High profile drummers, along with thousands of semi-professionals are limbering up to play for 250 hours non-stop, raising millions for mental health charities.
DrumathonLIVE 2022, the event for all drummers is set to raise millions for mental health charities, live streamed on social media channels the full week between 14th – 21st May 2022.
Having now raised over £200k to date, DrumathonLIVE is the creation of husband and wife musicians Errol Kennedy, the original drummer with the 80’s pop sensations Imagination and Bev Sage, founder member of the Techno Twins, who first met in the 1980’s on tour in the USA.
DrumathonLIVE has featured an epic list of high profile drummers from bands such as, Coldplay, Kaiser Chiefs, Duran Duran, Imagination, Culture Club, Stormzy, Girls Aloud, Tom Jones, Madonna, Kasabian and this year the event is set to beat all records.
“It all started when Errol and myself banged waste bins from our balcony in Hackney, London, for the NHS during the first COVID lockdown in 2020,” says Bev, “Then Errol decided to take it up a notch and played non-stop for 24 hours raising money for the NHS, and it just escalated from there, with a host of world class drummers calling to take part in our first DrumathonLIVE, these included BBC weather presenter Owain Wyn Evans, who took part in our first two years of DrumathonLIVE, before taking our concept as an inspiration to play for the BBC Children In Need 2021, where Errol was also involved and, and which to date has raised £3.6million.
The DrumathonLIVE 2022 line up so far includes Cherisse Osei (Simple Minds), Richard Jupp (Elbow) Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai), Aicha Djelli and Holly Madge fresh from the amazing Hans Zimmer tour, Charlie Morgan (Elton John’s Live Aid drummer), Raghav Mehtrora from NYC, the legendary Andy Gangadeen, plus many more as the list continues to grow along with thousands of semi and pro drummers who will contribute to 250 hours of non-stop percussion.
Rock schools, drum corps, scouting groups or any other youth organisations that can drum up a storm, are also invited to get on board.”
Pre the event, on the 8th May, Errol Kennedy will drum non-stop with a marching band drum and Los Cabos military sticks, on a sponsored 26 mile hike from Hackney London to Windsor Castle where he will meet drummers from all over the UK.
Mike Dolbear (mikedolbear.com) will be running a Master Class for everyone to join in as he paradiddles and invites super drummers from all over the world to chat with him about their drumming experiences.