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16th January 2018

In the latest wave of artists announced for Hastings Fat Tuesday 2018 we welcome Canadian harmonica and beat box bluesman Son of Dave (formerly of Crash Test Dummies), horn-driven ska anthems from London’s Chainska Brassika, indie four-piece Sisteray who combine upbeat melodies and lyrical observations of 21st century Britain with with high-octane live shows, and fiery folk-punk from Hastings’ Matilda’s Scoundrels.

Also just announced: Blusette, Chan Read, Chantelle Duncan, Cheap Dates, Equatorial Group, Fat Fingers Of Funk, Glashin, Hannah Bradbeer, Jacob Aaron & The Reign, Luvia, Mardhys, Polar States, Quiet Boy, Rob Picazzo Band, Sam Wills, Silent Natives, Silver Hill, Stone Junction, Strum & Bass, The Kimberleys, The Pearl Harts, The Wingmen, United Stoats, Vocal Explosion, Xavier Ralph, and Xylaroo.

They join punk folk sextet and professional party animals Skinny Lister, emerging rapper Chiedu Oraka, singer-songwriter and troubadour Sean McGowan, Brighton punk pop outfit Jetstream Pony, and Hastings’ indie rockers Kid Kapichi, and many more on the 2018 line-up.

“I saw more great bands in one night at Hastings Fat Tuesday, than I have in the last three years of music festivals” - John Robb, journalist, TV presenter and radio commentator

Hastings Fat Tuesday has been rapidly gaining ground over the last nine years and the UK’s largest Mardi Gras celebration now boasts a programme of 10 featured events - most of which are free - more than 150 acts, and hundreds of individual performances. Festival favourites include the vibrant Umbrella Parade (Sunday 11 February) bringing hundreds of people onto the streets in New Orleans-style, and this year featuring Bollywood Brass Band and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners. UnConvention (Monday 12 February), a free one-day music industry conference returns for its fourth year to Hastings Fat Tuesday, while the festival climax is the wild Fat Tuesday Tour (Tuesday 13 February), with 24 bands touring Hastings Old Town venues, performing three 20-minute sets each.

New for 2018, Under the Radar (Sunday 11 February) is four stages hosting the best emerging talent from across the UK + local acts, curated by BBC Introducing, The Joe Strummer Foundation, Off Axis Network and Incubate (from The Eggtooth Project).