photo taken 17th April 2015 and work continues.
Stallion and Factory have been mentioned. Who else?
Matt Thomas… Liane Carroll
Alan Esdaile… The Kinks.
Perri Ann Haste… 10cc
Yvonne Cleland… Expandis and also I think there should be some reggae. Also Felix, Local Heroes, Stone Junction and Daisy.
Caz Simpson… Osibisa
Martin Waghorne… Budgie !
Jon McCallion… Muller (I know we cant)
Phil Thornton… Expandis, Stallion and Factory !! and not forgetting bands from the outside world who still gig …….. Leftfield, Pil Ltd, Goldfrapp, The Who ( ask them, they might say yes !!) Imagined Village, Trans Global Underground, Kraftwerk, Orbital, Arthur Brown, The Blockheads, NIN, Dizzy Rascal, King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, Steel Pulse, Ozric Tentacles & Eat Static !!! etc.
Matt Thomas… Even if any of them agreed to performing is there going to be anywhere to play, i havent seen a stage or inside venue in any plans!!!!!!
Phil Thornton… there are people out there who can put a temporary / seasonal structure up – ‘Uderbelly’ from the south bank Or the ‘Glade’ stage for example. I’ve played on the Pier with Stallion, Die Laughing, Expandis and Mandragora so I might be busy next year – ha !
Paul Austin… Midnight Shift
Paul Morfey… Sir Paul McCartney !! Well he is local.
Tony Ham… My last visit was for punk on the pier, Dragster, UK Subs and Sham 69, must have been one of the last gigs before it closed?
Tim Moose Bruce… Hawkwind motorhead dr feelgood saxon magnum die laughing budgie mandragora to name just a few. And the levellers… and Beatles day.
Stephen Kolimbarides… All those local bands that have played on the pier in the past should have a nostalgia event.
Jon Wilde… Die Laughing! E X P A N D I S, Teenbeats! The Bouncing Dentists! 13 @ Midnight, Hippo, The Phil Gill Abbey Rodeo Band
Phil Thornton… EXPANDIS !!!! – we MUST play on the Pier !! re Die Laughing – yes its true I was in the band but it was before their ‘Rock God’ phase !
Phil Gill… Damaris.
Matt Thomas… Johnny Mason DJ Set
Peter Fairless… Dreaming… The Who supported by Squeeze
Pete Shaw… Jim Jim & The Jims!!
Dave Nattress…. Interesting ideas indeed guys and girls – Stallion, Factory, Die-laughing, Expandis, Teenbeats, The Jims, Hippo, Hat-Trick, Samisen, Damaris (if I can tune my last remaining vocal chord – last found 3 chords on the guitar a long time ago), etc. etc. etc. and other locals would all make great sense for a long festival-like session of 2/3 tracks each, but of course, there would also be great merit in one or two even larger names – maybe with local connections. Yes Alan, good question and great answers.
Alan Esdaile… Thinking of a big name, affordable and all round family entertainment, how about Madness. Don’t forget Suggs was born in Hastings.
Barbara Watling-Richardson… KEANE – they too are local!
Jim Hobbs… Pink Floyd
Carol Ann Bolton… The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. My cousin is 3rd violinist. Madness is a good choice.
Eric Harmer… Reckless Eric haha or McCartney Peas marsh. Daltrey battle way. Jeff beck use to live near wadhurst keen battle Donavan lived here still doing stuff
Yvonne Cleland… Madness would be great or what about Steeleye Span.
Ian McGilvray… Deep Purple
Peter Fairless.. If were talking about new acts, rather than old favourites returning, I’d like to see Paloma Faith play the pier. Skinny Lister would be nice, too!
Yvonne Cleland… I’d rather see Imelda May!
Jane Hartley… Does Don Powell still live in Netherfield? Then how about Slade/Who and Macca?
Peter Fairless… Just a thought, can we all agree, no tribute acts?
Chris Giles… Err what about status quo
Stephen Kolimbarides… Won’t be the same without a ballroom. As the pier is going to be a so called open space it will be an outdoor stage. I expect the local residents can’t wait to get the petitions started!!!!
Chris Giles… I think in time the pier will have new bits added I’m sure…but it’s a start…
Phil Thornton… I’ve been asking around regarding getting a temporary / Seasonal venue up and running. Does anyone know if the restoration of the substructure and decking includes ‘load bearing’ anchor points ? – to add this after the restoration would be VERY expensive !!!!
Alan Esdaile… Great to see Andre and Jim and Allyson Breed at the Pier AGM this morning. It was confirmed that the pier will be licensed for 3000 people but 2000 for ticket events. Also on screen among others, were listed Open Air Concert and Music Festival. Simon Opie also mentioned The Who and said wouldn’t it be nice to see The Who back on the pier 47 years after they were last here.
Phil Thornton… having Roger and Pete open the pier would be so brilliant !!!
John Wilde… I think I would let The Who headline a weekend of top local acts. Anyone?
Peter Fairless… Yes, great AGM and fantastic to get a brief chance to walk on the pier. Looking forward to lots of music next year! Well, Simon Opie mentioned it in passing, and also returned to the subject later, in a “wouldn’t it be nice if…” comment. However, why say it, if he didn’t think it was likely? I’m pretty sure the press will pick up on it, too, and given his recent experience in that area, again, I’d be pretty surprised if he weren’t further down the road that that comment on it’s own suggests. Also, we know The Who are touring up to the end of 2015, at least. I didn’t get a chance to ask my planned question about how they intend to cater for local bands but I’m sure an email would get the relevant information for anyone interested.
Caz Simpson… Rolling Stones…last word.
Peter Fairless.. 2,000 capacity venue? That would be about £13K a ticket!
Caz Simpson… Nah, I reckon they would do it for old times sake
Andre Martin… Some very interesting comments, suggestions and ideas have followed along this trail. From a technical point, facing out to sea who be perhaps the best , the trouble is that the French get a free concert !! There must be ways to cover some of the H&S issues, and I would think that Simon Opie would not make a statement without first thinking of the issues involved, he has a background that started in the Music business. Perhaps another way to cover expected crowd numbers would be large outdoor screens along the beach, thus allowing many addition fans to see the images, but hear the sound track !! Whatever happens, let us keep the support going and be positive with whatever is offered. I would love to see a Motown Review [ originals please – but they keep passing on !] – I have a schedule ready, but I fear that the costs would be a little prohibitive- Oh to dream !!
Jim Hobbs… Status Quo would give the new pier a good shake down. I recall they nearly shook the old one apart one night as Mick Damon and I helped the sound guy hang on to the mixer and equipment racks as everything swayed with a packed ballroom of dancing loons.
Jane Hartley… They’ve toned down a bit now though, all this unplugged stuff! You and my ‘brother’ hanging on to the equipment, I missed that one Jim!
Jane Dorsett… would like to see Joan Armatrading……………….
Andrew Clifton… The Sex Pistols
Alan Pepper… Mick Jagger and Paul Mc Cartney can cut the ribbon to open but don’t let them sing ! Leave that to the young ens !!! Someone like Keane ?!?
Steve Amos… Maybe Nick Cave would come back?
Yvonne Cleland… I think the Smiths should reform for the pier!
Caz Simpson… My son would agree with you Yvonne, sadly he won’t be wearing this to the pier 😉
supplied by Caz Simpson
Yvonne Cleland… Is that fashionably distressed, or did your son throw himself into a bonfire?
Caz Simpson… He bought this original T shirt from EBay several years back, it was too big so he tried to shrink it in his microwave!