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Fat Tuesday

Starts: 24th Feb 2017

This February, the five-day Hastings Fat Tuesday music festival (and the UK’s largest Mardi Gras celebration)


Festival Name

Fat Tuesday

Start Date

24th Feb 2017

End Date

28th Feb 2017


Various Venues


Dodgy, Marie White, WE-ARE-Z, Matilda's Scoundrels, Nova Twins, Sons, Dorey The Wise, Bless, Family Jools, Kid Kapichi, The Voodoo Bats,


This February, 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 its doors to a wealth of musical talent and music fans alike.

Hailed as Hastings’ answer to SXSW in Texas, or Brighton’s Great Escape festival, Hastings Fat Tuesday celebrates its 8th year in 2017 and is now one of the jewels in the town’s cultural crown.

Fat Friday 24TH FEBRUARY
Special performance from this year’s Festival Featured Act, Marie White and her band. Marie will be playing 10 gigs across the Festival in 2017 and this is a great chance to see her perform her full show. Fringe events featuring live music from local favourites take place across the town. Please see website for full details:

Unplugged Saturday 25TH FEBRUARY 200 gigs in one afternoon:
40 acts covering a variety of musical genres, touring around the participating bar and restaurants, playing 15-minute acoustic sets in each venue they are scheduled to appear at. This carries on into the evening at multiple venues across the town.

Thee Sunday Sonics 26TH FEBRUARY
A one-day celebration of avant garde electronic music in the Trinity Triangle. Hastings & St Leonards has 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 in the America Ground.

Live showcase from the best unsigned bands from across the country - all on the brink of greatness. Curated by The Stinger magazine, Off Axis, ACM and The Joe Strummer Foundation. This is an opportunity for developing acts to showcase themselves to a wider audience and for agents to discover new talent. The Off Axis after party will take place at Hastings’ legendary music venue The Fountain (Queen’s Road, Hastings) featuring Hastings Folk Punk band, Maltilda’s Scoundrels.

The Umbrella Parade 26TH FEBRUARY
Lead by the much-loved Second Line Band, the Umbrella Parade is fun for all the family – an explosion of colour and fun that marches from The Stade to The Palace.

UnConvention 27TH FEBRUARY
A one-day music conference aimed at the grass roots of the industry. Featuring panellist conversations with BBC Introducing The South and workshops about the future of the music industry, with tips and discussions about how to get in to and success in the industry.

Fat Tuesday 28TH FEBRUARY
The main event: a night of fancy dress, fabulous feathers, beads, masks and music! Twelve venues host ‘The Fat Tuesday Tour’ where 24 bands play 20 minute sets in 3 venues. This year we are elated to be welcoming UK Britpop trio Dodgy as our headliner. Best known for their chart hits ‘Staying Out for the Summer’ and ‘Good Enough’, Dodgy are currently touring the UK and we can’t wait to welcome them to Hastings. The Fat Tuesday After show party will follow in true festival style, with We Are Zed at the Brass Monkey. Hold on to your hats…

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

Disabled Facilities

yes at most venues, certainly the larger ones.


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