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Celebrate Easter with music and art at the Stade!

Now in its third year, the Hastings Easter Festival is a vibrant music and arts festival to celebrate Easter on the Stade Open Space and Hall. HOT’s Vanessa Alves the delights that await.

Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the main Hastings Easter Festival music event on Easter Saturday, 20 April, from 4 to 10.30pm, and a range of other events between Thursday 18 and Monday 22 April that includes an art exhibition with poetry, a creative workshop and great food.

Sponsored by Hastings Youth Trust, local churches and Church Together, and run by volunteers, the event is free, with donations welcomed to help cover costs. Advance tickets for the music day can be downloaded here.


Triple O

Triple O

There will be a mix of live bands performing on Easter Saturday, including artist Guvna B, a two-time MOBO (Music of Black Origin) awards winner. He has performed for the last two years as a headline act.

New to the stage is Triple O, who has won a MOBO award in the gospel category and has toured internationally.

Also coming to Hastings on Easter Saturday is DJ and electronic dance music producer Galactus Jack. Based in Manchester, Galactus Jack is an award-winning DJ who has played extensively internationally.

Last year, ECHO got everyone dancing across the Stade to their soul and Motown covers with a gospel edge, and were much enjoyed. They are performing this year in the late afternoon.

Pestalozzi International Village Choir, who last year brought a beautiful African gospel sound to the event, will again be joining the festival. They are leaving Sedlescombe, so this will be their last performance at the festival and should not be missed.

Rap artist Feed'Em

Rap artist Feed’Em

This will be a place to relax on Easter Saturday and enjoy the music, not to mention great street food from local popular vendors including Southside Wrappers, Chopper Whoppers and Gourmet Burgers.


In the Stade Hall there will be an accompanying Easter themed art exhibition with artwork from a range of local artists. The exhibition will also be open over the Easter weekend, including Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

Art by Carole

Unseen Realm by Carole Dreeling

The event has received funding from FastPrint Design and Print for the art materials that will be available.

The festival includes a free film showing of Narnia at 2pm on Thursday 18 April at The Bridge Centre.

Also in Stade Hall, from 12 to 4m on Thursday 18 April, children and parents can explore their creativity in a serene, beautiful space with relaxing music at the free ‘Heavenly Hastings’ creative art workshop.

Visitors will be taken on a special journey as they read moving poetry and take in spiritually-inspired artworks by local people, from landscapes to contemporary abstracts in different media, and enjoy the chance to reflect in quiet areas.

Worship in Heaven by Carole

Worship in Heaven by Mavis

A festival leader says, “We would love to have you join us to celebrate Easter in the community at the Stade”.

I am looking forward to joining in the celebration, and taking my two boys to the craft workshop. It will be a great afternoon out during the Easter holidays.

Visit these links for full details and festival updates, or


Posted 15:30 Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019 In: Music & Sound

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