Despite the widely considered success of the London International Music Show (LIMS) in 2008, the majority of the voices of dissent came from the drum suppliers and dealers regarding the Drummer Live section of the show.
This year, the organiser is keen to show that it has listened to the trade, having moved the drum element of the show into the main hall along with the other three sections and has already confirmed the attendance of a raft of high-profile drummers.
Confirmed artists included critically acclaimed Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard/ Tears for Fears), the drumming and Percussion duo, Derrick McKenzie and Sola Akingbola (Jamiroquai ) who will be playing both their own material and Jamiroquai tracks, as well as explaining how they work together. The organiser is also pretty pleased to confirm Prince’s drummer, Cora Coleman (pictured) will play her first UK drum clinic at Drummer Live alongside her bass playing husband and fellow Prince band member.
Headlining Saturday will be Steve Smith (Journey/ Vital Information) and compére for the whole event is to be trade show regular, Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden). McBrain will also be playing on Sunday in a special performance with leading multi-percussionist Pete Lockett (Bjork, Jeff Beck/ Robert Plant/Jarvis Cocker/Peter Gabriel) which will be a memorable and unique collaboration guaranteed to be something different. More world class drummers are to be announced very shortly, so interested visitors and exhibitors are invited to check the show website (londoninternationalmusicshow.com) for latest news.