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Eugenia Startseva ® and Susannah Appleyard (L)

A night of magical midsummer music in Hastings

Hastings soprano Susannah Appleyard is joining concert pianist Evgenia Startseva for a musical midsummer celebration at St Mary in the Castle.


Introducing the first band to play Hastings Pier

After the Jack-in-the-Green parade this year, Erica Smith found herself in the Royal Standard having a pint of Festival Ale, when a band of raggle-taggle musicians swept in, set up and played a blinding acoustic set. They were Matilda’s Scoundrels and if you haven’t seen them perform yet, then you are missing out on one of Hastings most exciting bands.

Veryan Weston (Keystation) & Trevor Watts (Saxes)

Free Stade jazz concert

For all open-air jazz fans, there’s a free concert coming up at The Stade featuring the music of Veryan Weston (keystation) and Trevor Watts saxes). If you were at the opening of the Observer Building, you will know what to expect.


Ear-catching music from Blowzabella

Here’s a group of musicians that create some new-to-the-ears unusual music together. Blowzabella is a genuinely unique band that makes an inimitable, driving, drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. All the band members compose and many of their tunes are ‘standards’ in the modern British/European folk repertoire and played by people all over the world. Bands across Europe who experiment with folk music often cite Blowzabella as a major influence. Much loved and respected, there is no one else quite like them.

The Blockheads in action

Reasons to be cheerful

The Blockheads are coming to town! Yes the same Blockheads that used to back Ian Dury and who, since the great man’s death in 2000, have been touring regularly with most of the original line-up, performing both an awesome back catalogue and their own new material.

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Gwyneth Herbert Hometown Gig

Gwyneth Herbert plays the Kino-Teatr, Norman Rd on Friday May 13, her first proper gig in St Leonards since moving down here two years ago. She will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Ned Cartwright in a performance incorporating vocals, ukulele, french horn, piano, saxophone, percussion, melodica and cheese-grater. There will be tales of sea-drenched sirens, jaded seaside hotels, East End vagrants, loves and losses, drinks and whores and, of course, a touch of Swahili singalong. Who said Variety was dead? Simon Charterton examines the evidence.

Posted 18:40 Tuesday, Apr 26, 2016 In: Music & Sound Tags: , , ,
United Folk Orchestra in Tenterden

Hastings Folk Fest is coming

The third Hastings Folk Fest 2016 is only a week away, starting the day after Jack In The Green, and running from Tuesday 3 to Sunday 8 May. As in previous years, most events are free and take place in the pubs and cafés around the Old Town. 

Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston

Watchmaker’s Wife tour comes to Winchelsea

To celebrate the release of their album The Watchmaker’s Wife, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston will be touring the UK throughout 2016 and are playing at the Church of St Thomas The Martyr in Winchelsea on Friday 29 April. HOT has received the following glowing account of the duo

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