Music Month is back for 2018 right across Hastings and Rother writes Andy Gunton.
Music Month runs from February 13 to March 17 and takes in major local musical events including FAT Tuesday, the Hastings International Piano Concerto, the Hastings Music Festival, and much more.
One of the aims of Music Month is to celebrate all the music that is happening in the 1066 area during the winter when many other places are still hibernating after the excesses of the Christmas and New Year period.
The vibrancy of the music scene in 1066 Country is now well known throughout the UK, and further field, but there are still a few people waiting to be converted to its musical diversity, and the number of gigs that take place on just about any night of the week, something many newbies shake their heads in disbelief about.
The White Rock will host the Un-Convention Hastings Music Conference.
One of the highlights of Music Month is Hastings FAT Tuesday, which has just been voted one of the best Mardi Gras events in the world by The Daily Telegraph! This year the FAT Tuesday celebrations are spreading their tentacles from the Old Town, further west along the seafront to the America Ground and White Rock area, with a couple of events that may fall just outside the official Music Month dates, but will serve as a tasty appetiser to the main course.
Sunday February 11 sees a new event, Under The Radar, which will focus on new emerging talent. This takes place at The Palace, Brass Monkey, and On The Rocks, where a showcase of 11 brand new local acts is being curated by Incubate (From The Eggtooth Project).
On Monday, 12 the 4th Un-Convention Hastings Music Conference will take place in the Sussex Hall at the White Rock Theatre. Un-Convention is a free all day music seminar, providing tips and inspiration for all those hoping to make a career in the music industry. This will feature a panel discussion all about getting young people involved in music.
Full details can be found on the official Hastings Fat Tuesday website: www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk
But that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to events happening throughout the Music Month period.
Full listings of gigs and musical events taking place during Music Month will be displayed on the official Music Month website at: www.visit1066country.com/musicmonth
If you upload any photos of gigs and music events to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc during Music Month use the official hashtag of #musicmonth1066, so that we can group as many as we can together for all to see.