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WATCH: Yamaha launches #FUTUREBEAT under 18s drumming competition with help from The 1975

Laura  Barnes
WATCH: Yamaha launches #FUTUREBEAT under 18s drumming competition with help from The 1975

Yamaha Drums has launched a brand new national competition for drummers aged 18 years and under.

#FUTUREBEAT will see young drummers compete for an array of prizes, unique performance opportunities and maximum exposure.

A Yamaha Live Custom Drum Kit will be awarded to the overall #FUTUREBEAT winner, as well as professional development from Artist Mentoring Sessions for the Grand Finalists and prizes for all Regional finalists.

Partnered by Yamaha Drum Dealers throughout the UK, applications can apply for the competition by sending in an email with a link to a short video clip of their drumming performance with Name, Date of Birth, Address and Contact Number to one of the following local locations:
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Judges will be looking for groove, timing, technique, versatility and expression. Judging will be made on performance and not the production of the video.

From the video submissions, 60 young drummers will be selected to perform live on either a Yamaha Stage Custom or DTX Electronic Drum Kit at 6 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. All regional finalists will win a Yamaha drum pedal and the Regional winners will each win a Yamaha RC Series snare drum.

For the Grand Final at Yamaha Headquarters in Milton Keynes, the 6 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 a judging panel of industry experts.

Yamaha’s new #FUTUREBEAT competition has received praise from chart toppers The 1975. The band’s drummer, George Daniel described it as “a great platform for young drummers that provides a level playing field for showcasing new talent.”

Check out Daniel’s #FUTUREBEAT video message below:

Yamaha’s Drum Product Marketing Manager Gavin Thomas commented: “We believe #FUTUREBEAT could become one of the most important Drum events of the year for many years to come. The UK has a lot of talented and aspiring drummers and we are giving them the opportunity for exposure in front of many influential industry figures. We hope it can help kick start many careers.

“I would sincerely like to thank all our participating Drum Dealers for dedicating their time and energy on this fantastic project also. The industry needs good local Drum Shops and we hope this project will also help to highlight and widen the awareness of these great partners.”

For more information about #FUTUREBEAT and to read the full details including prizes, terms and conditions visit

Tags: Yamaha , Video , drumming , The 1975 , #FUTUREBEAT , drumming competition

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