MusicRadar is UK-based, as are our pals at top drum mag Rhythm (who we collaborate with on these polls), so we couldn’t compile our end of year lists without celebrating all that’s great about the rock drumming talent right here on British soil.
Every type of British rock drummer is represented on this shortlist; from UK legends responsible for inspiring countless others to pick up sticks, to the players behind the UK’s new generation of festival headliners, plus a new breed of drummers breaking perceptions of how rock drumming should sound.
The bottom line is that the UK rock scene is buzzing and the future of the drum community is in good hands. So, who do you think has been the figurehead of the thriving British rock scene this year?
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Last year’s winner: Will Champion (Coldplay)
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