Walking along the seafront on Saturday evening, on my way home from another music event, I was struck by the variety of both the music and the venues that I’d experienced over the past few days.

I know that this is probably nothing new to most of you, but let me explain.

On Thursday afternoon I’d been lucky enough to go and see The Kid Kapichi doing some recording locally. I even managed to take some photo’s of the band ‘at work’ as well.

Thursday evening saw me at The Roomz, in St Leonards, to catch the first set by singer/songwriter/guitarist Keith Foster. He really ought to play more gigs you know.

On Friday evening I went to The Union Bar, formerly The Tubman, to watch Barb Wire Dolls and Maid Of Ace. And very good it was too.

And finally, early Saturday evening, I went to the launch of the new Book Buster bookshop in Queens Rd, Hastings. Apart from giving away free cake, and who can resist free cake, they also had an instore gig featuring both Tim Hoyte and Otti Albietz (plus Thad).

All the gigs were enjoyable. But, it was the diversity of both the music played at the gigs and the venues that they took place in that struck me on that stroll home along the prom.

Yes, I know that seeing The Kid Kapichi in the ‘studio’ wasn’t something that was open to all, but hopefully you get the idea?

From soft rock to loud punk rock, Indie rock to folky guitar tunes.

From a bookshop to a bar, a recording studio to a sweaty pub.

From being the only ‘gig’ goer to being one of nearly 100, including a man with no clothes on!

If you ever wanted to try and sum up the Hastings music scene, those few days would be a great place to start.


Something For The Weekend?

It’s been a while since we shared some new local music videos with you. Now is the time to rectify that, so here is a little weekend viewing pleasure for you.

Here are three very different videos and styles of music which help to showcase the range of music being created in the Hastings area.

First up are The Kid Kapichi. A young band who have had a pretty good year in 2013, including supporting Skunk Anansie both in Hastings and Nottingham.

This brand new video is of their track ‘She Kicks Off’. The video was filmed in St Leonards On Sea, using local video makers.

Find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/TheKidKapichi

By way of contrast we next have ‘Mastering The Mystery’ by Cloudier Skies, a local act I was only introduced to earlier this week. But I like what I’m hearing so far.

Find out more about them here: https://www.facebook.com/CloudierSkies?fref=ts

Finally we have some virtuoso guitar playing from James Blackshaw and his song ‘Love Is The Plan, The Plan Is Death’. Once again I only found James’ music this week, after being introduced to it by a friend.

You can read about James here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Blackshaw

It never ceases to amaze me just how much great music is currently coming out of the Hastings area, and the fact that I’m discovering more all the time can only be a good thing.

Enjoy your weekend.