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Iron Maiden’s Nicko McBrain launches his first drum shop in Manchester

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Nicko McBrain will open his first ever drum shop this coming Thursday (1st February).

Titled Nicko McBrain’s Drum One, the shop is located on the Trafford Park business estate in Manchester and it sells all major drum and percussion brands.

Formerly called Manchester Drum Centre, which first opened its doors in 35 years ago, Nicko and his business partner Craig Buckley – ex-general manager of Premier Drums - acquired the business on 1st November 2017 following the retirement of owner and operator Rob Pearson.

Sam McGoran long term manager at Drum Centre remains as sales manager and becomes a share holder in the business.

“I am extremely excited to be a part of this wonderful adventure,” enthuses Nicko. “It is a departure from my usual day job but nevertheless it is one that I am ready to take on.

“I’m so very grateful to Craig and Sam for giving me this wonderful opportunity to embrace and serve the retail side of the percussion world and YOU!  I am looking forward to the commitment, dedication and experience that is Nicko McBrain’s Drum One.”

In a note on the official Drum One website, Nicko called the shop “a percussion heaven for all that share a passion and love for these most beautiful instruments.”

He added: “Throughout the year, we will be hosting manufacturer’s events, seminars, drum shows, and clinics with some of the world’s greatest drummers. So, make sure you follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with everything that’s going on. Also, we will soon be launching our VIP Club where members can enjoy VIP member’s only offers throughout the year. It’s definitely worth checking out!”

Craig Buckley says: “It is an absolute pleasure to be working with Nicko again, we had such a good time working together during my time with Premier.

“When this opportunity was originally offered to me in the Summer I mentioned it to Nicko and he wanted to be involved immediately and since then we have been planning the restructure, the rebranding and the social media platform in a bid to have everything ready for our announcement at NAMM.

“We felt it was important to keep disruption to the business minimal when we took over so we took the decision to run simply as Drum Centre until we had all of the branding and shopfitting changed to the way we envisaged. The support we have received from the manufacturers and distributors since the takeover has been fantastic and I want to thank them all on behalf of Nicko, Sam and myself for their commitment.”

“We are planning a significant web presence for the business with an extremely well thought out web site and on-line retail facility which will be completed by Spring 2018. We are very keen to develop the actual store itself into a social hub for drummers, we will be holding regular in-store events hosted by manufacturers and clinics will be held at local venues. We want drummers to come along and hang out at the store whether they are buying or not, the kettle is always on.”

"Drum One is going to be an adventure and we want as many drummers as possible to be a part of it!”

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