Well it’s that time of year again and the Fat Tuesday Team are busy behind the scenes getting the old machine up to full steam. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the event and we are planning a corker: resurrection of the SXSE Showcase; expanding the Fat Tuesday Tour and introducing several Fringe venues; growing the Saturday Unplugged event and introducing a new St Leonards event Zhir Voskresen'ye (Fat Sunday). Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, we are unable to host The Umbrella Parade and Preservation Sunday events this year but hopefully this is just a blip and these popular fixtures will return, bigger and better in 2015.
It is always difficult to please everyone, especially as the festival grows, but please be assured, whether you are a venue, musician or participator, that we as a team strive to make this event as inclusive and enjoyable as possible within our meagre budget. One criticism we are trying to respond to is that it is sometimes difficult to enter and get a drink from some participating Fat Tuesday Tour venues. We have therefore introduced additional “Fringe” venues who will all be offering a variety great music throughout the night and are including new venues further down George Street, in order to encourage a more even spread of the event.
The big news is that we have now become a registered charity, with the mission to support and promote original music in Hastings & St Leonards and the surrounding 1066 area and to promote the town generally as a premier destination for music tourism. We intend to offer bursaries to the disadvantaged for music lessons and the purchase of musical instruments and are developing mentor opportunities and practical support to those that demonstrate potential and who are driven towards careers in the music industry. So when you are out enjoying the multitude of events over the Fat Tuesday weekend and you see one of our collection buckets, please give generously...but above all, have a fantastic Fat Tuesday Festival!
Let the good times roll! The Fat Tuesday Team