Stade Saturdays kicked off with a really strong performance from Compagnie Dyptik presenting D-Construction. The exciting hip hop dancers on scaffolding were really appreciated by the enthusiastic audience.
The Stade Saturday programme is run by Hastings Borough Council’s and deputy leader Kim Forward, who is also lead member for culture says she is “delighted” that the council can offer what she describes as “a fantastic free season of events to the community.”
“Stade Saturdays has something to offer everyone with circus, dance, music, food, and visual art,” says Ms Forward, “bring your friends and family to enjoy the season which runs until October.”
This week-end will feature Hexagonal play high energy music with African and jazz influences. Essentially a co-operative, the group, which comprises of Jason Yarde on alto sax, Greg Heath on tenor sax and flute, Graham Flowers on trumpet, John Donaldson on piano, Simon Thorpe on bass and drummer Tristan Banks, has worked with some of the greatest names in the business, including the likes of the London Symphony Orchestra, Mica Paris, Van Morrison, James Brown, Liane Carroll, Whitney Houston, Eddie Henderson, Larry Grenadier, Steve Grossman, Amy Winehouse and David Gilmour. Having formed in 2016 to play the music of the late, great South African born musician, Bheki Mseleku and the Afro-American pianist McCoy Tyner, they are now hailed as a jazz ‘super group by the 606 club and others.
Dancers and would-be dancers can join in an evening of ballroom, salsa and tango at Strictly Stade Saturdays on Saturday July 7th, with workshops from 5pm.
On July 14th direct from Nashville via Hastings Old Town, Mike Willis’s well-crafted songs are more California than Tennessee bringing a little West Coast to the English south coast. At times intimate, then singalong, then rocking, Willis is a man for all musical seasons. Catch him performing with his band, a little piece of Americana with Hastings’ best.
After the Annual Hastings ‘Nearly on the Beach Concert’ at the Stade, the Lantern society songwriters festival will feature the very best original songwriters to have graced the Hastings and London acoustic club stages on August 11th.
Cirque Rouages present Sodade an event sponsored by Coasters on August 18th with stunning acrobatics and moving stories, Sodade is a fable on a wire told through music and circus.
As part of the Journeys Dance Festival, Southpaw Dance Company present Carousel with 18 Hours and Coasters. A fully functioning merry-go-round which provides the centrepiece for an edgy story of the enigmatic characters who inhabit the fairground. As the fair shuts down for the night, its public face gives way to the exhilarating private celebrations and personal tragedies of an intensely close-knit group of people. Music, dance and drama combine for a stunning piece of dance theatre, in which the performers use the carousel’s revolving platform to flip, roll, dive, and spin to an eclectic Balkan and gypsy-influenced score on August 25th.
The programme continues with some fantastic events in September and October, finishing with Hastings Bonfire night on October 13th. For further information you can check Hastings Council website https://www.hastings.gov.uk/stadesaturdays and the Hastings Borough Council Facebook page for last minute programme updates.