Nearly On The Beach Concert 2017 – final total.

photo © Rachel Rigsby

Mike Raxworthy… For everyone who got involved with this years Nearly on the Beach Concert….thought you’d like to know that the final figures came in at last nights meeting and we made a fantastic£8,800.00 profit – a wonderful surprise considering it was raining on the Saturday. This will be divided into 3 donations (apart from a small amount held back for getting next years concert rolling) between THE RNLI, THE PETT LEVEL RESCUE GUYS (self funded) and THE HASTINGS SEA CADETS (tomorrows Lifeboat men and women). A big thank you to everyone who helped, collected, played music, or turned up and put a whole lot of money in our collecting buckets! See you next year I hope! x

Pauline Richards… Well done

Glenn Piper… Fabulous guys and gals, well done for raising such a good amount 😀

Alan Esdaile… Amazing amount, considering the weather on Saturday. Well done Mike.

Hi-Fi Club, 59 High Street Hastings – 1968

Jon McCallion… Its where Muller got started

Jim Breeds… Nothing worse than unlicensed dancing. Society is doomed once dancing without a license takes hold!

Alan Esdaile… I think before this they probably only had a license for music and not dancing. Mind you, you couldn’t do much dancing, as it was often jammed packed. Always tried to sit in the alcove at the bottom of the stairs, opposite the dj booth.

Hastings Jazz and Blues Festival 2017 – 2nd June to 4th June 2017

jazz & blues fest 2017

for more information…

Mike Raxworthy… The Hastings Winkle Club Jazz and Blues Fest. Loads of FREE concerts on The Stade and in participating pubs and bars, Friday June 2nd, Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th June. There’ll be buckets for donations all over town so please give generously. It all goes to The Winkle Club, who in a few weeks will be donating almost £30,000 to local charities and good causes!  Come along and have a party! Please bring sunshine!

The Stade Open Space, Rock-a-Nore, Hastings Old Town.
Gates Open at 1:30pm



4.30pm – 5.30pm: JANE REEVE’S TRIPLE DELIGHT – 3 girl vocals plus band


7:30pm – 9pm: The LIANE CARROLL BAND, Main Stage on the Open Space, Sponsored by Stade Saturdays (Hastings Borough Council)

Great music continues in participating Pubs and Bars around the Old Town see the venues for more information!

The Stade Open Space, Rock-a-Nore, Hastings Old Town.
Gates Open at 10am

10.30pm: Why not join us for our Jazz Breakfast! Music starts at 10.30pm
We’ll have a great selection of Breakfast Baps – cooked on site at reasonable prices as well as Teas and Coffees. Sit back and enjoy the music with The INVICTA JAZZ ORCHESTRA!

2pm – 2.45pm: HEXAGONAL – the finest JAZZ SEXTET in the country

3pm – 4pm: The GREG COULSON BLUES BAND (ex Selector)

4.30pm – 6pm: The TONY O’MALLEY BAND – (Arrival – Kokomo and ex-10cc)

6.30pm – 7.30pm: The TOM FITZPATRICK BAND

Great music continues in participating Pubs and Bars around the Old Town see the venues for more information!


The Sand Fountains – George Street Hall. 1993

sandfountainsgeorgesthallsupplied by Phil Little Jacqueline Wearn, Jeremy Gillet and Martin Richter from Hastings Music Files.

Linda Day… Omg thank you, thats wonderful. My son is to the right of photo Stuart Day. Left to right Jon Porter Dan Cox front middle Patrick Woolloff drums and Stuart Day far right. Also Stuart played in the group Daytripper a year later with Wayne Jeffery Nick Goddard  and Joe Clements.


supplied by Linda Day


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