UK drummer aims for World Record

Last week we received a phone call from a young guy telling us about an astounding charity drum record he is planning and we had to tell you guys about it.

The guy in question is freelance drummer Phil Knight from London. On 19 July he will set foot on a stage in themiddle of Leicester Square gardens and attempt to break the record for the world's longest drummarathon (with support from Roland and Big Dog).

The only time he will be allowed to stop is for five minutes after every hour to eat, drink and have a bathroom break. The current record is one hundred and two hours and forty nine minutes, that´s just over one thousand eight hundred songs. Ouch!

Phil will be making the attempt for the Helen Bamber Foundation, a charity that helps women who are survivors of rape, genocide and other gross human rights violations.

We will, of course, keep you updated on Phil's record attempt. In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation you can do so at

To find out more about the foundation visit

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.