Another season of free entertainment set to begin

The Furnace - Morris Offspring. Part of the Stade Saturdays programme
The Furnace - Morris Offspring. Part of the Stade Saturdays programme

FROM the cutting edge to the traditional and everything in between, the Stade Saturdays programme returns offering another exciting season of free entertainment.

After a successful first year, Stade Saturdays returns to the Stade Open Space, providing a platform for the best in music, dance and performance from home and abroad.

There will be live performances on The Stade every Saturday from May 11 until October 19, beginning in true carnival style with Hastings’ own Expedient Brass Band, which has been playing trad jazz in the style of the New Orleans parade bands for more 50 years, arriving at the Stade Open Space by rail.

Other highlights for the season include a concert by Tekameli from the French/Spanish borders playing a beguiling mix of Catalan spiritual and gypsy music on May 18.

Internationally acclaimed Tiger Lillies delving into their repertoire for songs of sailors and the sea in July, while in September the NoFit State Circus will come to town with a contemporary performance ‘inbianco’.

Traditional Hastings meets contemporary dance with the Morris-inspired company Morris Offspring who will perform their piece The Furnace in June.

Local performers Gigspanner will transport audiences on a musical world tour, Nunah Theatre Company will present The Arrival, the journey of a man who migrates to a new land, and a capella harmony group Now and Then will also be taking to the stage.

Juliet Russell and Vocal Explosion will be bringing together 100 voices from the south east, along with instrumentalists, to create the sounds of Africa in an evening of powerful harmonies and driving rhythms.

Favourites such as the Hastings Shanty Festival will be returning, which will see some of the country’s finest performers of traditional sea shanties descending upon the Hastings seafront, including the Hastings Shanty Singers.

The Dromos Pop-up Festival will be making its debut appearance in East Sussex.

It showcases original work in theatre, dance and music, mixing contemporary culture with local tradition and provides a stage for young local artists and community groups to perform to large audiences alongside established artists.

The programme is brought to a close once again in October with the annual bonfire celebrations.

Performances are all free to attend and start at 7.30pm with a few exceptions.

Visit www.hastings.gov.uk/stadesaturdays for the full programme of events.