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Finale: musicians crowd the stage for the collective rendering of Hey Jude led by Rick Pentecost on the piano.

Beatles Day – 17 years at number one!

Last Sunday was not just another day – it was Beatles Day at the White Rock Theatre, where the crowds came streaming, the musicians, (whether in the first flush of youth or the creaking stages of old age), enjoyed their 15 minutes on stage and the takings for Macmillan Cancer Support kept mounting. Even getting soaked on the way home wasn’t enough to dampen Nick Terdre’s enthusiasm.

Bless, one of the bands appearing at the find raising gig

Strummerville-On-Sea

Strummerville-On-Sea is a fundraising event organised by the Joe Strummer Foundation in their new seaside home of Hastings, supporting young local musicians with their artistic ambitions. Jamie from The Joe Strummer Foundation writes.

Photo reproduced with permission Paul Denga

Glashin

Glashin is a popular folk duo formed by Paul and Jo Dengate who are well known in Hastings and further afield. HOT’s Sean O’Shea talked with them about their backgrounds and influences, the evolution of the folk music scene and their involvement with the Hastings Folk Festival.

Sound Waves Community Choir at Beatles Day last year (photo: Johnny Powell).

Roll up, roll up, it’s Beatles Day this Sunday!

A fun day out for all lies in wait at the White Rock Theatre this Sunday when it stages Beatles Day. This year’s edition, the 17th, features as ever faces old and new, not to mention a tribute to the Fab Four’s legendary producer George Martin and for the first time a dance troupe. Nick Terdre reveals all.

Phil Sutcliffe interviewing Pete Seegar

St Leonards Salon: Music Journalism – An Evening With Phil Sutcliffe and Andy Gunton

Freelance Journalist Phil Sutcliffe and The Stinger magazine editor Andy Gunton share perspectives on breaking into music journalism and building a career based on doing what you love.

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It's that time of year again!

Let your hair down at the Fat Tuesday festival

The Fat Tuesday festival is upon us, a chance to let your hair down before submitting to the deprivations of Lent, if you’re that way inclined. Alternatively simply a chance to let your hair down. The organisers have largely stuck to last year’s tried and tested formula, with daytime events at the weekend complementing the evening and late-night happenings on the other nights. Nick Terdre takes a leaf through the programme.

Swing Dancing in Hoxton Town Hall

Dance at the Albion!

On Wednesday 3 February, the Albion is going back in time to showcase music and dance from the 1920s, 30s and 40s. HOT reporter Zoya Mathison laces up her dance shoes to find out more.

Thomasin Tresize rehearsing with the Hastings Sinfonia

A pride of Hastings musicians

The Hastings Sinfonia can be relied upon to present a programme of popular and melodic music which includes a good range of romantic classics, lesser known composers whose works are nevertheless immediately identifiable and the works of living composers which are melodic and accessible. This Saturday’s Winter Concert is no exception, writes Chris Cormack.

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