Petr Cech to play drums at European rock festival

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Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will begin his pre-season in unconventional fashion - by playing drums for one of the Czech Republic's biggest rock bands at a European music festival.

The keen drummer plays a variety of instruments in his time away from football, and he's set to feature for Eddie Stoilow - one of the Czech Republic's most popular groups - at the Rock for People festival in his home country this weekend.

While most professionals gear up for the new season by relaxing by the beach or the pool, Cech prefers to work up a sweat on the drums.

Around 12,000 rock fans are set to attend the festival, which has seen headliners like the Arctic Monkeys and Muse perform in recent years.

But it won't be the first time Cech has performed on stage in front of a live audience. The amateur musician once played to a crowd of 2,000 people - but that's lower league stuff compared to the Premier League test that awaits him this weekend.

The Chelsea star is reportedly set to star on Friday evening, before heading back to London to prepare for the new season.

And he's not the first footballer to fancy himself as a bit of a musician.

Dion Dublin famously launched 'The Dube' - a square percussion instrument - while Leighton Baines has been pictured with a guitar in tow on occasion. 

And who can forget football's vocal contribution to the world of popular music - from the Anfield Rap to World in Motion and Pass & Move.

Here's video of Cech in action on the drums - taken from what we believe to be a different gig...

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