Masterclass date as band great heads to Blackpool

Kasabian drummer Ian Matthews
Kasabian drummer Ian Matthews
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As part of one of Britain’s biggest bands, Ian Matthews has travelled the planet playing massive arenas and earning plenty of cash.

Refreshing to discover, then, the Kasabian drummer is still the type to get chatting with a stranger and hand over his phone number.

And it’s because of that Matthews is coming to town next Wednesday, when he will hold a music masterclass at The Layton.

It has been organised by Colin Appleby, a man who knows a thing or two about drumming himself – well known on the local circuit for his role in the band Ska Face.

Explaining how Matthews’ visit to Blackpool came about, Appleby – who teaches music and media at the Blackpool and The Fylde College – said: “The last couple of years I have been on what you’d call a drum holiday.

“They take place in Winchester and it’s basically a load of drummers who have a drink and talk about music for the week.

“They have guest drummers who come in to do a masterclass and on one of the days it was Ian Matthews.

“He was just a really sound, down-to-earth guy, and he came across as a great educator as well as a player.

“He is based in Bath but after we got talking I asked if he’d ever fancy coming to Blackpool to pass on a bit of expertise.

“We exchanged numbers and worked out early in the new year was the best time, because Kasabian have a new album coming out soon and then they are off on a world tour.

“So we’ve sorted it for next week and I think it is going to be a really good do.”

Kasabian have sold millions of records in the last decade, with hits like Club Foot, Empire and Shoot the Runner.

They have a huge fanbase, which means Matthews’ appearance in town might also attract a few Kasabian fans.

“It is first and foremost a drumming masterclass but Ian does have some great anecdotes about life on the road and in the studio so it will be a really interesting night,” added Colin.

“Even you are not into Kasabian, but you love music and are serious about gaining an insight into improving your musical technique and understanding of what it takes to make it as a professional musician, then it is for you.

“He’s a good example to all us aspiring musicians because he’s in his early 40s now and joined Kasabian 10 years ago, so he got famous relatively late. It gives hope even to old sods like me!”

Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start, tickets are £7, £5 concessions. Under 16s are welcome. Get them from The Layton on Westcliffe Drive (the former Layton Institute), Electric Avenue on Whitegate Drive or online from www.groovestation.co.uk