Draw for Torch tickets

Harley Alexander-Sule and Jordan Stephens from Rizzle Kicks arriving for the 2012 Brit Awards at The O2 Arena, London.
Harley Alexander-Sule and Jordan Stephens from Rizzle Kicks arriving for the 2012 Brit Awards at The O2 Arena, London.

DETAILS of how to apply for tickets for the Olympic Torch Relay evening event in Hastings featuring hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks have been announced.

The show, taking place in the Stade Open Space on July 17, will be the climax of a day celebrating the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay in the town.

As well as the musical duo Jordan ‘Rizzle’ Stephens and Harley ‘Sylvester’ Alexander-Sule (pictured right), who have notched up three top 10 hits since bursting on to the music scene in 2011 as Rizzle Kicks, there will be acrobatic and dance performances.

Hastings Borough Council is organising the ticketing for the extravaganza and wants to ensure borough residents get the chance to attend.

A giant screen in Pelham Place car park will show the entertainment to those without tickets.

Council leader Jeremy Birch said: “We know that there is a lot of interest in our Olympic Torch Relay evening event on Tuesday July 17, and we want to allocate tickets in as fair a way as possible, so that Hastings residents get priority, and all local people have the same chance to get them. We are asking Hastings residents who want tickets to write to Olympic Torch Evening Event, Town Hall, Queens Road, Hastings TN34 1QR by Friday, June 1.

“They should include a stamped addressed envelope with a Hastings address, and we will then pick envelopes at random after that date until all of the tickets have been allocated. No tickets will be issued until after June 1, and everyone who applies by that date will have the same chance of getting a ticket.

“If any tickets are left after Hastings residents’ requests have been met, these will be made available to the general public from Monday, July 2.

“Please note that each application can be for a maximum of four tickets, and no-one under the age of 18 can be unaccompanied, so every application must include at least one adult.

“Also, tickets cannot be sold on. The event on Tuesday, July 17, starts at 5pm, with doors opening at 4pm. It will finish by 7.30pm. No alcohol will be permitted on site, nor will smoking be allowed. The only animals allowed will be assist dogs.

“Also, because we don’t want the Old Town to get completely overcrowded that evening, only ticket holders will be able to see the stage. If people haven’t got tickets, they won’t be able to see the show from outside the Stade area, so we are encouraging them to go to Pelham Place car park, where a large screen is being provided.

“This will be an absolutely great day, and evening, for Hastings. The stage show will include two, ten-minute slots of locally-programmed entertainment during the evening celebration. This will include a dance routine celebrating Hastings’ history led by Helenswood School, and a community choir led by Hastings Philharmonic Choir.”

The Rizzle Kicks set is expected to last between 15 and 20 minutes.