The Pierless Music Gig Guide

Regretfully, the Pierless Music Gig Guide will be closing up shop on New Years Eve 2015.

There are a number of reasons for this, one of them being that maintaining any type of Gig Guide is a thankless task. There are also many other Hastings based Gig Guides ‘competing’ for your attention.

A Gig Guide is only as good as the information provided and then listed within it. As hard as you may try, getting that info is not easy, as anyone who runs one of these services will tell you.

Some venues and promoters are good at providing gig info, but many are not, therefore no online Gig Guide is ever complete and definitive.

With that in mind The Stinger magazine have created a crowd sourced web based Gig Guide, called Gig Stinger, which is now ready for launch. You can access that Gig Guide via the link at the bottom of this post.

The idea behind Gig Stinger is that anyone, be they a band, venue, promoter or fan, can upload gig and event information to the site. This gig info will then be available for all to see, via an interactive map.

Suppliers of gig and event info will need to create a, free, account which will then enable them to upload that info. Those persons can then include extra info about their band, venue, event or gig, including social media links, photo’s etc.

Gig Stinger is already ‘live’, so why not have a look and create an account? It can be accessed via your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

We are intending to create a ‘User Guide’ to help anyone who may need it, but hopefully Gig Stinger isn’t too hard to use. We have already created ‘pages’ for a few local venues, but you are free to create your own, or add to those, once you are signed up.

There will be a submission process, to try to stop spurious info being uploaded.

The idea behind Gig Stinger is that the onus is put onto the band/act, venue, promoter etc to upload info about their own events and gigs, and promote them, this cuts out the ‘middle man’.

If Gig Stinger is not a success that will be because people haven’t uploaded and supplied information about their events. We will not be doing that on your behalf.

If Gig Stinger is a success, we already have ideas about how it can be expanded for other, non musical, events, and even for towns/cities further afield too.

So………………..

Thanks for your support for the Pierless Music Gig Guide over the past few years, it is much appreciated.

The Pierless Music website will remain, although at present I’m not sure how much new content will be uploaded to it, as The Stinger magazine will take preference.

For future gigs please visit Gig Stinger: http://www.thestinger.org.uk/gigs#.VnVKb_mLTIU

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

Hastings Fat Tuesday 2014

It’s very nearly time for another one of those highlights of the Hastings year, Fat Tuesday.

It all kicks off tomorrow, Friday 28th, and details of events across the whole five days can be found on the official website: http://www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk/2014/

There is plenty to enjoy over the course of the celebrations, but one of the best aspects of Hastings Fat Tuesday is the opportunity it gives for local original musicians to showcase their talents to a wider audience. Fat Tuesday brings visitors from far and wide to Hastings. After all, everyone likes a party don’t they?

So, I thought I’d highlight some of the events, within the five days of celebrations, that help to showcase that original musical talent.

Friday evening brings the official Launch Party at The Jenny Lind, with The Cajun Dawgs sharing their authentic Cajun and Zydeco sounds, straight from the deep south of the UK.

There’s just time to catch your breath, and shake off that hangover, before The Unplugged Tour on Saturday afternoon between 1 and 6pm. 30 acts, performing 150 gigs, across several venues in Hastings Old Town.

This is only the second year of The Unplugged Tour, but it’s one of the events that I’m looking forward to the most. Many of our best local acts will be performing acoustic versions of their songs, quite possibly for the first time. So it’s a great opportunity to see those bands in a different light and often out of their comfort zone too.

Sunday afternoon see’s the return of SXSE at The Union Bar: https://www.facebook.com/events/261077317383850/

This showcase features 8 local bands aiming to claim the final slot on Tuesday nights Fat Tuesday Tour. I’m lucky enough to be one of the judges for this and it promises to be a great afternoon.

Monday gives you a chance to catch your breath a little with Slim Monday at the Brass Monkey. Performing on the night will be the appropriately named King Size Slim, and if he’s anywhere near as good as the last time I saw him play, this is another gig not to be missed.

Tuesday evening brings us to the highlight and climax of the whole Hastings Fat Tuesday celebrations with the Fat Tuesday Tour itself. 8 venues, and 16 bands playing 3 gigs each.

2013 set a benchmark with Skunk Anansie playing to excited crowds at the Dragon Bar, Lord Nelson and The Carlisle. So, 2014 has a lot to live up to, but I’ve no doubt that the levels of excitement and quality of music will be just as good.

See the official Fat Tuesday programme within the first issue of The Stinger magazine for full details of all the events.

Overall, Hastings Fat Tuesday 2014 will feature over 250 performances, by 65 artists, across 25 different venues. Now that’s quite some party!

And possibly the best thing about all the events I’ve mentioned here, is that they’re all absolutely free.

We’ve never really needed an excuse to party in Hastings, but if one was ever needed, Fat Tuesday is a far better one than most.

Happy Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday everyone. See you there.

The Pierless Music Gig Guide

A decision has been made to shut down the Pierless Music Gig Guide.

As explained in this previous post: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/the-pierless-music-gig-guide/ we never intended providing a gig guide anyway and only did so to fill a gap in the market and to help those who were lost without local gig info.

So, when it came to our attention that the Ultimate Alternative had resurfaced and was providing a Gig Guide once again, albeit only as a website, we started to question whether it was worth coninuing with our own.

After discussions with The UA, Pierless Music have decided to shut down our own gig guide and provide you with a link to The UA’s guide, with their permission.

Just click on the ‘Gig Guide’ link to find it, the same as before:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/

You can also find info there about how to get you gig, or event included in the guide.

Pierless Music would like to thank all of those who have supported our Gig Guide in the past. We’d also like to say a big thank you to Lily Foster who has looked after our Gig Guide for us. Without her it wouldn’t have worked the way that it did.

The Pierless Music Gig Guide

Since we started Pierless Music, one topic of conversation/question has been right at the top of the pile, that being “Are you going to be doing a Gig Guide?”

To be honest, that wasn’t a part of our plans. But, as i suspect all of you will know, just as Pierless Music launched, the ‘Ultimate Alternative’ shut down. This left a huge gap locally, especially when it came to an easily accessible gig guide.

I even wrote about this at the time of the UA’s demise:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/andy-gunton-2/the-ultimate-alternative/

As so many people have said, the Hastings area really needs a decent Gig Guide. So, we’ve decided to try and provide one for you all.

You can find it by clicking on the ‘Gig Guide’ link above this page. Or, by clicking here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/

But, we need your help….

As you can see, we have already started to collate, collect and post some of the gigs and events that we’ve seen by trawling through our Facebook event invites etc. But, we know that there is far more out there that needs to be mentioned and publicised and this is where you come in.

If you are a promoter, pub, bar, club etc and are putting on a gig, or gigs please let us know.

If you’re a band, or artist and are performing at a local venue, please let us know.

We have even set up a dedicated email address for any gig dates and information, it is:

gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

Easy isn’t it?

Obviously, the sooner we have your gig info, the quicker we can post it and help publicise it.

There are only a couple of things that you need to know:

1 – Gigs and Events need to be taking place in the Pierless Music area. This basically means the traditional ‘1066’ area. Think Pevensey through to Rye and Hastings up to around Robertsbridge.

2 – We will accept non gig related events, but gigs will always take preference.

3 – Gigs do not need to be of only original music. Although Pierless Music is primarily here to support original local music only. We do feel that, for the purposes of a Gig Guide, all gigs need to be covered.

4 – As with all Gig and Event Guides, please check before you head out to the venue. We cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes, cancellations, or incorrect information.

When accessing the Gig Guide you get extra info by clicking on an individual event. You can also click on the ‘Previous’ and ‘Next events’ tabs to see other gigs. You can even change how you view the Gig Guide by clicking on the ‘Agenda’ tab.

Hopefully, the Gig Guide is nice and easy to use and to view.

If you have any ideas, or feedback on how we might be able to improve our Gig Guide, please let us know. It might not always be possible to do, but we will give any suggestions due consideration.

Finally, i must thank Lily Foster for all of her hard work in helping to get the Pierless Music Gig Guide up and running. It hasn’t been quite as easy as we thought it might be….

Thanks,

Andy Gunton

PS: I have also posted this under ‘Blog Posts – Andy Gunton’ for future reference.

Blog Post – ‘Music Files’ Magazine.

Does anyone out there remember a free local magazine called ‘Music Files’?

If you do, i’m sure you’ll want to read this new article/blog post by Phil Little.

Here’s a link: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/phil-little/the-history-of-music-files/

‘Music Files’ was published from 1993 until 1998, which is when the now sadly departed ‘Ultimate Alternative’ appeared on the local scene.

Phil Little was one of the people behind ‘Music Files’ and explains in his post the history of the magazine, how it all came about in the first place and what it was like to put together a monthly gig guide/magazine in a pre Internet and early home computing age. Things have certainly changed a lot since then.

Apart from that aspect of the magazine, Phil also talks about an organisation, he helped to found, called the ‘Hastings Live Music Forum’. This was a collection of local musicians trying to help promote and secure the local live music scene.

Maybe we could do with something like that in 2012?

Thanks to Phil for his article and we hope to be featuring some more posts from him in the future. Give his article aread, it’s like stepping back in time.

For the uninitiated, Phil Little has been a drummer and campaigner on the national live music scene for a number of years now and even found time to start ‘Sambalanco’, that wonderful Samba band that you see at all those local events.