Europe’s biggest drumming festival, Drummer Live has announced that top session Drummer Mark Richardson will play the show at London ExCeL Docklands on June 14th.
Best known for his hard hitting style, Mark has forged a successful professional career with some top UK bands. He started out playing with Little Angels, who over a period of ten years toured with such acts as Guns ‘n’ Roses, Aerosmith, Van Halen and Bon Jovi.
In 1995 Mark joined Skunk Anansie; the band became incredibly successful across the world, and in the space of six years their three albums sold over five million copies and in 2009 has joined the re-formed band who have already played several sold out shows this year.
The organisers have moved Derrick McKenzie and Sola Akingbola (Jamiroquai) to Sunday June 14th to make this British Drummer Live day with the final weekend line-up as follows;
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Saturday June 13th
Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard/ Tears for Fears),
Cora Coleman (Prince) with Josh Dunham on bass
Steve Smith (Journey/ Vital Information)
Sunday June 14th
Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) and 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) who will put himself through an incremental drumming test to exhaustion while wearing the latest state-of-the-art sports science technology.
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 London International Music show, which includes The London Guitar Show, Unplugged and Sound Recording and Technology Show. It takes place at Excel, Located in the heart of London's Docklands.