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Monday 15 January 2018

40 Shillings On The Drum Join Stella Line-Up For UK's Largest Mardi Gras Celebration

Brighton's raucous punk-folk five-piece 40 Shillings on the Drum have joined sextet Skinny Lister, emerging rapper Chiedu Oraka, singer-songwriter Sean McGowan, Brighton punk pop outfit Jetstream Pony, and Hastings' indie rockers Kid Kapichi on the bill of Hastings Fat Tuesday Music Festival 2018, the UK's largest Mardi Gras celebration.
40 Shillings On The Drum Credit Andy Sturmey

40 Shillings on the Drum - playing the Festival as part of a UK tour - will be in Hastings to promote their forthcoming Live At The Albert album, which features several new songs that were performed for the first time on the night and demonstrate the band's passion for pushing the genre in a unique direction, whilst retaining the spirit and heart of the folk music that originally inspired them. 

Skinny Lister really pack a punch with their live shows and will be headlining the opening night, Fat Friday,at St Mary in the Castle.Support comes from this year's Festival Featured Act, local singer-songwriter Jamie Smart and his band.

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.

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!"

Hastings Fat Tuesday 2018 runs from 9th to 13th February. For news and updates visit

by: Mike Cobley


This year marks a brand new chapter for English alternative rock band, Mallory Knox, as their latest single, Black Holes, is turning heads, with frontman Sam Douglas describing the new music as “terrifying and exciting” and “the most energised Mallory has ever written”. 

Carleen Anderson has been hailed by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, as 'phenomenal and one of a kind' and now, for Brighton Fesival 20018, she's joining ranks with virtuoso pianist Nikki Yeoh, and Mercury Music Prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle.

Brighton bound Catholic Action are a product of Glasgow's famously fertile music scene but have won fans across the UK thanks to a run of peerless pop tunes.

Roger Daltrey is set to release new solo album, As Long As I Have You, which features Pete Townshend's inimitable guitar on seven tracks as well as guest performances from Mick Talbot on keyboards (Dexys, The Style Council).

RadioReverb, Brighton's not for profit radio station, will be Broadcast Media Partner for Brighton Festival 2018, following last year's partnership.

As part of World Poetry Day, the world's first and only mobile poetic first aid service will be open to everyone at Jubilee Square, Brighton, on Wednesday 21st March 2018, 11am – 4pm. 

Snow Patrol will return later this spring with Wildness, their first album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence. 

The sexual health and contraception (SHAC) team in Brighton will be using new visual aids to help overcome female patients' embarrassment and stigma about their bodies after receiving a donation from Brighton artist, Jamie McCartney.

“Sometimes you have to go to the edge of the world in order to come back again,” says Chris Difford on the rollercoaster ride his eventful life in the music business has provided.

Reef, the revitalised west-country quartet, have returned with Revelation, their first studio album since 2000's, Getaway.  
The Damned by Steve Gullick 2018

It's 2018 and the results of The Damned's collaboration with another legend from pop's golden age – Tony Visconti, is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting public

Described as “the missing link between David Bowie and The Sex Pistols” Doctors of Madness exploded onto the music scene in 1975 with their theatrical, William Burroughs-inspired Sci-fi nightmare, they were misunderstood by many, but those who knew understood the importance of the band's dangerous, uncompromising approach to lyrics, to music and to performance.

In 2015 The Handsome Family became famous for providing the theme tune to Season 1 of HBO's hit TV drama series True Detective, introducing them to a whole new audience and a whole load of new fans. 
Charlie Craggs: Founder of Nail Transphobia

Brighton Dome joins forces with Brighton Women's Centre and Brighton Museum to celebrate International Women's Day 2018. Enjoy stalls, talks, tasters and specially commissioned work reflecting on the issues raised throughout the day.

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