Robert De Mortain and Hastings Rock end of an era


Robert De Mortain… This is with great sadness that I would like to inform you that the Robert De Mortain has traded yesterday for the last time. I am not a man of words so I will make it short.
The whole team at the Robert de Mortain would like to thank you for allowing us to be part of your life. We are very proud to have contributed to the local community and real sad to see the pub go. We know what it means to you: “18th and 21st Birthdays, Bank Holidays, Hastings Rock Radio, Karaoke, THE QUIZ, Xmas Day, First alcoholic drink, being kicked out or barred:), hangover, first date, last date, wake, funeral, outdoor antics, ghost hunting, table tennis and badminton social club, halloween, the odd games of darts, …” so much to think of! We will miss you. Should you wish to get in touch with any member of the team please leave your details in a private message or pop in and leave a note in the mailbox. Thank you and take care.

Sarah Harvey… We are sure that the fans will join all of us at Hastings Rock in thanking everyone who has been involved with The Robert De Mortain both past and present for some wonderful times and also wishing them all the very best of fortune for the future. The Robert De Mortain has always been described as the spiritual home of Hastings Rock and we will miss everything about it. May The Robert De Mortain and all the people who have been involved with it…… live on in your fondest memories forever!

Roxine Lucas… What a shame got a lovely beer garden out the back x

Hastings Rock Radio 2017 disappointing announcement


Hastings Rock… This causes us great sadness, but unfortunately due to a number of issues, there will be no Hastings Rock broadcast this year. We’re very sorry for any disappointment this may cause, it was an extremely difficult decision to make and we too will be feeling the emptiness this May. We fully intend to return next year, our 25th anniversary, and want to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing support. Until then, “this is rock and roll radio, stay tuned for more rock and roll…….”

Hastings Rock Radio 1993 & 1995



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April 1995 photo feature… L-R Johnny Diamond, Michael Burr, Jon Robson, Colin Bell, Alan Mills, last on right Andy James.

Roy Penfold… Happy New Year Alan! Is it possible that the chap in the middle with blue shirt is Adrian Barnett? If not, an old school friend has a stunt double going round!

Alan Esdaile… Thanks Roy but the guy in the blue shirt is definitely Colin Bell.

Nick Prince… As listed then definately Colin Bell, definately Alan Mills, unknown, Andy James.

Hastings Rock presents Factory and Roger Carey – Marina Fountain 29th April 2016


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Sarah Harvey… Hastings Rock launches on April 29th (The eve of the broadcast) with a legendary local band! Hastings Rock radio starts at midnight!

Teresa Qunta… Can’t wait!!!!

Yvonne Cleland… Me neither!

Tony Davis… What a way to start this years Hastings Rock. Can’t wait to see Factory again and get back behind the Hastings Rock microphone

Tony Court-holmes… not again i am going to miss it.

Teresa Qunta… Hi everyone! We’ve chosen, as our second official reunion gig, to help launch the Hastings Rock broadcast 2016. Andy is making the trip over to make Factory four again. Yay! Three more bits of good news here: i) this is an opportunity to raise money for a great charity, St. Michael’s Hospice. ii) our old friend and bass player extraordinaire, Roger Carey, will be opening for us. iii) it will be your first opportunity to get your mits on our long awaited album, “BACK IN THE TIME MACHINE”! So a double launch party. What an evening it’s going to be! Oh, the date…..29th April. And the venue……tell you what – see the poster above! HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

Sarah Harvey… Tickets now available on line in the Hastings Rock Shop(Click on shop underneath Hastings Rock banner). Buy and collect at the door, or have them posted. You choose.


Hastings Rock Radio DJ’s – early photos

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photos supplied by Wendy Weaver. (8) The band playing at Venue M George Street are The Passion Killers from Bognor Regis, (9) disco outside The Robert De Mortain, (10) Martin

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Robert Searle… Johnny Diamond a voice of Hastings Rock

Clive Garrard… Martin who did several years on Sunday afternoons. He came from Surrey.

Hastings Rock – Top 100 – 2015


Hastings Rock – Top 100.
100: Aqualung – Jethro Tull99: Blame It On The Boom Boom – Black Stone Cherry98: Hush – Deep Purple97: Sonne – Rammstein96: Still Of The Night – Whitesnake95: Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones94: Thunderstruck – AC/DC93: 2 Minutes To Midnight – Iron Maiden92: Hall Of The Mountain King – Savatage91: Hotel California – The Eagles90: In Too Deep – Sum 4189: Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd88: Touch Too Much – AC/DC87: Wishing Well – Free86: Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden85: Breadfan – Budgie84: Fear Of The Dark – Iron Maiden83: Now – Def Leppard82: Phantom Of The Opera – Iron Maiden81: Sheep – Pink Floyd80: Wind Of Change, Scorpions79: Dr Feelgood, Motley Crue78: Dude (Looks Like A Lady), Aerosmith77: Children Of The Grave, Black Sabbath76: Heaven And Hell, Black Sabbath75: Long Live Rock N Roll, Rainbow74: Love In An Elevator, Aerosmith73: Teenage Kicks, Undertones72: Behind Blue Eyes, The Who71: Black Sabbath, Black Sabbath70: Bridge Of Sighs, Robin Trower69: Eyes Of A Stranger, Queensryche68: Fade To Black, Metallica67: The Devil’s Answer, Atomic Rooster66: 21st Century Schitzoid Man, King Crimson65: All Along The Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix64: Another Brick In The Wall, Pink Floyd63: Bring Me To Life, Evanescence62: Layla, Derek And The Dominoes61: Rockin’ In The Free World, Neil Young60: Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin59: Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits58: Burn – Deep Purple57: Killing In The Name Of – Rage Against The Machine56: Sloe Gin – Joe Bonamassa55: Caroline – Status Quo54: Rime Of The Ancient Mariner – Iron Maiden53: Welcome To The Jungle – Guns N’ Roses52: The Chain – Fleetwood Mac51: Knights Of Cydonia – Muse50: Zombie – The Cranberries49: Master Of Puppets – Metallica48: Mr Crowley – Ozzy Osbourne47: Holy Diver – Dio46: She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult45: Alright Now – Free44: Back In Black – AC/DC43: Since You’ve Been Gone – Rainbow42: Blackbird – Alterbridge41: Wasted Years – Iron Maiden40: Hysteria – Def Leppard39: Parisienne Walkways – Gary Moore38: Emerald – Thin Lizzy37: Doctor Doctor – UFO36: Nothing Else Matters – Metallica35: Hallowed Be Thy Name – Iron Maiden34: Highway Star – Deep Purple33: Run To The Hills – Iron Maiden32: Highway To Hell – AC/DC31: Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd30: Carry On My Wayward Song – Kansas29: Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin28: Iron Man – Black Sabbath27: Livin’ On A Prayer – Bon Jovi26: Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones25: 21 12 – Rush24: One – Metallica23: Paradise City – Guns N’ Roses22: November Rain – Guns N’ Roses21: Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana20: Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Pink Floyd19: Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen18: Paranoid – Black Sabbath17: Voodoo Chile – Jimi Hendrix16: Spirit Of Radio – Rush15: The Trooper – Iron Maiden14: War Pigs – Black Sabbath13: Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses12: Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple11: Ace Of Spades – Motorhead10: Whole Lotta Rosie – AC/DC9: (Don’t Fear) The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult8. Child In Time – Deep Purple7: Stargazer – Rainbow6: Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who5: Kashmir – Led Zeppelin4: Enter Sandman – Metallica3: Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin2: Freebird – Lynyrd Skynyrd1. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd.


Jenny Tyler… Thanks to Hastings Rock, for some brilliant rock.

Alan Esdaile… some great classic. Not many new bands and the bands that changed our youth are still at the top.

Wendy Weaver… What no WASP? I”m getting the DTs

Jim Breeds… Some duffers in that list! Six by AC/DC for starters.

Alan Pepper… Thanks for that ! Didn’t hear it all on Friday night. I had three in the top ten on my list that was entered . Won’t get fooled again was top of mine.  Hasn’t changed much over the years has it ? but loads by sabbath and AC/DC I notice !! By the way where do you draw the line in this genre Does new wave count –  Jam / Ian Dury / Pistols etc. ? Great music nevertheless  ROCK ON TOMMY !!

Alan Esdaile… I thought they would have had a lot of younger listeners voting for Avenged Sevenfold, Slipknot, Black Veil Brides etc. but perhaps they agree that early rock is better.