DrumathonLIVE is a charity event created by UK musicians Errol Kennedy and Bev Sage in 2020 originally to raise funds for the NHS during the first lockdown. Following the first nationwide clap for NHS workers, Errol, best known as the drummer with the multi platinum band Imagination, drummed non-stop for 24 hours to raise money and awareness for the NHS.
Not resting there, Errol and Bev inspired a further twenty internationally renowned drummers to pick up the batons on May 7th and play a non-stop drumming relay that lasted 10 days clocking up over 250 hours.
In this drumming first, the team of world-class drummers, who’ve beaten drums for the likes of Stevie Wonder, Simple Minds, Craig David, The Feeling and many others, united to celebrate the nation’s frontline heroes.
The result? More than £45,000 was raised by #DrumForNHS contributing towards the overall £130 million raised for NHS Charities Together 2020.
DrumathonLIVE is back for 2021. It will have a bigger, even more ambitious line up, and this time it’s raising money for vital mental health charities.
Errol will kickoff DrumathonLIVE’s #drum4mentalhealth introducing seven days / 264 hours of non-stop drumming by some of the world’s top drummers – a global extravaganza as the batons are passed virtually to each drummer who plays their part to raise money for mental health.
The Drumathon will officially launch on Saturday, 15 May at 10:00 am with continuous, live-streamed drumming until Saturday, 22 May at 10:00 pm.
Many drummers taking part are associated with leading international pop and rock names such as Coldplay, Kasabian and The Kaiser Chiefs. As they drum from the safety of their homes and studios around the world, drummers virtually pass the batons on to each other.
All the drumming will be live streamed and will be finished off with a special show of celebration, celebrity & benefactor interviews, musical guests, online music memorabilia auction and much more!
You can find out more about DrumathonLIVE, including where to donate and how to watch their live stream, on their website.