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  • One of many candidates standing for the first time in Hastings’ upcoming local elections is Josh Matthews, Labour’s candidate in Central St Leonards.

    Most unpredictable local elections in years loom on 2 May

    With candidates for Hastings’ upcoming local elections on 2 May now revealed, HOT’s election commentator Chris Connelley casts his eye over the runners and riders. It’s the electorate’s first chance to give their views on Labour’s split and the appearance in town of Reform UK, not to mention the Greens’ leadership of the council, making these the most unpredictable local elections for years.
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    Opera South East present Donizetti’s Elixir of Love

    Opera South East’s new production of Donizetti’s comic love story The Elixir of Love will be presented at White Rock Theatre later this month. Following the retirement of Kenneth Roberts, Marcio da Silva is to take over conducting duties. Nick Terdre reports.


    Exploring ‘Sunken Lands’ with author Gareth E. Rees

    A guided tour to the emotional and mythological areas of submerged and rising lands with Gareth E. Rees on the release of his new book Sunken Lands: A Journey Through Flooded Kingdoms and Lost Worlds published by Elliott & Thompson (2024). Jude Montague talks to the author.


    Neville Dickie and Jude Montague - photo by Barnaby Davies

    Neville Dickie plays Boogie Woogie

    Barnaby’s Lounge hosted favourite BBC pianist Neville Dickie for a journey through the first fifty years of jazz piano on Wednesday 10 April. Jude Montague was there.


    Column258Live at Sonics

    An interview with Column258’s Ross Clifford

    Ross Clifford from the psych-noir band Column258 talks to Jude Montague  Ross Clifford is the driving force of collective improvisation group Column 258. The band has two upcoming releases: a flexi disc with our label Property of the Lost, and an EP the group started back last year entitled ‘The Imaginary Album’.


    Remi Harris, the Hot Club Trio, and every kind of music

    There’s more to Remi Harris and the Hot Club Trio than reproducing the sounds of the original Hot Club, as Victoria Kingham found out when she spoke to Remi ahead of their gig at the Kino-Teatr on 20 April.


    10 things you (probably) didn’t know about HOT

    Founding member of HOT, Erica Smith, shares some HOT gossip about the surprisingly long-lived Hastings Online Times.


    Listening for gentrification in St Leonards

    Our neighbourhoods are always changing. But what can we discover about these changes through listening to the sounds around us? We’re a very visually dominated society, so what happens if we focus on what we can hear? Erica Smith listens to Dr Bethan Prosser explain why it is important to listen to our neighbourhood.


    Conservative Councillors ‘unable’ to defend decade-long policy on fossil fuel companies, say campaigners

    The three Conservative Councillors on the East Sussex Pension Committee have all declined an invitation to take part in a public debate on divestment versus engagement, to held at Lewes Climate Hub this Saturday (13 April). Gabriel Carlyle from Divest East Sussex reports.


    ParkinSongsters mark World Parkinson’s Day

    It’s World Parkinson’s Day on Thursday 11 April, and to mark the occasion the ParkinSongsters will be performing at Barnaby’s Lounge in the town centre, as director/conductor Jane Metcalfe explains.


    JJ Waller’s weekend highlights

    Lately, Brighton-based photographer JJ Waller seems to be spending more time in St Leonards-on -Sea than his home town. He was back this weekend photographing street artist Stern Rockwell as he worked on a mammoth-sized but delicate illustration of a conga drummer in South Street. Stern is a Brooklyn-born Hong Konger who is used to painting the sides of sky scrapers. St Leonards is obviously going up in the world…


    Hastings Sinfonia tunes up for spring concert

    Alexandra Hudson details the musical delights on the programme at Hastings Sinfonia’s spring concert.


    Jazz Hastings welcomes John Law and Re-Creations

    The featured artist at the April session of Jazz Hastings is a classical piano child prodigy who switched to jazz at the age of 23 and became one of Europe’s leading jazz pianist/composers. Julian Norridge explains.


    Beatles Day - photo by Tony Ham

    Hastings Beatles Day: Sunday 7 April

    Hastings Beatles Day is run in aid of charity and is a day for many musicians to share their appreciation of the pop band. This year there are 96 bands over four stages playing Beatles songs.


    Zestful writer E. Nesbit celebrated in Bohemia this Sunday

    This Sunday, 7 April, is Bohemia Creative Quarter’s special day in A Town Explores A Book 2024, a community arts festival in St Leonards- on-Sea which runs through the school spring holiday. Gail Borrow explains.


    A sunny Easter holiday for once

    It’s rare to have a sunny Easter holiday period, and after the wild winds on Thursday night, the weather didn’t look promising, but spring blossomed at the perfect time for ATownExploresABook’s Railway Children event on Saturday in Kings Road and there was even an opportunity to bask in the sun with a young seal. Photographer JJ Waller documents the holiday fun.