Lon­don Drum Show brings great drums and drum­mers to the cap­i­tal

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The Lon­don Drum Show 2017 is fi­nally here! The Rhythm- backed show runs from 11-12 Novem­ber at Olympia in Lon­don and prom­ises to be the UK drum spec­tac­u­lar of the year. The show, held in as­so­ci­a­tion with Rhythm for the sec­ond year, is ex­pected to at­tract more vis­i­tors than ever with a mix of star per­for­mances, amaz­ing ex­hibitors and ex­cit­ing new fea­tures.

Head­ing up the all-star line-up are Smash­ing Pump­kins’ Jimmy Chamberlin and r’n’b su­per­star and Ari­ana Grande drum­mer Aaron Spears, and over two drum-filled days an unforgettable line-up will be wow­ing the UK’s drum­mers and drum­ming fans.

New artists an­nounced for the show in­clude pop drum­ming heavy­weights Adam Mar­cello (Katy Perry) and Joe Clegg (El­lie Gould­ing). Adam and Joe’s Main Stage per­for­mance at LDS will fea­ture some im­pres­sive chops of course, but the pair aim to de­mys­tify and break­down their per­for­mances and their hy­brid acous­tic-elec­tric drum kits, in­spir­ing play­ers of all lev­els to ex­plore where they can go with their drum­ming and sound.

On Satur­day, the LDS Main Stage, which is be­ing spon­sored by Audix Mi­cro­phones, sees per­for­mances by live EDM drum­ming pioneer Andy Gangadeen, and a very spe­cial per­for­mance from Ian Palmer, bring­ing a ‘small big band’ to the stage to hon­our Bud­dyRich in his 100th birth­day year, along with Head­hunters jazz leg­end Mike Clark. Aaron Spears will be on theMaster­class Stage, the first of two per­for­mances at the show, as will young pop ses­sion su­per­star Matty Brown (Stor­mzy, Lit­tle Mix etc). Satur­day’s Ed­u­ca­tion Zone sees per­for­mances from Jimmy Chamberlin, Mike Clark and top ed­u­ca­tor and Ras­cal Flatts drum­mer Jim Ri­ley. On Sun­day, show-go­ers will be treated to per­for­mances by Jimmy Chamberlin, Kaz Ro­driguez, Aaron Spears (with Kaz and Aaron cook­ing up some­thing spe­cial to­gether) andAnika Nilles. The Mas­ter­class stage on Sun­day will see ex­cit­ing per­for­mances from Sim­ple Minds’ Mel Gaynor, Jim Ri­ley and Steve White, who will be groov­ing with bass bud­dyDa­mon Minchella. Steve will also be ap­pear­ing in the Ed­u­ca­tion Zone on Sun­day, as will Ian Palmer and Andy Gangadeen. At the time of go­ing to press, more artists were yet to be an­nounced for the show – keep your eye on the Lon­don Drum Show’s and Rhythm’s Face­book page and Twit­ter for up-to-the-minute info and de­tailed line-up.

The Ex­hibitor Hall at Olympia will be packed once more with the cream of the UK and world’s drum, cym­bal and per­cus­sion com­pa­nies. Tama, DW , Gretsch, Natal, Bri­tish Drum Com­pany and Mapex drums are joined by many new and in­die drum-mak­ers such as Bris­tol Drum Co, 101 Drums, Green Drum Com­pany and Ze­bra Drums. Cym­bal-mak­ers Zild­jian, Paiste, Is­tan­bul Agop and more will be bring­ing their beau­ti­ful me­tals to the show, and the week­end is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity to try out and buy a huge range of drum-re­lated prod­ucts from hear­ing pro­tec­tion to drum sticks, heads, bags, snares and full drum kits. Check out our full (at time of go­ing to press) list of ex­hibitors from p44 this month and again, look for more ex­hibitors at the show as more are join­ing the LDS ex­hibitor ros­ter by the day.

New fea­tures for the show in 2017 in­clude a gar­den stu­dio and sound­proof­ing fea­ture in as­so­ci­a­tion with Sound­proof­ing Ex­pert, Icons Gallery fea­tur­ing pho­tos of leg­endary drum­mers, and the op­por­tu­nity to get a free drum les­son with top drum tu­tors in­clud­ing mu­sic school ACM ’s Danny Mul­lowney and Toby Drum­mond. There will also be ses­sions on how to mic up your kit for record­ing.

Rhythm’s own stage, the Rhythm Technique Stage, will fea­ture must-see clinic per­for­mances from our very own Pete Ri­ley on both days, plus Rhythm tu­tors Colin Wool­way and Erik Stams will be im­part­ing their con­sid­er­able wis­dom to those hun­gry for drum­ming knowl­edge. Speak­ing of Rhythm, you could be on the front of the mag! Just drop by Natal’s stand to get your pic taken play­ing a Natal Café Racer kit and put on your very own mocked-up cover! And of course vis­i­tors to the show will also be able to take ad­van­tage of some very spe­cial sub­scrip­tion of­fers on

Rhythm mag­a­zine too! You can also feast your eyes on some beau­ti­ful vin­tage kits at the show. The Vin­tage Show­case in as­so­ci­a­tion with­Dru­mat­tic will fea­ture some amaz­ing old kits, while vin­tage drum shop owner Nick Hop­kin will be bring­ing a se­lec­tion of vin­tage drums to the show too.

Tick­ets will be avail­able on the door, but it will work out cheaper to buy your tick­ets in ad­vance from www.lon­don­drumshow.com.

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