The program boasts of an impressive queue of live performances with some of the world’s best players and biggest names including Thomas Lang (George Michael, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel), Virgil Donati (Tommy Emmanuel, Steve Vai), Michael Schack (Netsky) and more (with Lang and Donati playing together for the first time ever). The show will also feature a huge array of drum gear and brands and will act as the country’s largest pop-up drum and percussion shop. Drum kits, cymbals, orchestral and traditional percussion, electronic percussion, hand percussion and accessories from all the major brands, plus never-before-seen gear will be available for sale. There’ll be some tasty home grown and handmade gear too.
Presented by Australian Music Association, the same team that put on the annual Melbourne Guitar Show (MGS) and based on the successful MGS model, the Sydney Drum and Percussion Show will also host information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented drummers and percussion players including Lucius Borich (Cog), Lozz Benson (Urthboy, Drummer Queens), Stan Bicknell (Kimbra, Miami Horror) and more. From double-kick drummers, groove and touch drummers and jazz stylists, to exotic percussion players, orchestral percussionists, and hard hittin' rock n rollers, there’ll be something for everyone.
"There’s so much about percussion, it’s the world’s most accessible form of music, people take their first steps in music through percussion," says AMA CEO Rob Walker.
"We are excited to showcase our industry's products and the wealth of local talent that Sydney and Australia has to offer, as well as international guests, three of the best in the world! We seek to educate and entertain, and showcase and grow our drum and percussion community."
It's definitely going to be a drum-centric weekend with punters having the opportunity to participate in drum circles and other hands on percussion workshops, see Australia’s leading percussion ensembles—Taikoz and Synergy Percussion, as well as leading student percussion ensembles from The Sydney Conservatorium and combined school’s ensemble, Drumfill. They can experience the latest electronic drum technology, meet a stack of the industry’s finest drum and percussion players, join workshops on drumming for fitness and wellbeing, performance clinics, panels and more.
Additionally, the 2017 Sydney Drum and Percussion Show will provide a hands-on chance to see, hear and play a wide array of the world’s favourite brands. It will also see exhibitors offering great show deals.
If you can hit it, ring it, shake rattle and roll it, it'll probabaly be at the Sydney Drum and Percussion Show so grab your tickets and don't miss out!