Levellers are still going strong after 30 years in the game. They have long been, and still are, one of the best live bands around and they’re back in 2020 with a new studio album and an extensive tour. For more details and tickets… https://whiterocktheatre.org.uk/Online/tickets-levellers-hastings-2020
Elaine Roberts… 50p for a double!
Dave Weeks… Who was Ben ?
Coco Pops… The poor Old Wellington wonder who has the sign???
Graham Marriott… I don’t know but it’s not a pub any more you can’t even tell where it was Alan and Dot Chapman were the best landlord and landlady the pub had in the 1980’s used to go in there after ice skating
Coco Pops… Its now a curry house, Sir are you the owner of Marriott’s who had damage from when they were renovating the pub?
Tony Court-holmes… yet another pub that closed
Alan Esdaile… Russell Field mentioned it on my radio show today.
Dawn Leaney… Ben was an older man and used to play regularly in the saloon bar in the London Trader..l believe on the keyboard and sing.
Olli Hopkins…THE CRYPT IS BACK! – Bigger and better than ever… For those who remember The Crypt at its sweaty peak, it’s now back on the Hastings live music scene…After closing in 2011, The Crypt in Hastings is re-opening its original doors on Havelock road on 15th November. There will be thousands of people with long-lasting memories of seeing some of the biggest names in British music pass through this vaulted space over the years on their rise to stardom.
It will all be kicking off with a live performance from the band Jesus Jones. November 15th is the official date that the original doors will re-open.Tickets are available to the grand-opening event online – on
https://www.skiddle.com/…/H…/The-Crypt/Jesus-Jones/13593566/ – or on the door. It will take place on 15th November at 7:30pm, through the original doors on Havelock road.
Jim Peckham… I used to go there back in the 70s
John Wilde… Forgotten how many times we played there.
Phil Thornton… Yes many gigs going back to the the York and Crypt days!
Louis Wiggett… Played my first gig there at 15 years of age!
supplied by Mick Mepham
Mick O’Dowd…….Brilliant band! Anybody got any pics/info on The Famous Rondini Brothers. They were so famous I can’t remember them!
Peter Pursglove……Did security for Osibisa at the De la warr ,excellent night but a sitting down concert just did’nt seem to work for me. We also did a gig for Paul Casson and Joe Devito up in Sussex or Kent with Curved Air they were really good.
Alan Esdaile…..That was Chatham Town Hall, Peter and you probably also did Baker Gurvitz Army at the same venue?
Peter Pursglove……One of the bands was either German or Dutch and they were good too.
Alan Esdaile….The dutch band your thinking of Pete, might have been Thijs van Leer, the guy that was in the band Focus? I remember seeing someone playing a hammond organ literally throwing it around the stage as he played it and panic set in a couple of times when it looked like it was going to roll into the audience.
Julie Morris… Even mentions Supertramp – one of my favourite shops. Talk about blast from the past! Think it was in Robertson Street.
Alan Esdaile… Well remember Julie. Yes it was in Robertson Street, a few doors along from what was Hall’s the shoe shop
Andy Qunta… Beat Rave! What a great phrase that is!
Alan Esdaile.. from Wikipedia… Origin of ‘rave’ (1950s–1970s) In the late 1950s in London, England the term “rave” was used to describe the “wild bohemian parties” of the Soho beatnik set. In 1958, Buddy Holly recorded the hit “Rave On,” citing the madness and frenzy of a feeling and the desire for it never to end. The word “rave” was later used in the burgeoning mod youth culture of the early 1960s as the way to describe any wild party in general. People who were gregarious party animals were described as “ravers”. Pop musicians such as Steve Marriott of The Small Faces and Keith Moon of The Who were self-described “ravers”.
Andy Qunta… Thanks for that, Alan! All hail to the ravers!
Dave Nattress… As I’ve remarked before “Raves” – (Beat Raves) and Bexhill never seemed to make sense. Can you imagine much in Bexhill raving? But that’s what the concerts were called for years and I don’t think any of the bands that appeared there were exactly ravers either back then. I don’t mean this disrespectfully I promise as I started creeping in to raves at about 15 in 1968. There were certainly a few biggish names appearing for sure – mainly pop. I saw The Consortium – “All the love in the world” and I think Chickory Tip – “Son of my father” and others. Probably managed half a pint of Watney’s Red Barrel as well on occasions before getting sussed. For me, and I’ve said this before, undoubtedly the best band I saw there was T2 supported by Bexhill’s own Kult. Mesmerising stuff – I’m back there right now!!