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

RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts 2014

You know summer is here when details start to emerge of the annual RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts.

This traditional start to Hastings Old Town Carnival Week, now in its 26th year, takes place over the weekend of Saturday, 26th July and Sunday, 27th July 2014.

The concerts will be held in their usual spot, next to the RNLI Lifeboat station.

The line up’s and stage timings, which are subject to change and alteration, are as follows:

Saturday, 26th July – 1 to 8pm:

Ed Boxall – 1.15pm

Goo Goos – 2.15pm

Ruff Copy – 3.25pm

Star Scream – 4.40pm

Martin Blackman Band – 5.40pm

Kid Kapichi – 7pm

Sunday, 27th July – 1 to 7pm:

Titus – 1.05pm

Wakin’ Snakes – 2.15pm

Joe Rytlewski Band – 3.25pm

Hornet – 4.40pm

Local Heroes – 6pm

The beach concerts are being sponsored by The Carlisle pub and a collection will be held on both days for the RNLI, please give generously.

Well done to all of the Hastings Beach Concerts team for all their hard work, time and dedication in helping to bring us these great gigs year after year.

Let’s hope for a nice, sunny weekend.

 

Hastings Beach Concerts – Update

As I hope you’re all aware, this weekend see’s the return of the RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts.

Well, we now have the running order and timings. As with all events, things don’t always go to plan, shit happens etc etc. So please be aware that these timings and even the bands could change.

But here are the timings so that you don’t miss that act you’ve been waiting to see:

Saturday 3rd August:

Harry Osborne                      1.00-1.25

Tusk                                      1.30-2.10

Anita Jardine                         2.15-2.40

Kingbathmat                         2.55-3.50

Dead Rabbits                        4.10-5.05

Vindickers                             5.25-6.20

Ugenix                                  6.40-7.35

Rhythm Section                    7.55-8.55

Sunday 4th August:

Star Scream                          1.10-1.50

Fabulous Red Diesel             2.10-3.10

Under The Covers                3.30-4.30

90% Proof                               4.50-5.50

Blair                                        6.10-7.00

Enjoy the gigs and don’t forget to put some money in the collection buckets for the RNLI.

Local Music News – June 2013

Here’s my latest column for the Hastings Observer, which was printed in their June 7th edition.

“This months column is going to have a distinct radio theme I’m afraid as that’s what I’ve been doing with myself for much of the month of May. Hastings Rock radio may now be gone from your radio dials once again, but if original local music is your thing you can still hear the four dedicated Local Music Shows that I presented for the station. You can find them all at: http://www.mixcloud.com/HastingsRock/

I had some great feedback about these shows, so I hope that you’ll enjoy them too. You’ll find a great variety of local musical talent within the shows & much that you may not have heard before & hopefully something to make you want to search out any local gigs by the acts. Enjoy.

In other local radio news, Carnival FM will be back on the air for Hastings Old Town Carnival Week (1st to 11th August) and I will presenting a Local Music Show for the station on weekdays between 6 & 8pm. These shows will be featuring live studio sessions from original local acts, as they proved very popular last year. Find out more at: http://www.carnivalfm.co.uk/

One other piece of good news is that the annual RNLI Beach Concerts will thankfully be taking place this year, after some financial concerns. They will be on Saturday & Sunday, 3rd & 4th August.  Let’s hope that summer has finally arrived by then.

Andy Gunton,

Pierless Music & Hastings Rock”

(See our previous post about news of the acts appearing at this years RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/hastings-beach-concert-line-up/)

Hastings Beach Concerts – Line Up

Pierless Music can now reveal to you the line up for the 2013 Hastings Beach Concerts.

The gigs will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 3rd and 4th of August. They will be held in their usual spot, just next to the Lifeboat Station.

As with any event like this, the line up is subject to change.

Saturday 3rd August – 1 to 9pm:

The Rhythm Section – Ugenix – The Vindickers – Dead Rabbits – King Bathmat – Anita Jardine – Tusk – Harry Osborne.

Sunday 4th August – 1 to 7pm:

Blair – 90% Proof – Under The Covers – The Fabulous Red Diesel – Star Scream.

As usual, there will a collection for the RNLI and there will also be a bar provided. Because of this, gig goers are asked not to bring their own alcohol.

Also, because of insurance restrictions, no BBQs are allowed on site. Please respect this.

At Pierless Music we are very happy to see so many local acts who write and perform their own music included in the line up this year. That’s great to see and let’s hope that it becomes a regular feature.

You may remember that Tony Streeter wrote a blog post for this site some time ago explaining what went into putting an event like the Beach Concerts on. It was certainly an eye opener. You can read it here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/tony-streeter/rnli-hastings-beach-concert/

Tony mentioned in that post that it costs approx £4,000 to put these gigs on every year. This years Beach Concerts have been made possible by donations made by Bob Faulkner of The Carlisle. So, many thanks to him for helping to enable these 25th anniversary concerts to go ahead. Happy silver anniversary.

Of course, any post about the RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts is a great opportunity to watch, once again, the late and great John Martyn performing there back in 1991. Great stuff. See how many people you recognise.

Thanks to Tony Streeter and everyone involved with the Hastings Beach Concerts for all their hard work in helping to bring Hastings these wonderful gigs every year. They have become a fixture in the local calendar and long may they contune to be so.

Blog Post – RNLI Hastings Beach Concert

I’m sure that just about any music lover in the Hastings area has attended one of the RNLI Hastings Beach Concerts at some time or other?

For the uninitiated, the Beach Concerts are held at the start of Old Town Carnival Week every year, usually around the first weekend of August. They have become a staple part of the local event calendar and attract hundreds of music lovers every year.

But, did you know that this year will be its 25th anniversary?

That’s quite an acheivement for the many people who have been involved with putting on the Beach Concerts over those 25 years and they all deserve much praise for all of their hard work. Not just for all the great music they’ve helped to provide, but also for all the money they’ve raised for the RNLI as well.

It wasn’t until recently though, that i came to realise myself just how much work goes into putting on a gig such as the Beach Concert.

Because of that, i asked Tony Streeter, one of the current crop of organisers, if he’d write a blog post for us here at Pierless Music, to give an idea of just what it takes to get it all up and running. What Tony writes may well surprise you, it certainly surprised me and i thought i knew a bit about these things.

You can find Tony’s post here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/tony-streeter/rnli-hastings-beach-concert/

Don’t forget that what Tony has written is just an indication of what any promoter, or organiser of an outdoor event has to go through these days. It’s scary stuff and makes you wonder what hoops have to be jumped through to put on a festival such as Glastonbury!

Thanks to Tony for writing this post for us and we hope to have some more from him soon.

If you have any comments, please add them below Tony’s piece, we’d love to hear from you. Thanks.