The Pierless Music Gig Guide

Regretfully, the Pierless Music Gig Guide will be closing up shop on New Years Eve 2015.

There are a number of reasons for this, one of them being that maintaining any type of Gig Guide is a thankless task. There are also many other Hastings based Gig Guides ‘competing’ for your attention.

A Gig Guide is only as good as the information provided and then listed within it. As hard as you may try, getting that info is not easy, as anyone who runs one of these services will tell you.

Some venues and promoters are good at providing gig info, but many are not, therefore no online Gig Guide is ever complete and definitive.

With that in mind The Stinger magazine have created a crowd sourced web based Gig Guide, called Gig Stinger, which is now ready for launch. You can access that Gig Guide via the link at the bottom of this post.

The idea behind Gig Stinger is that anyone, be they a band, venue, promoter or fan, can upload gig and event information to the site. This gig info will then be available for all to see, via an interactive map.

Suppliers of gig and event info will need to create a, free, account which will then enable them to upload that info. Those persons can then include extra info about their band, venue, event or gig, including social media links, photo’s etc.

Gig Stinger is already ‘live’, so why not have a look and create an account? It can be accessed via your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

We are intending to create a ‘User Guide’ to help anyone who may need it, but hopefully Gig Stinger isn’t too hard to use. We have already created ‘pages’ for a few local venues, but you are free to create your own, or add to those, once you are signed up.

There will be a submission process, to try to stop spurious info being uploaded.

The idea behind Gig Stinger is that the onus is put onto the band/act, venue, promoter etc to upload info about their own events and gigs, and promote them, this cuts out the ‘middle man’.

If Gig Stinger is not a success that will be because people haven’t uploaded and supplied information about their events. We will not be doing that on your behalf.

If Gig Stinger is a success, we already have ideas about how it can be expanded for other, non musical, events, and even for towns/cities further afield too.

So………………..

Thanks for your support for the Pierless Music Gig Guide over the past few years, it is much appreciated.

The Pierless Music website will remain, although at present I’m not sure how much new content will be uploaded to it, as The Stinger magazine will take preference.

For future gigs please visit Gig Stinger: http://www.thestinger.org.uk/gigs#.VnVKb_mLTIU

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

It’s Here

The all new Pierless Music Gig Guide has arrived and can be found here:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/

Thanks to all of those who have already sent in their gig details. But, as you can see, we are still missing many more.

If we don’t know about your gig, we can’t include it in our Gig Guide. So please help us by telling your friends, band members and local venues about us, thanks.

To submit your gig, whether you are a band, venue or promoter, send the gig details to: gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

We have been having a few issues with how the Gig Guide displays, so please bear with us if things don’t look quite as they should.

Happy New Year and here’s to an exciting 2014.

Photo courtesy of Nastassja Kaschevsky – Movietex.

Diversity

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.

Enjoy.

Promoters and Venues

Here at Pierless Music we often get emails from original bands and artists wanting us to help them get gigs in the Hastings area. I get many personal requests as well.

Although a lot of these musicians are from outside of our Pierless Music catchment area, we’d like to be able to help them if we can. After all, they do want to play in Hastings.

The styles of music played by these artists ranges from Heavy Rock, via Indie to solo Folk singers and much inbetween.

So, we’d like to hear from any local gig promoters and venues that would be happy to receive forwarded emails from the bands and musicians that contact us.

If you’re interested, please contact us via andy@pierlessmusic.co.uk and we’ll put you on our list.

If you wish to tell us which types of music you’re looking for, that’s fine by us. That way we’ll try and make sure you only get emails for those artists that may interest you.

Here’s a video from one such singer/songwriter, from Eastbourne, who contacted us today. Well worth watching I think.

Otti in the Castle

On Saturday Pierless Music was lucky enough to be at St Mary in the Castle, in Hastings, to see the wonderful Otti Albietz launch his brand new album ‘Bubbytone 2′, which has just been released on BBE Records: http://www.bbemusic.com/

From my point of view, part of the attraction of going to the gig was to see St Mary in the Castle once again. Many of you will probably be aware that the venue has been going through some strange times and has recently been taken over by Buckswood School.

The ‘deal’ does at least mean that this great venue will be used far more than it has been over recent years and Saturday’s gig was hopefully the first of many to come.

Proceedings were kicked off by performances from singer/songwriters Tim Hotye and Dollboy and we even had DJ’s to entertain us too.

Otti himself played a mixture of songs from both ‘Bubbytone 2′ and his first solo album ’1′. Gradually building his set from solo performance, to being accompanied by local flute player Geoff Leigh and finally with a full band, he even managed to fill the dance floor with revellers for his final song.

Special mention must be made of the visually stunning giant cardboard cut outs which decorated the stage. These were produced by bass player Thad Skews and were almost like extra band members.

St Mary in the Castle is certainly a pretty special place to see a gig. The surroundings are spectacular and not what you normally get in a venue. Add in the history of the place, which used to be a church and you’ve got all the ingredients for a special evening.

I hope that we’ll see many more gigs and events at St Mary in the Castle over the coming years and I wish it every success. It is certainly nice to see the place being put to good use once again. It is a unique space that deserves to be used and shared and it was encouraging to see such a good turn out on the evening.

My only concern is that, because of the huge space that has to be filled, the sound quality for louder and more amplified gigs can leave a little to be desired. This was even evident, to a degree, on Saturday. Maybe there is a solution? Having said that, that in no way detracted from what was a good gig and a great evening.

Andy Gunton

More info about St Mary in the Castle can be found here: http://stmaryinthecastle.co.uk/

(Otti Albietz photo courtesy of Sam Kinch Photography)

Blog Post – Venue, Venue, Venue

Having recently been to a gig at the newly refurbished Carlisle pub in Hastings, I thought I’d write a blog post concerning local live music venues.

Here it is: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/andy-gunton-2/venue-venue-venue/

Some venues are better than others and for several reasons too.

Have a read, see what you think and add your own comments below.

Here’s a photo from ‘the old days’ of The Carlisle:

 

The Pierless Music Gig Guide

Since we started Pierless Music, one topic of conversation/question has been right at the top of the pile, that being “Are you going to be doing a Gig Guide?”

To be honest, that wasn’t a part of our plans. But, as i suspect all of you will know, just as Pierless Music launched, the ‘Ultimate Alternative’ shut down. This left a huge gap locally, especially when it came to an easily accessible gig guide.

I even wrote about this at the time of the UA’s demise:

http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/blog-posts/andy-gunton-2/the-ultimate-alternative/

As so many people have said, the Hastings area really needs a decent Gig Guide. So, we’ve decided to try and provide one for you all.

You can find it by clicking on the ‘Gig Guide’ link above this page. Or, by clicking here: http://pierlessmusic.co.uk/calendar/

But, we need your help….

As you can see, we have already started to collate, collect and post some of the gigs and events that we’ve seen by trawling through our Facebook event invites etc. But, we know that there is far more out there that needs to be mentioned and publicised and this is where you come in.

If you are a promoter, pub, bar, club etc and are putting on a gig, or gigs please let us know.

If you’re a band, or artist and are performing at a local venue, please let us know.

We have even set up a dedicated email address for any gig dates and information, it is:

gigs@pierlessmusic.co.uk

Easy isn’t it?

Obviously, the sooner we have your gig info, the quicker we can post it and help publicise it.

There are only a couple of things that you need to know:

1 – Gigs and Events need to be taking place in the Pierless Music area. This basically means the traditional ‘1066’ area. Think Pevensey through to Rye and Hastings up to around Robertsbridge.

2 – We will accept non gig related events, but gigs will always take preference.

3 – Gigs do not need to be of only original music. Although Pierless Music is primarily here to support original local music only. We do feel that, for the purposes of a Gig Guide, all gigs need to be covered.

4 – As with all Gig and Event Guides, please check before you head out to the venue. We cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes, cancellations, or incorrect information.

When accessing the Gig Guide you get extra info by clicking on an individual event. You can also click on the ‘Previous’ and ‘Next events’ tabs to see other gigs. You can even change how you view the Gig Guide by clicking on the ‘Agenda’ tab.

Hopefully, the Gig Guide is nice and easy to use and to view.

If you have any ideas, or feedback on how we might be able to improve our Gig Guide, please let us know. It might not always be possible to do, but we will give any suggestions due consideration.

Finally, i must thank Lily Foster for all of her hard work in helping to get the Pierless Music Gig Guide up and running. It hasn’t been quite as easy as we thought it might be….

Thanks,

Andy Gunton

PS: I have also posted this under ‘Blog Posts – Andy Gunton’ for future reference.

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