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Old 01-13-2014, 03:10 PM
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Default London Drum Show - they listened!

I know it's a bit early, & everyone is NAMM focussed right now, but I just thought I'd break some news about LDS 2014.

This year, the show moves to a two floor format. Overcrowding & noise overspill were big issues last year, that to some extent, marred an otherwise excellent show. This year, the clinics/masterclasses & main stage events will take place in the theatres/rooms used last year, but with the addition of big screen viewing areas for overspill on popular performances.

The exhibition will take place on the lower floor. This floor is over double the size of the previous show in it's entirety. Common areas and spaces between stands are increased dramatically to a minimum of 20ft between facing stands. This affords wide/generous isles, so a much more pleasurable visiting experience. Ceiling height is huge too (40ft), so bright & airy.

I've just booked the Guru stand. At 20ft x 14ft, our biggest space ever.
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:15 PM
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Exciting news, I can't wait to be part of it again :)
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Oh thank goodness. I think I've only just got my hearing back from this year!
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:25 PM
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Sounds like a great setup for the show, good idea.
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Old 01-13-2014, 03:30 PM
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Awesomeness!

I would sure like to go. We'll see how this year shapes up. I need a miracle. Haha! Cheers Andy!
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I'll be there! Unless someone books Gloryhammer to play on Mars or something, in which case I might have to do that instead.
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Old 01-13-2014, 11:43 PM
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Exciting news, I can't wait to be part of it again :)
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Oh thank goodness. I think I've only just got my hearing back from this year!
My ER25's are at the ready. Promised myself I'd use them last year, but of course, I forgot.

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Sounds like a great setup for the show, good idea.
Much much better setup. For a dedicated drum show, it's growing pretty big.

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Awesomeness!

I would sure like to go. We'll see how this year shapes up. I need a miracle. Haha! Cheers Andy!
Wishing you a miracle :)

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I'll be there! Unless someone books Gloryhammer to play on Mars or something, in which case I might have to do that instead.
By next year, will Mars be big enough? :)
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Good stuff, glad they listened to feedback. It was very intense.

You know you have an issue when drummers complain about the noise!!

Will look forward to it again.
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Whatever happens - I'll be going!
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I've already told Mr Madge we're going.
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Great stuff guys! Dates confirmed as November 8th & 9th.

I'm already planning our biggest stand ever. I think we'll have at least 4 full kits, & 20+ snare drums. Some special kits too - all new. Some I can't reveal yet, but there will be a pure thunder machine in the mix, as well as an ultralight range :)

While I have you here, watch out for a full 4 page interview article on Michele Drees in this month's Drummer magazine. Some interesting insights.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:07 AM
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More LDS news:

1/ After much negotiation, Guru Drums will be sponsoring a new live stage within the exhibition main hall. There will be three performances daily. Acoustic volume level, & not just someone wailing on drums. Some interesting performances planned, including a live tuning masterclass & a performance from the Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project! Mainstage acts & the Mike Dolbear masterclass suite will be one floor up within Olympia. The even better news is, the exhibition live stage will take the place of 3 of the 15 minute "playing" sessions, & there will be a mandatory full lunch hour without playing allowed. All in all, it cuts the dreaded 15 minute playing periods in half :) :) :) This move, along with much less noise overspill from stands, & the vastly expanded space, should make for a much more pleasurable visiting experience.

2/ Blaze Publishing, owners of Drummer magazine & the London Drum Show, have just acquired iDrum, the online magazine.
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Old 01-23-2014, 12:27 AM
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awesome news on the sponsorship, glad its not a bash fest, don't want to see the heads look like the premire kit
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Guru Drums will be sponsoring a new live stage within the exhibition main hall. There will be three performances daily. Acoustic volume level, & not just someone wailing on drums. Some interesting performances planned, including a live tuning masterclass & a performance from the Michele Drees Jazz Tap Project!
That is wonderful news Andy, the topics are really good too... and anything with Michele playing is always a pleasurable moment, looking forward to see these performances.

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All in all, it cuts the dreaded 15 minute playing periods in half :) :) :) This move, along with much less noise overspill from stands, & the vastly expanded space, should make for a much more pleasurable visiting experience.
Hallelujah...
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Default Re: London Drum Show - they listened!

I see. So the one time I travel halfway around the world to go, it turns out to be the most crowded and noisy LDS in history - this for a drummer who is probably one of the least tolerant of crowds and loud noise. Murphy became multinational.

It's good news for you Euros, though. Andy, I don't know how you and Dean handled being there constantly for the two days with the regular ritual drum slaughter going on at the stand opposite the aisle.
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