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The great­est week­end of the year is com­ing – the Lon­don Drum Show is re­turn­ing for 2018.

This year’s show will take place at Olympia in Lon­don on Satur­day 10 and Sun­day 11 Novem­ber.

As you’ve come to ex­pect from the finest drum­ming show of the year, we have once again as­sem­bled a stel­lar line up.

Among those con­firmed so far for the Satur­day is Ga­bor Dornyei. Not only is Ga­bor one half of the ridicu­lously in­ven­tive tHUN­der Duo, he is also a suc­cess­ful ses­sion and the­atre drum­mer in his own right, hav­ing played on shows such as the hugely pop­u­lar Thriller–Live. Ga­bor is also one of the most in-de­mand clin­i­cians out there right now, and he will be sure to wow fans at the Lon­don Drum Show.

Also ap­pear­ing on Satur­day is Lower Than At­lantis drum­mer Eddy Thrower. Not only is Thrower the pow­er­house be­hind the UK rock band, but he is also a fast-ris­ing name on the ses­sion scene, whose cred­its in­clude pop megas­tars One Di­rec­tion.

Else­where on the open­ing day’s bill, you’ll find drum­mer and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Jonathon Rod­ney (Skepta, Lau­ren Faith), jazz and rock icon (and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in­ductee) Pick Withers, as well as drum in­dus­try roy­alty Ronn Dun­nett.

As if that lit­tle lot were not enough for you, there’s plenty more on day two. Check out Sun­day’s line-up and you’ll find a bonafide leg­end of the drum world – Mr JR Robin­son. Through­out a ca­reer which has spanned five decades, from the ’70s right up to to­day, JR has per­formed on an ar­ray of mem­o­rable hits, in­clud­ing those recorded by Chaka Khan, Eric Clap­ton, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Mike Old­field and, of course, Michael Jack­son.

Also on Sun­day, you can check out Ja­panese jazz and fu­sion trend­set­ter Senri Kawaguchi and big band hero Pete Cater.

Giv­ing you a glimpse into what you can ex­pect from his set, Cater said: “For the 2018 Lon­don Drum Show I’m go­ing to be de­mys­ti­fy­ing all sorts of drum con­cepts and as­pects of play­ing.

“It means a great deal to me that play­ers all the way from hob­by­ists to sea­soned pro­fes­sion­als get the most out of their play­ing and don’t get bogged down with all sorts of un­nec­es­sary in­for­ma­tion when there is al­most in­vari­ably a sim­ple, straight ahead so­lu­tion to all of the chal­lenges we en­counter as play­ers, re­gard­less of age or ex­pe­ri­ence. In or­der to il­lus­trate this I’ll be delv­ing into ma­te­rial from my DVD Pete

Cater:OnDrums (avail­able to buy at LDS), and on the Main Stage I’ll be break­ing down tracks from the new al­bum by Tony Kofi and the Or­gan­i­sa­tion en­ti­tled Poin­tBlank which will also fea­ture Pete Whit­taker on Ham­mond or­gan.”

We’re only just get­ting warmed up as well, with plenty more artists still to be an­nounced in the com­ing weeks ahead of the show.

Of course, at­ten­dees will also be able to find and sam­ple wares from every ma­jor gear com­pany out there, with the rosta of A-list ex­hibitors grow­ing by the day. The Bri­tish Drum Co, Drum Work­shop, Roland, Ahead, Natal, Remo, Gretsch, Tama and Zild­jian are just a hand­ful of those al­ready con­firmed to be show­cas­ing their lat­est in­no­va­tions at the Show. There will also be ace fea­tures such as vin­tage gear, tonnes of ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties, drum kit mik­ing ad­vice from Main Stage spon­sor Audix, your chance to ap­pear on your very own Rhythm cover and much more.

For more in­for­ma­tion, all of the lat­est updates, and to buy tick­ets, head over to www.lon­don­drumshow.com.

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