Hastings Fat Tuesday, the ultimate mid-winter carnival, has announced details of the 2022 festival. The five day town wide celebration is the UK’s largest Mardi Gras event.
Embrace the spirit of New Orleans.Tickets are on sale for Le Grand Mardi Gras Ball at the White Rock Theatre; a full-on night of fantastic revelry. Dance the night away with the revolutionary genre bashing Mr Wilson’s Second Liners, the Rock’n’Roll Crime-Gospel outfit The Future Shape Of Sound and festival favourites and global disco ambassadors, the DJ collective Horse Meat Disco.
Unplugged Saturday The popular Saturday Unplugged tour returns with Danny George Wilson and the Savage 2nd Line joining the 60 local and national bands touring 30 pubs and bars throughout Hastings and St Leonards, with five New Town venues joining the tour. The day culminates with indie rock band The Magic Numbers headlining at the Brass. The band have just celebrated their 15 year anniversary with an extensive autumn tour across the UK.
Preservation Sunday An explosion of colour, music and fun for all the family, The Umbrella Parade is a firm Hastings Fat Tuesday favourite, and all you need to take part is a decorated umbrella. The parade culminates in Preservation Sunday at St Mary in the Castle with a host of second line brass bands, drummers and dancers.
Fat Tuesday The five days of revelry culminate in Fat Tuesday itself, with a jam packed bill of acts touring the pubs of Hastings Old Town. Already announced are Will Varley, Ese & the Vooduu People and Miss Melody. Plus Fat Tuesday’s very own reggae event, Reggae Room Party, at The East Hastings Sea Angling Association featuring a host of guest selectors on the decks and singers on the boards. And to ensure the festival goes out on a high, the infamous After Party at The Brass featuring high-calibre live music from Buddah Triangle with Kid Kapichi DJs and special guests.
Details will also soon be announced of the Unconvention music conference, aimed at music students and emerging musicians, and the experimental, audio visual and electronic mash up Sunday Sonics.
For full lineups and tickets visit hastingsfattuesday.co.uk