Aaron Spears, Anika Nilles, Mike Clark & Mel Gaynor join stel­lar Lon­don Drum Show roster this Novem­ber

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■ R’n’b su­per­star Aaron Spears is the lat­est huge name to be an­nounced for the Lon­don Drum Show 2017. The Ari­ana Grande drum­mer will head­line the Main Stage, hold a Q&A ses­sion and also dou­ble-drum with his friend, Brit sen­sa­tion Kaz Ro­driguez.

Kaz and Aaron be­came friends when the US drum­mer asked Kaz to com­pose a back­ing track for him. Of the show, Aaron says, “The Lon­don Drum Show will al­ways stand out in my mind as one of my favourite drum fes­ti­vals be­cause of the pas­sion of the peo­ple who at­tend. The en­ergy level in the halls, at the dif­fer­ent booths and in the per­for­mance au­di­to­rium reg­is­tered right off the scale at about an 11… I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing again this year to share and also ex­cited to learn from some of the other amaz­ing mu­si­cians that will be per­form­ing dur­ing LDS! It is go­ing to be EPIC!”

But Aaron and Kaz aren’t the only top drum­ming names con­firmed for Novem­ber’s show. We can also an­nounce that Ger­man drum­ming sen­sa­tion Anika Nilles, jazz funk star Mike Clark, Ras­cal Flatts’ Jim Ri­ley, Bloc Party’s Louise Bar­tle and Sim­ple Minds leg­end Mel Gaynor will be join­ing Smash­ing Pump­kins’ Jimmy Cham­ber­lin, Chase & Sta­tus’ Andy Gan­gadeen and Brit drum stars Steve White and Ian Palmer on the bill. Ris­ing star Matty Brown has also been added to the 2017 line-up. Matty won the pres­ti­gious Young Drum­mer of the Year com­pe­ti­tion in 2013, and has since ap­peared on stage with the likes of Stor­mzy, Plan B, Wretch 32, Lit­tle Mix and Candi Sta­ton.

And we’re not fin­ished yet! The artist line-up for the show, which is in as­so­ci­a­tion with

Rhythm, has more top drum­mers still to be an­nounced in the coming weeks.

Mean­while the world’s big­gest drum and cym­bal man­u­fac­tur­ers and in­de­pen­dent drum mak­ers will be pack­ing out the Gear Hall for the week­end. For starters, Head­stock will once again bring iconic brands Zild­jian, Tama and Sch­lag­w­erk to the show. Join­ing them will be leg­endary per­cus­sion and drum brand Natal, plus Roland – bring­ing their range of V-Drums, elec­tronic per­cus­sion and more – and BR Dis­tri­bu­tion, who will be bring­ing Ahead, Is­tan­bul Agop, DRUMnBASE and Kick­Port (with Drum De­pot as their re­tail part­ner).

The Bri­tish Drum Com­pany will show­case their stun­ning, in­no­va­tive drums at the show, and you might even catch a glimpse of its founders; award-win­ning mas­ter drum-maker Keith Keough, and co­me­dian and drum nut Al Mur­ray. Plus loads of other ex­hibitors will be dis­play­ing their wares over the two days!

The new In­die Drum Mak­ers area is at­tract­ing a whole host of in­de­pen­dent com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Bris­tol Drum Co, Beat­box Drums, Ze­bra Drums, The Green Drum Co., Ossi Per­cus­sion and 101 Drums. There will also be host of fea­tures new to the Lon­don Drum Show, in­clud­ing a Vin­tage Drum Show­case in as­so­ci­a­tion with Drum At­tic, Icons Gallery where you can pe­ruse and buy stun­ning photos of drum­ming greats, and spe­cial­ists from Sound­proof­ing Ex­pert will be on hand to ad­vise you how to turn your garage, base­ment, spare room or even your garden into the per­fect re­hearsal space. You can also sign up for a com­pletely free drum les­son at the show, and learn from top teach­ers. Speak­ing of which, the Rhythm Tech­nique stage will fea­ture per­for­mances and mas­ter­classes from our own Colin Wool­way and Pete Ri­ley.

Ad­vance tick­ets are avail­able now at www. lon­don­, and as a Rhythm reader you can get 20% off (see box-out). Main Stage tick­ets, priced £5 for each per­for­mance, are fly­ing out at a record pace this year, so if there’s a Main Stage per­for­mance you don’t want to miss, get in there quick! An al­lo­ca­tion of free tick­ets are given away an hour be­fore each per­for­mance, but th­ese are first come first served. The Lon­don Drum Show 2017 takes place at Olympia in Lon­don on 11-12

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to re­turn­ing to the LDS this year. It’s go­ing to be EPIC!” - Aaron Spears

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