Hastings is ready to rock the airwaves

IT is nearly that time of year when the best of local music takes to the air waves for a month-long celebration of Hastings talent.

Hastings Rock will be broadcasting for 28 days from Saturday, April 30, with its team of volunteer DJs showcasing the cream of 1066 Country bands and musicians.

Organisers are confident the temporary station will get its licence from Ofcom - with a decision expected in early March.

But, in order for Hastings Rock to be a success, it needs local bands to submit their music.

Any acts currently based in 1066 Country - or further afield in nearby Bexhill, Eastbourne or Rye - are being encouraged to send in a sample of songs for consideration, and the best will be played on air alongside more recognisable names from the world of rock.

Andy Gunton, one of the people behind Hastings Rock, said: “As in previous years local music will be featured throughout the broadcast.

“We will have local bands featuring both on the A List (the station’s most regularly played tracks) and the dedicated Local Music Show on Sunday evenings.

“All music submitted should be of broadcastable quality, contain no swearing and be original material.

“It is best if music is submitted on CD, although an MP3 would be acceptable. A short biog is also very useful.

“Although we are, primarily, a rock music station, for local music the boundaries can be moved a little and folk, blues and other genres can be played.

“We can’t guarantee everything sent in will be played. But, if you don’t get in touch, it definitely won’t be.”

Anyone who fancies hearing their material on the radio should email andygunton@hotmail.com for more details.

And the station is also on the look-out for sponsorship, with more details online at