Sonja Kristina – Curved Air – backstage Hastings Pier 1975

Curved Air2

 photo by Mick O’Dowd

Curved Air 2

  photo by Mick O’Dowd

Tony Qunta….”One of my favourite singers/frontperson ladies from one of my favourite bands! Great photos!”

Dave Arnold….Was a roadie for them at Maidstone Art College gig:) great band & beautiful singer…

Andy Qunta….Great to see these pics! BIg fan of the band & Sonja!

John Alexander Wilde….”Daryl Way on violin”

Mick O’Dowd….She seemed very pleasant and friendly. Great meeting her.

Martyn Baker….”Great photo. I remember those weird fire-buckets too, and wasn’t she a Babe!”

Sarah Harvey…..She was such a beautiful lady.

Ralph Town….Still alive and still performing

Ozric Tentacles, Mandragora, Felo-De-Se – Hastings Pier 1990

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Phil Thornton…..this was a good one ! I was on the synths with Mandragora !! all the bands and the audience had a great night ! all sorts going on – lots of stalls, jugglers etc. – can’t remember what year it was though. I didn’t play with Mandragora till around 1990 and the last live gig was around 2005 ( I think ! )

Mark Richards…..I was at this.. its 89 or 90

Mick O’Dowd…..October 20th 1990.



The Jam – Hastings Pier 23rd April, 1977

John Storer..I can’t seem to find any mention on the site of The Jam playing The Pier. True, there were only about 20 of us there but Q Magazine did print an article about the gig several years back.

Peter Fairless….There were no posters or flyers because The Jam were a last minute replacement booking. As I recall, refunds were offered and not many people stayed. There were badges given out, anyone still got theirs?  Anyone got the ‘Q’ article? It was the week before ‘In The City’ was released, yes, Alan. That’s right, Peter, he took a turn for the worse, LOL. I read somewhere that it was only twenty who stayed, John. I thought it was a few more but hey, it was one of the best gigs I’ve ever seen!

Peter Bridger…..They were standing in for Johnny Thunder who had “tonsillitis”. Dead from an o/d a few weeks later so I think the diagnosis was a bit off.

John Storer…They were supposed to have been supporting Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, who never turned up. The gig was cancelled and everyone was told they could get their money back. When I got to the kiosk at the front of the pier, one of the bouncers told me that The Jam were going to play anyway. Very few of us decided to stay on … I remember counting 23 in the audience.  The band joined everyone in the bar afterwards and I saw both Bruce Foxton and Paul Weller on separate occasions as punters at later gigs on the pier.

the jam first single


John Storer….Four months later, the night before we were off to Reading Festival in fact, I wore the badge to the Pump House. There was a girl in there I’d not seen before, wearing a “Genesis” badge. We argued at length on the merits of our respective musical allegiances and denigrated each other’s taste in music. We’ve been married 35 years!

Chris Pelling…..I recall Paul Weller’s dad, I think, prowling to and fro in front of the front of the stage wielding a baseball bat should the massed throng (!) decide to invade the stage. In the event I don’t think the baseball bat was used in anger. Johnny Thunders? He actually lived on for several years – he died in strange circumstances in New Orleans in 1991. The badge? Pretty sure I have one at the bottom of a deep box in the loft – one wet Sunday afternoon a box that I must have a rummage through!


supplied by Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey….Here is the advert that appeared in the Observer on April 23rd, 1977 that advertises The Violation as support for Johnny Thunder.

Squeeze – video recorded Hastings Pier 1995

Tim Bruce….Saw Squeeze on the pier in 1978. They were the support band for Dr Feelgood.

Pete Fairless….Lovely! Perhaps Glenn and Chris will come and play for the reopening?

Bobby Walker…..Squeeze played their first gig at Hastings Pier in 1977, third on the bill to Eddie & The Hot Rods and The Radio Stars. It was around the time their first EP, Packet of Three, was released.  A truly great gig.  Remember seeing them play the Pier at least three times. They are still a fantastic live band and I must have seen them about 30 times now

Pete Fairless…Yes, Squeeze were one of my favourites, too!  Does Bobby have a date for that gig? I have no record of Squeeze playing the pier in 1977. Squeeze supported Eddie & The Hotrods and Radio Stars on Hastings Pier, as part of Straight Music’s ‘Life on the line’ Tour, on Saturday, 18th March, 1978. They returned as support to Dr Feelgood, on Saturday, 14th October, 1978.

Phil Thornton….Great video ! this needs to be pushed at the right time to help the Pier, promote it and make it a success ! it could (should !!!) become a very attractive venue for some medium profile tours and one off gigs. The Pier’s musical history is a fantastic selling point. Of course getting the right infrastructure to support that level of gig needs to be in place. Has anybody thought about getting someone like ‘Udderbelly’ ( South bank seasonal venue ) onboard ?

Pete Fairless….I  have no idea, bring on the sunbathing purple cow!

Bob Walker….I bow to Pete’s better knowledge over my age-addled memory LOL … that gig was definitely the first time I saw Squeeze, so must have been ’78. Last time I saw them was about 15 months ago when they recorded every gig. At the end of the encore, they trooped off stage, into the foyer of the concert hall, and set up shop selling the double live CD of the gig I’d just seen … was astonished at the production value considering the gig had only finished 10 minutes before I had the CD in my hand. they also threw in a bonus CD “Another Packet of Three” … three new tracks they had recorded in the studio.


The Frank Barber Band & Ted Crouch Band – Hastings Pier


Frank Barber Band with Ted Crouch on drums



all photos supplied by Janine Anne Hemsley  – The Ted Crouch Band

Terry Pack….I played a few gigs with The Ted Crouch Band in the early 1970s. On a plywood bass with no amp! Used to strap the bass to my mum’s shopping trolley and get the train to gigs. I often had to walk home, wheeling the bass along.

Geoff Peckham….Well there’s a thing, Terry. My dad played for him regularly in the 60s!

Terry Pack….Could the World get any smaller? I had actually forgotten Ted’s name until I saw this.

Geoff Peckham….I may possibly have played with him too as a 14 or 15year old. My dad was a depping bass player and when he was double-booked and thought I was ready he’d offer my services. I remember my first ever gig was at the Horseshoe Inn, Boreham Street in 1967. A dinner dance, I wore my dad’s spare dj and bowtie. When we played a slow modern waltz, Fred Wilkinson, the drummer (and my chaperone), leant forward to me and muttered “Steady, Geoff, steady”! My first lesson in strict tempo!

Bernard Jeffery….wow this takes me back my dad taught Ted to Play the Drums.