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Gary Astridge

Admission Tickets Required
Start Time 12:30
End Time 14:30

Gary Astridge, the man who knows more about Ringo Starr’s drums than anyone – other than Ringo himself, of course – gives a special talk about the man, his drums, and what makes his drumming so special.

When Ringo took possession of his first Ludwig kit in May of ‘63, he bonded with his Jazz Festival snare drum. He used it throughout his career with the Beatles in the recording studio and on tour; Gary became fascinated by this snare drum in particular.

This rarest of instruments has now been faithfully replicated, in collector quality instruments handcrafted by Gary to produce 15 one-of-a-kind drum shells by utilising specifications from the original. Each Starr Festival features authentic vintage hardware and historically correct accessories honouring the era. The project has been authorised by Ringo himself, who has signed each drum; money from sales of the drums goes towards his charity The Lotus Foundation.

The event also includes a special live performance by New York group The BBC Band, which features Gary as one of its members. The band are renowned for their powerful and entertaining live shows, capturing the original sound of the Beatles and the British invasion of the Sixties.

Please note this event will take place in the Discovery Zone and does not include access to the British Music Experience exhibitions. Spaces are limited and this event takes place during International Beatles Week, so booking in advance is recommended.

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