Less than a week to the big event for fans of great beer and sounds

Organisers of the Hastings Beer and Music Festival
Organisers of the Hastings Beer and Music Festival

ORGANISERS are putting the finishing touches to this year’s Hastings Beer and Music Festival, which starts on Thursday (July 5).

In just a few days, the famous orange and blue big top tent will be set up in Alexandra Park.

The popular event is run by 15 hard-working members of the Hastings Round Table, who have been preparing for the festival since last October.

The event will run on over three days from Thursday to Saturday (July 7).

There will be a Battle of Hastings Proms night on the Thursday. Keane play live on Friday evening and local bands are playing on the Saturday evening.

The festival’s main goal is to raise money to give to local good causes. During the past 12 months more than 25 charities have benefited from £45,000 worth of donations.

These have included Hastings RNLI, Hastings Lifeguards, Hastings and St Leonards Sea Cadets and the Hastings Athletics Club.

This year the festival should prove popular of due to the huge demand for tickets to see Keane. Online tickets have sold like hot cakes and almost brought the system into meltdown.

The annual event brings in more than 10,000 people, each having the opportunity to sample more than 100 beers including some local brews from Europe’s longest bar.

Adam Streather, festival spokesman, said: “We’re a week away now and the buzz has really started. Final schedules and preparations are in place. The team have done an excellent job and this is set to be one of the biggest events in this year’s Hastings calendar.”

This year’s Battle of Hastings Proms is supporting Help for Heroes with £1 from every ticket going to the charity.

Tickets are available from www.hbmf.co.uk or in person at the Hastings Information Centre at the town hall. Due to limited space in the arena, guests are kindly requested not to bring tables to the Proms event.