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The Happy Monday’s and the Levellers will be performing on Hastings Pier in September and yesterday  One Inch Band announced that there would be a competition for local talent to join the line-up and support the iconic bands.

The winner of the competition will open the outdoor stage alongside the Happy Mondays, Levellers, The Orb, Turin Brakes, Formation and Ferocious Dog.

To submit an act, anyone can put their chosen artist forward.  The bands with the highest number of submissions for entry will be the winner (there will be a winner for each day) and only artists local to Hastings will be submitted.

Votes can be cast here.

Once a band reaches the top 10 in the vote, they will be contacted to let them know that they have been put forward.

This is a wonderful opportunity for aspiring musicians to be involved in the enrichment of the local music scene, and to leave their footprint on the vibrant musical history of Hastings.happy Mondays


The Let’s Do Business Hastings exhibition returns on Thursday 30th October 2014. Sussex Coast College’s town centre campus in Hastings will welcome hundreds of owners, directors and key decision-makers and is billed to provide fantastic opportunites for businesses in the area to make new connections, new contacts and potentially win new business.  

The one-day Let’s Do Business Hastings event will host over a hundred exhibitors and offers everyone in business, whether starting up or long established, the opportunity to source dozens of products, services and supplies from a diverse range of quality companies.

“It’s great to be back in Hastings after successful shows in Brighton and Eastbourne earlier in the year”, says exhibition organiser and Head of Marketing at the Let’s Do Business Group, Jonathan Dolding.  With so many top businesses spread throughout the venue, there’s no better opportunity to network with such a significant number of businesses from across East Sussex and further afield.  The show is a real time-saver, offering a perfect opportunity to source products & services from the leading businesses in the area.”

The Let’s Do Business Hastings event features four free inspirational seminars:

  • 11am: Why Blog for Business? – Martin Ellis, Recruitment South East
  • 12pm: Getting the best out of LinkedIn – James Dempster, MD, Cobb Digital
  • 1pm: Trust me – I’m in marketing – Lee Markham, Business Development Manager at PRG Marketing Communications
  • 2pm: Show me the Money – alternative finance options for SMEs – David Turner, MD, Invest and Fund Ltd 

For full show details or to register for Free fast-track entry, please visit www.letsdobusiness.org/hastings

The above video is from their Brighton event held earlier on in the year.

Business In Hastings visitors are warmly invited to the seminar ‘Low-carbon makeovers and developments’ organised by the project partners of the ACE project.


ACE at the Sussex Exchange, Hastings.

ACE (Answers to the Carbon Economy) is a cross border project involving UK, French and Belgian partners. The challenge is to develop responses to Europe’s 20:20:20 reduction targets whilst maximising business opportunities and increasing competitiveness.

They aim to demonstrate how to retrofit existing buildings, build new sustainable business parks and facilitate business-to-business exchanges that will meet future targets in carbon, energy and resource efficiency.

What can you expect to learn:

They will offer practical insights into how best to green your buildings, plan and build sustainable business parks.  We will consider why this is important and how to address the knowledge and skills gaps. Hear from Gregg Chant-Hall, Head of Sustainability, Skanska; Jane Ollis, CEO, BSK-CiC; Ian McKay, Director, BBM Sustainable Design and many others. The afternoon workshops are an opportunity to share and exchange experiences/challenges. We look forward to seeing you on the 4 December 2013 and welcome your participation.

Who is the seminar for?

Business leaders, local authorities, developers, architects and building services engineers, business park and estate managers, energy and environmental consultants, sustainability and climate change practitioners.

Practical information

4th December 2013

09:30 – 16:45

Sussex Exchange – Hastings

Programme & registration

To book your free place today, visit http://www.ace-low-carbon-economy.eu/en/events/177_ace-seminarie-hastings-december-4/

The 2013 Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival is back on the 14th & 15th September 2013 and will be held at the Stade open space on  Hastings seafront.


The Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival is a great weekend for food and wine fans and attracts up to 40,000 visitors.

The festival, now in its eighth year showcases the very best food and wine from the region and is a fantastic day (or weekend) out for food and wine aficionados and those who are looking to try different foods, flavours and wines that cater for every palate.

The Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival is a major cultural event and attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the UK and also has a large local turnout too so if you love food and wine then this is definitely a festival for you as there will be over 30 stalls selling a varied selection of food and drink.

There is also an eclectic mix of live music and street entertainment that complements the festival atmosphere. Although the Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival is based around The Stade and Rock-a-Nore Road in Hastings Old Town, restaurants and businesses across the town join in with special menus and entertainment. Entry to the event is only £2 per day.

Check out the video of the previous Hastings Seafood & Wine Festival that gives you a feel for the atmosphere and tastes on offer that this years event will bring.