The Pandemonium Drummers are the Volunteer Drummers from the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony.



A few minutes after the Bell rang, almost 1,000 drummers entered the field of play to support a dramatic soundtrack to the Pandemonium segment that saw one of the biggest live stage set changes in history, all within the space of 15 minutes. The scene ended with the five Olympic Rings on fire, cast from the iron and steel by the industrial workers.


All drummers on the field of play and on the Tor (the hill at the northern end of the Olympic Stadium) were volunteer performers with varying degrees of drumming experience. Some are professional drummers, but most had only little or no contact with drums before the Olympic Ceremony rehearsals.

The drummers had a dual role during the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, and also acted as athletes’ marshals during the Parade of Athletes.

We reappeared in the London 2012 Olympic Closing Ceremony as athletes’ marshals in our now iconic blue lightbulb bowler hat costume.


Go Local 2013 in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park


The Pandemonium Drummers are an independent constituted non-profit volunteer music and performance group.

In May 2013, we set up a committee of currently ten members, who deal with all administrative issues.

As members of Making Music, we are fully insured and committed to advancing music making and supporting charitable causes.

Performances and Bookings

In our performances, we bring back the Olympic spirit to audiences with our drumming and dancing, but we are highly flexible and can adapt to a variety of settings, contexts and occasions.

We usually perform in one of the following costumes:
Industrial Revolution
Grass Shirts (Opening Ceremony)
Blue Lightbulb Bowler Hats
Ceremonies T-Shirts
all black

Our performances are usually either procession-type drum-only displays, or stationary performances with or without backing track, from small-scale community events to large-scale stadium shows, with various levels of audience interaction.

We can provide our own directors and choreographers, all on a volunteer basis, to develop venue-specific shows, but are equally happy to work under the direction of established stage teams.

You can book us for your event. Please visit our website for full details