Monday 17th September @ Drum Depot

Yamaha FUTUREBEAT Competition 2018

#FUTUREBEAT is back and looking for drumming stars of the future.

Yamaha Drums is delighted to invite entries for 2018’s #FUTUREBEAT. In its 3rd year, this ground-breaking national competition offers drummers aged between 13 – 18 years old a fantastic array of prizes and unique performance opportunities to showcase those funky beats and lightning-fast fills.

To enter, all you need to do is simply film yourself playing Drums, upload the video to a streaming platform and choose your regional location. Then send the link via email along with your details. It’s that easy! Judges will be looking for Jaw dropping grooves, stand out timing and terrific technique.

From the video submissions, 64 promising drummers will be selected to perform live at 8 Regional Finals across the UK. These drummers will play 2 Songs in front of audiences comprising family, friends and members of the general public. Judges will decide on the winning drummer who will win a Yamaha Snare Drum and a place in the Grand Finals at Yamaha Music UK Headquarters in Milton Keynes.

Grand Finalists will receive mentoring sessions 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 ’18 winner. They will be presented with a Yamaha Tour Custom series drum kit and also perform live at the prestigious London Drum Show thanks to a new partnership with Rhythm Magazine.

#FUTUREBEAT has become highly acclaimed by drummers and the drum industry which has previously attracted over 500 entries, showcasing over 100 of the UK’s most talented young drummers in Live Regional performances. Partnered by Yamaha Drum Dealers throughout the UK with support by Professional Drum Artists Steve White (Style Council, Paul Weller, The Who), Troy Miller (Amy Winehouse, Laura Mvula), Donavan Hepburn (Take That, E.L.O) & Andrew Small (Kylie, Massive Attack) who have all previously dedicated their time to support up and coming drummers with private mentoring sessions. This is a do-not-miss for enthusiastic drum stars of the Future

Prizes

  • 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 Mentoring sessions with leading Yamaha Drum Artists.
  • The Regional Winners will receive a Recording Custom Snare Drum worth over £400
George Daniel

“#FUTUREBEAT is a great platform for young drummers that provides a level playing field for showcasing new talent.”

George Daniel(The 1975)
Steve White

“#FUTUREBEAT has demonstrated what great condition the future of British drumming is in and the value of Yamaha’s support and advice to help young drummers achieve their dreams.”

Steve White(Session Drummer)
Donavan Hepburn

“#FUTUREBEAT is an opportunity see the huge potential of the next generation of drummers coming after us.”

Donavan Hepburn(Session Drummer)
Gavin Thomas

“Everyone can benefit from entering #FUTUREBEAT from simply practicing and focusing on your video entry, maybe playing live on stage for the first time or having the opportunity to meet professional drummers, not forgetting some incredible prizes and opportunity to perform at the London Drum Show.”

Gavin Thomas(Yamaha Music UK)
Sam Swift

“Drumming will always be a major part in my life and #FUTUREBEAT has encouraged me further to peruse playing the drums as a career. It has been an incredible experience playing in front of the professionals and alongside the other competitors. From me comes a sincere thanks for everything Yamaha has done.”

Sam Swift (#Futurebeat 17 Winner)

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 26th August 2018.

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, 64 young drummers will be selected to perform live on a Yamaha Drum Kit at 8 Regional Finals that will each showcase 8 drummers. These drummers will play 2 Songs in front of audiences comprising family, friends and members of the general public. Judges will decide on the winning drummer who will a place in the Grand Finals at Yamaha Music UK Headquarters in Milton Keynes.

Regional finals will be held at Drum Depot on Monday 17th September 2018 at 6.30pm.

Grand Final

For the Grand Final at Yamaha Headquarters in Milton Keynes, all 8 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 ’18 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 – Monday 17th 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 Monday 17th Sept 2018.
  • 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.
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