Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls plus special guests Saturday 10th December 2016 – De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill.


Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls have announced details of a headline tour of the UK later this year. The ‘Get Better Tour’ will take in 20 cities throughout November and December.

Turner has partnered with Plus 1 so that £1 from every ticket sale goes to War Child, a charity supporting children and families affected by conflict and striving for a world where no child’s life is torn apart by war

Turner said, “I’m very happy to be working with Plus 1 on this tour. £1 from every ticket goes to the good people at War Child, supporting children and families in communities affected by war all over the world. It feels right to use part of what I do to support such a good cause.”

The tour caps off another year of relentless gigging for Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls who, in 2016 alone, have played to over a quarter of a million people. This year marks the record-breaking tenth consecutive year Frank Turner has performed at Reading & Leeds festival, where he opened as special guest on the Main Stage. Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls will head to the US in September and October for their fourth run of dates there this year before returning home for the ‘Get Better Tour’.

‘Get Better’ is a track from Frank Turner’s 2015 album ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’. This July, House of Vans gallery hosted Get Better: 8 Years on the Road with Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls, a retrospective photo exhibition by director and photographer Ben Morse. Across 120 unseen, intimate photographs, the exhibition chronicled Ben’s time on the road with Frank Turner and his crew, providing some invaluable insights into what a rock star’s life on tour is really like.

For more information….

Hastings Town Magazine – September 2016

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September 2016 issue of Hastings Town Magazine, features a four sided tribute from Tony May, to the sad loss of ‘Mr Merchandise’ Alan Gaywood. Tony also writes about ‘Letters From Keith number 9’ with further info on Ruperts People Reflections from an interview with Colin Bell. Keith also suggest another Whiter Shade Of Pale sound alike ‘ Reputation’ by ‘Shy Limbs’.  Also in this issue is a feature on Conquest Hospital Radio from Jeff Belton plus lots more. Now available from your local newsagent.

Steve Demetri – 1952 – 2012


photo by Chris Meachen 

Born 27th August 1952.

Alan Esdaile….Happy Birthday to the late Steve Demetri. So many happy memories of a very special person and friend. Always in my thoughts.

Janine Hemsley… Amazing Guy xx

Andy Qunta… Happy Birthday, Steve! Miss ya! You were a lot of fun, to be sure. Gone but not forgotten! x

Leigh Wieland-Boys… Wonderful man, wonderful memories xx


supplied by Leigh Wieland-Boys

John Wilde… Scared the chit out of me.Traveling 6 inches off the ground in a fiberglass car @ 1000mph!  Our Steve x

Steve Kinch… Knew Steve from our days at Priory Road School. Got up to all kinds of shenanigans through the years – some musicaly related, and others not so musical :/ They were fun and exciting times. Sadly, for one reason or another, we lost touch in later years. I do have a lot to thank Steve for. Happy birthday ol’ mucker x

Leigh Weiland-Boys… Steve D introduced me to you in 1975 Steve, you both came up Saturday’s when I was working as a cocktail waitress, probably your one & only time in there! Frightening to think that was 41 years ago! Xx

Jan Warren… Great photo – Hastings in the 70s!! – sorry I didnt know Steve?!

Andy Caine… Happy birthday Steve!! Hope you’re enjoying yourself!

Gary Kinch… I remember Steve driving his white MGB GT to school. I remember him taking me to the headmaster for some discipline. I worked in the Golden Hind when Steve was running it. I certainly remember that Lotus Europa, it must have been about 1973.

Chris Meachen…. I remember how difficult it could be getting out of it, particularly if he’d parked next to a slightly higher than average kerb. My solution was to get my bum onto the pavement and then roll backwards.. Not elegant but I wasn’t a contortionist…

Jon McCallion… Remembering a good friend on this day and all the good times in the band the cars and the girls. Never forgotten.

Andy Knight… Steve and I used to go drum lessons in Dartford in this car, didn’t take long!



Duke Ellington – Eastbourne Performance December 1973


Chris Coleman… This is a LP cover of The Duke Ellington Congress concert, dec. 1973 interesting for two reasons. Because we were in the middle of massive social unrest at the time,three day week power and petrol rationing etc.the attendance numbered around a silly 50 only.Ten minutes before start time, the Duke put his head through the curtains and asked us to give him a call when the audience.arrived. The second point is that this was Duke Ellingtons last live performance, he passed away a few months later.

Mick Bolton… Strangely enough I’m writing this in the foyer of the Congress Theatre. I’m picking my wife up after she’s been watching Cats. I turned down the opportunity to see it – I don’t think I could sit through a Lloyd Webber musival – but I just wish I could turn the clock back and see the great Duke on that stage!

Meditation 1 – Kim Carter

Kim Carter – A unique blend of classical piano, ambient synthesizers and effects, with rich melodies, harmony and meditative atmosphere.

A few people here know Kim, who is Heather Carter’s brother. Switch off the lights, close your eyes and relax.

Heather Carter… This is my brother Kims’ track and video on U-Tube, taken from his house and made from his Studio in Wales. Please take a few minutes to relax and listen to the beautiful, gentle music lasting for just 10 minutes. If you enjoy it perhaps you could ‘like’ or maybe comment….
Love to you all. Hezz (Heather) xx

Motown Chartbusters Vol 5 – 1971

motown vol 5

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles The Tears Of A Clown, Edwin Starr War, The Jackson 5 The Love You Save, The Temptations Ball of Confusion, Four Tops Its All In The Game, Stevie Wonder Heaven Help Us All, Jimmy Ruffin Its Wonderful To Be Loved By You, Diana Ross Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Stevie Wonder Signed Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours, The Supremes Stoned Love, Marvin Gaye Abraham, Martin and John, Four Tops Still Water, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas Forget Me Not, The Detroit Spinners It’s A Shame, The Jackson 5 I’ll Be There, Jimmy Ruffin I’ll Say Forever My Love.

Who’s still got this one?

Lucy Pappas… Still got this one x

Alan Pepper… This one is my favorite although #3 was the first one I bought . Not a bad track on this in my opinion ! War -huh – yeah ! What is it good for ? Absolutely nothin’ !! I have 1-6 !! Went downhill after that.

Neil Cartwright… YES !!! Though I loved Chartbusters 3, this was really where it all started.

Jan Warren… Yes, I have the silver covered chartbusters 3 album but its also the rare clear vinyl, its the original so not in great condition but its one of my best collectiom items!!

Leigh Weiland-Boys… Got this – probably my favourite – also have it on CD…, where did I put it? Feel a Motown kinda Sunday coming on.

Tony Qunta’s updated pedal board.


supplied by Tony Qunta

Tony Qunta… Updated pedalboard – now I just need to work out what to do with it!!

Mike Mitchell… Just don’t try getting on a US bound plane with that in your hand luggage…

Peter Fairless… It’s just a clock, Mike!

Mike Curtis… Plug It In.

Ernest Ballard… Does it make the drummers tea ? If not I’m not interested ha ha

Eric Harmer… Wow. I glad I just play acoustic

Andy Qunta… Fabulous! I don’t think you need to do anything with it. Just let people see it sitting there, & they will already think you sound good!

Pete Fisher…  I used a pedalboard when I was on tour, to have the sounds the artist required at the ready, but sometimes when we flew (e.g. California) I couldn’t take it with me, and to be honest just guitar, lead and amp sounded much better!