Keep Hastings Weird!

As you may well know, Pierless Music has connections with The Stinger magazine, which is soon to bring out its 5th issue.

Well, here’s a post that was written for that 5th issue, but which got squeezed out in the final editing process. We thought we’d share it with you here, as we felt it would be a pity to ‘waste’ it.

So, here you go:

“As we’ve been trying to reach out to the local music scene’s in other areas, via The Stinger magazine, a not too surprising realisation has come to me.
We really are spoilt for choice, both musically and culturally, in the Hastings area. I’m sure many of you are now thinking, “we knew that already Andy”. I know, but please bare with me.

I’ve only got to think back to all of the festivals and events that The Stinger has previewed during our first five issues to reinforce that. We haven’t covered everything either, as some events haven’t fallen right for our publication dates.
And the sheer breadth of all these events is quite something too. From Blues to Jazz, from Sea Shanties to Seafood and Wine, from Beach Concerts to Beer Festivals, there really is something for everyone in this town.

In this issue (Issue 5, out very soon) we are covering the local music scene (specifically The Forum) in Tunbridge Wells, a town of around 100,000 people. Yes, Tunbridge Wells houses one of the best live music venues in the country, The Forum itself, a venue we’re very lucky to have on our relative doorstep. The town also has an annual mini music festival called ‘Local and Live’ and some other regular music venues too, but there appears to be nothing that compares to the variety and amount of events that we can boast here (I’m very happy to be corrected on this point by the way, if somebody knows better)

Another aspect is the amount of musicians, bands and acts that live and perform in Hastings. As we all know, every night of the week there is something musical going on within the town. This is something that most musicians who move to the area comment on, they just can’t believe it. It’s why so many of them stay here.

Why is this? I guess that’s the $64,000 question isn’t it?

I saw a piece of local street art recently, during yet another festival, Coastal Currents. It read “Keep Hastings Weird”, maybe that sums it up?

Is it that quirky nature, that we seem to revel in here, that makes Hastings such a vibrant and productive town? We tend to pride ourselves on being just a little bit different to everyone else, don’t we?
Why else would we all dress up as Pirates, adorn ourselves with garlands of leaves and daub our faces with green or black paint, depending on the season?

Hastings likes nothing better than accentuating all that makes the town different to anywhere else. Maybe that’s why we attract all those creative and artistic people in the first place? We draw them in like a magnet, with our strange ways and a realisation that in Hastings they can just be themselves and nobody will care, or bat an eyelid.

So, be very thankful of what we have here and don’t ever become complacent about it, as I obviously was until reminded otherwise.

Celebrate and support your local music, arts and cultural scene. There really is nothing like it anywhere else. Let’s make sure we keep it that way.

Keep Hastings Weird!”

Andy Gunton