Music Month returns once again for 2020, but what is it and what does it do?
Well, Music Month is an initiative set up by #1066 Music City, a group of organisations across Hastings and Rother that have come together to support and develop the vibrant music sector in the area.
Music Month happens every February/March, from Valentine’s Day to St Patrick’s Day ie: 14 February to 17 March, and encompasses the UK's largest Mardi Gras celebration Hastings Fat Tuesday and the Hastings International Piano Festival as well as many other gigs and concerts in venues in the area.
For those not in the know already Fat Tuesday is a five-day celebration of the music culture of Hastings and Rother, with a packed programme of events leading up to the main Fat Tuesday Tour, on Shrove Tuesday itself.
On the big night itself, 12 venues host a rotation of live gigs, with 24 bands each playing 20 minute sets in three of the venues.
The Hastings International Piano Festival alternates every other year with the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition.
This year it's the turn of the festival, with a two-week celebration of the piano involving pop, jazz, classical and contemporary musicians.
Other big-name highlights during Music Month 2020 include Fairport Convention at the De La Warr Pavilion, Baxter Dury kicking off the Fat Friday Launch Party, Craig Charles headlining Le Grand Mardi Gras Ball, and Rufus Wainwrightand the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Hastings International Piano Festival – all at the White Rock Theatre.
Music Month offers a publicity umbrella to any music event programmed between those dates – of all genres and styles.
There will be a marketing campaign by Visit 1066 Country Marketing that will feature:
- Listings on a dedicated page, which is already live: visit1066country.com/musicmonth
- Press releases and a social media campaign
- Logo for use by all participating venues/organisations
- Music Month branded beer mats
If you are promoting, or putting on a musical event during Music Month and want to get it listed on the website, please send in the following details:
- Name of band / artist
- Date of performance
- Time of performance
- Cost (or free)
- Type of music/genre
- Optional photo (not all will be used)
Please email those details to: CDann@hastings.gov.uk, preferably by 31st January 2020.
If you'd like some Music Month 2020 beer mats, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please forward this information to any venue, promoter or artist that you think might like to be involved, thanks.
Here's the link to the official Music Month website once again: visit1066country.com/musicmonth