Yamaha launches drum competition

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Yamaha Drums is now inviting entries for #FUTUREBEAT ’17, its latest drumming competition, which will offer a vast array of prizes and maximum exposure for drummers aged 18 years and under. The national drumming competition launched last year attracted over 200 entries, showcasing 50 of the UK’s most talented young drummers and treating six Grand Finalists to one-to-one mentorship sessions with a distinguished panel of judges, comprising world class Yamaha Drum Artists Troy Miller (Amy Winehouse, Laura Mvula), Steve White (Paul Weller, The Who, Ian Dury, Jon Lord) and Donavan Hepburn (Take That, Adele, E.L.O), who selected Brit School student Joseph Solomon as the overall winner.

Yamaha Drum Artists supporting #FUTUREBEAT ’17 include George Daniel, drummer for chart-topping rock band The 1975, who describes the competition as, “a great platform for young drummers that provides a level playing field for showcasing new talent.”

Partnered by Yamaha Drum dealers throughout the UK, #FUTUREBEAT ’17 takes a giant leap forward, with this year’s Regional Finals hosted on Sundays as part of DRUMFEST ’17, Yamaha’s new free 3-day weekend devoted entirely to drumming, that visits Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow and London from August to mid November.

With prizes including a Yamaha Drum Kit awarded to the #FUTUREBEAT ‘17 winner, a Yamaha Snare Drum for Regional Winners and professional development from Artist Mentoring Sessions for the Grand Finalists, this is a do-not-miss-opportunity for anyone under the age of 18 who plays drums.

Online entry details are now open here. Submit a link to an Application Video of your drumming performance (on Acoustic or Electronic Drum Kit), plus Name, Date of Birth, Address and Contact Number.

Choose your local or preferred location and email your entry to the corresponding email address.

There will be live Regional Finals for 10 finalists per location from 20th August to 29th October. The live Grand Final at Yamaha Headquarters in Milton Keynes will take place on Saturday 18th November.

#FUTUREBEAT ‘17 Regional final locations and dates, including closing dates for entries are:

20th August – Manchester
Manchester Drum Centre
Closing date: 6th August, 11:59 pm Western European Time (UTC).

3rd September – Cardiff
Drum Depot, Cardiff
Closing date: 20th August, 11:59 pm Western European Time (UTC).

17th September – Birmingham
PMT Birmingham
Closing date: 3rd September, 11:59 pm Western European Time (UTC).

22nd October – Glasgow
Drummers Only, Glasgow
Closing date: 8th October, 11:59 pm Western European Time (UTC).

29th October – London
PMT, Romford, East London.
Closing date: 15th October, 11:59 pm Western European Time (UTC).

Yamaha’s Drum Product Marketing Manager Gavin Thomas commented: “#Futurebeat 16 was one of the most rewarding event I have been involved in at Yamaha. The response was fantastic and we were impressed at the level of entries, it is rewarding to see everyone get out of their bedrooms and onto the stage. “I think that #Futurebeat 17 will be even better now we have established such a good format to celebrate the next generation of UK Drummers.“

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