Founder Biogs

Andy Gunton:

Andy Gunton is the Editor of The Stinger magazine, which is published every other month and distributed around Hastings and the surrounding area. The first issue was published in February 2014.

Andy was Chairman of Hastings Rock radio station from December 2005 until July 2013 and has also been a DJ on the station for the past 10+ years. During much of that time he has presented Hastings Rocks’ dedicated local music show.

He also presents a daily local music show on Carnival FM, a local radio station set up to broadcast during the Hastings Old Town Weeks of 2012, 2013 and 2014.

In the past Andy has also written about local music for several local publications and in May of 2013 he was asked to start writing a monthly Local Music News column for the Hastings Observer. This continued until his involvement with The Stinger magazine began.

Since 2004 Andy has been a regular compere at the annual ‘Beatles Day’ charity gig, both on Hastings Pier and at the White Rock Theatre. He has also compered other local music events.

After the fire on Hastings Pier in October 2010, Andy compiled and co-produced a 15 track CD of original local music called “Not The End Of The Pier”, in aid of the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust.

Until early 2012 Andy was Manager of local rock band Arivmia.

Andy is also an ex-drummer and used to play original music in bands during the late 1970’s and 1980’s.

You can see and read more from Andy on his personal blog here:

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Richard Anthony Lock:

Richard Anthony Lock is involved from head to toe in performance and everything that surrounds it.

He spent the early part of his career following the actors route. Performing and touring all over the world and in London’s West End, in both musicals and straight plays alike.

His brief film career saw him appearing in “Captain America” and Steven Spielberg’s, “War Horse”.

But, as with all actors there comes a time of “rest”, as they like to call it. It was during one of these rest periods that Richard fell in love with the Hastings music scene.

Richard has been playing guitar for 20 years, but confesses that it was playing a gig in Hastings that changed his whole perspective on shit and gave him the bigger picture. He wanted to be a part of it, in it and living it.

Since that fateful evening, Richard has toured the UK in local punk sensations “This Water Kills” and taken Hastings ‘Battle of the Band’ winners “The Kid Kapichi” on a national UK tour.

He is currently recording his solo album and is also setting up his own recording studio in the hope that the young musicians of Hastings will jump on the bandwagon of getting their music out there. Heard, but kept real and true.

For Richard there is nothing he believes in more than promoting the present music.

“We have had 10 years of twallop, apathy and nonsense. Let’s get with the revolution and start from the ground up!”