fat tuesaday The UK’s largest Mardis Gras, Hastings Fat Tuesday is ready to celebrate it’s 10th year in spectacular style  

This March, the five-day Hastings Fat Tuesday music festival (and the UK’s largest Mardi Gras celebration) springs into action, showcasing Hastings’ thriving music scene and opening it’s doors to a wealth of musical talent and music fans alike.  Hastings Fat Tuesday celebrates its 10th year in 2019 and is now one of the jewels in the town’s cultural crown. 

Fat Friday – 1st March The festival launch party held at the Albion in Hastings Old Town, with a live performance by The Great Malarkey who invite you to get on their multicultural train of fast beats and trembling slams of punk-folk spirit

Unplugged Saturday – 2nd March:  40 acts covering a variety of musical genres, touring around the participating bars and restaurants, playing 15-minute acoustic sets. This carries on into the evening at multiple venues across the town. 

Mardis Gras Ball – 2nd March:  Embrace the spirit of Bourbon Street and wear your most outrageous outfits:  feathers, beads, boas and masks.  On arrival guests will be welcomed by stilt walkers in crinoline, a superb all female Mariachi band, Las Adelitas,  followed by Chantelle Duncan and then The Brass Funkeys.  DJ Bad Mutha Funker will keep the energy going until the small hours.

The Umbrella Parade – 3rd March: Lead by the much-loved Second Line Band, the Umbrella Parade is fun for all the family – an explosion of colour, music and fun for all the familly.  All you need to take part is a decorated umbrella.  Radiator Arts are running workshops on Saturday 2nd at the Stade where you can pimp up your brolly.  The procession ends at St Mary in The Castle for Preservation Sunday, a carnival atmosphere and clash of the 2nd line bands.

Sonics – 2nd and 3rd March: A two day celebration of avant garde electronic music.    Hastings & St Leonards have long been an established melting pot of visual art, music, film and performance.   Here we present a supreme selection of International visual and sonic innovators. Sonics 19 will showcase a range of cutting edge underground electronic, experimental music.  Electronic pioneers The Radiophonic Workshop will headline on 3 March 2019 to premiere a specially created work as part of the 10th Hastings Fat Tuesday Music Festival (1-5 March 2019).  The sonic innovators responsible for the Doctor Who theme, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Quatermass, Living Planet and many other classic BBC TV and radio music, will be performing live at Black Market VIP, George Street, Hastings, on Sunday 3rd March 

Off Axis – 3rd March: Four stages showcasing emerging artists from across the UK hosted by BBC Introducing, Joe Strummer Foundation, Off Axis, ACM and Incubate.  This is a fantastic opportunity for some of the most exciting emerging artists to play to new audiences and for agents and promoters to discover new talent.

UnConvention – 4th March Un-Convention is a one-day music conference aimed at the grassroots of the industry. Catch panellists from across the music business in conversation about the future of the music industry

and attend workshops on a range of key elements that supports songwriters and musicians. The music conference is followed by Slim Monday featuring King Size Slim and David Quantick’s legendary quiz.

Fat Tuesday – 5th March A raucous night of Mardi Gras madness, music, merry-making, beads, feathers, fancy dress and more music as Fat Tuesday culminates with this totally riotous evening!  Twelve venues host ‘The Fat Tuesday Tour’ where 24 bands play 20 minute sets in three venues each.  We have some brilliant bands performing including Sam Calvert,  Beans On Toast, Sisteray, Animal Noise, Sister Susie, Marie White, Matilda’s Scoundrels, The Kiffs, Jamie Smart, Sabrina Gunston, Dr Savage and the legendary Glen Matlock original bassist for the Sex Pistols,  Glen co-wrote 10 of the 12 songs that featured on their classic punk debut Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.


Expect colour and eccentricity and to discover your new favourite sounds. This is one festival you must experience for yourself!


About Hastings Fat Tuesday

Hastings Fat Tuesday Music Festival (1-5 March 2019) is the UK’s largest Mardi Gras celebration and the fastest growing festival in the South-East, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. 

Showcasing the best in new music both regionally and nationally, the festival was established in 2009 by musician Bob Tipler and event organiser Adam Daly, and has grown into a key event in the Hastings cultural calendar, with an audience of 14,000 over five days in 2018. It is the launch event for the area-wide Music Month initiative.

In New Orleans and Rio they call it Mardi Gras, in Venice it’s known as Carnivale and Hastings has “Fat Tuesday” (English for Mardi Gras). Hasting Fat Tuesday borrows heavily from the New Orleans take on Mardi Gras, combining the enjoyment of good music, a flair for dressing up and partying.

Over five days Hastings Fat Tuesday includes programme of 10 featured events, showcasing more than 150 acts across multiple venues in Hastings, East Sussex, including: curated performances; family activities; a lavish Umbrella Parade; Le Grand Mardi Gras Ball; Sonics, a two-day celebration of experimental and electronic music and visuals; and UnConvention a day-long music industry event. The festival climax is the Fat Tuesday Tour, with 24 emerging and established bands touring Hastings Old Town venues, performing three 20-minute sets each. 

In 2018 Hastings Fat Tuesday was awarded ‘Event of the Year’ at the Celebration of Sussex Life Awards.

The full Hastings Fat Tuesday 2019 programme will be announced soon. For all the latest news and updates visit hastingsfattuesday.co.uk.

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