Hello – Hastings Pier 11th January 1975

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Yvonne Cleland…..Thanks Andre! I was at the front for this one!

Yvonne Cleland…  I was in the front row for this! Still young and foolish and I thought the lead singer was cute. I now realise he was a strutting little peacock hahaha  

Patrick Lewis… I was at the Barclay James gig at end of Jan 75. They were truly awesome ( to use an overused present day adjective). The opener was Medicine Man; quite stunning! Probably one of the most underrated British bands of the era.

Chris Meachen… Went backstage at the end of the Lindisfarne gig to find them standing in the corridor, with a roadie booting ineffectively at the door of their dressing room, they having locked themselves out.. I moved the roadie aside, then took a flying leap, bursting the door open.. That earned me, & the other volunteer stage hands a crate of Newcastle brown.. These were a great bunch of blokes, & very entertaining, on stage & off…

Peter Fairless… No, New York Groove is too soon, Alan. They didn’t release that for the best part of another year. The hit at the time was their version of ‘Tell Him’…

Alan Esdaile… Oops! They had a few hits and were great live. I did interview the lead singer with some questions set by Melody Maker.

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Michael Wilson…  ‘Back in the Hastings Groove!’

Dave Weeks… Blimey. I went to that one. God knows why!!!

Gary Kinch… Think I gave that one a miss, no regrets ……went to the Lindisfarne gig on the 17th though. It would have been my 18th birthday weekend. Lindisfarne on Friday, Birthday Sunday.

 

The Episode – The Cobweb 11th January 1969

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The Episode were previous Episode Six which included Ian Gillan and Roger Glover. 7 1/2 pence to play bingo!

Andy Qunta… Simon Dupree & The Big Sound coming up too! Kippinston (!) Lodge!

Paul Huggett… Kippington Lodge had Nick Lowe in the lineup I think.

Alan Esdaile… Yes your right Paul and involved into Brinsley Schwarz.

Chris Jolly… Sat January 18 – KIPPINSTON LODGE!

Andre Martin… Simon Dupree and The Big Sounds, Kites, excellent record used to get a lot of air time on BBC Radio London with Robbie Vincent in th 70s. Worked with Episode Six and of course the House Band = well almost Kippington Lodge when John Schofield was promoting the Happy Ballroom in 1968. Again just how many future “Names” were learning their trade on Hastings Pier or Witch Doctor/Cobweb.

Ian Williams… I worked with Dave Cottam in the ’70’s – great bass player. The band was fronted by Will Young, I believe? Roger Siggery on drums.

Shaft – Yorkshire Grey 1974

Andy Knight (drums), Jim Beadle (bass), Bob Shipway (guitar), Colin Pierce (guitar), Dave Shaw (vocal), Ross Holter (mixing).

Harry Randall… Jim use to play bass in met band in 67-68 “The Lloyd Milligan Sound” an 8 piece soul band who basically went pro to Keel but got fiddled (didn’t wait for contract)

Judith Monk… Loved the ‘Grey’ used to play bar billiards there.

Tony Court-holmes… used to be good for a fight I remember but still some good bands played there

Fiesta Coffee Bar

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Tony Qunta….I used to love the Fiesta!

John Alexander Wilde….June 5th 1971 John and Pam wedding reception in the coffee bar. Anyone still alive that remembers this?

Pete Fisher….spent so many hours here hanging out as a teenager…sitting outside on the pavement in the summer…

Stephen Fletcher….Good memories .spent most of my teenage years there.

Andy Qunta…. remember the tea came in a glass that sat in a kind of silver/metal glass holder with a handle.Tea bag still in it, & a long spoon. Good hamburgers too! Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4 – on the juke box, as well as many more great classics!

Gary Kinch……….And tomato ketchup that came in plastic tomatoes. Unscrew the green top, quickly turn the tomato upside down, place green top on the upturned bottom, then leave……….we were really rock and roll

Geoff Peckham….Yes, I would have been with you, Andy. Bridge Over Troubled Water was the soundtrack on the jukebox. Perhaps we discussed forming a band in the Fiesta?

Bernard Jeffery…Big part of my youth, great coffee, used to get a baguette and fill it with chips and loads of ketchup, so healthy. always good music on the jukebox.

Paul Sleet….who remembers Min riding into the fiesta on his bike?

Terry Huggins….I got barred from this place on a regular basis.

Andre Martin…..Does anybody remember the guy – I think his name was Joe, who used to be on the door, downstairs on the corridor up to the club on the top floor, he used to be on ” duty” Friday and Saturday nights till the early hours of the morning, I knew him also from the college where he was a student doing A levels – often wondered what happened to him – nice guy.

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Soho Jets & Factory – 1975

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all cuttings supplied by Sarah Harvey

Andy Qunta… Great finds, Sarah! Thanks! Don’t remember the Soho Jets! I remember lugging all our gear down the Caves though! Lugging it down the Pier to the ballroom was a breeze compared!

Bernard Jeffery…. I remember doing caves gigs, the damp atmosphere affected the drums tuning, couldn’t keep a good sound.

Dave Nattress… Sarah, remember Samisen’s caves gigs well and for sure the damp atmosphere and the lugging. Worse was getting the gear down the steep footpath off West Hill Road, then down the steps, then the ramp to the entrance, in and down and down and down. Then getting it all out again.