Yamaha #FUTUREBEAT Competition 2018


Yamaha’s 18 and under drum competition #FUTUREBEAT is rolling out at PMT Birmingham, PMT Romford and PMT Manchester.

Yamaha Drums are once again looking for amazing drummers aged 18 or under to apply for their fantastic competition, Yamaha #FUTUREBEAT! #FUTUREBEAT is a UK-wide drumming competition that offers a mouth-watering array of prizes, unique performance opportunities and maximum exposure.

Last year, over 500 drummers applied for #FUTUREEBAT, showcasing 100 of the UK’s most talented young drummers in the live regional performances. This year, professional drum artists Steve White (Style Council, Paul Weller, The Who), Troy Miller (Amy Winehouse, Laura Mvula), Donavan Hepburn (Take That, E.L.O) and Andrew Small (Kylie, Massive Attack) will be dedicating 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!

"#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, PMT Entry, #FUTUREBEAT ‘17 Winner


  • Regional finalists prizes: Recording Custom Snare Drum, mentoring with some of the country’s leading professional drummers and the chance to perform with a professional band
  • #FUTUREBEAT overall winner prizes: Yamaha Tour Custom series drum kit and the opportunity to perform live at the prestigious London Drum Show

How To Enter Yamaha #FUTUREBEAT

Entries for YAMAHA #FUTUREBEAT 2018 have now closed.

  • PMT Manchester regional final date: Wednesday 12th September.
  • PMT Birmingham regional final date: Thursday 13th September.
  • PMT Romford regional final date: Wednesday 19th September.

What Happens at Yamaha #FUTUREBEAT Finals?

Yamaha #FUTUREBEAT Regional Finals at PMT Stores

From the video submissions, 64 young drummers will be selected to perform live on a Yamaha Drum Kit at eight Regional Finals that will each showcase eight drummers. These drummers will play two songs in front of audiences comprising of 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.

Yamaha #FUTUREBEAT Grand Final

For the Grand Final at Yamaha Headquarters in Milton Keynes on Saturday 20th October 2018, and all eight 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 2018 winner.

The selection of judges including Yamaha staff, PMT Store staff, Yamaha Artists and leading industry figures will all be invited throughout the three stages of the competition (submission, regionals and finals). Each of the judges will be marking scores for a variety of factors including groove, timing, technique, versatility and expression.

The overall #FUTUREBEAT 2018 winner 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, The UK’s Best-Selling Drum Magazine.

For full details including prizes, other companies involved and terms and conditions, visit Yamaha.com.

11 Comments on “Yamaha #FUTUREBEAT Competition 2018”

  • L. Fisher
    12th July 2018

    i have a 10 year, can I enter him?

    • Admin
      12th July 2018

      Hi, yes of course!

  • Vi
    19th August 2018

    I would like to spectate. Can I attend as audience?

    • Admin
      21st August 2018

      Hi Vi, yes you're more than welcome to attend a regional final as part of the audience.

  • Russell Haigh
    19th August 2018


    I am trying to enter my son into this years competition but the email links don't appear to be working can you please advise

    • Admin
      21st August 2018

      Hi Russell, if you copy and paste the email address into your email message that will work.

  • Ewen
    21st August 2018


    Does the video submission need to be along to music or just drums? Either way is no problem as I have both. Thanks

    • Admin
      22nd August 2018

      Hi Ewen, either is fine!

  • Ragini
    29th August 2018

    Have the results of the regional finalists been declared and emails sent?

    • Admin
      12th September 2018

      Hi Ragini, all applicants for the FUTUREBEAT regional finals have been notified.

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