During the pandemic, while any form of actual live music has been limited, the Fat Tuesday Team have been working tirelessly behind the scenes, making sure that we stay strong as an organisation and planning future projects for when the Covid chains have finally been fully released.
Although we were unable to deliver the 2021 Festival, with the support of Arts Council England we have been able to make some strategic decisions that will support our future development. The first of these is to appoint a new General Manager Hannah Deeble, who will be working alongside Directors Adam Daly and Sally Lampitt to deliver our vision for year round activity.
Sally Lampitt, Director of Hastings Fat Tuesday says ‘We’re delighted to welcome Hannah into the Fat Tuesday Team, as she brings a wealth of experience as both a musician and experienced arts manager. Over the last 12 years Hastings Fat Tuesday has grown to become a vital part of the town’s cultural offering and together we’ll continue to realise our vision to support and develop opportunities for local artists, grassroots music venues, the cultural economy and of course the community of Hastings and St Leonards.’
Arts Council funding has also enabled us to plan a revised programme of ambitious events throughout the summer and autumn right up to the 2022 Fat Tuesday Festival, which takes place 24th February to 1st March, as well as launching new community and education work.
Kicking off this summer, we are delighted to be working with the fabulous Hastings Rocks team on our first large scale summer event, taking place on the Oval on August 28th. This full day of music is an opportunity to showcase the very best local talent, and tickets are already on sale at hastingsrocks.com
This Autumn we will be continuing to support emerging artists and diverse genres by launching a series of monthly Under the Radar sessions in partnership with BBC Introducing The South. We can’t wait to support one of our best grassroots music venues- the newly revamped ‘The Brass’ with these sessions showcasing the best new young alternative music from across the South East.
In line with our aspirations to become a charity we are developing Hastings Fat Tuesday Learning and Engagement and will be launching a series of opportunities for participants from all backgrounds. In our ambition to provide the best musical experiences for everyone, we will be delivering a variety of sessions into key areas, with guest artists to support the work.
We are also in the planning stages of Sonics 2021, an experimental, electronic, audiovisual extravaganza- more information coming soon!
And finally this Autumn, a new collaboration takes us into cabaret, circus and top flight DJs. Stand by for announcements!
We can’t wait to celebrate the return of live events with you all! See you out there!
The Hastings Fat Tuesday Team.
Photo Credit: Mark Richards