Hot on the heels of the recent Boyzone and Daytripper gigs on Hastings Pier, comes another weekend chock full of great bands, and more.
Beano On The Sea takes place over the weekend of 8/9/10th September, and marks the official start of Music Month, which runs until 31st October.
Headliners on Friday evening, which kicks off at 6pm, are Embrace, ably supported by Black Grape and Echobelly.
The Saturday and Sunday sessions run from 3-10pm, and feature classy acts such as Lightning Seeds, Reef, Space, The Bluetones, Cast, Dodgy and The Supernaturals.
I can remember seeing The Supernaturals at The Crypt, in Hastings, many moons ago and I’ve no doubt some of the other acts on show over the weekend graced the sweaty stage there too.
In all there are 13 bands playing throughout the three days.
But Beano On The Sea isn’t just about the acts on the main stage, there is also an outdoor cinema showing music movies such as Oasis’ ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Made Of Stone’, about the Stone Roses.
And as if that wasn’t enough, there will also be aftershow parties hosted by the likes of Bez (Happy Mondays) and Terry Hall (The Specials, Fun Boy Three).
There will also be related gigs at four different Hastings venues, such as On The Rocks and General Havelock.
The promoters of Beano On The Sea are trying to approach this event a little differently to some that have gone before.
As promoter Jess Laney told me, "We have been determined to be more than just 'a gig on a pier', which is the feel I get from some other events. There are weight limitations and obviously size issues, however we believe Hastings has 'more than just a pier' too. Hence the crammed lined up, the film screenings, DJs in the 'Beano Oasis', and the supplementary gigs, all of which are very important."
"Hopefully you'll see that we want folk to get more from the event than just some bands playing in a row. Indeed with three-day weekend tickets at £99 and day tickets at £31 and £37, we believe our event is not only better, but also significantly better value for music fans than recent 'big name' events on Hastings Pier."
The fact that the promoters are also local to the area, suggests that their hearts are in the right place.
Having spoken to the them myself, I know that they have ambitions to bring more quality gigs to Hastings Pier, and Hastings in general, in the future, something that we would certainly be happy to see and support.
In the meantime why not get yourselves down to Hastings Pier to celebrate the end of summer in great musical style at Beano On The Sea.
Let’s hope the weather gods are smiling down on Hastings over the weekend, this event deserves it.
But even if the heavens do open, at least there won’t be any mud!
I'll see you there.
For ticket info and more visit: BeanoOnTheSea.com/ticket