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LDS returns bigger and better than ever
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.