Pier Less No More?

At last, some good news about Hastings Pier.

If you’ve not heard already, the Heritage Lottery Fund have awarded Hastings Pier a grant of £11.4 million towards the expected £13.9 million cost for the restoration and rebuilding of Hastings Pier.

You can find a statement and a link to a full press release from the Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT) here: http://hpwrt.co.uk/

HPWRT have done some sterling work both before and after the fire on Hastings Pier. I had some small involvement with them myself after the fire in October 2010 and know how hard the people involved have worked towards this funding decision.

I’m sure all of the people of the Hastings area would join us at Pierless Music in thanking them for that hard work and wishing them well over the next couple of years. In some ways, this is when the hard work really starts, as the plan is to have Hastings Pier up and running again by the end of 2014.

Anyone with an interest in local music, or music generally, knows that Hastings Pier was once an important venue for live music. It played host to everyone from Gene Vincent to Jimi Hendrix and the Sex Pistols and we hope that those glory days can be revived in some way.

With the recent news that The Crypt is planning to reopen once again, albeit under a different name, it finally looks as though Hastings is going to be put back onto the national live music map once again. It’s about time.

More about that Crypt news can be found here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/a-new-crypt/

Things are really starting to look up for Hastings in many ways, but especially when it comes to original live music. During the brief time that Pierless Music has been around, we have already noticed a real desire and passion for helping to promote both Hastings itself and the original music scene.

It truly looks as though all the various pieces of the musical jigsaw are slowly starting to fall into place and Pierless Music hope that we can be one of those jigsaw pieces.

My only concern is that we might have to change our name from Pierless Music to something more appropriate. If we do, there are far worse reasons for doing so aren’t there?


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