Live platform for unsigned bands

A new monthly live music night is launching on March 16 from 8-11pm as part of Hastings Music Month.

Under the Radar is a selection of new music put together by BBC Introducing The South, with a pick of unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar musicians from across the South.

The opening event at The Palace on White Rock is a night of live drum ‘n’ bass, soulful vibes and sultry electronica with Hastings’ Damien Soul, Brighton’s TEEFF and Eastbourne’s DarkMatta.

Damien Soul caught BBC Introducing’s attention with his amazing voice and collaborations with local producers, while Eastbourne’s five-piece DarkMatta played an incredible live session on the show in 2016 with energetic drum ‘n’ bass and live turntable scratching. Brighton’s TEEFF is the solo project of downtempo electronic groove producer Elizabeth Gandolfo, and the event coincides with the launch of her debut single.

BBC Introducing The South is live every Saturday 8-9pm on BBC Sussex and regularly features acts from the Hastings area, including recent live sessions by Alibi, someone/anyone, Elf & Stacy, Sam Wills and Jamie Smart.

BBC Introducing presenter Melita Dennett said: “We are excited to host this new showcase for local acts during Hastings Music Month and following on from the declaration of Hastings as a Music City. It’s a town that punches well above its weight with musical talent, so we’re hoping to offer a platform for emerging artists to reach a wider audience.”

Entry is £3 in advance plus booking fee, or £4 on the door.

Future events take place on Thursdays April 20, May 18 and June 22.

Hastings and Rother have been declared a Music City and the formal launch took place at The Palace as part of the UnConvention; a one day music industry conference as part of the Fat Tuesday Weekend.

Music Month, an initiative set up by organisations across 1066 country that have come together to support and develop the vibrant music sector in Hastings and Rother and runs from Valentines day (14 Feb) to St Patrick’s Day (17 March).

Any local acts who want to be considered can upload tracks to BBC Introducing at www.bbc.co.uk/introducing