Saturday, October 19th
My name’s Paul, I'm putting together a charity music festival in October called Drummer Endurance 2. This is to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice & Tommy’s (Miscarriage & Stillbirth research/awareness) You can find out details of the event at www.facebook.com/drummerendurance2
There's a slight twist in the theme though, I have 9 bands arranged to play which will run for roughly 8 hours... But there is only one drummer, & that idiot is ME.
The event will be held at Rotherham's Chantry Brewery in Parkgate on October 19th & will feature music covering many genre's, From Acoustic & indie to punk & heavy metal.
Tickets are £5 from myself or from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/drummer-endurance-2-tickets-61752831381
Why am I doing this? Brace yourself, this is a long one.
Ten years ago, I had a bit of a mental break down, my mother had died 15 year previous when I was still a teenager & I never dealt with it, I never grieved, I bottled it up & got on with life.
The only problem with this is, bottled up emotions never stay bottled up forever, these things always find a way of surfacing & it usually isn't pleasant when it does. Fast forward to one night in 2009, I was having a nice catch up & drink with my sister, then the vodka came out & somehow ended up drinking A LOT & 15 years of emotion, anger, frustration & confusion somehow exploded out of me.
It took me while to get back on my feet, While I was soul searching, I had a stupid idea, I realised my mum had never seen me play drums, she loved music & she probably would have loved what I'd been up to over the years since she passed away. I thought maybe I should do a gig just for her, in her name. But which band to do it with, I'd been in a few over the years... I know, why not all of them!
I made some phone calls & luckily all band members past & present we're all game.
I had a line-up of 7 bands & I put together an event where I would end up playing for 7 & 1/2 hours straight. I had even organised a jam band to go between the sets while amps were swapped around, just so I could keep going. The gig was a massive success & Raised over £650 for The
Meningitis Trust. My Mother had suffered with cancer, but was taken by meningitis.
This year is the 10th anniversary of that stupid event, & because I’m still an idiot and it didn’t kill me, I'm gearing up to do it all over again.
the only difference now is that I'm 40 & a lot more unfit than I used to be
To help raise some extra cash for the cause besides the ticket price & collection buckets, one of the bands I'm in have recorded a track called “Breaking Out Alive”, that is now available for download with ALL the money going to the charities. We have even film a promo video to go along side the track www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDoxUn6wi9I to help promote the event.
We’re putting our heart, souls, blood, sweat and tears into getting making this event as big as possible . The 2 charities are extremely close to our heart, having numerous trials & tribulations trying to make a family. My wife Libby is infertile But to add insult to injury,whilst going though IVF, we suffered miscarriages & an ectopic pregnancy, This is where Tommy's comes in. We are now fortunate enough to have a lovely daughter named Mia. But through being a family we're met other families who are on the flip side of what we went through, They had their family, but are close to losing their child through serious illness & Bluebell wood are doing amazing things for them. So I wanted to do something to help them too.
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Unit 1 Callum Court, Gateway Business Park, Parkgate
The event runs from 1:00pm to 11:00pm on the following dates.
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