Inside the Observer Building on day one of its new lease of life

We were really happy to be invited to take a walk around the old Observer building today and to be part of the next chapter in its long and sometimes chequered history. This time the dice seem to have roled in its favour though, as...

YAK – album launch photoset

We're mighty glad we made the trip to Bexill last night for the YAK album launch at De La Warr Pavillion. https://open.spotify.com/album/5l5iDl9P4JlRXUavefEhuB?si=LNkeawJaTqG80YRgC_5s5g The upstairs bar is coming into its own as the nights set in that bit later, and the crashing waves just visible in the...

The many faces of Samantics

He's unashamedly open about his depression - but one thing's for certain, Sam 'Samantics' Walker is far from depressing. Far from it. Although many of his songs are fuelled by mental health issues Sam has a keen eye for detail and delivers situationist comedy lines in...

Stereo MCs photoset – THE CRYPT

Well - that was AMAZING to say the least... a very special gig down at The Crypt... lets's have more of these please guys! Stereo MCs in full effect...

A Saturday night of two halves – from Arkansas Dave in The Stag to three great bands at Crowley’s

If Hastings has a problem it's the happy fact there's way too much choice some evenings - and last night was no exception, calling for an early departure from one great show at The Stag to catch the opening act over at Crowley's. Arkansas Dave...

Tom Williams – live at The Printworks, Hastings

With every ticket sold and every place filled, last night's show by Tom Williams at The Printworks was a fitting complement to a musician who is rapidly finding favour on the national stage with regular BBC Radio 2 and BBC6Music airplay. Catch him next at...

Pink Narcissus and The Kiffs – setting Crowley’s on fire

There's stil a lot of people who haven't rediscovered one of Hastings coolest live venues - Crowley's. And that's their loss... The old Flairz brand is now (gladly) a fading memory - and in it's place the town has gained a brilliantly proportioned gig space...

Flashback to New Year’s Eve

We've just been rumaging through our photos from New Year's Eve and we reckon we had a great time of it! Kicking off the night at The Albion with Sam Wills and Helen Sharp and the Soulshine Band we loved the cocktails and got straight...

12-Night Revels – a fun-packed double-header at The Jenny and The Albion

The latest addition to Hastings' annual calendar of festivities is the 12th-Night Revels. This year things kicked off at The Jenny Lind with a blasting set from 40 Shillings on the Drum - a folk-rock act from just down the coast who have been likened...

Sam Calver and Friends – photos

The De La Warr Pavillion had a seriously festive feel as the annual Sam Calver roadshow came to town... Here's our photos from the night (thanks as ever to Sara Bowrey):