.

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.