Hastings Fat Tuesday 2014

It’s very nearly time for another one of those highlights of the Hastings year, Fat Tuesday.

It all kicks off tomorrow, Friday 28th, and details of events across the whole five days can be found on the official website: http://www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk/2014/

There is plenty to enjoy over the course of the celebrations, but one of the best aspects of Hastings Fat Tuesday is the opportunity it gives for local original musicians to showcase their talents to a wider audience. Fat Tuesday brings visitors from far and wide to Hastings. After all, everyone likes a party don’t they?

So, I thought I’d highlight some of the events, within the five days of celebrations, that help to showcase that original musical talent.

Friday evening brings the official Launch Party at The Jenny Lind, with The Cajun Dawgs sharing their authentic Cajun and Zydeco sounds, straight from the deep south of the UK.

There’s just time to catch your breath, and shake off that hangover, before The Unplugged Tour on Saturday afternoon between 1 and 6pm. 30 acts, performing 150 gigs, across several venues in Hastings Old Town.

This is only the second year of The Unplugged Tour, but it’s one of the events that I’m looking forward to the most. Many of our best local acts will be performing acoustic versions of their songs, quite possibly for the first time. So it’s a great opportunity to see those bands in a different light and often out of their comfort zone too.

Sunday afternoon see’s the return of SXSE at The Union Bar: https://www.facebook.com/events/261077317383850/

This showcase features 8 local bands aiming to claim the final slot on Tuesday nights Fat Tuesday Tour. I’m lucky enough to be one of the judges for this and it promises to be a great afternoon.

Monday gives you a chance to catch your breath a little with Slim Monday at the Brass Monkey. Performing on the night will be the appropriately named King Size Slim, and if he’s anywhere near as good as the last time I saw him play, this is another gig not to be missed.

Tuesday evening brings us to the highlight and climax of the whole Hastings Fat Tuesday celebrations with the Fat Tuesday Tour itself. 8 venues, and 16 bands playing 3 gigs each.

2013 set a benchmark with Skunk Anansie playing to excited crowds at the Dragon Bar, Lord Nelson and The Carlisle. So, 2014 has a lot to live up to, but I’ve no doubt that the levels of excitement and quality of music will be just as good.

See the official Fat Tuesday programme within the first issue of The Stinger magazine for full details of all the events.

Overall, Hastings Fat Tuesday 2014 will feature over 250 performances, by 65 artists, across 25 different venues. Now that’s quite some party!

And possibly the best thing about all the events I’ve mentioned here, is that they’re all absolutely free.

We’ve never really needed an excuse to party in Hastings, but if one was ever needed, Fat Tuesday is a far better one than most.

Happy Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday everyone. See you there.

The Stinger – Now Online

Some of you out there may well have already seen a copy of the first issue of The Stinger magazine. We have been gradually distributing copies around Hastings and the surrounding area over the past two weeks.

Well now you can also read and even download a copy from The Stinger’s website. So if you’ve missed out so far, or live outside the Hastings area, there’s no need to feel left out.

Just go to the website and click on the download link: http://www.thestinger.org.uk/

Now that you’ve had a chance to see and read our first issue, we’d like to hear your thoughts on The Stinger. We’d like to know what you feel we’re doing right and also if there is anything about the magazine that you’re not so keen on.

We realise that we can’t get it right straight away, although the feedback we’ve had so far has been very positive. So, if you’re happy to give us your views, we’d love to hear them.

Email The Stinger via: contact@thestinger.org.uk and tell us what you think, or ask us a question about the magazine.

We’ll try and publish some of your comments and answer any questions in our next issue, which is due in mid April by the way.

Thanks.

Compare and Contrast

One of the many things that is so good about the local music scene is the diversity of both music and talent that are present here in the Hastings area.

Here are two videos to help show a bit of that diversity.

First up, something brand new from Otti Albietz. The song is called ‘It’s Nice To Feel Alive’ and it comes from his forthcoming ‘And The Voices’ album. I’ve been lucky enough to have heard the album and very good it is too.

This video was filmed by Ali Graham. The constructions were built by Otti and Thad Skews.

In complete contrast comes the latest video from Maid of Ace, a band that are starting to make waves within the Punk Rock community, and rightly so.

Called ‘Spittin’ Blood’, this was filmed and directed by Mark Richards and was shot around Dungeness, near to Hastings.

As always, if you know of anymore local videos that we may have missed, please tell us.

Rockfest – A Postscript

Not long ago I wrote a post here about Rockfest, organised by the Hastings Musical Festival: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/hastings-music-festival-2014-rockfest/

Well, there is some good news to report.

The Rockfest is now fully subscribed with local bands. In fact there’s now a waiting list, in case of any withdrawals.

Also, the potential problem of a lack of backline equipment, for the bands use, has also been resolved. The good people of the Contemporary Music School, in St Leonards (http://www.makingmusicians.com/), have stepped in and agreed to supply the equipment needed.

So why not come along from 6pm on the evening of Friday 21st March, at the White Rock Theatre, to watch and listen to Rockfest.

As mentioned before, I’ll be the compere for Rockfest and I look forward to seeing you there.

The Stinger

February 19th 2014 see’s the official launch of a brand new, free, independent local music magazine for Hastings and the surrounding area. Called The Stinger, the magazine will be published every two months.

The Stinger will include coverage of original local music, bands and artists, across different musical genre’s and age groups. There will also be gig and music reviews, local and national music news, comment pieces and much more relating to the local music scene. Another aspect that will be covered is the musical history of the Hastings area, something that is well worth talking about and reliving.

You can keep up to date with The Stinger via its website: www.thestinger.org.uk and also their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/thestingermag

The Stinger is the first project of the newly formed Hastings Fat Tuesday charity, which we’ve talked about here at Pierless Music before.

As you may remember from previous posts, Pierless Music, and especially myself, are joining up with the team behind the Fat Tuesday and Voodoo Fest events to help with the running of the Hastings Fat Tuesday charity.

I am pleased to say that I am now the Managing Editor of The Stinger and my Pierless Music colleague Richard Lock is a contributor, so you may see some crossover between the two projects in the future.

When Richard and I created Pierless Music, back in late 2012, one of our initial aims was to start up a local music magazine/fanzine for the Hastings area. But, for several reasons, we weren’t able to fulfill that ambition. So, in many ways, The Stinger is the realisation of that dream.

Sometimes things take a little longer than you’d like, and as Tom Petty said, “The waiting is the hardest part”.

But, we got there in the end and we hope you’ll agree that The Stinger has been worth that wait.

PS: We now have an official launch party and you’re invited. For more details visit the Facebook Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/801133736579983/