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The Drums announce departure of Adam Kessler

The Drums, The Drums LP

Story by Jack Foley

THE Drums have announced the departure of Adam Kessler from the band.

In a statement released on Wednesday, September 22, the band said the following: “There have been some questions as to recent events and we are sad to confirm that Adam Kessler has left The Drums.

“The Drums (Jonny, Jacob and Connor) will continue as a three member band, and though we are distressed by recent events we are excited for the future. Despite recent reports, we haven’t replaced anyone.

“We have started work on the new album and are all thrilled to be embarking on our first US tour this month and returning to the UK in November to play concerts. We thank you all for your support and will see you soon.”

The Drums are set to return to the UK this winter with a headline tour, and release single and live favourite Me And The Moon on November 7.

The band has also been nominated for “Best New Act” at the Q Awards 2010, which followed the news the band were voted NME’s “Best New Festival Band” (polling 25% of their readers’ votes) – the latter coming after a succession of thrilling UK festival shows including Glastonbury, Reading/Leeds, T in the Park, Oxegen and their support slot with Kings of Leon at Hyde Park, London.

After selling out their first London Forum show almost immediately, a second show has been announced on Wednesday, November 24.

The live dates are (all November and December 2010):


24 – London HMV Forum, sold out
25 – London HMV Forum
26 – Bristol Anson Rooms
27 – Birmingham HMV Institute
29 – Glasgow ABC
30 – Belfast, Mandela Hall


1 – Dublin, Academy sold out
3 – Newcastle Northumbria Uni
4 – Leeds, Metropolitan University
5 – Nottingham Rock City
6 – Manchester Academy 2 sold out