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 Seafood and Wine Festival

The ever popular Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival takes place next weekend, 19th/20th September, and as usual music will feature throughout the event.

This year there is also an extra music event on the preceding Friday, 18th September.

All the musical entertainment has been arranged by Mike Raxworthy, and he felt that as the event marquee was already in place, why not make full use of it and put on an ‘extra’ gig, so he has.

The Friday evening event is being called “Super Ska Night” and features The Two Tones, plus Dub and Tuff. Tickets for this special gig are £7.50 in advance, from the Tourist Information Centre, and £10 on the door. The gig runs from 7.30 – 11pm.

Here is the line up for the main Festival itself:

SATURDAY 19th SEPT
12.00 – 1pm: Turpin & Walker
1.30 – 2.30: The A-Team
3.00 – 4.00: Nigel Bagge Band
4.30 – 5.30: The Chantelle Duncan Band
6.00 – 7.00: The Meow Meows

SUNDAY 20th SEPT
10.00 – 12.00: Liane Carroll’s Jazz Breakfast
(Tickets £15 from the Tourist Information Centre, or on the door – This is nearly sold out!)

1.15 – 2.15: The Southern Blues Kings
2.45 – 3.45: Lipstick and Beetnicks
4.15 – 5.30: The Boss (Bruce Springsteen tribute act)
6.00 – 7.30: Stax of Motown

Cost: Only £1 for an arm band in advance from the Tourist Information Centre, or
£2 on the door gets you into the music marquee all Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

As in previous years, all music events will take place in the special Entertainment Marquee, near the Lifeboat Station on the Stade Open Space.

Update: Support act for the Super Ska Night, on Friday 18th Sept, has been announced as ‘Dub and Tuff’

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: www.facebook.com/TBGCardigan, sharing a Soundcloud (www.soundcloud.com), or YouTube (www.youtube.com) 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: www.biggreencardigan.com

Entries close on Monday, 15th June 2015.

‘How To Get Ahead As A Musician’

As a part of the recent Battle Festival, there was a music based expert panel discussion, followed by a question and answer session. The theme being ‘How To Get Ahead As A Musician’.

We managed to get a recording of the event and have uploaded it to Pierless Music’s Soundcloud page. You can listen to that recording here:

The panel on the night were: Tim Rice-Oxley, songwriter and keyboard player with Keane – Tom Williams, songwriter and main man behind Tom Williams and The Boat – Anna Moulsen from Melting Vinyl promotions in Brighton and Melita Dennet, DJ on BBC Introducing The South. The panel was chaired by Andy Fyfe, a music journalist.

Many topics were covered during the discussion, including: how to get your music played on BBC radio, gigs, your fanbase, mailing lists, social media and how to use it effectively, your band as a small business and much more.

If you are in a band, or act and are trying to move ahead in the music business, this is well worth a listen as these people have been there and done what you’re now trying to do.

Hopefully it will give you some tips and ideas for the next stage of your musical career.

Bare Faced Blues

It’s typical isn’t it? You wait for one new music festival to launch in Hastings and then three come along in the space of a few months. Mind you, we’re not complaining.

First we had a brand new Folk Fest in May, then the Sea Shanty Festival in July and now in September we’ll see the launch of Bare Faced Blues.

The Bare Faced Blues festival plays out over two Sunday’s in September, the 7th and 14th and will take place at the Gecko Bar, on the seafront in St Leonards. It’s all in a good cause too, as all profits will be going to St Michael’s Hospice.

As the name suggests, this new addition to the local music calendar will be Blues based. Showing, if we didn’t know it already, the huge variety of music being played in the Hastings area.

Bare Faced Blues is the brainchild of local promoter Barry Taylor, who once booked the Sex Pistols to play on Hastings Pier. He told me, “Blues music has always been a passion for me and St Michael’s Hospice has family connections”.

Barry has certainly gathered together a great line up of local Blues artists to appear. Sunday, 7th September see’s Buick 6, Jem Turpin Duo, Highway and Goo Goo’s playing.

Sunday, 14th September has Tea Chest Blues, Joe Rytlewski Band, King Size Slim, Pete O’Donnells Blues Band and Mick Bolton scheduled to appear. I’m sure you’d agree that that’s an impressive group of acts.

Both gigs run from 1.30pm to 9pm and entry will be free. There will a collection for St Michael’s Hospice during both gigs.

To coincide with the festival, a CD called “Blues for St Michael’s” is being released, featuring all the acts appearing over the two dates. Priced at just £5, you’ll be able to buy the CD on the day and afterwards at Gecko Bar and also online. All profits from the CD will go to St Michael’s Hospice.

So far, the reception to Barry’s Blues festival idea has been very positive. As he told me, “The first person I spoke to was Pete Prescott, because of his experience of fund raising through music, he was very enthusiastic. All the artists I approached have been very co-operative and I feel the line ups reflect the great variety within the local Blues genre”.

A dedicated Bare Faced Blues website will be coming very shortly, which will feature more info about the acts, the festival itself and also interviews with the performers.

So why not go along, see some great Blues music and help support a very worthy local charity as well. And who knows, maybe Bare Faced Blues will become an annual event?

Let’s hope so.

PS: The website is now live at: www.barefacedblues.co.uk

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: http://biggreencardigan.co.uk/

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….

Buick 6 – Live Video

Our last post mentioned the ‘Bare-Faced Blues’ Festival, which is taking place over two weekends in September 2014, at Gecko Bar in St Leonards.

Read more about it here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/bare-faced-blues-festival/

One of the acts booked to play at ‘Bare-Faced Blues’ are Buick 6. Because of that, we thought we’d share this recent video with you. It comes from Harvey Summers’ video series ‘The Live Room’, recorded at his own Broadoak Studios.

If you don’t know of Buick 6, or have not seen them play live before, you really ought to watch this live session. It’s classy stuff.

Enjoy.

Bare-Faced Blues Festival

Hot on the heels of the news that Hastings is to have its own Folk Festival in May 2014, comes the launch of a new Blues Festival in St Leonards.

To be called ‘Bare-Faced Blues’, the festival is being organised and promoted by local man Barry Taylor. For the uninitiated, Barry is the man who booked the Sex Pistols to play on Hastings Pier back in July 1976.

‘Bare-Faced Blues’ will take place at Gecko Bar, on St Leonards seafront, on Sunday’s, 7th and 14th of September 2014. The whole event is being organised to raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice, a very worthy cause I’m sure you’d agree.

Local acts already lined up include Buick 6, King Size Slim, Goo Goos and T Chest Blues, with more to be announced.

Barry would like to hear from any local Blues based acts who are interested in playing this charity event. You can contact him via email at: barry.taylor145@gmail.com

If ‘Bare-Faced Blues’ is a success, Barry hopes to make it into an annual event to add to the Hastings musical calendar.

We wish him well.

The Tabs – An acoustic reunion

One of the most successful and well respected local bands of recent years are back, albeit with a slightly different line up.

The Tabs are playing an acoustic reunion gig at the Royal Victoria Hotel in St Leonards on Friday 13th December. Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £8 from B&T Music in Claremont, or you can buy them online for £8.80 at: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/247919

For the uninitiated, The Tabs played gigs nationwide between 1990 and 2004, including a slot at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropedy Festival in 1995 in front of 20,000 people. They also released four critically acclaimed albums during their career.

As to why the band have reformed, founder member Garry Blakeley told me, “In January this year the present acoustic line-up were all at a party with an open mic for anyone who fancied playing. It was suggested during the course of the evening that we play some Tabs stuff (a little risky as it had been a while) but we did. Everyone enjoyed it so we thought it made sense to play a few gigs”

The Tabs have already been lined up for more gigs in 2014, including during the Hastings Jack In The Green festival. There has also been some interest from a few festivals, so watch out for more info.

I asked Garry why this reunion gig was an acoustic affair, rather than a full electric gig that The Tabs were known for? He told me, “Acoustically means that it will be much simpler for setting up a PA etc – much fewer sound problems to deal with and we know that the music still works really well.”

The band are planning to record any gigs that they play with the view to, possibly, releasing an album in due course.

I’m not a huge fan of band reunions, as they are often done for all the wrong reasons. But this is one that I’m certainly looking forward to.

Some reunions are just better than others.

http://www.garryblakeley.co.uk/

Voodoo Fest 2013

We always like to do things a little differently here in Hastings and Halloween is no exception.

Where other towns are trick or treating and playing around with pumpkins, Hastings has Voodoo Fest.

Voodoo Fest, which is brought to you by the people behind ‘Fat Tuesday’, is now in its 3rd year. The organisers describe Voodoo Fest as the “closing music event for the Hastings Festival season. So anyone who was a pirate, got greened at Jack in the Green or blackened at bonfire, partied during old town carnival week, Fat Tuesday, or any of the other great things that happen in Hastings and St Leonards during 2013, this one’s for you”.

You can find out more on the Voodoo Fest website at:

http://www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk/voodoofest/

As you’d imagine, the event takes place on All Hallows Eve itself, Thursday 31st October and this year the team are taking over the whole of The Carlisle pub, both downstairs and upstairs.

But, the Voodoo Fest event actually starts at 7pm at the General Havelock, in the town centre, with a ‘funeral gathering’. From there a coffin will be carried to The Carlisle, accompanied by the Hastings Second Line Jazz band.

From 8pm at The Carlisle, 5 bands and 2 DJ’s will be on hand to entertain you right through to the witching hour and beyond.

Bands performing include Junk Deluxe, made up of members of Alabama 3. Fat Whites, a band who were recently awarded ‘gig of the week’ in the NME. Local favourites The Kid Kapichi, who kicked up a storm during Fat Tuesday. The Vince Ray Rock and Roll Loser Machine and also Dr Savage and the Fat Tuesday Second Line.

Tickets cost £10 and can be bought via the Voodoo Fest website, or from Substance in Robertson St.

All guests are encouraged to dress up for the night and if you want some inspiration just have a look at the photo’s from last year on the event website.

There is also an Event page on Facebook, which you can find here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/244745675672885/

It promises to be yet another interesting and varied evening in Hastings.