Beach concert is back again

Hastings Beach Concert 2012
Hastings Beach Concert 2012

THE popular Hastings Beach Concert returns for its 25th year with an impressive line-up of local musicians, all of whom are giving their time and talent for free.

The concert will take place next weekend (August 3 and 4) on the beach at The Stade, adjacent to the lifeboat station.

It is a free event though as ever collections will be made to raise money for the RNLI.

Tony Streeter, of the Hastings Beach Concert Committee, said: “Tens of thousands of pounds have been raised for RNLI in the past, and we hope this year will be another bumper fundraising effort.”

On Saturday, the music runs from 1pm to 9m, and on the line-up are Harry Osborne, Tusk, Anita Jardine, KingBathmat, Dead Rabbits, Vindickers, Ugenix, and Rhythm Section.

On Sunday, from 1pm to 7pm taking to the stage will be Star Scream, Fabulous Red Diesel, Under The Covers, 90% Proof, and Blair.

There will be a bar on site and revellers are encouraged to use that rather than bring their own alcohol. There will also be food outlets on site, though for insurance reasons, barbecues are banned.

The concert has been running since 1988 when it was believed to have been started by the late musician John Martyn down at the fishing winch sheds.

From such small beginnings it has become one of the town’s major events.

This year the event almost did not go ahead due to problems with funding.

That was until Bob Falconer, of The Carlisle pub, answered a call for funding help to the tune of £3,000, to prevent the concert being scrapped.