Drummer Live 2009: Final line-up confirmed

Europe´s biggest drumming festival, Drummer Live has today announced that heavy-hitter Mark Richardson of Skunk Anansie fame will play the show at the ExCel centre, Docklands on 14 June. Mark is an awesome player to watch in clinic. Just have one bit of advice though... bring ear plugs!

The organisers have made the decision to move Derrick McKenzie and Sola Akingbola (Jamiroquai) to Sunday 14 June make it British Drummer Live day. The final weekend line-up now reads as follows:

Saturday 13 June
Nick D´Virgilio (Spock´s Beard/ Tears for Fears),
Cora Coleman (Prince) with Josh Dunham on bass
Steve Smith (Journey/ Vital Information)

Sunday 14 June
Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) & Pete Lockett (Bjork, Robert Plant/Jarvis Cocker/Peter Gabriel)
Derrick McKenzie and Sola Akingbola (Jamiroquai)
Mark Richardson (Skunk Anansie)

Also confirmed at the show is a demonstration from The Clem Burke Drumming Project, organised by the University of Chichester and University of Gloucestershire. They will be explaining the health, well-being and fitness benefits of drumming with guest drummer Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream/ Gary Moore). Darrin will put himself through an incremental drumming test to exhaustion whilst wearing the latest ‘state-of-the-art´ sports science technology.

Also new to this year's show will be a chance to have a free drum lesson in association with Tech Music Schools. Their 45 minute lessons will be open to visitors of LIMS where you will be able sign up for the classes. Small group lessons will be held on drums, guitar, bass, vocals and keyboards and will be led by some of the best teachers in the industry. The classes are for all levels of players and will cover subjects such as styles, techniques and performance.

Drummer Live is part of the UK´s Biggest Music exhibition, The London International Music show, which includes The London Guitar Show, Unplugged and Sound Recording and Technology Show.

For further information and tickets for Drummer Live, the London International Music show and for all the latest news and show updates see: www.londoninternationalmusicshow.com

Chris Barnes

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