The countdown is almost over!

So, tomorrow sees the first day of the

London International Music Show

at the Excel Centre, Docklands, and Rhythm will be there with

to bring you all the coverage from the event, as it happens!

For the latest news and updates keep your browser locked on the

Rhythm Blog

, plus the dedicated

Musicradar LIMS blog

. Remember, if you see any of the Rhythm team at the show (we'll be the ones in the funky new Rhythm t-shirts), be sure to come and say hi.

Of course, that's not the only event taking place this weekend. The Download festival kicks off on Friday at Donington Park for three days of metal mayhem. We'll be there too, interviewing the hottest drummers and bringing you all the action from the fest. We'll be uploading video diaries, messages from the stars and blogging all the backstage shenanigans.

We'll also be bringing you up-to-the-minute news and view from both events from the

Rhythm Twitter page

. If you're not following us yet, now would be the perfect time to get on board.

If you're staying in this weekend don't worry. Sit back, relax, and let us do the work for you!

Chris Barnes

I'm MusicRadar's eCommerce Editor. It's my job to manage the buyer's guides on MusicRadar and help musicians find the right gear and the best prices. I'm a guitarist and a drummer and I've worked in the music gear industry for 18 years, including 7 years as Editor of the UK's best-selling drum magazine Rhythm, and 5 years as a freelance writer working with many of the world's biggest musical instrument brands including the likes of Roland, Boss, MusicRadar and Natal.