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AND HERE IT IS! MLC Academy Loughborough is live and readying. 

Welcome to MLC Academy Loughborough! 

Our vision is: 
"To be an inclusive community based centre of excellence for aspiring musicians of all ages and abilities" 

Join MLC Academy Loughborough today and Unleash Your Potential. 

Opening September 2019, Mark Bates ATCL invites you to study with his fantastic team of teachers. Operating out of East Leake Academy, you can learn Piano, Drums, Guitar, Ukulele and Voice from industry-leading professionals and take part in a wide range of further opportunities across the MLC Academy network in the UK, France and Italy. 

Be the first to join us by visiting MLC Academy Loughborough


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I am opening up my own Music academy! 

I am super excited to announce that I will be opening up my own music academy, a franchise of MLC Academy, in September 2019!

A lot of work is ongoing, and hopefully I will be able to announce the location which is in the Leicestershire area, within the next 2-3 weeks.

The academy will over lessons in Drums, Guitar, Bass, Vocals and keys, as well as workshops and concert performance opportunities.

It is going to be an exciting challenge, but it is one I am really looking forward to taking on.

Keep an eye out for update as they come.

In the meantime, lots of work to do behind the scenes, as well as teaching, and some great summer festival shows to play

Venn Goodwin 

I have recently started working with singer/songwriter Venn Goodwin

Originally from Sheffield, though now based in Nottingham, Venn has been writing and performing for over 10 years now, a lot of which was in and around Staffordshire. I am very happy to be part of this now, and initial rehearsals are sounding great. 

Check out Venn's work here and also check out a recent Narrowboat Sessions video here which has already amassed 14,000 views.

Our first gig is Wednesday 19th June at West Street Live in Sheffield. Check the Shows tab for further details. 

Hope to see you there!


New Shows Added 

A few more shows have been added for the upcoming year with artists and musicians that I work with.

Please check out the 'Shows' link at the top of the page.

Hope to see you there..!


A new year - and back on it! 

Happy New year, I hope you had a fantastic break.

2019 has started off just how 2018 ended, busy, exciting and a lot of opportunities.

Teaching has hit the ground running quickly, with more hours at Confetti & MLC, as well as different opportunities and courses coming up this year, which will be announced in due course. Please get in touch if you are interested in drum lessons with myself, or know someone who may be interested.

First show I am performing is the now sold-out Bennet Wilson Poole gig with JR Harbidge on Friday 18th Jan in Market Harborough. What a show it will be to start the year, I am really looking forward to it. Some more are pencilled in and will be added to she Shows area of the Website.

2 days later I will travel to California to attend the NAMM show. This presents opportunities to see and learn what is new and happening in the industry, connect & look for opportunities for the year ahead, as well as attend some fantastic seminars.

Some Recording is pencilled in for the first half of the year too, with some excellent Artists, Songwriters and Musicians.

If you are looking for a Drummer to record on your project, or for any live performances and sessions, please get in touch to discuss your needs.

See you soon,




Upcoming shows that I will be performing.


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