Organisations across 1066 country have come together to support and develop the music sector and music economy in Hastings and Rother; all with big ideas and ambition.
Working with local authorities (Hastings and Rother District Councils), the music community have developed a steering group who have declared Hastings and Rother a Music City.
A Music City is defined as a place with a vibrant music sector and the key elements of Music Cities include artists and musicians, a thriving music scene, spaces and places and a receptive and engaged audience.
With the abundance of musicians and music events in the area and, Hastings being voted first in the UK for musicality, this is a justifiable title.
The Music City idea was introduced by Andy Gunton of The Stinger who says, “Myself and the Fat Tuesday team have been looking at ways to celebrate, promote and nurture the amazing local music scene we have here in the Hastings area for some time now and this partnership, tied with the Music City/Music Month plans, is a great way to kick start things."
The group’s first initiative is Music Month. Running from Valentine’s Day to St Patrick’s Day it will encompass some of the area’s best music events including Fat Tuesday and the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition (HIPCC) and, it’s not just about gigs.
Music Month will also include community engagement activities such as the vibrant Fat Tuesday Umbrella Parade where people can get involved in umbrella decorating and join the parade and HIPCC plan to put a grand piano into the Source Park to bring BMX riders and skateboarders together with concert pianists to shake up pre-conceptions of what and where music belongs.
“We are very excited about Music Month. It’s great to see the local music community across 1066 country coming together under one banner to promote the fantastic variety of musical entertainment on offer, there really is something for everyone” said Cllr Dawn Poole the council’s lead member for culture.
Music Month event listings can be found at: visit1066country.com/whats-on/music-month and people are encouraged to upload photos of events they attend to social media using #musicmonth1066.
If you have a music related event taking place during Music Month and want to have it listed on the official website, please email the details to: firstname.lastname@example.org