The Cure, Coldplay and thousands more to take part in charity DrumathonLIVE 2022

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16 May 2022, 11:40

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Some of the best drummers in the UK, from the likes of Coldplay and The Cure, are taking part in DrumathonLIVE 2022 this week in aid of a range of charities.

The fundraiser, which is being live-streamed, kicked off on Saturday (14 May) and will continue until next weekend (21 May) with 250 hours of performances from thousands of professional and semi-pro drummers.

Imagination’s Errol Kennedy and fellow musician Bev Sage founded the event in 2020, and this year they will be raising money and awareness for the following charities: UK Trauma Council, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Child Bereavement UK and Variety.

Jason Cooper of The Cure and Will Champion from Coldplay will be getting involved in the event, along with former Elbow drummer Richard Jupp and The Feeling’s Paul Stewart.

Cherisse Osei from Simple Minds, former Kaiser Chiefs member Nick Hodgson and Elton John’s Live Aid drummer Charlie Morgan will also be joining the line-up, along with Matty Brown (Stormzy) and Derrick McKenzie (Jamiroquai).

In a statement about the event, The Cure drummer Cooper said: “Join me and an amazing group of drummers from around the world for DrumathonLIVE as we raise money for children’s mental health.”

This news comes after criticism that Coldplay was ‘greenwashing’ ahead of their eco-friendly plans for their Music Of The Spheres tour.

The band has recently announced a partnership with Finnish oil company Neste to cut their touring emissions by half. However, Friends Of The Earth reported that Neste’s palm oil suppliers had been responsible for clearing at least 24,710 acres of forest in countries including Malaysia and Indonesia between 2019 and 2020.

In response, the band said: “When we announced this tour, we said that we would try our best to make it as sustainable and low carbon-impact as possible, but that it would be a work in progress. That remains true. We don’t claim to have got it all right yet.

“Before we appointed Neste as supplier of these biofuel products, we received their guarantee that they do not use any virgin materials in their production – most especially not palm oil. It’s still our understanding that they use renewable waste products only, like cooking oil and byproducts from wood pulp manufacture.”

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Tune into DrumathonLIVE 2022 and donate here.