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South Coast Sisters launches in Hastings!

An exciting new event showcasing local women in music, all proceeds of which will  support Child.org, an international development charity focused on helping mothers and children in Africa, is being launched on Friday 20 April at Blackmarket in Hastings Old Town. LUCKY GIRL, Victoria McDonnell & Friends and The Kiffs feature in the launch line-up. Zelly Restorick asks event organiser Hannah Hildreth about the show.

This event is specifically designed to support and promote local female musicians. “I was inspired by national news coverage of large music festivals,” says Hannah, “and how so few women were on the bill at some of the biggest music events in the country. I felt that Hastings would benefit from an event specifically created to showcase all of the talented girls and women that we have in our music scene, and aim to promote and support them to a wider audience.”

I asked Hannah about her connection to Hastings and what inspired her to raise funds for Child.org. “I’m from Hastings and I’ve lived here all of my life, I’m a recent graduate after studying Business and Management at University, and I’m currently undertaking an apprenticeship style course for Child.org called Charity Apprentice, which is a year-long course which gives future charity professionals valuable experience of the charity sector.”

And who are the artists performing at the launch gig? 

LUCKY GIRL describe themselves as “the not quite cool but damn dramatic 4-piece, who have recently emerged from Hasting’s music scene and are already known for their brooding tracks and awkward stage presence. Inspired by the likes of Kate Bush and The Maccabees, their atmospheric music is something to marvel”.

Victoria McDonnell is a young singer-songwriter and guitarist from East Sussex performing an eclectic mix of covers and originals with her band.

The Kiffs are Bonnie, Honor, Lola and Tallulah, an upcoming young band from Hastings and Winchelsea, who write their own punky pop songs.

Will there be a follow-up gig?

“I already have artists interested in a follow-up gig,” says Hannah, “so I definitely plan to make this a regular event, and I will start looking at booking the second one once the first is done and dusted!”

All proceeds to Child.org

“All proceeds from the night will go to the charity Child.org,” says Hannah. “Child.org work in some of the most difficult places in the world to grow up, and use a holistic, evidence-led approach to empower children and enable them to attend school and thrive.

“Their newest pilot programme involves Baby Boxes, which not only hold useful items and information, but act as a safe place for a new baby to sleep. These boxes will act as an incentive for women in rural Kenya to attend neo-natal appointments, and give birth safely in hospital.”

Baby boxes have been provided to new mothers all over the world, from USA to Scotland, India to Mexico. “The box we’re giving to mums in the pilot programme is a much more simplified version at this stage,” writes Child.org. “We’re mostly investigating whether the box doubling as a cot will help the mother and the baby in the first three months of the baby’s life. We’re also using this pilot to identify what the most urgent needs are for mothers in those first three months.”

28378570_1786122728117585_1863198777289911761_nAdvance tickets are on sale now and available at Southcoasters for £6. Support Your South Coast Sisters!

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Posted 08:04 Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 In: Music & Sound


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