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The Saturdays top stellar line-up for children’s charity.

The Saturdays top stellar line-up for children’s charity.

The Saturdays top stellar line-up for children’s charity.

The Saturdays top stellar line-up for children’s charity birthday celebrations.  The full line up of acts and sponsors for the first birthday celebrations for children’s charity The Transformation Trust in July is now finalised, with big name supporters from the world of music and sport, and sponsors from the media and the private sector, joining forces to make it an event to remember. Up to 14,000 young people from across England are invited to attend the free birthday concert, supported by British Gas, at The O2 arena – with around 9,000 tickets already snapped up by schools from Newcastle in the north to Southampton in the south. The Trust has already raised in excess of £2 million to support projects which give young people access to opportunities and experiences that will help develop new skills, grow in confidence, learn to work as a team, and discover hidden talents. Schools can choose from a range of extra-curricular activities, giving pupils in state schools access to the kinds of activities usually only available in the independent sector. The acts confirmed for the end-of-term celebration, hosted by Rickie, Melvin and Charlie from Kiss 100 Breakfast Show, include:

The Saturdays
Chart-topping rapper Tinchy Stryder
Stacey Solomon (X Factor finalist) who will lead The O2 in a chorus of ‘Happy Birthday’ to the Trust
DJ and rapper Ironik
New boyband The Wanted
Singer-songwriter Eliza Doolittle
Twenty Twenty
Street dance crews Status and Unity.

The event will also see five-time Olympic gold medalist Sir Steve Redgrave present the prizes to the winners of the national Young Designer and Young Filmmaker of the Year competitions, judged by Oscar winner David Puttnam.

Tiesto live at Echo Arena

TiestoTiesto Fresh from his headline performance at this years sell out Creamfields Festival, and following the release of his fourth album ‘Kaleidoscope’, the world’s No.1 DJ Tiësto returns to the Northwest with his retina scorching live show.   Tiësto is a man of ‘firsts’. He was the first DJ to sell out dates at Brixton Academy (two nights in a row), Continue reading →

Iron Maiden drummer to compére Drummer Live

iron-maiden-drummerThe sixth Drummer Live, launches in London on the 13th and 14th June and the UK’s biggest and coolest drumming show brings you more buzz, more excitement and more things to do than you can shake a stick at. Check out the most amazing line-up of world class musicians assembled at a music show, plus there’s a whole host of other activities and the best gear show you’ll ever see.

Drummer Live features the world’s best drummers and this years star studded line-up includes the finest talent, greatest drumming heroes and most respected names in the business to inspire, inform and entertain.

Confirmed artists included critically acclaimed Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard/ Tears for Fears), top 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 organisers are proud to confirm Prince’s drummer, Cora Coleman (plus her bass player husband and fellow Prince band member) will play her first UK drum clinic at Drummer Live.

Headlining Saturday will be drumming supremo Steve Smith (Journey/ Vital Information) and compére for the whole event will be our very own Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden). Nicko 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 etc) which will be a memorable and unique collaboration guaranteed to be something different. More world class drummers are to be announced very shortly, so check the show website for latest news…. watch this space!

New to this years show, will be a chance to have a free drum lesson in association with the Institute for Contemporary Performance and the organisers will be announcing an action packed schedule of seminars, workshops, artist signing sessions, instrument demonstrations and celebrity appearances. There will be a new retail section offering the chance to buy the very latest gear, plus an exhibition of most famous drum manufacturers and accessory companies in the business.

Drummer Live is part of the UK’s Biggest Music exhibition, The London International Music show, which includes The London Guitar Show, Unplugged and Sound Recording and Technology Show. It takes place at, now firmly established as one of the UK’s premier (and largest) exhibition venues. Located in the heart of London’s Docklands, ExCeL is set within a stunning waterfront environment in the dynamic and thriving Docklands and just across the water from The O2 arena. There’s easy access to ExCeL via the Docklands Light Railway/ Jubilee Line and easy road access from the M25, M11, A406, A13 plus there’s plenty on site parking. For international visitors ExCel is situated next to and is five minutes taxi journey away.

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