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Tamborrada, San Sebastian, January 19th - 20th 2019

Tomborrada of Donstia, Drum Festival

Many years ago while touring I played a gig in San Sebastian, in the Basque region of Northern Spain.

San Sebastian left a great impression on me and I said to my wife about us visiting the place together some time.

In August 2018 I read an article about a festival held every year in San Sebastián called Tamborrada or “Festival of the Drum”. This sounded right up my street and the perfect excuse to go back to San Sebastian with my wife.

The festival was scheduled to start at midnight on Saturday 19th January and finish at midnight on Sunday 20th January with non stop drumming for 24 hours throughout the city.

I really didn't know what to expect but what I saw and heard was fascinating, incredible and very moving.

I’m going to write more about this and give some historical background to the festival over the next few weeks and put some festival footage that I filmed on here as well but for now here are a selection of photographs I took to give you a flavour of the festival.


Tomborrada San Sebastian

Tomborrada San Sebastian Spain

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Drum Festival Spain

Festival of Durms San Sebastian

Tomborrada of Donostia

24-house drum festival Spain

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Spanish Festival of Drums

24-house drum festival San Sebastian

Tomborrada, San Sebastian

Tomborrada of Donstia, San Sebastian


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