London Drum Show brings great drums and drummers to the capital
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.