Suspects – Tackleway Football Club Hastings – 7th March 1969

march 7th 1969.

Chris Baker… Weren’t they called Suspect (singular) ?

Andy Qunta… I think maybe they alternated. Maybe started one way then changed?

Robert Searle… Were Suspects when I was with them.

Alan Esdaile… I always think of them as Suspect but it looks like they started out as Suspects and then probably typos on ads changed it to Suspect. Anyone confirm?

R.I.P. KC (Keith Challis) the landlord of The Jenny Lind.

personal tribute from Andy Gunton…

Eddy Odel… That’s a big shock for me. what happened please. i’m sure it was only a short time ago i was talking to him.

Andre Martin… This is a tragic piece of news – KC take it easy on your Motor Bike in the sky RIP

Funeral details… The family of KC and the staff at the Jenny Lind would like to thank everyone for posting such kind words about KC. KC’s funeral will be held on Thursday 10th November at St Clements church from around 1.30pm. Those wishing to pay their last respects please wear something pink. We’re still finalizing arrangements, so the start time may vary slightly. The wake/party will be at the Jenny Lind afterwards and will feature live music as KC would have appreciated this. A book of condolences is currently available in the Jenny Lind should you wish to share your memories of KC with his friends and family.

Autumn , Fusion Orchestra, Steve Maxted – Aquarius 27th Oct/3rd Nov 1973


supplied by Sarah Harvey

Alan Pepper… Fond memories dancing to the latest sounds in the early seventies on a Thursday night and DJ Steve madman Maxted at the decks . Was a big influence !

Jan Warren… Oh yes, Fusion Orchestra!! – I LOVED that band – I saw them many times, first at the Aquarius in Hastings, then I moved to London and saw them many times at The Marquee Club, Wardor Street, London – I still have my original copy of their (one and only) album “Skeleton in Armour”, plus I still have several posters and newspaper cuttings!! – brilliant band, still play their album!! 🙂

Alan Esdaile… Great band Fusion Orchestra. Saw them loads of times and the album does still sound good.

Unknown Band Name (Audio Bus?) and Members, Beach Concert Hastings

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photos © Eddie Hazell Estate . photos for sale for donation to St Michaels Hospice.

Anyone help with naming the band and the members?

Karen Sweatman…  think the male vocalist used to sing in a local band called Shine in the mid 90s? Not certain though and this looks later.

Phil Gill… Glen Hoile and Kate Rytlewski. Don’t know the drummer and can’t remember the band name.

Alan Esdaile… Were the band called Audio Bus?

Carnival Fm Radio 87.9fm – 30th July to 7th August 2016

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Andre Martin… Chris Gentry Show, quite a mixed selection this year – Sunday early evening The Wine Show, Monday 8.00pm TimeMachine has a wizz round the musical world. Friday 8.00pm SMART, 9.00pm-12.00 The Weekend Starts Hear, and last Sunday 5.00pm – 2hours of anything goes !!

Tony Davis comments… Carnival FM is back on air for Hastings Old Town Carnival week. We start transmitting on 30 July 2016 until 7 August 2016. Tune in to listen to some great sounds with shows from Andy Knight, Dawn Wildman, Richard Stack, Andy Gunton, Sarah Harvey and myself, Tony Davis along with a host of others. I’ll be on air on Monday 1 August at 1pm until 4 pm and then every weekday afternoon at that time. Then on Carnival Day 6 August, Sarah Harvey and I will be presenting a retro show featuring music from bands and singers that have played in Hastings over the years. Same format as our Hastings Rock show except this time we’ll be featuring more mainstream music. Please listen in on 87.9 or stream the broadcasts via the internet. Look forward to hearing from some of you whilst I’m on air.


Andre Martin… The Team is waiting for the start of this years Carnival FM Broadcast – Starts Saturday July 30th 2016

Sarah Harvey… On Carnival Night…. share your memories. Do you remember when the carnival started from the Bathing Pool and ended up at Alexandra Park? Tony Davis might but I couldn’t possibly comment 🙂

Alan Esdaile… Looking forward to it Sarah. Early memories of the carnival were, remember seeing and waiting for the old woman on a real horse. How about playing America Horse With No Name. Now that’s messed up the playlist!

Iain Cobby… Good luck you guys! Sorry but I’m down here in Cornwall so won’t be able to be there or hear you, but thanks for the publicity for my bands song “Autumn Song” which is now included on this months free CD in PROG magazine. Without you Tony and Sarah ………… well. Album now being finalized, title “Hark, a Vagrant” watch this space.

Heidi Franklin… Gary Glitter in the park!

Sarah Harvey… Tina and her Boyfrends in the Park…… who remembers them?

Alan Esdaile… Don’t forget to tune in on Friday 5th August 2016 for The Chris Gentry Show. 8.00pm – 9.00pm chat about SMART and 9.00 -12.00 The Weekend Starts Hear.


Here’s what Chris was up to in 1975.

75 CG Stage One July

Eddie Hazell – Beach Concert Photos


With the beach concert due at the end of July (30th & 31st July 2016 on The Stade) time to revisit previous years with many great memories in the photos from the late Eddie Hazell.  The photos (many we have not seen before) will start appearing on the SMART site soon. As before not sure on some of the names, please feel free to fill in the gaps or advise on any errors.

Being Bowie: Act 1 world premiere, film plus Q&A with Will Brooker and David Quantick. Electric Palace Cinema Saturday 11th June 2016.


Unrated / 40mins, plus Q&A / Will Brooker with Rebecca Hughes / 2016 / UK

We kick off this year’s Summer Music Season at the Electric Palace cinema, Hastings, with a very special world exclusive premiere!

For the past year, Will Brooker, Professor of Film and Cultural Studies at Kingston University, has been spending months at a time ‘being’ David Bowie – experiencing Bowie’s life at key points through his 40-year career, from Ziggy Stardust to Let’s Dance and beyond.

The editor of Cinema Journal, and author of many books on popular culture and their audiences, including Batman Unmasked, and The Blade Runner Experience, has been adopting Bowie’s eating habits and consuming the songs, films and literature Bowie did during different eras. The unique experience has been committed to film.

Brooker’s project was shockingly interrupted earlier this year, when Bowie tragically died.

Here to introduce this first act of his film, Brooker will discuss his experiences living ‘as’ Bowie between June and December 2015.

Being Bowie: Act 1’ includes TV and radio interviews, Brooker’s own performance footage, photoshoots, Super-8 and video diaries. Our Summer Music Season curator, the Emmy-award winning comedy writer, and Hastings resident, David Quantick, will host the Q&A.

Pugwash – London Trader March 1998


photo by John Kenward. Supplied by Phil Little Hastings Music Files

Stuart Huggett… Bloody great band.

Louis Wiggett… Chris Jordan on Drums, his brother John (Jordan) on Bass, and Tim Phillips on vocals. I can’t remember the guitarist’s name?

The nearly on the Hastings beach concert 2015


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Highway and 1066 Rockitmen 2015

It has now been confirmed that the 2015 Beach Concert will take place this year on the Stade Open Space on Sat 1st August & 2nd August 2015.

Saturday, 1st August:

2.00 – 2.45: Doghouse
3.15 – 3.45: Titus
4.15 – 5.00: Dr Savage
5.30 – 6.15: Highway
6.45 – 8.00: 1066 Rockitmen

Sunday, 2nd August:

2.00 – 2.30: Sean Fennessey and Friends
3.00 – 3.45: Kytes
4.15 – 5.00: The Cajun Dawgs
5.30 – 7.00: The Blues Bros Show

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Tony Davis… Great to see a last minute rescue for this event. Always a good afternoon for bumping into people you know. Perhaps SMART should run a coach – perhaps not cos they’ve moved the coach park now. Lol

Mike Raxworthy… I think everything is finally in place for my “Nearly on the Beach Concert”, apart from two fantastic sunny days. I’ve teamed up with The Old Town Traders Association who have done a great job getting sponsorship, t-shirts, fencing, our own bar and burger stand…. so we should be set to make loads of dosh. I should point out that the money raised is for Hastings Lifeboat, not for the RNLI UK.
Thanks to all the bands that came forward and offered their services for free…on Saturday August 1st we have Doghouse kicking off at 2pm. Titus follow at 3.15, Doctor Savage and the Incurables go mental at 4.15…Highway get heavy at 5.30 and The Rockittmen launch at 6.45.
On Sunday 2nd August at 2pm we have Sean Fenessy and friends at 2pm, the Kytes at 3pm (replacing Sam Calver who had to pull out unfortunately) The Cajun Dawgs at 4.15 and The Blues Bro Show finishes the evening from 5.30 till 7pm.
Please give generously to the bucketeers when they come round – we really want to break records with this one so that it continues into the future. And next year IT WILL BE BACK ON THE BEACH!
We could do with some Marshalls over the two days, so if you fancy a free yellow t-shirt, a burger and some hard work then please message me soon with a phone number.
I could also do with some muscle on Monday morning about 10am to help take down the fencing and do a final clean up with us. Please come along, give as little or as much as you can afford and have a good time….after all it is the launch party for Old Town Week.

Sarah Harvey… SMART members…. which of you are playing in which bands? When you play, I’ll go then 🙂

Hastings Free Beach Concert… So a few changes were made which were not our fault we took this over about 4 months before the event, and I will say it was bloody hard going , but with some fantastic Bands, Sponsors and many many Hands on deck setting up and helping Saturday and Sunday I THINK we done a Grand job and have raised £12,641.86. Thanks to everyone that helped and attended, think it goes to show IT WAS A SUCCESS.