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3rd January 2018

Raucous punk folk sextet Skinny Lister, emerging rapper Chiedu Oraka, singer-songwriter Sean McGowan, Brighton punk pop outfit Jetstream Pony, and Hastings’ indie rockers Kid Kapichi are among the first 30 acts across all genres that will perform at Hastings Fat Tuesday Music Festival 2018, the UK’s largest Mardi Gras celebration.

Skinny Lister really pack a punch with their live shows and we’re delighted to have them headlining the opening night, Fat Friday, on Friday 9 February, 7pm at St Mary in the Castle. Don’t miss the chance to see them live before they’re off again on a US tour. Support comes from this year’s Festival Featured Act, singer-songwriter Jamie Smart and his band. Tickets are £5 and available online now.

Rapper Chiedu Oraka is a pioneer of the alternative urban scene in Hull, drawing on his northern working class background, while closer to home, Hastings’ Kid Kapichi have been making waves, hailed as an indie band to watch by the Evening Standard. New Brighton band Jetstream Pony features former Wedding Present, Aberdeen & Trembling Blue Stars members, while Southampton-based troubadour Sean McGowan has had a busy year of touring including recently supporting Billy Bragg.

Also on the line-up for this year’s festival, which runs from 9 to 13 February are: Trevor Moss & Hannah Lou, Alibi, Mr Wilson's Second Liners, Bollywood Brass Band, Dr Savage, Mama Josie, White Rose, La Lune, King Size Slim, Gavin Martin, Dark Matta, Sister Suzie, Saint Apache, Orange Circus Band, Billionaire, The Imaginary Hat, 40 Shillings on the Drum, Sleaze, Spit, Sabrina Gunston, Ded Rabbit, Somone Anyone, Blue Lilly, The Meat and Onions Gang, and The Kiffs. More acts are still to be announced.

Adam Daly, Hastings Fat Tuesday co-founder and producer said: “We are delighted to welcome some of the best emerging and established acts from all over the UK to Hastings Fat Tuesday this year, as well as many great local artists. Stay tuned as there are more still to be announced!”

Tickets are now on sale for festival favourite Le Grande Mardi Gras Ball, with colourful costumes and carnival spirit aplenty (Saturday 10 February, at St Mary in the Castle). Live music comes from the irrepressible Mr Wilson’s Second Liners. Think New Orleans meets ‘90s club classics. This collective provides a twist on the New Orleans tradition of uniformed brass bands - rather than old style hymns, these grooves wouldn’t be out of place among the 24 hour party people of the Hacienda. Tickets are £10, available online.

There is still time to apply to join the 2018 Mardi Gras Monarchy, with four non-gender specific roles up for grabs: The King, The Queen, The Knave and The Slut, who will be at the forefront of the UK’s largest Mardi Gras celebration. The competition closes at midnight on Saturday 6 January.

Entries (the more outrageous the better) will be considered by the Hastings Fat Tuesday team and those shortlisted will go forward to a public vote, with the final decision made via a live ballot vote on the night of Le Grande Mardi Gras Ball. Apply online now.