Nicko McBrain’s Drum One Store, Manchester, Astra Business Park – Iron Maiden Somewhere in Time Kit

Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain announces the launch of his first drum store, Nicko McBrain’s DRUM ONE.

Nicko McBrain’s DRUM ONE
Astra Business Park, Guinness Rd, Stretford, Manchester M17 1SQ
T: 0161 872 9777

Located in Manchester, the retail capital of the North of England on the Trafford Park business estate, the store features Planet Paiste, the UK’s largest dedicated Paiste show space and the Sonorsphere where customers will find the biggest selection of Sonor products in the country. All major drum and percussion brands will be stocked. Formerly Manchester Drum Centre, established since 1983, Drum One acquired the business on November 1st 2017 following the retirement of long term owner and operator Rob Pearson. The business continued to operate under the name Drum Centre until the formal launch of Drum One on January 25, 2018.

The project reunites the drummer with Craig Buckley, former GM at Premier Drums who is his partner in the business. Sam McGoran long term manager at Drum Centre remains as sales manager and becomes a share holder in the business.

Nicko McBrain: “I am extremely excited to be a part of this wonderful adventure. 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.”

Craig Buckley adds, “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!”

The rebranded Drum One will be fully open and operational from 1st February 2018.

Hello Boys and Girls,
Welcome to DRUM ONE, my brand new, most delectable drum emporium based in Manchester, England. We have created a percussion heaven for all that share a passion and love for these most beautiful instruments.
In the store, you will find the world’s best drums, percussion, and all the bits and bobs that accompany these products. We have a stunning, brand-new showroom where you can talk to a fantastic team of people who are as mad about drums as I am and if you’re nice to ‘em they will let you have a bash on a nice drum set. If you can’t get into the store, don’t worry because we have a fantastic and convenient on-line shopping site. This means we can ship goods to you anywhere in the world. So, everyone, no matter where you are, you can still enjoy the DRUM ONE experience from the comfort of your own drum. Haha!
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!
DRUM ONE is going to be a fantastic adventure, be a part of it.
Love to all,

Nicko’s iconic Somewhere in Time SONOR kit (pictured above) is on its way to Drum One.  The original kit that was used on ALL of the 1986/87 Somewhere On Tour dates will be on display in store and set up exactly as Nicko used it by his drum tech Charlie.

This will be the first of Nicko’s kits to appear in store, there will be more throughout the year.