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Yamaha Gigs and Tunes - June

Published: Tue June 24, 2008  News Feed

Here's a round up of the new releases and live performances from Yamaha artists. This month we have a Glastonbury Special and news of one of the most eagerly awaited releases of the year.


Yamaha in your ears!




Coldplay – Viva La Diva Or Death And All His Friends


At last it’s here - Coldplay are about to release their latest album and those in the know say it is mighty fine. They’ve already caused a stir with their first single which was offered as a free download. More than 1.5 million people have taken up the offer which kicks off a marketing campaign to include many more surprises.


We at Yamaha have had a longstanding relationship with the band. At 15 years old Chris Martin was one of the winners of a songwriting competition that we ran, and today he helps judge our songwriting awards scheme – Make It Break It. Chris plays Yamaha pianos on the tour and Will Champion has just taken delivery of a special Yamaha drum kit. More news on that in a later edition of the Round Up.


The Fratellis – Here We Stand


If the new single Mistress Mabel is anything to go by the Fratellis have raised the bar with this their second album. Mince Fratelli is currently using a Yamaha Birch Custom kit.


The Subways – All or Nothing


The Subways have joined forces with producer Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth). Expect an exciting progression from their last album ‘Young for Eternity’ with uplifting hooks and  those signature guitar riffs.




Yamaha in your Face!


The month of June is all about Glastonbury – will you need your wellies and umbrella, or your knotted handkerchief and sun cream? The unpredictability of the UK weather just adds to the excitement.


Its had its share of controversy this year, with ticket sales being slow and the headline acts stepping away from the traditional guitar based rock group,  but this is Glastonbury everyone and whatever stage you are in front of there will be a Yamaha artist staring back at you! Here’s a list of some of the Yamaha faces you’ll get to see this year.


Glastonbury Festival


  • The Fratellis - with Mince on his Birch Custom Drum Kit.
  • Editors – with Ed Lay on a Maple Custom Kit.
  • Kate Nash – playing a CP33 stage piano.
  • James Blunt – behind a Yamaha piano.
  • Massive Attack – with Andrew Small combining acoustic and electronic drums to amazing effect.
  • Elbow – with Richard Jupp on his Maple Custom Absolute Kit.
  • Mark Ronson – with Jason Silver on Motif synth.
  • The Ting Tings – with Jules on Tour Custom. 
  • Lightspeed Champion – with Yamaha acoustic guitar in hand.
  • Glenn Tilbrook and the Fluffers – with Glenn playing Yamaha acoustic and Pacifica electric guitars, Simon Hanson on his Maple Custom Absolute Kit and Lucy Shaw on Yamaha bass guitar.
  • CSS – check out the hot pink sparkle kit played by Adriano.
  • The Hoosiers – with Alfonso Sharland on a Maple Custom kit.
  • Royworld – with Gerry Morgan on Oak Custom drums.
  • Dirty Pretty Things – with Gary Powell on Oak Custom drums.
  • Captain – with Reuben Humphries on Recording Custom drums.
  • Asere with Billy Cobham – one of Yamaha’s great drum ambassadors.


For those of you who can’t make it to Glastonbury or prefer to see your live music indoors (and we don’t blame you) here are some other Yamaha faces who are appearing around the country in June.


Elton John – on his now infamous red Yamaha piano.


Eric Clapton – is now lucky to have one of the UK’s best drummers in his band (and Yamaha artist) Ian Thomas


Van Morrison – accompanied by another great UK drummer Neal Wilkinson


Rufus Wainwright – who performs on Yamaha acoustic and stage pianos


Michael McDonald – performing on Yamaha stage pianos


Rodrigo y Gabriela – guitar virtuosos on Yamaha acoustic guitars

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