The Pierless Music Gig Guide

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

As explained in this previous post: 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:

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.

A Word In Your Ear

I was going to write a blog post about the potential dangers to your hearing of loud music, especially at gigs. And then a post appeared about that very topic on one of the many music related websites that I follow.

So, here it is:

The writer has said many of the things that I would have included myself, including mention of the varying cost of ear protection. Yes, you can pay for personal moulded ear plugs, which obviously come in at the higher end of the price scale. Or, you can do what I did and find some reasonably priced, but still very good alternative options online.

Of course, as with just about anything, you do tend to get what you pay for. For example, the first pair I bought were very cheap and are nowhere near as good as the ones I upgraded to recently.

Whatever option you choose and you really should choose one, it will certainly pay dividends in the end.

Like most people who have attended many years of loud gigs, I have Tinnitus (a ringing, hissing or similar senasation in one, or both ears). I am one of the lucky ones though, in that mine isn’t too bad. I know of musicians and gig goers for whom Tinnitus can be quite debilitating and once you have it, the chances are it’s then there for life.

And don’t go thinking that Tinnitus is something that affects only older gig goers like myself. I was recently talking to an 18 year old musician who is already suffering from a permanent ringing in the ears, due to playing and attending loud gigs.

Another misconception and something that was touched upon on in the blog post above, is that ear plugs ruin the whole gig going experience. I’m sure that might be true if you buy the wrong ones, but the better quality options will only reduce the volume, not the quality of the sound.

I’m not suggesting that we should all go acoustic and unplugged. Rock music needs to be played loud, if only to piss off the people who don’t like it. You can’t expect it to be played quietly, but that doesn’t mean that you should permanently damage your hearing through your enjoyment of that music.

Some forward thinking venues even provide ear plugs for their staff and customers, which can only be a good thing. I was at Rock City in Nottingham recently and there were boxes of free ear plugs next to the stage door. It would be good to see more venues doing the same kind of thing.

It’s never too early, or too late to start wearing ear protection and it’s certainly not un-cool to do so. I’ve no doubt there are many people out there who now wish they’d worn them in the past.

As Joni Mitchell sang “You don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone”.


Well, the new year has finally arrived, but what does it hold in store for Pierless Music i hear you ask?

Both Rich and myself are excited by the possibilities that 2013 might hold for both Pierless Music and for the Hastings music scene in general.

Pierless Music itself is still in its early stages. Some of the ideas that we both originally thought of persuing have been put onto the back burner, for now at least. But, new ones have emerged and we are tending to go with the flow rather than stick to a rigid ‘plan’. I’ve always thought that that’s the best plan anyway.

So far, we’ve met some interesting and inspiring people. Movers and shakers, musicians etc and i’m sure that there are many more to meet and maybe work with over the coming months.

One common denominator with all of those people has been a love of the original music that comes out of this town and also a determination to get that music heard, whether that be just locally, or further afield.

Over the past few months, since the launch of Pierless Music, i have been introduced to new musicians and exposed to new music, all of which has only gone to reinforce the reasons why we started this project in the first place. The standard and diversity of that music and musicianship is truly amazing and its qualities deserve to be shouted from the rooftops.

So, over the coming year we intend to be doing just that, in whatever way we can. It would be good if we could encourage other people to do that as well. As i’ve already mentioned, there are local people doing just that, but there is always room for more.

If you’d like to do some of that shouting yourself, please get in touch with us here at Pierless Music. We’d love to be able to give you a platform and a voice, if we can.

We have a good feeling about 2013 and we’re excited by its prospects.

We feel that something is building up within the Hastings music scene. Whether that be things like the re-opening of ‘The Crypt’, the imminent rebuilding of Hastings pier, the wider exposure of certain local bands, or just the impending release of new music from original local artists, it’s all moving in the right direction. The ‘buzz’ is growing and that can only be a good thing.

Here’s hoping that 2013 actually delivers and lives up to some of those expectations. At Pierless Music we’ll certainly be doing our best to try and make at least some of those expectations become reality.

What about you?

Gigs on Hastings Pier

Recently we heard the good news that Hastings Pier was to be rebuilt.

One of the things that most local people miss about the Pier are the great gigs that used to take place there. Well, did you know that somebody is trying to write a book all about those gigs?

The author is a local man called Mark Rymell and he’s been busy researching all the gigs that took place on Hastings Pier for some time now. But, although he’s close to completing his task, he still needs your help to put the finishing touches to his project.

Here’s a message from him:

“Hi, I’m Mark Rymell,

I’ve lived in Hastings for the last 39 years and i am at present trying to put together a book about the many famous and some not so famous bands that have played on Hastings Pier.

I started the project around three years ago and I think that I am now not too far from completion.

Bands started playing on Hastings Pier in the early 1960′s, with the likes of Tom Jones, Cilla Black & the Rolling Stones. Later in the 60′s Jimi Hendrix played there and Pink Floyd’s Syd Barret’s last ever appearance with the band was also on that hallowed stage.

The 1970′s saw the Glam Rock period with The Sweet, Suzi Quatro and Gary Glitter all putting on a show. The heavier side of Rock music was represented by the likes of an early ELO, Hawkwind, Ten Years After & UFO, before the onslaught of Punk Rock, with the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Stranglers, & Siouxsie & the Banshees all flying the flag.

The late 1970′s saw the likes of Saxon & Def Leppard playing, while the Mod scene was represented by Madness & The Specials, along with Hastings very own Teenbeats.

Later years saw Levellers, Joe Strummer and finally Nick Cave play.

I have compiled a very comprehensive list of dates and acts, but I’m also after any memorabilia such as ticket stubbs, flyers, posters or pictures, along with any memories people have of going to gigs on the pier etc.

If anyone would like to get in touch with me my email is:

I look forward to hearing from you”

If you have any info, or memorabilia that might interest Mark and the rest of us, for that matter, please get in touch with him.The more info he has the better and more comprehensive his book will be.

Mark’s forthcoming book is something that i’m certainly looking forward to reading myself and i doubt that i’m the only local person who feels that way.

Blog Post – You Can’t Always Play An Encore.

Phil Little has written a new blog post, about an issue that affects even the biggest bands in the world. namely, curfews on live gigs. These curfews might be in place for noise reasons, because of complaining neighbours, or for other easons. But, they affect just about any gig that takes place these days.

Read Phil’s post here:

As a postscript to this. Apparently the Rolling Stones were fined £200,000 for breaking the curfew on their gig at the O2. Sure, they can afford it, but that’s still a huge amount of money.

I was at a local gig the other night and the 3 piece band were asked to turn the volume down as soon as they started playing. It was only 9pm and they weren’t very loud at all. This just goes to prove that this affects all bands, pubs, clubs and venues.

Feel free to add your own comments to those already attached to Phil’s blog post. Or, maybe you’d like to write your own piece about this issue? Maybe you have personal experience of an aspect of these issues, either as a musician, or as a gig goer?

If so, please get in touch with us here at Pierless Music. We’d love to hear from you.

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:

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:

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:

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….


Andy Gunton

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