Yamaha #FUTUREBEAT Competition 2017

Yamaha Drums is delighted to invite entries for #FUTUREBEAT ’17 that offers a mouth-watering array of prizes, unique performance opportunities, and maximum exposure for drummers aged 18 years and under.

Regional finals in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff will see 50 talented and aspiring drummers battle it out for 5 places at the finals at Yamaha Headquarters in Milton Keynes.


  • The Future Beat finalist will win a Yamaha 5 piece Drum Set and hardware worth over £2000
  • Finalist will be invited to Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK) to have Masterclass sessions with leading Yamaha Drum Artists.
  • The Regional Winners will receive a Recording Custom Snare Drum worth over £400

How to enter #FUTUREBEAT

Simply send an email with a link to a short video clip of your drumming performance with Full Name, Date of Birth, Address and Contact Number to your local friendly neighbourhood Drum Depot store:

futurebeat@drumdepot.co.uk closing date for submission is 11.59pm on Sunday 20th August 2017.

What should my video clip include?

Make sure you demonstrate your ability and style. The video can be made using acoustic or electronic drums. Judges will be looking for groove, timing, technique, versatility and expression. If you record something specific for the competition it can be filmed as simply as on your smart phone. Judging will be made on your performance not the production of the video.

What will happen at the Yamaha #FUTUREBEAT finals?

From the video submissions, 50 young drummers will be selected to perform live on a Yamaha Drum Kit at 5 Regional Finals that will each showcase 10 drummers. These drummers will play for up to a maximum of 10 minutes duration in front of audiences comprising family, friends and members of the general public.

Regional finals will be held at Drum Depot on Sunday 3rd September 2017 time TBC.

Grand Final

For the Grand Final at Yamaha Headquarters in Milton Keynes on Sunday 10th December 2017, all 5 Finalists will each receive mentoring with some of the country’s leading professional drummers and have the chance to perform with a professional band, in front of an eminent judging panel who will decide the overall #FUTUREBEAT ’17 winner.

There are 3 judging stages, a selection of judges including Yamaha Staff, the DD Crew, Yamaha artists and leading industry figures will all be invited throughout the process. Each of the judges will be marking scores for a variety of factors including groove, timing, technique, versatility and expression.

For full terms and conditions visit Yamaha.com

Terms & Conditions apply to the Yamaha FUTUREBEAT – Sunday 3rd September

  • Tickets are free of charge for this event.
  • Tickets numbers are restricted and you must therefore be issued a ticket prior to attending the event on Sun 3rd Sept 2017.
  • Tickets can be requested and reserved via email, telephone or in store.
  • Restrictions apply & each person is only allowed a maximum of 4 tickets per person.
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry without a valid ticket.