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.

Guy Fawkes Tried in Hastings!

I know that Pierless Music is here to talk about and share information about local music, but we couldn’t resist telling you about this. Don’t worry, there is a musical connection of sorts.

Tony Streeter, who among other things, promotes the Ragged Trousered Folk nights at The Jenny Lind and who is also one of the mainstays behind the annual RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts, has written a book with a very local theme.

The book is called ‘Lives and Times of Kindred Spirits – the Bonfire Societies of Hastings & St Leonards’. This is very topical as the Hastings Week celebrations are due to start this weekend. They, of course, culminate in the Bonfire Procession and fireworks on Saturday October 19th.

To quote Tony, his book “Documents the history of Bonfire in Hastings, year on year, from 1815 onwards. It also includes details of the anti-Papal riots of January 1851; the Salvation Army and anti-Salvationist disturbances of 1883/84; neglect in the workhouse in 1884; Hastings first ever Carnival in 1895; the employment of local labour in the construction of the tramways in 1905; and the poverty marches of the same period”

The book is 272 pages long and sells for £8.50. More info can be found here:


To celebrate the publication of his book, Tony is having a book launch on Saturday 12th October at The Jenny Lind, in Hastings Old Town, between 1 and 4pm.

But, this is no ordinary book launch as it will include ‘The Trial of the Arch Traitor Guido Fawkes’ as performed by local actors. Don’t worry, I don’t think they are any plans to hang, draw and quarter Guido Fawkes afterwards!

Entry is free and there will also be music from local bluesman Jeremiah Longshanks. See, I told you there was music involved.

“Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot…..”

Claire Hamill – Interview and Videos

Well, the Carnival FM broadcast is now over, but even if you missed it there is still a way to experience at least a part of it.

During the course of the broadcast I presented a series of Local Music programmes, during which we had live sessions and interviews with ten different local acts.

One of those was Claire Hamill. Because of her commitments, we had to pre-record both her interview and live session. The benefit of this though was that the interview was able to be longer than those during the live shows.

Here is a video of that interview. We had planned to talk for around five minutes, but ended up talking for twenty nine!

After the interview Claire performed three songs, one of which was brand new.

Here are the videos of those songs. Enjoy:

Thanks to the guys at ‘Rock A Nore Productions’ for filming and editing the video footage.

More videos from the Carnival FM Local Music Shows are available on their YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/CarnivalFM/videos

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.

Blog Post – Ragged Trousered Folk

Tony Streeter has written a new blog post for Pierless Music all about his ‘raggedtrouseredfolk’ gigs that take place at the Jenny Lind pub in the old town, Hastings.

These gigs feature artists from across the world, as well as the best local folk talent.

Read more here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/tony-streeter/ragged-trousered-folk-2/

Well done to Tony for putting on these gigs and for persuading international artists to come to Hastings. Tony is also one of the people behind the annual RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts, which will place just over a week’s time, so he’s a busy man. Well done.

Sorry about the colour of the writing in Tony’s post, but WordPress didn’t seem to like using black this time around.

Pocket Size @ The Jenny Lind

We don’t tend to publicise gigs outside of the Pierless Music Gig Guide, but i thought i’d make an exception this time around.

Why? Well, firstly because the person putting on the gig is trying to do something a little different by promoting local talent, instead of his usual fare of more established national and international talent (There’s nothing wrong with ‘his usual fare’ by the way)

Secondly, the self promotion of local gigs is something that may well become the subject of a blog post here very shortly.

And thirdly, because we have some extra information about one of the acts playing and a couple of videos to share with you.

The gig in question is on Wednesay, 12th December, upstairs at the Jenny Lind, in Hastings Old Town. More details can be found in our Gig Guide here:


One of the bands playing are called Pocket Size. You may have seen them at this years Beach Concert. But, did you know that they once had a big chart hit in the USA? No, neither did we. It was called ‘Walking’ and there was a very entertaining video made to promote it:

Although that song is not very representative of the far more folky sound that the music of Pocket Size has now, it does show that they are obviously talented and experienced songwriters and musicians.

And to whet your appetite for what they sound like now and for what you can expect to hear at the gig, here’s a performance from earlier this year, filmed in Eastbourne:

Good isn’t it? And if you enjoyed that, why not get yourself along to the Jenny Lind on 12th December to see more of the same.

If you do go along, why not write a review of the gig and send it into us here at Pierless Music?