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.

I Want Your Music

I’ve just read that the application to enable Hastings Rock radio station to return in 2015 is just about to be sent off. That’s great news.

What that means is that it is now time for me to start collecting together new local music for potential airplay during their broadcast. I already have some good tracks in my database, but there’s always room for more.

Apart from tracks to include on my own Local Music Show, I also sort out the local music that is used on Hastings Rock’s ‘A List’ Playlist. These tracks are played regularly throughout the broadcast, alongside all the new releases and album tracks from more established artists.

So, how can you get your music considered for airplay? Well the usual rules apply:

1 – Music must be original material. No cover versions please, they won’t be played.

2 – All songs must be of broadcastable quality and include NO swearing.

3 – Artists must be from the Hastings Rock broadcast area. That is Rye to Eastbourne and inland as far as approx Hurst Green. I may play music from places as far afield as Brighton, Ashford and Tunbridge Wells etc, if space and time allows.

4 – All songs must be on CD, or mp3. A good biog is also very useful.

5 – Your music doesn’t have to be ‘Rock’. I do push the musical boundaries, within reason, during the Local Music Shows, so other genre’s will be considered.

6 – There is no guarantee that your music will be played.

If you think you fit the bill, email me at: andygunton@hotmail.com

One more thing to add. I can’t do interviews, or live sessions, during the Local Music Shows, so please don’t ask.

By the way, Hastings Rock is pencilled in to run between Saturday 2nd and Friday 29th May 2015. Stay tuned for more news.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Andy

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?

Keep Hastings Weird!

As you may well know, Pierless Music has connections with The Stinger magazine, which is soon to bring out its 5th issue.

Well, here’s a post that was written for that 5th issue, but which got squeezed out in the final editing process. We thought we’d share it with you here, as we felt it would be a pity to ‘waste’ it.

So, here you go:

“As we’ve been trying to reach out to the local music scene’s in other areas, via The Stinger magazine, a not too surprising realisation has come to me.
We really are spoilt for choice, both musically and culturally, in the Hastings area. I’m sure many of you are now thinking, “we knew that already Andy”. I know, but please bare with me.

I’ve only got to think back to all of the festivals and events that The Stinger has previewed during our first five issues to reinforce that. We haven’t covered everything either, as some events haven’t fallen right for our publication dates.
And the sheer breadth of all these events is quite something too. From Blues to Jazz, from Sea Shanties to Seafood and Wine, from Beach Concerts to Beer Festivals, there really is something for everyone in this town.

In this issue (Issue 5, out very soon) we are covering the local music scene (specifically The Forum) in Tunbridge Wells, a town of around 100,000 people. Yes, Tunbridge Wells houses one of the best live music venues in the country, The Forum itself, a venue we’re very lucky to have on our relative doorstep. The town also has an annual mini music festival called ‘Local and Live’ and some other regular music venues too, but there appears to be nothing that compares to the variety and amount of events that we can boast here (I’m very happy to be corrected on this point by the way, if somebody knows better)

Another aspect is the amount of musicians, bands and acts that live and perform in Hastings. As we all know, every night of the week there is something musical going on within the town. This is something that most musicians who move to the area comment on, they just can’t believe it. It’s why so many of them stay here.

Why is this? I guess that’s the $64,000 question isn’t it?

I saw a piece of local street art recently, during yet another festival, Coastal Currents. It read “Keep Hastings Weird”, maybe that sums it up?

Is it that quirky nature, that we seem to revel in here, that makes Hastings such a vibrant and productive town? We tend to pride ourselves on being just a little bit different to everyone else, don’t we?
Why else would we all dress up as Pirates, adorn ourselves with garlands of leaves and daub our faces with green or black paint, depending on the season?

Hastings likes nothing better than accentuating all that makes the town different to anywhere else. Maybe that’s why we attract all those creative and artistic people in the first place? We draw them in like a magnet, with our strange ways and a realisation that in Hastings they can just be themselves and nobody will care, or bat an eyelid.

So, be very thankful of what we have here and don’t ever become complacent about it, as I obviously was until reminded otherwise.

Celebrate and support your local music, arts and cultural scene. There really is nothing like it anywhere else. Let’s make sure we keep it that way.

Keep Hastings Weird!”

Andy Gunton

Carnival FM 2014

Hastings Old Town Carnival Week is upon us once again. In recent years that has also meant that the Old Town get’s its very own radio station and this year is no exception.

Carnival FM is already broadcasting on 87.9FM locally and also online via their website at: http://carnivalfm.co.uk/

The radio station is on air until midnight on Sunday, 3rd August, so why not tune in?

As in previous years, I shall be presenting a dedicated Local Music Show on weekday evenings between 6 and 8pm, Monday 28th July to Friday 1st August.

During these shows I shall be having live sessions and doing interviews with local acts in the Carnival FM studio. These sessions will go out live, they will also be filmed and recorded for future broadcasting.

Acts already booked to come into the studio are as follows. Please be aware that these may be subject to change:

Monday, 28th July: Skinny Lister + The Tabs

Tuesday, 29th July: Louis Turpin and Roger Hubbard + The Moors

Wednesday, 30th July: The Piercings

Thursday, 31st July: Harry Osborne + Otti Albietz

Friday, 1st August: Titus + Buddha Triangle.

I’m certainly looking forward to seeing and hearing all of these acts and I’m sure I’ve whetted your appetite too.

I hope to have the pleasure of your company next week.

Andy Gunton

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….

Local Music Show – Podcasts

As mentioned in previous posts, I am once again presenting some Local Music Shows on this years Hastings Rock broadcast.

The first two, of four, have already gone out and I have now edited the Podcasts of those shows.

For future reference you can find them on the Hastings Rock Mixcloud page. I shall be posting future shows there as well: http://www.mixcloud.com/HastingsRock/

Here are the first two Local Music Shows.

Local Music Show 1 – Hastings Rock 2014 by Hastings Rock on Mixcloud

Local Music Show 2 – Hastings Rock 2014 by Hastings Rock on Mixcloud

Vote King Size Slim

Local bluesman Toby Barelli, aka King Size Slim, has been nominated in the Emerging Artist category of the British Blues Awards 2014, and you can help him win that prestigious award.

Anyone who has seen live, or heard, King Size Slim will know both how good his music is, and also how richly deserved this award nomination is.

So, to give Toby your vote visit this link: http://www.britishbluesawards.co.uk/vote.htm

The Emerging Artist category is the second from the bottom of the list. Voting is open until the end of June. We’ll let you know if he wins when the results are announced.

While you’re doing that, here’s an interview King Size Slim did recently for the Blues Magazine Show on Team Rock Radio:

Find out more about King Size Slim via his website at: http://www.kingsizeslim.com/

I had the pleasure of interviewing Toby during my Local Music Shows on Carnival FM last year, when he came into the studio to perform a live sesssion. Here’s a video of that interview and of one of the tracks he played live for us, ‘Angel Dear’.

Vote King Size Slim and help put Hastings onto the national musical map.

Local Music on Hastings Rock Radio

As you may already be aware, Hastings Rock radio station will be back on the local airwaves, for 28 days, from Saturday, 3rd May 2014.

During the broadcast I shall be doing my usual Local Music Shows on Sunday evenings between 8-10pm. But, I need some original local music to play….

This is where you come in. If you’d like to have your music played on Hastings Rock, please let me know.

The usual conditions apply:                                                                                                  – No cover versions, all songs must be original compositions                                               – Songs must be of broadcastable quality                                                                             – Songs must contain NO swearing                                                                                     – Music must be on CD (preferred), or an mp3 (not WAV)                                                     – The band, or artist, has to be from the Hastings Rock radio/FM broadcast area                 – There is no guarantee that your music will be played

Your music doesn’t have to be ‘Rock’, but the nearer it is to that genre the more chance it has of being played.

On the Local Music Show I’m happy to play Blues, Folk etc, but please don’t send in Rap, Dance, or R and B, as it won’t be played.

When sending your music, please include some kind of biog, social media links, gig info etc.

Contact me via email for more info about sending in your music : andygunton@hotmail.com

Find out more about Hastings Rock at their website: http://www.hastingsrock.co.uk/

PS: I’m sorry, but I won’t be doing interviews with bands or artists, and neither can I do live sessions during my Local Music Shows. I’m afraid there isn’t the technical support, space, or time for that to happen.

Hastings – A Musical Town

You may have already seen the news that Hastings has been voted the most musical town in the UK.

I’m sure that comes as no surprise to most of you anyway and it certainly doesn’t to me. So, I thought I’d make a quick video giving my thoughts on this ‘award’.

Let me know what you think.