BIMM drummers rock with 30 Seconds To Mars

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Last weekend's Download Festival included countless awesome performances (we're still recovering from the after effects of Abe Cunningham's almighty snare sound), but for us, one of the coolest came when the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) linked up with US enormo rockers 30 Seconds To Mars.

The band invited six drummers (among a load of other guests by the looks of the video below) from BIMM to join them onstage as they belted out crowd-pleasers 'Kings and Queens' and 'This is War'. The sextuplet - all of whom are second or third year BIMM students - joined the band during their Ronnie James Dio Stage headlining set at the Donington rock feast.

Jamie Boyce, one of the lucky players, beamed: "We got a call just the Thursday before that 30 Seconds To Mars needed six drummers for their headline show at Download Festival - in just two days time. It was particularly exciting for me as I am a massive fan of the band.

"Getting on stage was an absolutely incredible experience. Suddenly we were in front of thousands and thousands of people - it really took your breath away."

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Rich Chamberlain

Rich is a teacher, one time Rhythm staff writer and experienced freelance journalist who has interviewed countless revered musicians, engineers, producers and stars for the our world-leading music making portfolio, including such titles as Rhythm, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, and MusicRadar. His victims include such luminaries as Ice T, Mark Guilani and Jamie Oliver (the drumming one).