The Beat – The Crypt – 18th October 2008.


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Robert Wren….Matt Capital has just said……18th October 2008 -The Royal Stars second ever gig!! And we were supporting The Beat!!

I thought it was an earlier gig and a big later then what we usually post here but a great poster.

Here’s a few seconds of the Royal Stars


Popular Beat Combo and Uome – Music Files Christmas Party The Crypt 22nd December 1997




photos by John Kenward. Supplied by Phil Little.

Martin Richter… wow – what a line-up! (the crypt).

Alan Esdaile… Popular Beat Combo – Rick Pentecost, Dave Blackman, Roger Carey and Steve Demetri on drums in both bands.

Ernest Ballard… What a lovely man Steve was. Bless him. Huge talent on the drums inspired by Steve Gadd

The Crypt in Hastings is Back! Reopens on the 15th November 2019

Olli Hopkins…THE CRYPT IS BACK! – Bigger and better than ever… For those who remember The Crypt at its sweaty peak, it’s now back on the Hastings live music scene…After closing in 2011, The Crypt in Hastings is re-opening its original doors on Havelock road on 15th November. There will be thousands of people with long-lasting memories of seeing some of the biggest names in British music pass through this vaulted space over the years on their rise to stardom.

It will all be kicking off with a live performance from the band Jesus Jones. November 15th is the official date that the original doors will re-open.Tickets are available to the grand-opening event online – on…/H…/The-Crypt/Jesus-Jones/13593566/ – or on the door. It will take place on 15th November at 7:30pm, through the original doors on Havelock road.

Jim Peckham… I used to go there back in the 70s

John Wilde… Forgotten how many times we played there.

Phil Thornton… Yes many gigs going back to the the York and Crypt days!

Louis Wiggett… Played my first gig there at 15 years of age!


New Romantics at The Crypt late 80’s

supplied by Tony May

Tony May… Here’s an old pic taken in the ‘New Romantic’ days at The Crypt… Alex Bailey is the one in the black vest and Joe Strange is the guy wearing the make up and with the denim jacket but I don’t know who the other person is?  87-89 ish..

Martin Richter…Nicky Blewitt ? A Rain Station poster – there`s a story

Karen Sweatman Was Blackman… That’s what I thought

Clive Williams… I’m guessing 88 could be 89

Martin Richter… possibly a bit earlier ? I`ve got the press cuttings somewhere !