We always like to do things a little differently here in Hastings and Halloween is no exception.
Where other towns are trick or treating and playing around with pumpkins, Hastings has Voodoo Fest.
Voodoo Fest, which is brought to you by the people behind ‘Fat Tuesday’, is now in its 3rd year. The organisers describe Voodoo Fest as the “closing music event for the Hastings Festival season. So anyone who was a pirate, got greened at Jack in the Green or blackened at bonfire, partied during old town carnival week, Fat Tuesday, or any of the other great things that happen in Hastings and St Leonards during 2013, this one’s for you”.
You can find out more on the Voodoo Fest website at:
As you’d imagine, the event takes place on All Hallows Eve itself, Thursday 31st October and this year the team are taking over the whole of The Carlisle pub, both downstairs and upstairs.
But, the Voodoo Fest event actually starts at 7pm at the General Havelock, in the town centre, with a ‘funeral gathering’. From there a coffin will be carried to The Carlisle, accompanied by the Hastings Second Line Jazz band.
From 8pm at The Carlisle, 5 bands and 2 DJ’s will be on hand to entertain you right through to the witching hour and beyond.
Bands performing include Junk Deluxe, made up of members of Alabama 3. Fat Whites, a band who were recently awarded ‘gig of the week’ in the NME. Local favourites The Kid Kapichi, who kicked up a storm during Fat Tuesday. The Vince Ray Rock and Roll Loser Machine and also Dr Savage and the Fat Tuesday Second Line.
Tickets cost £10 and can be bought via the Voodoo Fest website, or from Substance in Robertson St.
All guests are encouraged to dress up for the night and if you want some inspiration just have a look at the photo’s from last year on the event website.
There is also an Event page on Facebook, which you can find here:
It promises to be yet another interesting and varied evening in Hastings.