International buskers fair hits the Stade

One of the buskers scheduled to perform at The Stade
One of the buskers scheduled to perform at The Stade

Hastings Borough Council’s Stade Saturdays programme is hosting an international buskers fair at The Stade this Saturday (August 9).

Starting at 2pm, the Gilded Hand International Buskers Fair will see a variety of singers and musicians playing for the public in exchange for a contribution.

Dating back to the medieval period, the Gilded Hand allowed for impromptu performances and fairs to take place on common land without the fear of arrest.

Cllr Peter Chowney, the borough council’s lead member for regeneration, said: “This weekend a variety of musical buskers will be performing at the Stade Open Space from 1pm through to 5pm. Headlining the day of free entertainment this year is the multi-talented, musical supremo Earl Okin, who will be on the main stage at 3.45pm. Other acts include Nicky Mitchell, Frankie Chalet, Ed Boxall, The Ingrid Pitt Orchestra, Vallelectro, Jazz Train, Wobblies and Danii Mansfield. There will also be a produce market from 11.30am. After each act has entertained us, a hat will be passed around for contributions, so please give generously!”

The council says this is not an open invitation to busk and performing buskers are strictly by invite only. Buskers who wish to participate should email

The next event to hit the Stade will be Grime, performed by the Ramshacklicious theatre company. The play, which combines circus skills and alternative physical theatre, tells the story of an ordinary dysfunctional family trying to live outside the constraints of normal society.

This performance will take place on Saturday, August 13. For more information visit