The Rooftop, De La Warr Pavilion, July 29-31, free

Blue Roses, who is actually Laura Groves, playing in the DLWP
Blue Roses, who is actually Laura Groves, playing in the DLWP

THE rooftop of the De La Warr Pavilion has won a fair bit of national attention recently.

Last summer, Anthony Gormley’s iron body casts were winched up there, arranged on a grid pattern conforming to the roof’s girders for the Critical Mass exhibition.

Last month, staff announced that artist Richard Wilson would dangle a coach from the roof as he recreates the iconic final moments of The Italian Job for an exhibition in 2012.

And a fortnight ago, Eddie Izzard played a week of gigs in varying weather conditions for a local audience.

Not to mention the full-scale beach the creative team have imported onto the roof, complete with sand, turf, deckchairs and a cocktail bar.

Those who have not yet had the chance to visit the rooftop should make a date this weekend.

Today (Friday) the beach itself, including palm trees and pedalos, is open from 10am-5.30pm, before the Bexhill equivalent of Desert Island Discs takes over from 6pm-9pm.

Four local people choose their top tracks, and all are welcome to come and listen - this week sees popular local writer Emily Russell make her choice, along with three others.

Live radio is streamed from 6pm on Saturday evening, and two ethereal waif-beauties bring their Pavilion-friendly brand of alternative music to Bexhill for live sessions on Sunday.

From 3pm, 23-year-old songwriter Laura Groves, known as Blue Roses, joins Irish folk singer Hannah Peel on the roof.

Both would sit comfortably alongside Laura Marling, Bat for Lashes, Florence and the Machine, and even a bit of Jodie Holland in your iPod playlist, and as the entire afternoon of music is free, expect a busy rooftop.

Hannah in particular has been singled out by Mojo Magazine as their “One To Watch” for 2011, and will play folk-pop from her debut album - The Broken Wave.

The nail in the coffin of your Sunday afternoon long dark teatime of the soul is that Pavilion resident DJs Benji Buzz and Koopa Nut take over after the alt-folk finishes.

The music stops at 9pm.

For information about the acts or about Dune, the Pavilion’s rooftop beach, contact 01424 229111, or visit