This is your chance to show Hastings what you’re made of by putting yourself forward for the 2018 Mardi Gras Monarchy.

Hastings Fat Tuesday means colour, costume, creativity and carnival spirit in abundance, and in all these the Mardi Gras Monarchy leads the way, including literally leading the hugely popular Umbrella Parade.

There are four non-gender specific roles up for grabs: The King, The Queen, The Knave and The Slut, all four of whom will be at the forefront of the UK’s largest Mardi Gras celebration. Duties will include leading the Umbrella Parade and representing Hastings Fat Tuesday at spin-off events.

Apply online telling the organisers how you plan to unleash your inner carnival spirit, and share your Mardi Gras Manifesto! There is also the option to send a short video (max 30 seconds) on why you have what it takes to be Mardi Gras King/Queen/Knave/Slut.

The four winners will each receive a coveted Passport to Hastings & St Leonards, entitling them to a plethora of gifts and freebies from across town.

Entries will be considered by the Hastings Fat Tuesday team and those shortlisted will go forward to a public vote via the Hastings Fat Tuesday Facebook page where contestants will be whittled down to three finalists for each character. 

The final decision on the 2018 Mardi Gras Monarchy will be made via a live ballot on the night of the Mardi Gras Grand Ball (Saturday 10th February 2018 at St Mary in the Castle). 

Applications should be made online at by midnight on Saturday 6th January, otherwise known as Twelfth Night – when the carnival season traditionally gets underway (contestants may apply for one character only).

Another name for the Twelfth Night is ‘Kings Night’, and the Hastings Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Monarchy is inspired by the historical tradition of the Twelfth Night Cake or ‘King Cake’ whereby a ‘King’ and other characters would be allocated by dividing a cake containing tokens.

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Hastings Fat Tuesday

A free, one-day celebration of experimental music, sound art and film, Thee Sunday Sonics is the brainchild of local artist Danny Pockets, and returns to Hastings Fat Tuesday for 2018!

February 11, 2018, 1:00pmThee Sunday Sonics 2018The Printworks HastingsA free, one-day celebration of experimental music, sound art and film.

Hastings & St Leonards has long been an established melting pot of visual art, music, film and performance.

Thee Sunday Sonics is the brainchild of local artist Danny Pockets, returning once more as part of the Fat Tuesday weekend.

For 2018, Danny and James Wvr, of local music collective Warrior Squares, curate a daytime session of eclectic local DJs, followed by an evening of live music, sound art and film to energise, stimulate and perhaps challenge...produced and performed by experimental musicians from both the local scene and from further afield.

In association with Fat Tuesday Music Festival.

Free Entry. Line-up may be subject to change. No refunds.

DJs (so far...more to be announced)

Vile Electrodes
South Coast Don Arden
Toby (Elf & Stacy)

APPEARING LIVE (running order/set times to be announced)


Colden Drystone, One Man Pop Band is a performance artist & musician based in Hastings.


"We Are The People Our Parents Warned Us About"

Born 23rd February 1985 on Romney Marsh.


Returning to The Printworks after a blistering performance at Thee Sunday Sonics 2017, Map71 is a collaboration between poet and artist Lisa Jayne and drummer Andy Pyne (Kellar, Medicine & Duty, Black Neck Band of the Common Loon, West Hill Blast Quartet).


Ariadne's Labyrinth is a London-based electronic musician, violinist and pianist.


Punctured Corpse.

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