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Music Month/Music City Update

It's all go!

Written By Andy Gunton

Here's the latest press release from the Cultural Regeneration team at Hastings Borough Council which includes some updates about what we've been doing with regard to Music Month, and our plans to make Hastings and Rother a Music City.

"Hopefully the musically inclined have by now sent us your music listings for events and gigs taking place during Music Month 2017 – which we told you about in our last update.

If you’ve not yet got around to it you need to email with the band/event, venue, time and any web link you have, and we will add it to the page online.

Thanks to those of you who have sent in things already. So far we have received over 100 listings – and that’s not even counting all things Fat Tuesday!!

It will certainly be the month to go ‘Out Out’… Please spread the word with the hashtag #musicmonth1066

We will be formally launching the idea of ‘Hastings & Rother Music City’ as part of the UnConvention event on Monday 27 February at The Palace, 37 White Rock, Hastings, TN34 1JL.  

There will be a session on Music Cities and Music Tourism in the morning, from 11am, followed by the official launch at 1pm.  

The UnConvention is a free event and you can see the full programme at: HastingsFatTuesday.

There will also be two more general consultation sessions for anyone involved in the music sector and music economy.

One will be held at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill on Thursday 9 March from 5-7pm.

The other will be at The Palace on Monday 13 March, also from 5-7pm.

It will be a chance to have an open discussion of key issues we want to take forward to develop the music scene in Hastings and Rother, plus find out who wants to be on the planned Music Advisory Board for the future.

if you'd like to attend either of these sessions please RSVP to so we have an idea of numbers attending.

Venues Review:

Hastings Borough Council, with support from Arts Council England, have commissioned a venues review for Hastings and Bexhill, focusing on venues for live performance.

The change and growth of cultural activity in the area has led to gaps in knowledge about the cultural sector and infrastructure which we wish to address. 

Sound Diplomacy will be leading the review, working with the Music Venue Trust.

You can see the full press release on The Stinger website:

Venues that present music and live performance, including open spaces, and musicians themselves, are all encouraged to complete the survey which you can find Here."

Happy Music Month.

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