Fake record shop Revo Records set up, in George Street Hastings for new Swedish film

photo: Royston Du Maurier-Lebek

Royston Du Maurier-Lebek… People probably did not notice yesterday in the pouring rain but a new second hand record shop has opened in Albion Buildings in George St Old Town Hastings. They have taken over one of the book shops opp “Fig Cafe” Next door to the George St entrance to The Albion Pub. THE SHOP I think is called “RevoRecords”

Bob Tipler… It’s just a fake one being set up for today as a set for the Swedish film that is being shot locally.

Pete Brazier… Got to give it a visit!

Mick St Michael… A bootleg record shop!

Coco Pops… That’s the Old Book Shop! that use to be a clothes shop?

Tony Court-holmes… Baldocks, glad to get that of my chest

Hastings Seafood and Wine Festival 2019 – Super-Ska Night Friday 13th September 2019

Mike Raxworthy… Super-Ska Night 2019!…It’s getting closer –  Friday 13th September 2019….the best party of the year and it’s in my music marquee on Hastings Beach in the heart of the Old Town. Get advanced tickets for only £10 from Hastings Tourist Information office on the seafront near Iceland (£12 on the door). I’ve got two superb bands. The Intercepteurs on tour from Wiltshire and The hi-energy Tonics – local and loud! Superb lightshow and real ales from Harveys Brewery. Don’t miss the ‘After Party’ across the road from 11pm in The London Trader. We’ve invited some ‘faces’ from the Ska and Reggae World to mix some tracks and meet and greet!

 

Nelson Tigers 8th August 1992 Beach Concert Hastings – John Martyn did not turn up.

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Supplied by Chris Sambrook

Chris Sambrook… John Martyn didn’t make it in time but played on the beach the next day.

Alan Esdaile… According to John Martyn’s website, he was in America and missed the plane home.

Chris Sambrook… there is footage on You Tube JM playing between the Fishermen’s
huts which might have been the Monday after the Beach Concert weekend,  using a make shift stage and borrowed equipment. The other footage with John Martyn playing on the main stage at the Beach Concert, not sure which year but he had his band then. Through the mists of time and
many Pints later i’m confused.

Hans van den Berk… This is clearly 1992. https://www.johnmartyn.info/node/1241

Eric Harmer… Would love one of the posters Alan ? Where you there Bob it was amazing. The first time I met John ?

Alan Esdaile… Posters not one of mine unfortunately Eric. It came from Chris Sambrook. Unless anyone has got one best you can do is make a copy from this. John didn’t play this gig as was still out of the country and I think played next day on the beach. However the video clips from the beach are listed as 1991.

Vox made at Ponswood Industrial Estate, St Leonards-On-Sea 1971 & HIFI Club chat.

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supplied by Peter Gladwish.  photos by Dave Trodd  © Vox.    http://www.voxshowroom.com/equipment/index.html

Peter Gladwish… In 1970, Birch-Stolec Industries purchased the VOX name and company, moving their manufacturing facilities from Erith, Kent, to Ponswood Industrial Estate, St Leonards.  At the same time, Rick Huxley, former bass guitarist with the Dave Clark Five, joined the company as the Southern Area Sales Executive. This sales brochure was produced for VOX by Berfolt-Holt Design Ltd., St Leonards, where a friend and fellow band member, Cliff Brooker was employed. Now don’t laugh too much but I was asked to ‘pose’ with various musical instruments and equipment, in case viewers were unsure how to use them, I suppose! The photo-shoot took place in the basement of the Hi-Fi Club, High Street, Hastings Old Town and the photographer was Dave Trodd . The club owner is in the photo above( photo 5) but I can’t remember his name. If you know him, or remember him, please let me know. The Hi-Fi Club burned down in allegedly ‘suspicious’ circumstances around 1978. Again, if anyone has any more details, please let me know. You can learn more about the history of VOX on the website link above, where this brochure is featured.

Kevin Burchett… The club owner of the hi fi was aa chap called guy not sure of his surname he used to come to scalliwags with monkey Dave i saw him last year in Morrisons.

Alan Esdaile… This is definitely not Guy. Guy rang the HIFI with his brother. Anyone remember who this is?

Ralph Town… Wish they were still there,I,d take a job on those valves and pcbs

Colin Fox…  I had one. You can see it behind me on the right. I seem to remember Rev Stockdale worked there for a while.

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Paul Dengate… Vox also had a workshop in Beaconsfield Road.

Caz Simpson… The man in question resembles a man Guy and Dave hired as a bouncer at the club. I thought the brothers were the owners because they lived there and rented rooms to Jack and George.

Peter Gladwish… Clearly, the man in this pic with me was not the owner of the Hi-Fi Club (Guy McFarlane), as I had always thought and no-one seems to know his name. As he was the one who unlocked, plyed us with drinks and was hanging around all day, whilst Dave Trodd arranged the shots, I just assumed he was the boss-man. Thanks anyway for all your contributions. Apparently, Stuart Moir also worked at Vox in Beaconsfield Rd., Colin Fox & Paul Dengate. Anyone else out there with any memories?

Caz Simpson…  I saw Guy some years back, he was running a bar in Battle. Sadly I heard Dave died, his wife was a lovely lady who had been a bunny girl.  There was a good deal of suspicion about how the club burned down. Guy and Dave had extensive wood panelling carried out to the upstairs living areas which allegedly hid a lot of rot. They tried to sell the club but surveys always brought to light the concealment and sales fell through. I understand the insurance company had strong suspicions regarding the nature of the fire so refused to pay, which is why the gap remains.

Alan Esdaile… was the Vox factory in the Philips building on Ponswood?

Will Cornell… very cool Mason’s shares that address, Alan! Did they make the electric dulcimers for Brian Jones there too?

Read moreVox made at Ponswood Industrial Estate, St Leonards-On-Sea 1971 & HIFI Club chat.

Hi-Fi Restaurant and Discotheque – High Street Hastings 1970’s

Alan Esdaile… I can smell Disque Bleu by just looking at the photo! Well I think that’s what I can smell?

Martyn Baker… Owned by Guy?

Peter Thomson… Is that a cheese?

Patricia Wapshott… I remember that place but can’t remember who ran it , think he was called Guy and his flat above was so cool , he had a sunken bed and a vast record collection , my friend Camille was seeing him and that’s how I got to see the flat . We sat and listened to David Bowie albums while he smoked a joint and I must have been about 15 then and didn’t even know what a joint was ! I just remember that it smelt disgusting and politely said no when he offered it to me that was also smelt incense sticks burning . The innocence of my youth !

Gin Genie… Guy still drinks in the Nelson on a Monday night playing shove

Will Hadfield… I think this is where people hung out in a disco downstairs owned by a bloke called guy or max

Pete Brazier… Didn’t it become the cheese emporium? Probably the Swiss blue what you thought you could smell lol

Chris Baker… Played downstairs a few times. Usually with our electrics swimming in the mix of beer and “toilet water” and getting shocks off the Mike’s and my guitar! Health & Safety? What’s that?

Jim Hobbs…. How about old beer and cigarettes.

Angela Frances Gardner… When Chico had the Jamaican restaurant on the ground floor selling ackee and salt fish

Martin Richter… disque bleu ? you crazy beatniks

Andy Qunta…  Fond memories of this place!

John McCallion… I remember it well Alan, .It’s where I auditioned with Steve D, Paul Dove and Paul Wiseman to form Muller

John Busbridge… Disco was downstairs, used to go there!

Jemma Yasmin… What a lovely building I never knew what was here it’s been a building site as long as I can remember …. do you know when and why it burnt down? With the downstairs of Fagins and this what an amazing place the old town would have been at this time?

Read moreHi-Fi Restaurant and Discotheque – High Street Hastings 1970’s

Hastings Fat Tuesday 2019 – 1st to 5th March 2019 – Glen Matlock from The Sex Pistols to top the bill

More information… https://www.hastingsfattuesday.co.uk

The Umbrella Parade – Sunday 3rd March 2019… 

*Meet at The Stade for the Umbrella Parade*
An explosion of colour, music and fun for all the family, The Umbrella Parade is a firm Hastings Fat Tuesday favourite, and all you need to take part is a decorated umbrella. The parade route is from The Stade to St Mary in the Castle and features a host of second line brass bands adding a New Orleans flavour, including the Brass Funkeys, Mariachi Las Adelitas, Sambalanca, Dende along with the irrepressible Dr Savage.With dancers and musicians galore, join in the fun! To take part in the parade meet at the Stade at 11.30am Check our Events page for details of two FREE Umbrella decorating workshops from Radiator Arts.
The culmination of the Umbrella Parade brings festival-goers together at St Mary in the Castle to enjoy food and drink and great music, as the rivalry of the four second line brass bands comes to a head in a dramatic play-off. Featuring the Brass Funkeys with their New Orleans jazzy vibe and of course the irrepressible Dr Savage and the 2nd Line Band, Sambalanco, Dende and the Mariachi Las Adelitas. This is a family friendly event.

photo © Mark Richards

HiFi Club – High Street Hastings. 1970/1971 and Jooks Cafe fire

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Barry Dyke… I remember all too well The Hi-Fi. Toilets leaking onto the dance floor, etc

Paul Sleet… I remember when the police came in to check on the number of people inside. Everyone crammed into the toilets and when the old bill got downstairs it seemed empty!

Nick Prince… It was called Jooks at the time of the fire! It changed its name 1976-77 time…..

Rosalind Cleave… I  used to go there from 1966 !

Matthew Bryant… And now nothing there! Just a gap between Shirley Leaf and Petal and the sweet shop.

Paul Redfearn… Now then, there’s a blast from the past!

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supplied by Leigh Kennedy

Leigh Kennedy… October 1 st 1977. mystery surrounded the cause of the blaze but the owner was trying to sell the property at the time . The site has remained as wasteground ever since

Bob Saunders… Now there’s a blast from the past so dark down there spot of underage drinking methinks!

Gavin Martin… The forerunner of The Jenny Lind’s Sunday night vinyl club?

Madeline Joyce Morton… I lived opposite at 62 High St.

Lin Mitchell… Had some great times there

Alan Griffiths.. Now the gap next to Turners?

Fernando Silva…Was a regular customer through 66/67 when studying in St. Leonards only 48 (forty eight) years ago. Great times in Hi-fi with Alain as manager.

John Wilde… Guy and Mungo kept us suitably well oiled. I was on fire every night dancing alone to the best soul and rock tracks. Then upstairs for the after party. Lots of Swedish girls and hornacious longhairs with marching powder chased down with the best afghani. Of course I am telling lies.

Yvonne Cleland…  I used to go upstairs at the Hifi, sometimes with Heather Carter! It was exactly like that. smile emoticon

Linda Day…  I remember that place

Alan Esdaile…  I remember taking over the decks from Jack a few times. He would say I’m just popping upstairs and would disappear for a few hours.

Chris Baker… Goat Curry was amazing! 🙂

Jon McCallion… It’s where I had the audition for Muller.

Tony Court-holmes… had my 21st birthday party there a long time ago

Andre Martin… And you can remember that far back !

Candy Clark… I wish , ha

Tony Davies… I remember the Hi Fi only to well, spent many a happy hour down there. They didn’t have a last order bell, just used to play Lou Reeds ” Goodnight Ladies” track,,,,, good memories.

Chris Meachen… Spent many a hot, crowded evening there myself, back in the day….

Diane Knight… Me too ..forgot the “Goodnight Ladies “bit ..good times !!

Nick Prince… Jooks had already been closed for a month or so prior to the fire. I remember the night it went up well. We lived on the corner of Dudley and Harold Road at the time and the sky was glowing orange. To be honest we all thought it was a repeat of something more serious like the previous years fire in George Street.

 

 

Live Music From Dr King `Hardship Lane’ – Electric Palace Hastings Friday 21st September 2018

ticket info... https://www.electricpalacecinema.com/whats-on

Dr King was an integral part at the beginning of London’s famous 12 Bar Club, and has worked over the years with three of the true giants of British acoustic guitar: Bert Jansch, John Renbourne & Davy Graham. On Friday 21 September he’ll be accompanied by a few special guests, covering a full suite of raga crossovers with Arabic, Celtic and flamenco influences.

Alan King… I’m returning to Hastings Old Town on Friday 21st September 2018- for a gig at the Electric Palace, High Street, Hastings Old Town TN34 – Tickets £10:00 – 8:00 p.m. It will be my last ever gig.

‘Absolutely brilliant music, a joy to watch’ – Green Man Festival

‘The best gig I’ve seen in Hastings for years’ – Forum post

‘The best gig I’ve seen anywhere for years- – Forum post

‘One of the most remarkable and memorable gigs I’ve ever seen’ – Forum post

‘Exceptional musicianship’, ‘Genius guitar picking’, ‘Fantastic guitar’ – Forum post

‘King provided the platform for Bert Jansch to step out of the shadows and into the sun’ – Bert Jansch Biogrophy

‘King was most of the brains behind Vic Reeves’ Big Night Out’ – Malcolm Hardee

‘King could be as funny as Reeves but wasn’t ambitious’ – Bruce Dessau (Guardian, Time Out, Evening Standard)

‘Shit’ – some fat bloke who lives just off George St

”I’m calling the police and you’ll get nicked’ – some other fat bloke

‘But it’s not even music’ – some old woman with a 2nd hand shop

‘That bloke who plays the Pat Metheney shit’ – overheard in the Dragon Bar

Review from Neil Partrick…  http://oldfolkrebels.blogspot.com