2015 RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts

Rumours of its demise have, thankfully, been rather premature because the annual RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts are going ahead in 2015 after all, albeit in a slightly different location.

This year the Beach Concerts are taking place on the Stade Open Space in Hastings. They will also be held at their traditional time, the opening weekend of Hastings Old Town Carnival Week. This year that will be on Saturday, 1st and Sunday, 2nd August.

The confirmed line ups for each day are as follows -

Saturday, 1st August:

2.00 – 2.45: Doghouse
3.15 – 3.45: Titus
4.15 – 5.00: Dr Savage
5.30 – 6.15: Highway
6.45 – 8.00: 1066 Rockitmen

Sunday, 2nd August:

2.00 – 2.30: Sean Fennessey and Friends
3.00 – 3.45: The Kytes
4.15 – 5.00: The Cajun Dawgs
5.30 – 7.00: The Blues Bros Show

The 2015 Beach Concerts have been arranged by Mike Raxworthy, who told me, “I’m putting on the music, staging and the sound, working in conjunction with the Old Town Traders Association who have been raising the money through sponsors in and around Hastings Old Town.

We are doing our own bar, and our own BBQ at very special prices, so we can plough absolutely every penny of the profit into the charity pot. We will also be selling candy floss and popcorn.

Mike added. “It’s a free concert, as usual, but we will have ‘Bucketeers’ circulating throughout the day. We are also selling t-shirts featuring our poster design at only £10….on sale from July 1st in some pubs and shops around the Old Town.”

So why the change of venue?

Well, it all comes down to work being done around the Lifeboat Station itself, which means that that area is unable to be used at present. It is hoped that the Beach Concerts can return to their ‘home’ once again in 2016.

In the meantime, lets hope for some sunny Hastings type weather for that weekend and indeed for the whole of Old Town Carnival Week.

I’m sure you’d all join me in saying well done to Mike Raxworthy, the Old Town Traders Association and the rest of the team for rescuing this event for 2015 and for all their hard work in doing so.

Enjoy the gigs, but don’t forget to put some money in the buckets, it’s for a very worthy cause after all.

PS: The organisers of the Beach Concert are looking for volunteer marshalls for both days. If you can help, please contact them via the new Facebook event page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hastings-Free-Beach-Concert/695268400595809

Carnival FM 2014

Hastings Old Town Carnival Week is upon us once again. In recent years that has also meant that the Old Town get’s its very own radio station and this year is no exception.

Carnival FM is already broadcasting on 87.9FM locally and also online via their website at: http://carnivalfm.co.uk/

The radio station is on air until midnight on Sunday, 3rd August, so why not tune in?

As in previous years, I shall be presenting a dedicated Local Music Show on weekday evenings between 6 and 8pm, Monday 28th July to Friday 1st August.

During these shows I shall be having live sessions and doing interviews with local acts in the Carnival FM studio. These sessions will go out live, they will also be filmed and recorded for future broadcasting.

Acts already booked to come into the studio are as follows. Please be aware that these may be subject to change:

Monday, 28th July: Skinny Lister + The Tabs

Tuesday, 29th July: Louis Turpin and Roger Hubbard + The Moors

Wednesday, 30th July: The Piercings

Thursday, 31st July: Harry Osborne + Otti Albietz

Friday, 1st August: Titus + Buddha Triangle.

I’m certainly looking forward to seeing and hearing all of these acts and I’m sure I’ve whetted your appetite too.

I hope to have the pleasure of your company next week.

Andy Gunton

RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts 2014

You know summer is here when details start to emerge of the annual RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts.

This traditional start to Hastings Old Town Carnival Week, now in its 26th year, takes place over the weekend of Saturday, 26th July and Sunday, 27th July 2014.

The concerts will be held in their usual spot, next to the RNLI Lifeboat station.

The line up’s and stage timings, which are subject to change and alteration, are as follows:

Saturday, 26th July – 1 to 8pm:

Ed Boxall – 1.15pm

Goo Goos – 2.15pm

Ruff Copy – 3.25pm

Star Scream – 4.40pm

Martin Blackman Band – 5.40pm

Kid Kapichi – 7pm

Sunday, 27th July – 1 to 7pm:

Titus – 1.05pm

Wakin’ Snakes – 2.15pm

Joe Rytlewski Band – 3.25pm

Hornet – 4.40pm

Local Heroes – 6pm

The beach concerts are being sponsored by The Carlisle pub and a collection will be held on both days for the RNLI, please give generously.

Well done to all of the Hastings Beach Concerts team for all their hard work, time and dedication in helping to bring us these great gigs year after year.

Let’s hope for a nice, sunny weekend.

 

Carnival FM

Carnival FM has just started its second broadcast. You can hear it locally now on 87.9FM and also via the Internet by going to their website at: http://www.carnivalfm.co.uk/

As with last years broadcast, I shall be presenting a series of Local Music Shows. They will be on weekday evenings between 6 to 8pm. The first one is today, Friday 2nd August.

During next weeks shows I shall be having some live sessions by local bands and artists. We are planning two sessions per weekday, one during each hour of the show. The only exception is Thursday, when there is live music outside the studio, due to the Old Town High Street Traders Party, so we’ll just have the one session that night.

All the shows will be podcasted afterwards, for those who may not get to hear the broadcast. We are also videoing the sessions and related interviews. These will be uploaded to the Carnival FM YouTube channel as soon as we can get them there.

In the meantime you can still watch some of last years sessions on the YouTube channel, which you can find here: https://www.youtube.com/user/CarnivalFM/videos

We have also pre-recorded an interview and live session with Claire Hamill which will go out live during this evenings show. I may be biased, but it’s well worth listening to.

To get you in the mood the guys at Rock-A-Nore Productions made a promo video for the Carnival FM broadcast. You can watch that here:

Happy listening.

Hastings Beach Concerts – Update

As I hope you’re all aware, this weekend see’s the return of the RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts.

Well, we now have the running order and timings. As with all events, things don’t always go to plan, shit happens etc etc. So please be aware that these timings and even the bands could change.

But here are the timings so that you don’t miss that act you’ve been waiting to see:

Saturday 3rd August:

Harry Osborne                      1.00-1.25

Tusk                                      1.30-2.10

Anita Jardine                         2.15-2.40

Kingbathmat                         2.55-3.50

Dead Rabbits                        4.10-5.05

Vindickers                             5.25-6.20

Ugenix                                  6.40-7.35

Rhythm Section                    7.55-8.55

Sunday 4th August:

Star Scream                          1.10-1.50

Fabulous Red Diesel             2.10-3.10

Under The Covers                3.30-4.30

90% Proof                               4.50-5.50

Blair                                        6.10-7.00

Enjoy the gigs and don’t forget to put some money in the collection buckets for the RNLI.

Hastings Beach Concerts – Line Up

Pierless Music can now reveal to you the line up for the 2013 Hastings Beach Concerts.

The gigs will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 3rd and 4th of August. They will be held in their usual spot, just next to the Lifeboat Station.

As with any event like this, the line up is subject to change.

Saturday 3rd August – 1 to 9pm:

The Rhythm Section – Ugenix – The Vindickers – Dead Rabbits – King Bathmat – Anita Jardine – Tusk – Harry Osborne.

Sunday 4th August – 1 to 7pm:

Blair – 90% Proof – Under The Covers – The Fabulous Red Diesel – Star Scream.

As usual, there will a collection for the RNLI and there will also be a bar provided. Because of this, gig goers are asked not to bring their own alcohol.

Also, because of insurance restrictions, no BBQs are allowed on site. Please respect this.

At Pierless Music we are very happy to see so many local acts who write and perform their own music included in the line up this year. That’s great to see and let’s hope that it becomes a regular feature.

You may remember that Tony Streeter wrote a blog post for this site some time ago explaining what went into putting an event like the Beach Concerts on. It was certainly an eye opener. You can read it here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/tony-streeter/rnli-hastings-beach-concert/

Tony mentioned in that post that it costs approx £4,000 to put these gigs on every year. This years Beach Concerts have been made possible by donations made by Bob Faulkner of The Carlisle. So, many thanks to him for helping to enable these 25th anniversary concerts to go ahead. Happy silver anniversary.

Of course, any post about the RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts is a great opportunity to watch, once again, the late and great John Martyn performing there back in 1991. Great stuff. See how many people you recognise.

Thanks to Tony Streeter and everyone involved with the Hastings Beach Concerts for all their hard work in helping to bring Hastings these wonderful gigs every year. They have become a fixture in the local calendar and long may they contune to be so.

Fat Tuesday – Reflections

So, have you all recovered from the festivities yet? I think i have, but i’m still buzzing from a great evening on Tuesday.

For those of you who didn’t, or were unable to attend any of the Fat Tuesday events over the past weekend, you missed something just a little bit special.

Fat Tuesday is one of those things that the people of Hastings seem to do so much better than just about anywhere. Maybe with the possible exceptions of great cities like  New Orleans, or Rio. But, for a town of our size, we sure do pack a punch when it comes to celebrations.

Pierless Music were lucky enough to have been involved in a small way and we attended several of the weekends events. All of the ones that i went to personally were memorable. Whether that be for the atmosphere around the particular event, or because of the quality of the music and musicianship on display.

The addition of Saturdays ‘Unplugged’ gigs in the Old Town was particularly welcome. 100 gigs in 5 hours, across several different venues and involving many acts was great fun. And the sheer variety of the music played and heard was stunning.

As somebody said to me on that afternoon, “Give it a couple of years and this ‘Unplugged’ afternoon will be huge”. I can’t disagree with that.

Monday evening saw me at the Brass Monkey for ‘Slim Monday’ with, appropriately enough, King Size Slim. I’d only intended to pop into the venue to see someone, but ended up staying all evening because of the quality of the music and the band. It was that kind of weekend.

Of course the big night and the one that it’s really all about was Fat Tuesday itself.

I spent the evening with The Kid Kapichi, due to our involvement with them. But, this also meant that i was at the same venues directly before the ‘Special Guests’ were due to play. Venues were so busy that they were operating a ‘one out – one in’ policy. Hardly surprising since the word had got out that Skunk Anansie were in fact the ‘Special Guests’.

What a coup it was to have got a band of their stature to come to little old Hastings and then play in such venues as the Dragon Bar, The Nelson and The Carlisle. Well done to Skunk Anansie for doing that. They certainly seemed to have enoyed themselves and the experience too.

From a personal point of view, the highlight of the whole weekend was that final gig at The Carlisle. Standing by the side of the stage watching The Kid Kapichi play a storming set and gather many new fans in the process and then to see Skunk Anansie on the same stage immediately afterwards, was something rather special.

I’m sure that everyone who attended any of the events over the Fat Tuesday evening has got their own special memories too. And all of that is due to the organisation of Adam Daly, Bob Tipler and all their team who helped to make Fat Tuesday the event that it is. Huge thanks must go out to them. Well done guys.

I could go on about the general atmosphere surrounding Fat Tuesday, the great camaradarie of all the musicians and the wonderful costumes that people wore. But, i’ve already written more than i intended.

But, i’ll leave you with a video i recorded of The Kid Kapichi at The Carlisle on that special night. For me, it sums up that gig, Fat Tuesday itself and the great time that everbody had. Enjoy.

Fat Tuesday

Christmas is now a distant memory and spring is still some way over the hill. It’s still chilly, but the people of Hastings and St Leonards have something to look forward to with the approach of the annual Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival!

This is the fourth year of the New Orleans Mardi Gras themed event and it promises to be bigger and better than ever – with music, umbrella parades, food and drink events all included over the festival period running from Friday 8th to Tuesday 12th of February.

Dressing up in true Mardi Gras fashion is the order of the day – masks, face paint, fancy dress or colourful clothes – anything goes really.

Fat Tuesday has become one of Hastings most anticipated annual events. Attracting people from far and wide and recruiting enthusiastic volunteers whose valiant efforts raise awareness and also money for local charities.

Hastings Fat Tuesday has evolved over previous years into 2013′s five day programme of events, running from Friday 8th through till Tuesday 12 February.

Hastings Fat Tuesday aims to provide something for everyone. From a tongue in cheek “Cardi Gras” Cake Sale organised by the local Women’s  Institute,  “Unplugged” music  sessions in various local bars and restaurants, an Afro/Caribbean Party Night, a Grande Mardi Gras Ball and a colourful Umbrella Parade through the Town Centre which finishes with more live music and a street BBQ at the America Ground.

All of this builds up to the main event of Hastings Fat Tuesday itself, which this year falls on the 12th of February. This year 8 local venues squeeze in 16 bands, who each play 20 minutes sets in 3 of the venues. So each venue hosts 6 gigs between 8pm and at 11/11.30pm. This is then followed by the now legendary After Show Party at the Brass Monkey, with another great live act and DJ’s running through till 3AM.

The musical mayhem is built throughout the evening as those 16 bands criss-cross the town to get to their next gig. On the way passing groups of people moving onto their next venue to catch the band of their choice.

This year is set to be bigger and better than ever with more events, more locations, more bands and three incredibly exciting performances from a very special mystery guest!

Full details of all events including an online ticket office and information on other “fringe” events planned for the festival period can be found on the festival website: www.hastingsfatuesday.co.uk Info can also be found on the Pierless Music Gig Guide, including the full line up for the main Fat Tuesday gigs.

To see what’s in store, take a look at this video of the 2011 event:

Traditionally occurring on Shrove Tuesday, “Fat Tuesday” (English for Mardi Gras) is a day of serious partying in some parts of the world, as people let their hair down before observing the restrictions of Lent which starts on the following day, Ash Wednesday.

As with many early spring and Easter customs Mardi Gras has ancient roots, including the pagan Roman customs of Lupercalia and Saturnalia. Tied into the lunar calendar, the date marks the turning of the year from winter to spring – another reason to celebrate.

I’ll see you there.

(Written using the official Fat Tuesday press release)