Who was the best group you saw on Hastings Pier?

Alan Esdaile… I was recently interviewed on the Chris Gentry Show on Carnival FM, who was the best group I saw on the pier. I was stumped to come up with an answer and mentioned well possibly The Who or maybe The Equals but then again I loved Wally and Gracious and not forgetting Curved Air, The Kinks, Leo Sayer, Genesis, Budgie and loads more. Anyway I said I would think on it and decided that the best group and best night has to be Osibisa.  What was yours?

Kev Towner… Hawkwind

Peter Fairless… The Jam – Saturday, 23rd April 1977

Steve Foster… The Clash twice !! …The Jam were playing the Marquee in London on the 23 April 1977 ??..did they ever play the pier ?

John Wilde… Osibisa. Hawkwind. Curved Air. Magma.

Peter Fairless… Pick one!

John Wilde… Oh ok. Osibisa.

Phil Thornton… music and show I would say Genesis. most memorable event might be Hawkwind, Golden Earring or possibly Magma !

Sarah Harvey… Be Bop Deluxe

Richard Lavender… Golden Earing. After we dug their lorry out of the deck.

Allyson Breeds… Madness, but to be fair, I have ONLY seen Madness on the pier

Chris Giles… Golden Earring

Tony Ham… Conflict, Poison Girls, U.K. Subs, Sham 69, Dragster. Crass, Poison Girls, Conflict and Annie Anxiety were all on the same night, June 13th 1981, £1 a ticket!

Chris Baker… The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Ten Years After ( I think that was on the Pier ).  Just realised I forgot to mention Pink Floyd and Hawkwind! Brilliant gigs!

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Albatross – October 1973

 

Paul Huggett… Left to right Merv Toft, Ced Hellier, Wesley, Rob Keeley and Paul Huggett. Wow!

No Home Jerome… Do they come with wafers?!

Wesley Magoogan… Nah, still on a stick ! Great photo for the archives. What a pleasant blast from the past, we were a great band who played our arses off in most of the village halls in East Sussex.

Jacquie Hinves… Nice wall paper !

Procol Harum – Hastings Pier – 9th August 1975

 

another typo!

Paul Morfey… I had forgotten, I payed £1.25 to see them. We had some great nights on the pier!!

Jill Lawrence… I was there, love Procol Harum !!!!!

Pete Houghton… Yes it was a great night watching Procol Harum

Kevin White… I was there, it was a great night

John Busbridge… Whiter Shade of Pale the Summer of Love 1967

Merv Kennard… was there for that one great night

Mosaic plus Pueblo and Friends – Zodiac Centre 27th July 1974

mosaic

supplied by Roger Carey

Pete Fairless… Hand coloured?

Conan Howard… I bet that was done by Bernard Jeffries the drummer?

Sarah Harvey… Roger normally did the hand-crafted posters for the bands. They were always neat and he always put a lot of time into them as you can imagine.

Dave Nattress… Sarah, I have some old Samisen artwork, some you did I think – posters for gigs, with “Samisen” in Japanese style lettering and a rising sun logo, and some I did which we put in our car windows – must meet up some time or I’ll bring them to a SMART gig. Temporarily mislaid but I do have them for sure.

Sarah Harvey… I remember those Dave. My first job was a design draftsperson and I created all the Ore Festival posters on a drawing board with set squares and other drawing instruments.

Dave Nattress… Sarah, when I find them I’ll post them on the SMART website.

Conan Howard… I think that was done by Bernard Jeffries,Samisens second drummer .. who is now is KING BATHMAT

Melody Maker Rock Contest Hastings Pier featuring Stallion, Daisy, Bracken 27th April 1974

27th april?? 1974 stallion, daisy, bracken,

Stallion H Ob 1974 copy

cutting supplied by Andy Knight

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Stallion photo by Chris Meachen. Not sure this was from the same gig but would be around this time.

Phil Thornton… I was there ! I joined Stallion after seeing their performance !

Yvonne Cleland… I was there. I was doing Daisy’s sound at the time…

Steve Kinch… Great times!

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Daisy photo supplied by Yvonne Cleland (August 1974)

Yvonne Cleland… .. featuring Will Thomson, Kevin Hoad (Moff) and Tony Barraclough. Terry Corder was there but not in this shot.

Kevin Sherwood… Daisy were very good that night.

Yvonne Cleland… Daisy were exceptionally good that night.

Jo Turner… Oh I loved these competitions and have great memories of jumping in the back of someone’s van frequently in later years to follow local bands doing the competition rounds. Was it Michael Mepham who had the van?

Wesley Magoogan… I remember that well, there were lots of shenanigans between us and Stallion lol.

Curved Air with Peter Houghton – Hastings Pier 1975 or 1976?

Photos by Peter Houghton

Pete with Sonja Kristina, Stewart Copeland, Darryl Way, ? and Mick Jacques?

Dennis Torrance… Liked curved air

Ian Cramp… Saw them on the pier

Pete Fisher… Saw them in 1974…

Tony Court-holmes… i know i was there for that one

Smokestack Lightning – The Carlisle Hastings 21st November 1978

supplied by Ken Copsey

Ken Copsey… I came across this earlier today – just over 40 years ago to the day. I can’t recall a great deal about this gig – can you?

Mick O’Dowd… This was one of mine. Can’t find in my archives but i’m sure I was bullied into this by one of their Dad’s who worked at The Hastings Observer. I’m glad he beat me down because they were an excellent young band and I expected them to go far. Maybe they were a bit too young at that time.

Pete Fairless… Well, they’re still going, you can’t beat that Mick!