Off Axis – Fat Tuesday

(Updated 12.02.2015)

This years Hastings Fat Tuesday celebrations have several new additions to the already hectic schedule and Off Axis is just one of them.

But what is Off Axis and what can you expect to see and hear?

We have mentioned the Off Axis idea on Pierless Music before, as you can read here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/off-axis-with-dorey-the-wise/

The aims of Off Axis are to “help bands to connect together and build audiences and networks across the UK”. That’s something that appeals to us here at Pierless Music and the Fat Tuesday team as well, hence getting them involved with this years festival.

You can out more and get involved here: http://offaxisnetwork.com/

This year there will be a dedicated Off Axis event at The Carlisle, on Sunday 15th February. A total of 12 bands will be playing 20 minute sets, upstairs and downstairs.

The acts are coming from as far afield as Bristol, Kent, Brighton and even Rouen in France. There will also be some local favourites to see too.

Here is a list of acts and proposed stage times (subject to change):

1.30pm: WAX – (Downstairs)

2pm: Joe Corbin – (Upstairs)

2.30pm: Native People – (Downstairs)

3pm: Follow – (Upstairs)

3.30pm: A Billion Lions – (Downstairs)

4pm: Of Empires – (Upstairs)

4.30pm: Less Than Worse – (Downstairs)

5pm: Dorey The Wise – (Upstairs)

5.30pm: Kid Kapichi – (Downstairs)

6pm: The Scruff – (Upstairs)

6.30pm: Candela – (Downstairs)

7pm: Lascaux – (Upstairs)

For more info about the bands and the event, visit the Fat Tuesday website:

http://www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk/2015/sunday/#off_axis

100 Not Out

On Thursday, 2nd October in Hastings, Tara Reddy, Tim Barton and Simon Mouatt (plus friends) are together hosting two events to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the publication of Robert Tressell’s ‘Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ and its subsequent impact on socialism in Britain.

(‘Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’ was famously set in the fictional town of Mugsborough, which was modelled on Robert Tressell’s hometown of Hastings. Tressell was a sign writer here and examples of his his work can still be seen by the eagle eyed.

Sadly, Robert Tressell died in 1911, before the publication of ‘Ragged Trousered Philanthropists’)

Events on this day of celebration will include live music, mini-talks, a book-stall, performance poetry, story-telling, a photographic display of key events and a performance by the well known socialist poet Attila the Stockbroker.

In the afternoon, at the Urban BBQ in Robertson St (2-6pm), there will be readings from Tim Barton, Bryan MacMahon (author of ’Robert Tressell, Dubliner’), story-telling, acoustic music and a bookstall.

The evenings entertainment at The Carlisle (7pm to midnight) will begin with local singer/songwriter Tom Cole, followed by National Blues Award winner (2014) King Size Slim, the legendary Tymon Dogg and the aforementioned Attila the Stockbroker. There will also be contributions from Professor of Economics Nick Potts, Martin Chomsky (author of ‘RTP Downsized’), Selena Saliva (poet), the local Tressell Society and Chopper (DJ).

The evening will be compered by David Francis and will close with the Brighton-based punk band Pig City Angels. It sounds like a great evening of varied entertainment.

Both events will be non-ticketed (i.e. free) in order to encourage a larger audience, although individual donations to meet event expenses will be welcomed.

The events are planned to coincide with the launch of a Hastings campaign, headed by Tara Reddy, to install a permanent statue of Robert Tressell in the town. Which sounds like a great idea to us and one that is long overdue as well.

Further information will be given on the day and there will be an opportunity to sign up for the memorial campaign as well.

Local Music News – May 2013

Here’s my Local Music News column that appeared in the 3rd May issue of the Hastings Observer.

“Just as last month was all about singer/songwriters & possibly the lighter side of the local musical spectrum, this month it’s all about Rock with a capital ‘R’!

You wait for a much promised album from one of Hastings finest exponents of Rock music & then two come along at once.

Just last week Hornet released their debut album “Skies Are Falling”, but only to a select group of loyal fans. The rest of the world has to wait until June for the full album release.
Why? Well the production of “Skies Are Falling” was funded purely by Hornet’s fans via Pledge Music, one of several new ways for musicians to help further their careers, without the need for a traditional record company.
You can still help the band & get your hands on the album before everyone else by visiting: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hornetdebutalbum

The month of May see’s the release of the eagerly anticipated new 9 track album by local rockers Arivmia, entitled “Echoes From The Wilderness”.
To celebrate this the band have an official album launch gig at The Carlisle on Saturday 11th May. Entry is free & will include a live set by Arivmia, plus support & even an after show party. You can buy your copy of the album on the night too.
Apparently, this is the only local scheduled gig by Arivmia in 2013, so don’t miss out.
More info can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/Arivmia

Both Hornet & Arivmia are bound to be played during May’s 28 day broadcast of Hastings Rock radio, which starts on Saturday May 4th on 87.7FM. As are Otti Albietz & Harvey Summers, who were featured in last months column.
I shall be presenting a dedicated Local Music Show on Sunday evenings between 8-10pm. I hope you can join me.

Andy Gunton,
Pierless Music & Hastings Rock”