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The Crypt Rises Again

Written By Andy Gunton

Maybe a corner is being turned?

Firstly we’re currently watching the rebuilding of Hastings Pier, albeit without a permanent music venue, and now The Crypt has risen again, after previous abortive attempts.

We lost the, already closed down, pier in 2010, and then The Crypt in early 2011. This left Hastings without a really viable, stand alone, music venue to attract out of town bands.

This in turn meant that any up and coming local bands also lost an opportunity to support those bigger bands, a sometimes vital step in any bands career. Something we here at The Stinger have been emphasising through our support for the work of the Music Venue Trust, which has been in the news recently.

But a few weeks ago the refurbished Crypt, also known as Grand Elektra, opened its doors once again.

Maybe this is the start of a resurgence for local live music, especially with regard to giving those younger acts a stage to perform on, and encouraging out of town bands to start adding Hastings into their UK tour dates.

The first new music nights to start up are the ‘Jazz, Funk and Blues’ gigs on a Tuesday evening, which have already started to attract a regular clientele with their impressive line ups.

Acts who have already graced the new twin stages include Tony O’Malley, The Herbie Flowers Quartet, Eat Logic, and Kat and Co. Lined up in the future are Nicholas Meirer, and the Greg Heath Quartet, with some other gems ready to sign on the dotted line.

These Tuesday night sessions also have table service for drinks, and food available until 10pm.

Mike Raxworthy, who has been curating the live music events tells us that one reviewer has already called the venue “the best little live music club outside London”, adding “why travel up to Ronnie Scotts when you can see the same bands here in Hastings at half  the price?” High praise indeed.

Saturday, 31st October, Halloween, see’s the start of another regular new night, ‘Spot Light’, which has certainly caught our eye.

Mike tells us, “Remember when the Crypt was packed to the brim and bands playing original self-penned songs? Well this is what we are trying to recapture. The venue is much smarter than those good old days, you don't get stuck to the floor for a start!
We are looking for local bands, plus acts from far and wide. We have a great sound system and engineers. The club now has two stages - a big one for up to eight piece bands, and a smaller one which will hold a four piece comfortably

‘Spot Light’ nights will have live bands between 9-11pm, and then a DJ Club night from midnight. There will be free entry until 10.30pm

That opening night certainly kicks off in style with local favourites Kid Kapichi returning to Hastings, supported by rising stars Nova Twins.

Kid Kapichi all went their separate ways, University wise, last month with band members going to Brighton, London and Leeds for their musical studies. Many local fans thought it would be until at least 2016 before we saw them perform in the town again, so this gig comes as a very welcome surprise.

The band themselves told us that they felt it was an opportunity they couldn't turn down. The chance to play the legendary venue itself, and to headline the opening show of a brand new night, dedicated to local original music, was just too good to miss.

As it's Halloween, fancy dress is positively encouraged, so dress to scare!

It sounds like a night not to be missed.

Mike is looking for local bands to play future ‘Spot Light’ nights.

If you’re interested, contact Mike via: including links to your music, videos, live dates etc.

Kid Kapichi photo by John Powell

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