Hastings Pier gig for Dizzee Rascal in September
A brilliant line-up of talent – including international stars and local bands – is coming to Hastings Pier in September for one amazing weekend. Toby Sargent has the details.
The multi-award winning UK Grime artiste, Dizzee Rascal, is booked to appear on Hastings Pier as part of a long weekend of British musical talent that will also include The Happy Mondays, The Levellers and two local bands – Vile Electrodes and Matilda’s Scoundrels, who won a Facebook competition to play as support acts to the headliners.
Other performers include hip-hop legend, KRS-One, who will be supporting Dizzee Rascal, Turin Brakes and Ferocious Dog who will precede The Levellers and The Orb and Formation on the bill with The Happy Mondays.
Tickets for the Saturday night, featuring The Happy Mondays, are already sold out, but at the time of writing tickets for Friday’s performance by Dizzee Rascal are still available, while there are also a few left for Sunday’s show with The Levellers.
The pier, of course, makes a brilliant venue for music with the prospect of a gorgeous sunset, a perfect maritime backdrop and the eerie screaming of the gulls to complement the music. And the performers will be taking their place in a roll call of other bands who have played there in years gone by: Hendrix, The Who, The Clash and the last-ever performance of Syd Barrett as part of The Pink Floyd (as they were known back then).
For local band Matilda’s Scoundrels, this will be their second gig on the hallowed Hastings boards. As exclusively revealed through this very news channel, they busked briefly on the pier in the days running up to its official opening before being moved along.
Their folk-punk catalogue works wonderfully well in this kind of setting, while Vile Electrodes’ dreamy electronica feels like an excellent fit, and very much in keeping with the spirit of Mr Barrett and his one-time band mates.
It promises to be both a brilliant and exciting sign-off for the summer, and a splendid curtain raiser for an autumn in this town like no other.
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