MORE top DRUM ST ARS JOIN 2017 LDS LINE-UP
Aaron Spears, Anika Nilles, Mike Clark & Mel Gaynor join stellar London Drum Show roster this November
■ 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. londondrumshow.com, 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