Drumfest, one third of PMT’s Drumfest, Guitar Fest and National Rock & Pop Festival, saw some 1,500 people attend its dedicated day (July 12th) at Birmingham’s NIA, with a further 1,500 showing up for the Guitarfest on July 11th and 1,200 students and pupils attending the education day on the Friday. The Rock & pop Festival staged youth performances each night, with something in the region of 1,000 mums, dads and friends getting along to support their nearest and dearest.
PMT’s Craig Glover, who was responsible for organising the multi-faceted event, said that the weekend far exceeded his expectations and looked upon it as a real success. “We aren’t trying to be anything like LIMS, this is a performance based event with gear, but despite that, the 26 exhibitors were all extremely happy with the way things went.”
Topping off the weekend was the world record attempt to get the most drummers into a room and playing a synchronised riff (pictured). Some 582 drummers took part, which was just shy of the 600 the oprganiser was hoping for, but still easily beat the previous record, set in the States in 2006, of 533.
The event has raised (as MI Pro goes to print) nearly £40,000 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, but Glover is confident that the figure will reach the target of £50,000. Glover also organised an impromptu charity dinner for the MS charity on the Saturday evening, taking advantage of the roster of famous guitarists and drummers in attendance. This event raised around £2,000.
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The three day show and the record attempt were all streamed live online with a total of 12,000 people around the world catching a peek at the proceedings, as well as extensive coverage in the national press and on the BBC website, as well as packages on GMTV and Sky News.
“The idea of putting all of these events together was born out of the recession, really,” explained Glover. “I didn’t think many would be too keen on spending for three separate shows, so holding all three at once seemed a really sensible thing to do – and it has worked very well.”
Next year, Glover believes he has found the right formula, although, to help out the specialist drum or guitar suppliers, might try re-jigging the total separation of the two main ‘gear’ days.
Also an event is in the initial stages of planning for October: Drumfest Revisited, which will hopefully be centred around Jason Bonham.
PMT’s Simon Gilson told MI Pro that he was quite simply blown away by the success of the event.
“Obviously, you have to pay a lot of respect to Craig Glover who has conjured all of this up out of, well, pretty much nothing, but I also want to thank the industry at large for getting behind this project,” he said. “The exhibitors, the sponsors, everybody involved really made an outstanding effort to make the show the success it was. Topping the whole thing off with the world record – an experience I am unlikely to forget – really made it an unforgettable weekend. Many thanks to everybody.”
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