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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 hastingsfattuesday.co.uk

by: Mike Cobley




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