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’

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

Local Music Shows on Mixcloud

You can now listen again to the four Local Music Shows that I presented for this years Hastings Rock radio broadcast, in May 2015.

All four shows, minus the adverts, have been uploaded to the Hastings Rock Mixcloud site, which you can find here: https://www.mixcloud.com/HastingsRock/

A full tracklist is provided for each of the shows.

These podcasts can only be streamed and not downloaded, this is to help protect the artists original work.

Other shows from the 2015 Hastings Rock radio broadcast are also available to be listened to again, via the same Mixcloud site.

Here’s the fourth and final Local Music Show, to help whet your musical appetite. Enjoy.

Local Music Show 4 – Hastings Rock 2015 by Hastings Rock on Mixcloud

Local Musical Meet Up?

Part of the recent Hastings Fat Tuesday celebrations was a two day music seminar/conference called Un-Convention, which was held over two days at St Mary In The Castle.

This was the 73rd Un-Convention event and the first to be held in the South East of the UK, that’s quite a coup. Musicians, promoters, writers, movers and shakers travelled from as far as Manchester to take part and share their own personal stories, experiences and wisdom to an engaged audience.

You can still see the aganda for the two days here, just in case you want to know what you may have missed: http://www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk/2015/un-convention/

One of the panels was titled ‘Local Scenes – Collaboration, Co-Operations and Making It Happen’, which I chaired, and was focussed on the current music scene in Hastings, with the panellists sharing their observations of local music scenes across the UK, all with a view to attempting to see how Hastings can learn from those towns and cities and move forward itself.

One idea that came out of that session was the setting up an informal regular meet up of interested parties, whether they be musicians, promoters, venue owners, producers etc etc…

Past Un-Convention events have encouraged this idea, as getting all those people together in a room, in an informal way, can help cement and grow a local music scene. Something that Pierless Music, Fat Tuesday and The Stinger magazine are very keen to do.

On the day, people in the audience thought that a regular meet up was a good idea and that they would support it. But what about you?

Is this something that you would want to get involved with and how should we go about it? The initial suggestions is for a monthly meeting, maybe on a quieter Monday evening, in a local hostelry.

If that sounds like something you would go to, please let us know by sending an email, and any suggestions, to: contact@pierlessmusic.co.uk

As some of you may already be aware, Hastings Borough Council hosted a meeting recently all about the local music scene here in Hastings, as a part of their cultural policy.

Although this was very well attended, and the suggestion of a regular meeting was raised, many in the audience felt that any such meet up should be independent of any ‘official’ involvement. Hence why we are suggesting this idea of our own now.

Here’s your chance to get involved with the local music scene in Hastings, put your suggestions and ideas forward and maybe help make that scene even bigger and better than what it already is.

After all a collective voice is far better and more effective than a lone one.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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

The Stinger – Issue 6

It doesn’t seem possible, but The Stinger is celebrating a year in print with the publishing of its 6th Issue, which hit the streets at the weekend. Happy birthday to them.

As you can see from this cover image, you can’t miss it!

Apart from the now usual features and news items, this bumper 64 page birthday edition contains a full programme to this years Fat Tuesday festivities in Hastings and St Leonards, between 13-17th February.

There are a few new events planned for this year, as well as all the old favourites. So check out The Stinger and also have a look at the official Hastings Fat Tuesday website for more details and updates: http://www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk/2015/

Let the good times roll.

Local Cultural Regeneration Strategy

Please don’t be put off by the title of this post!

Hastings Borough Council are in the process of reviewing their Cultural Regeneration Strategy and are looking for the input of people involved in the local arts scene.

Obviously our main interest, here at Pierless Music, is with the musical side of things, but opinions are being sought from across the local artistic community.

To that end, HBC have set up a series of informal meetings which are open to all who have an interest in their own artistic sector. Details, dates and times are below.

The Music session is being held at the Stade Hall, on Tuesday 6th January, from 7-9pm.

We have already had discussions with HBC about this idea and we think it sounds very promising and we’ll certainly be going along to, at least, the Music session.

Here are the full details:

“Cultural Sector Conversations – the Remix:

Polly Gifford and Michael Hambridge, the Council’s Cultural Development Team, would like to invite artists, artist groups and organisations, and others working in the cultural sector to some informal meetings to start a conversation about the ongoing development of arts and culture in the town.

In early 2015 we will be reviewing and refreshing our Cultural Regeneration Strategy and we want this to be informed by the aspirations of the sector.

Where are we now?
Where would we like to get to?
How might we get there?

We hope you can join us for one of the sessions below, themed to different sub-groups:

MUSIC – Tuesday 6 January 2015, 7-9pm, Stade Hall, Rock-a-Nore Road, TN34 3FJ

VISUAL ARTS – Wednesday 7 January, 6-8pm, Stade Hall, Rock-a-Nore Road, TN34 3FJ

FILM / DIGITAL – Thursday 8 January, 5-6.30 pm, Electric Palace Cinema, High Street, TN34 3ER

THEATRE / DANCE – Tuesday 13 January, 6-8pm, Baker Mamanova Gallery, Norman Road, TN38 0EG     

WRITERS / PUBLISHERS – Thursday 15 January, 6-8pm, Stade Hall, Rock-a-Nore Road, TN34 3FJ

If you can’t make it, there will be other opportunities to join the conversation, so let us know if you’d like to be kept informed.  Feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone you think might be interested.

Please RSVP to lbolch@hastings.gov.uk, saying which session you’d like to come to.

Refreshments provided.

All venues, except the Electric Palace, are wheelchair accessible.”

This sounds like a great opportunity to get involved and maybe influence how Hastings Borough Council promotes and supports the local arts scene over the coming years.

So if you’re a local musician, venue owner, promoter, event organiser, or just have a keen interest in the local music scene and its future, why not go along and add your voice.

Maybe we’ll see you there?

Yet More Local Music Videos

If you’ve seen the latest issue of The Stinger magazine, you may well have read in the Local News section about some upcoming new releases from a couple of our bands.

Well, two of the music videos for those releases have now appeared on YouTube.

The first of these is the new single from Skinny Lister called ‘Trouble On Oxford Street’. The song is taken from their album ‘Down On Deptford Broadway’, which is scheduled for release on 20th April 2015, on Xtra Mile Recordings.

Find out more about Skinny Lister here: http://skinnylister.com/

Next up are Hornet, who are back with a new video and a new sound as well. This new track, ‘Cry Wolf’, is taken from a forthcoming EP, due out in 2015. Currently, this is the only way that you can hear ‘Cry Wolf’, so get watching.

Find out more about Hornet here: http://www.hornetrock.com/

Two great examples of the diversity of the local music scene in Hastings, I think you’ll agree?

We’re looking forward to hearing both new releases in full.

Pierless Music – What’s In A Name?

If I had a pound for every time somebody has asked me what we’re going to call this site once Hastings Pier has fully risen from the ashes, I’d probably be able to buy you all a drink.

The logic being that once the Pier has re-opened, Hastings will no longer be a pierless town, which is a fair point. I must add that the vast majoirty of the questioners have asked this in a serious manner.

Hastings Pier has certainly changed, for the better, since we started this Pierless Music site back in October 2012.

The eagle eyed among you may have noticed that I have changed the main image for the website. I took this new photo recently, after noticing that all those old original buildings at the end of the Pier had now gone.

If you compare this new photo with the one I took back in late 2010, you can see how much has changed.

So, to go back to that original question, what are we going to call this site once Hastings Pier re-opens? Well, the site will be called………… fanfare please………… Pierless Music.

Yes, we’re keeping the name the same and there is more than one reason why.

- Firstly: What would you then call the site? Piered Music?, Pier Music? etc etc.

- Secondly: The aims of this site will remain the same as they’ve been since day one. Namely trying to help promote, encourage and celebrate original local music from the Hastings area. So, why the need to change our name?

- And thirdly: It’s what we’re known as and we’d have to change our website, Twitter and email details to reflect any new name. That would only confuse people, including ourselves, so why do that? And, as I’ve pointed out to some of those who have asked, keeping our name reinforces the fact that this site existed before Hastings Pier was rebuilt.

That third point above also raises another issue that is relevant to local bands/acts and indeed Pierless Music itself. You are a brand, whether you like it or not, and your name is a part of that. It’s the way that most people/fans know you. It’s what set’s you apart from all other bands out there, so why mess with your name?

After all, if you did change it you’d effectively have to start all over again. That’s why some successful bands are still touring, under their original name, when the band of today contains none of the members that you remember and who played on those records you bought. Without that name, nobody would go and see them, as they’d just be a tribute act. You could argue that that’s what they are anyway, but that’s a topic for another day.

(I wrote a post for this site, some time ago now, about your band/act being a brand. You can read that here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/andy-gunton-2/brand/)

So this was all a long winded way of saying that Pierless Music will remain Pierless Music for as long as this website exists.

Thanks for asking though.

(PS: Do you think we should keep the new photo, or go back to the original one?)