New charity to help local musicians make it big

Adam Daly, Andy Gunton and Bob Tipler
Adam Daly, Andy Gunton and Bob Tipler

THE TEAM behind one of the town’s biggest musical events plans to set up a charity with the aim of supporting up-and-coming bands and musicians across 1066 Country.

Hastings Fat Tuesday burst onto the music scene in 2010 and was developed as a platform to show off the local musical talent and to introduce more established acts to the vibrant Hastings scene.

Since its creation Hastings Fat Tuesday has grown into a spectacular five-day festival.

Organisers Adam Daly and Bob Tipler are to team up with Pierless Music, set up in 2012 with the aim of promoting, and nurturing original local music, to establish the Hastings Fat Tuesday charity.

Another of the charity’s aims will be to promote Hastings as a premier league music tourism destination.

All events held under the Fat Tuesday banner will be non-profit making.

Adam said: “The Hastings Fat Tuesday organisation has had a long-standing collaboration with Pierless Music and this seemed to us a no-brainer as the logical next step, if we are to grow as an organisation and maximise the support that we are able to give local musicians and venues.

“We are working closely with Andy Gunton, of Pierless Music, to write our charitable charter which will be published online within the next few weeks.”

Mr Gunton, who founded Pierless Music along with musician Richard Lock, added: “We passionately believe that the quality of original music from this area, across all age groups and musical genres, is such that it deserves to be heard by a much wider audience.

“Is there anywhere else quite like Hastings? Well, we certainly don’t think so and that’s why we’re delighted to be joining up with the Fat Tuesday team to develop and grow our mission.”

The next event from the Hastings Fat Tuesday team will be Voodoo Fest, a Halloween event on October 31, featuring five bands, four DJs, a funeral procession, and of course outrageous outfits.

The evening will begin with a ‘funeral’ gathering at The Havelock in the town centre at 7pm, before a procession to The Carlisle at 8pm.

The main event will span both floors of The Carlisle pub from 8pm to 2am.

Tickets are £10. For full details visit www.voodoofest.co.uk.