12th UK Taiko Festival
Jun 30 – Jul 2 all-day

12th UK Taiko Festival Performances

Friday 30th June
Feast of Taiko, Exeter Northcott Theatre, 7.30pm

A showcase of taiko performances from youth taiko groups.

Tickets are available from the Exeter Northcott Website.

Saturday 1st July
Taiko Beats, Exeter Northcott 12.00 – 2.00pm

Taiko groups from all over the world performing on stage at the Exeter Northcott.

Tickets are available from the Exeter Northcott Website.

Please note if your group is performing in Taiko Beats you do not need to buy a ticket but you will need to obtain wristbands for members of your group from the UK Taiko Festival team in advance. Find out more.

Pulse & Roll, Exeter Northcott, 7.30pm

Kagemusha Taiko present an exhilarating, uplifting new show which sees the group joined from Japan by former Kodo member, Shogo Yoshii , and from USA by one of the world’s leading taiko performers, Shoji Kameda.   Kagemusha Taiko themselves have toured in Japan, represented European taiko at the World Taiko Gathering in Los Angeles, and featured in the European Taiko Concert in Dusseldorf, Germany.  This is the one and only chance to see “Pulse & Roll” performed with this outstanding line-up of players.

Tickets are available from the Exeter Northcott Website.

Pulse & Roll – Exeter Northcott @ Exeter Northcott
Jul 1 @ 7:45 pm – 10:30 pm

Headlining the 12th UK Taiko Festival, for this special concert, Kagemusha Taiko are joined from Japan by former Kodo member, Shogo Yoshii,and from the USA by one of the world’s leading taiko performers, Shoji Kameda. The show will also include a special performance of Brother Drum. Tickets are already selling fast, so don’t delay and book online now.

Brother Drum @ Exeter Phoenix
Jul 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
An extra-special addition to the schedule, Brother Drum will be the final concert of 12th UK Taiko Festival. Featuring Kagemusha Taiko, Tuschigumo Daiko, Shoji Kameda, Shogo Yoshii and musicians Damian Clarke, George Whitfield & Hibiki Ichikawa. Brother Drum involves not only the theatrical drama and emotional power of taiko drumming, it also embraces folk and traditional music from the UK, Japan and USA, as typified by the title song of the show which you can watch here.
Brother Drum will take place the Phoenix Arts Centre, Exeter, on Sunday 2nd July at 7pm.

Brother Drum CD Cover

13th UK Taiko Festival @ Leicester
Jul 5 – Jul 7 all-day

The 13th UK Taiko Festival will be taking place 5th – 7th July 2019 in Leicester across various venues.

The Festival will feature three fantastic concerts;

Feast of Taiko, 5th July, 7.30pm, Sue Townsend Theatre.

A fabulous showcase of taiko from youth groups across the UK. This concert is now sold out, to go on the waiting list please email


Taiko Beats, 6th July, 12.15pm, Sue Townsend Theatre.

Six different taiko groups from across the UK each play for 10-minutes. A great way to sample a variety of taiko styles. Tickets £12.50 available from here.


Taiko Without Borders, 6th July, Sue Townsend Theatre.

The Festival’s headline concert featuring Kaoly Asano (Japan) with Kion Dojo (Germany), plus Tsuchigumo Daiko (Scotland) and Tano Taiko (England). Tickets: £20.00 per person available from here.


Saturday 6th July will also see the LCB Depot become the Festival hub with taiko presentations, outdoor performances and more.

On Sunday 7th July there will be a special outdoor performance of ELEVEN at Humberstone Gate West.

To find out more about the Festival please visit