6th of November 2019


Hastings Fat Tuesday is back from 21 – 25 February 2020 and we invite applications from musicians across all genres, as well as participants in the Umbrella Parade and from stage managers and potential volunteers, to be part of this annual music festival.
Hailed as Hastings’ answer to SXSW in Texas, or Brighton’s The Great Escape, Hastings Fat Tuesday is the UK’s largest Mardi Gras celebration and has its own distinctive flavour.

Musicians –
We are now open to applications from solo artists and bands from both Sussex and beyond, to perform at two of the key events, which between them regularly attract audiences well into the thousands:

Unplugged Saturday (22 Feb) – a hugely popular acoustic afternoon in Hastings Old Town and St Leonards, with 200 individual performances.
Fat Tuesday Tour (25 Feb) – the climax of the festival with 24 of the best emerging and established bands touring Hastings Old Town venues, performing three 20-minute sets each.
Applications should be made online by the deadline of 9 December 2019. Applicants will be asked to provide a bio, information about recent gigs, and links to their music.

Stage Managers –
We are now also inviting applications from those interested in managing one of the 16 stages as part of the Fat Tuesday tour on 5 March 2019. Applicants must be over 18 and available 6-11pm on Tuesday 25 February. Apply Now.

Volunteers –
If you would like to support the event by volunteering, please apply now! You will have the opportunity to see and hear a wide range of top quality music across the five days. Tasks may include: gathering audience feedback, staffing the information desk, handing out flyers, and stewarding at events. Volunteers must be 18 or over by 21 February 2020. Apply Now.