Play at the Big Green Cardigan Festival 2015

Does your band, or act, fancy playing at a local festival in September? If the answer is ‘Yes’, then read on.

The Big Green Cardigan Festival, which takes place on the weekend of 4-6th September, are looking for original local acts to grace their stage.

Here’s what they told us:

“The Big Green Cardigan are proudly announcing the launch of a competition for up and coming and under the radar musicians, bands and performers to play at their festival in East Sussex, this September.

Entries are welcome and encouraged from all areas of the community, but emphasis will be on supporting local talent.

The competition opens on Monday 1st June and runs for two weeks.

To enter – bands and musicians simply post your music, or performance, to the Festivals Facebook page:, sharing a Soundcloud (, or YouTube ( link to one of your songs.Then, please invite your friends to like and share those links.

The Festival are looking for original material please, rather than cover versions. 

The general public can also nominate acts, and provided the performer/band in question is happy to participate, they will be included in the competition!
All entrants need to be free the weekend of the 4th, 5th, 6th September 2015.

Small print:

Entrants are to travel to and from the festival site themselves; the winning entry will obtain tickets for the entire festival weekend plus a performance slot.They will also win a ‘rider’ courtesy of Langham Brewery; a case of their award winning ales.

All applicants must be over the age of 18.

Winning disabled applicants will also win an adult ticket to support or supervise their participation (discounts will also be available for additional adults and family members).

The winning entrant will be chosen by the festival organisers.”

The Big Green Cardigan Festival is held at a site on Hawkhurst Road, Cripps Corner, E Sussex, TN32 5SA.

More info can be found on the Festivals website:

Entries close on Monday, 15th June 2015.

Big Green Cardigan Festival 2014

Just because summer is (gradually) drawing to a close, doesn’t mean that it’s the end of the music festival season.

And as if to prove that, the 4th Big Green Cardigan Festival is taking place over the weekend of 5th, 6th and 7th of September 2014.

Big Green Cardigan takes place at Cripps Corner, near Hastings, in a lovely countryside setting. The festival prides itself on being a little different to the norm, when it comes to what we think of with music festivals these days.

As they put it themselves on their website:

Big Green Cardigan is “Intimate and relaxed, our festival is not big, nor is it brash. There is no corporate sponsorship and there are no gimmicks. In a way the event is – how do we put it – old school. The crowd genuinely listen to the music – it is a gathering place for music lovers – musical tastes of all kinds are catered for”

“Musically, there is no theme. But there will be lots of it; lots of music with no distinctive style  – from Americana to Country to Blues and even a touch of acoustic tribal trance”

As if to re-emphasise that they do things slightly differently, there are only 500 tickets available for each day, only over 18′s are admitted and there are “local real ales and ciders, home cooked food (at sensible prices) and enough clean (and regularly checked) toilets to go round”

But what of the acts playing over the weekend? Well, there is a mixture of local acts and many from further afield as well.

Confirmed so far are acts such as: King Size Slim, Red Butler, Sean De Burca, Red Dirt Skinners,Titus, Irie Method, Ricky Adelaide Swing Band and many, many more.

Tickets for the weekend, which include camping, are £66 per person, but they sell fast….

For more details, check out the festival website.

And, no, we don’t know where the festival get’s its name from either….

Stallion – Back In The Saddle

You wait 30 years for a gig by local prog-rockers Stallion and then two come along within the space of 9 months.

We wrote about Stallion here at Pierless Music back in August of last year, just before their comeback gig at the Big Green Cardigan Festival:

I was lucky enough to be at that gig and very good it was too. Obviously Stallion themselves must have enjoyed it as well, as they return for another gig this Friday, 11th April at The Carlisle, in Hastings.

Here’s the Facebook Event page:

So, if you missed, or were unable to attend, that comeback gig, this time it’s all happening rather closer to home. It’s free entry too.

Keyboard player Phil Thornton told Pierless Music, “To play in Hastings again, the bands hometown, is a dream long overdue. It will indeed be a special occasion”. I’m sure many of the bands fans from back in the 1970′s feel the same way.

If you don’t know Stallion, or maybe you’re a bit too young to remember them first time around, here’s a video shot at that Big Green Cardigan Festival gig last year:

Friday’s gig is being billed as a one-off event once again. But I’m told that the gig is being both recorded and filmed, which rather suggests that Stallion mean business and that more gigs are on the cards. I have also been reliably informed that the band are even writing new material together.

I’m sure all of this is very welcome news to Stallion’s many fans from yesterday. And who knows, after Friday’s gig maybe there will some new converts?

Here’s the Stallion line-up for the upcoming gig:

Julian Carter – Vocals and Guitar                                                                                     Phil Thornton – Keyboards                                                                                            John Petri – Guitar                                                                                                           Phil Gill – Bass Guitar                                                                                                    Miles Gill – Drums

Big Green Cardigan Festival

The kids are on their way back to school and the Summer is nearly over, but there’s still time to sneak in just one more music festival before the onset of Autumn.

Appropriately enough, seeing as the weather is cooling down, I’m talking about the Big Green Cardigan Festival, which takes place in nearby Cripps Corner on the weekend of 6th-8th September 2013.

This will be the 3rd year that this small and intimate festival, which prides itself on having no musical policy, will take place.
Therefore, you are likely to hear blues, prog rock, folk, sea shanties, gypsy swing and much more over the three days.

More info can be found on the Big Green Cardigan website at:

Mick Hoad, one of the organisers of the festival told me “We are definitely not The Black Horse Festival, but have more in common with that much loved festival than most of the local festival scene, due to our policy of booking critically acclaimed artists, mixed with local talent who perform their own material.
The Big Green Cardigan is really an old school festival with no gimmicks. It is a festival for music lovers where the audience is genuinely interested in listening to the acts.”

So, apart from hearing and seeing artists from as far afield as the USA, Belgium and Australia, you can also expect to see local favourites such as Buick 6, Expandis and Titus.

One of the highlights must surely be the return, after over 30 years, of local prog rockers Stallion. As mentioned in a previous post, they are playing on Friday 6th September. Read that post here:

More reasons to attend include local real ales such as Green Cardigan Ale, especially brewed for the festival by Full Moon Brewery from Henley Down. There is also camping available, so you don’t have to bother driving home again afterwards. There’s a food area with sensible prices and enough clean toilets to go round too. That makes a refreshing change doesn’t it?

Please note though that The Big Green Cardigan Festival is not geared towards families. With that in mind there is no admittance for persons under 14.

If this sounds like your kind of festival, tickets are available from, Hastings Tourist Information Centre & the Kings Head in Battle.

Don’t worry Summer isn’t over just yet.

Stallion Ride Again

Sometimes band reunions happen at just the right time and the re-emergence of Hastings band Stallion may well be a case in point.

For the uninitiated, Stallion were a prog rock band from Hastings who plied their trade during those heady days of the 1970′s. The many members of the band reads like a who’s who of well respected Hastings based musicians. Including the likes of the late Steve Demetri, Phil Gill, Phil Thornton, Roger Carey and Tich Turner, to name but a few.

Stallion’s career spanned nearly the whole of that musically rich decade and they have only now got around to finally releasing their great ‘lost’ album, ‘The Hard Life’.

‘The Hard Life’ is released on Prog-o-Tone Records and contains 11 of the bands tracks, which were recorded between 1974 and 1979.

Back in the 1970′s Stallion played alongside such great bands as Traffic, Curved Air and T-Rex, amongst others. Stallion also played at the Reading Festival and did headline gigs at the Marquee club, as well as being regular performers on Hastings Pier. They also won, outright, the 1976 Melody Maker Rock Contest. No mean achievement.

Stallion have been described by some as one of the great lost bands of that 1970′s Rock music era and you can understand why when you listen to the album. Unfortunately for them, their musical career happened to coincide with the emergence of Punk Rock and we all know how that affected many bands from that era don’t we?

Given a bit more luck who knows where they may have ended up? But, at least we now have the chance to relive those far off days via their music.

I suspect though that they may look a little different to when this photo was taken of one of those sold out gigs at the Marquee club in London:

So why could this be the right time for Stallion to make a comeback?

Well, prog rock is once again in the ascendency and Hastings Pier, a very familiar old stomping ground for the band, is also making a well received comeback.

And now to drive that point home, Stallion are playing their first gig for over 30 years at The Big Green Cardigan Festival, in nearby Cripps Corner, on Friday 6th September.

We’ll be talking more about the festival in a future post, but in the meantime more details can be found here:

To get yourself in the mood for this long overdue comeback gig, you can listen to and buy Stallion’s ‘The Hard Life’ by going here:

You can also find out more about Stallion by visiting their Facebook page here:

Rumour has it that this might not be the last we hear from Stallion as a live band. Wouldn’t it be great if one of their future gigs was back on the refurbished Hastings Pier in 2015?

Maybe I’ll see you there?

Mrs Yarringtons Music Club

I recently asked Mick Hoad of Mrs Yarringtons Music Club if he’d like to write a post for Pierless Music all about what they are doing and how they got to where they are now.

Some of you may not be aware of Mrs Yarringtons, so this is a great place to let you know.

Some may view Mick’s post as a bit of an advert and in some ways it is. But, i just wanted to tell local people about the good work that they are doing and have done in the past.

I’ve edited the post a little, with Mick’s full permission.

“The roots of Mrs Yarringtons Music Club can be traced back to our short lived CD shop ‘Mrs Yarringtons Music Emporium’ which opened in Battle in 2002.
Alongside the CD’s we also had a few acts play live in the shop. And with Richard Hughes, of future chart toppers Keane, a regular visitor to the shop, we also held Keane’s first ever CD signing session there, for the release of the original single version  of ‘This is the Last Time’.

At the time, we had promoted a few gigs at the Memorial Hall in Battle, which featured artist as diverse as Buick 6, a Gospel Choir and rockers Budgie. But it all ended in tears, with the addition of a Noise Limiter.

We had now got the gig bug and after much chat and a few beers, we decided to go another route and find an intimate setting where like-minded souls could come and just sit, listen to the music, with no talking, no mobile phones and a good sound system, but not within a bar environment.

Move on a few years, we finally found a suitable venue at Crowhurst Park, so Mrs Yarringtons Music Club was born. the opening night was in January 2009 and the first artist to perform was Claudia Coleman a local singer/songwriter who was 14 at the time. The headliner was the legendary Martin Carthy

The Club met once a month, always opening with a local act given the opportunity to perform their own work to an attentive audience.
The headliners were always an eclectic selection, such as acoustic artists Hatful of Rain, Aynsley Lister & Zen Bicycle Band. We also had various touring Americans, such as Brooks Williams, Drew Nelson, Lisa Mills and Australians, Hat Fitz & Cara and Jeff Lang. We even had a real Bay City Roller in Eric Faulkner.
There was no distinctive style. It could be Blues, Jazz, or Americana just as long as it is basically acoustic based. We are not a Folk club.

We have come close to finishing on more than one occasion. But over the last 12-18 months we have found our audience, or should I say they have found us. We now have a nice number of people turning up to each gig which has become a bit of a social event.
2012 bought two major decisions, one was going to a more regular fortnightly format. The other bigger decision was changing our venue, to The Senlac Inn in Battle, where we are now well supported by Steve the Landlord. Another great supporter of local music

We have had a great selection of local acts who have performed & are encouraged to play their own material. These have included Zoe Konez, Logan Wilson, Tim Hoyte, Otti Albietz and Anita Jardine, to name a few. Last year we introduced a few longer showcase sets for local acts, which have included Mick Bolton, Stone Junction and Roger Hubbard.

Mrs Yarringtons Music club is now firmly established on the ‘acoustic circuit’, with applications to play arriving every day from all over the UK and from agents representing overseas artists.

Already lined up for 2013 is the usual mix of quality blues, folk & touring colonials, with the likes of U.S duo McGraw and Fer and Blues legend Dave Kelly included.

So, where did the name ‘Mrs Yarringtons’ come from? Well, that’s another story.

And talking of another story (See what we did there?)

Planning is now underway for the 3rd ‘Big Green Cardigan’ event, which will be held over the weekend of 6th-8th September 2013.

Although conceived out of the ashes of the old ‘Black Horse Music Festival’ and you will see a lot of faces from that much loved event there, it is not Black Horse 2. The Big Green Cardigan event has its own identity which is intimate, chilled, relaxed and not big and brash.
Held just outside Cripps Corner, opposite Sedlescombe Vineyard, who provide a lovely wine bar, we have created a festival we would like to go to ourselves. It’s all about enjoyment of the event and the music. Respect for the musicians, your fellow guests and the environment.
It can offer things The Black Horse Festival couldn’t, including late night music and camping.
We took the decision not to gear The Big Green Cardigan towards families. If that’s what you are looking for, there are already plenty of alternatives out there. And with that in mind, there is no admittance for folks under 14.

The Big Green Cardigan is really an old school festival with no gimmicks. It is not sponsored, it is not commercialised and if it doesn’t work, it is down to us.

We have a mixture of headliners and interesting acts from around the country. Artists that have appeared so far include, Roachford, Aynsley Lister, Achanak, Baka Beyond and they are all supported by a roll call of local artists, once again performing their own material, including Expandis, Stone Junction, Titus and Anita Jardine.

With local real ales, last year provided by ‘Old Dairy Brewery’ and enough clean toilets to go round, we can offer the full festival experience just down the road.

When we say intimate we mean it. Therefore, hundreds and not thousands of tickets, go very fast.

Mrs Yarringtons Music Club is run by Mick & Dave Hoad and is held at The Senlac Inn, Battle

For upcoming gigs and info check out, or  call: 07794821454. Gigs are also listed in the Pierless Music Gig Guide.

Info for The Big Green Cardigan can be found at:

Thanks to Mick Hoad for writing this piece for us.