Blog Post – Gig Etiquette

One of the main aspects of being a musician is playing gigs, whether they be small local shows, or hopefully something a lot bigger. But, all those gigs have one thing in common and that is the people who work behind the scenes to help put that gig on and make it all run smoothly.

Often those people are either overlooked, or are not respected by some of the very musicians who benefit from all their hard work. All gigs depend on those people.

Aimee, of ‘The Mix Tape Sessions’, has kindly allowed us to use a recent blog post of hers entitled ‘Gig Etiquette’. You can read it here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/aimee/gig-etiquette/

I would advice any musician to read this post, as it covers some very important points. Most of them may seem to be common sense to many of us, but the post is written from experience. So, that common sense is not always used by certain musicians. I’ve seen it myself.

If you read and then follow Aimee’s guidelines you might just have a bigger and better musical career than you might otherwise have done.

Thanks to Aimee for allowing us to use her post and we may well be bringing you some more of her work in the future.

You can find Aimee’s page ‘The Mix Tape Sessions’ here:

http://themixtapesessionsblog.wordpress.com/

Fat Tuesday

Christmas is now a distant memory and spring is still some way over the hill. It’s still chilly, but the people of Hastings and St Leonards have something to look forward to with the approach of the annual Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival!

This is the fourth year of the New Orleans Mardi Gras themed event and it promises to be bigger and better than ever – with music, umbrella parades, food and drink events all included over the festival period running from Friday 8th to Tuesday 12th of February.

Dressing up in true Mardi Gras fashion is the order of the day – masks, face paint, fancy dress or colourful clothes – anything goes really.

Fat Tuesday has become one of Hastings most anticipated annual events. Attracting people from far and wide and recruiting enthusiastic volunteers whose valiant efforts raise awareness and also money for local charities.

Hastings Fat Tuesday has evolved over previous years into 2013′s five day programme of events, running from Friday 8th through till Tuesday 12 February.

Hastings Fat Tuesday aims to provide something for everyone. From a tongue in cheek “Cardi Gras” Cake Sale organised by the local Women’s  Institute,  “Unplugged” music  sessions in various local bars and restaurants, an Afro/Caribbean Party Night, a Grande Mardi Gras Ball and a colourful Umbrella Parade through the Town Centre which finishes with more live music and a street BBQ at the America Ground.

All of this builds up to the main event of Hastings Fat Tuesday itself, which this year falls on the 12th of February. This year 8 local venues squeeze in 16 bands, who each play 20 minutes sets in 3 of the venues. So each venue hosts 6 gigs between 8pm and at 11/11.30pm. This is then followed by the now legendary After Show Party at the Brass Monkey, with another great live act and DJ’s running through till 3AM.

The musical mayhem is built throughout the evening as those 16 bands criss-cross the town to get to their next gig. On the way passing groups of people moving onto their next venue to catch the band of their choice.

This year is set to be bigger and better than ever with more events, more locations, more bands and three incredibly exciting performances from a very special mystery guest!

Full details of all events including an online ticket office and information on other “fringe” events planned for the festival period can be found on the festival website: www.hastingsfatuesday.co.uk Info can also be found on the Pierless Music Gig Guide, including the full line up for the main Fat Tuesday gigs.

To see what’s in store, take a look at this video of the 2011 event:

Traditionally occurring on Shrove Tuesday, “Fat Tuesday” (English for Mardi Gras) is a day of serious partying in some parts of the world, as people let their hair down before observing the restrictions of Lent which starts on the following day, Ash Wednesday.

As with many early spring and Easter customs Mardi Gras has ancient roots, including the pagan Roman customs of Lupercalia and Saturnalia. Tied into the lunar calendar, the date marks the turning of the year from winter to spring – another reason to celebrate.

I’ll see you there.

(Written using the official Fat Tuesday press release)

Blog Post – You Give But Little….

Richard has written a new blog post about a gig that both of us were privileged to be present at last night.

The gig was King Size Slim, at The Dolphin in Rock-a-Nore and what a gig it was.

You can read Richards’s post here and find out what you missed out on:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/richard-lock/you-give-but-little-2/

In case you wonder afterwards, who the other musicians were that Richard is so complimentary about. They are Harrison Caruana and George Macdonald, who only the night before had wowed the crowd at the Camden Barfly as a part of The Kid Kapichi.

What an eventful and varied musical weekend they have had.

A New Crypt?

Well, here is some potentially good news for all music lovers in Hastings.

The Crypt, that much missed music venue in the town centre, is getting a new lease of life. That’s the plan anyway, but the owners need your help.

The old Crypt premises is now owned by the people behind the ‘electric stag’, which was formerly ‘The Street’.

They are planning on re-opening The Crypt, under a new name, and have applied for the appropriate licences to make this happen. It is hoped that a decision will be made by Hastings Borough Council before the end of the year.

To help with this licence application the owners are asking for music fans to sign an online petition to help demonstrate support for this new venue.

Here’s what they have posted on their website (www.electricstag.com):

The electric stag needs your help…

If you love music and think that Hastings needs a new late night venue then please keep reading….

Here at the electric stag we have had an amazing few months welcoming you all into the new bar in Robertson Street. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support. Many of you have been asking what is happening with the old Crypt premises so we know that you miss it as much as we do.

The venue will be a new club hosting live music, renowned DJs and exciting new club nights. We can’t reveal it’s name just yet but we can reveal that with your help it will be open by early next year.

We want to bring a much needed boost to Hastings night life, and we have been working around the clock quite literally to lovingly restore the much loved venue. Now we can’t wait to share the dance floor with you, but we need your help. Please vote YES to a new club in Hastings, join the campaign, spread the word to your friends. It’s simple just click on the link below and vote YES.”

I’ve already voted and urge you all to do the same.

Hastings has been crying out for a venue such as this since The Crypt closed its doors in early 2011. As you are probably aware, here at Pierless Music we are very keen on helping to promote and support original local talent and this will, hopefully, provide a great future avenue for that.

You can find the petition at: http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/yestonewvenue