Busking Fair at Stade

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An international Buskers Fair takes place on the Stade Open Space in the Old Town on Saturday August 15.

The event, called The Gilded Hand, is being held as part of the continuing series of Stade Saturdays, organised by Hastings Council.

Cllr Dawn Poole, Hastings Borough Council’s lead member for regeneration commented: “Dating back to the medieval period the Gilded Hand allowed impromptu performances and fairs to take place on common land without the fear of arrest.

“In modern times BB King, Rod Stewart and Tracy Chapman to name but a few, all began their careers as buskers.

“This weekend Stade Saturdays brings a variety of musical buskers to perform at the Stade Open Space, Hastings from 1pm through to 6.30pm.

“There’s a fantastic line up and headlining this year are festival favourites TwoManTing.”

TwoManTing was formed in 2004 when Sierra Leonean master-drummer Jah-man Aggrey, and virtuoso guitarist Jon Lewis were playing together as part of dance band, Le Cod Afrique, at venues such as Montreux Jazz Festival and WOMAD.

Cllr Poole said: “Other acts include Charlotte House & Richie, Fabulous Red Diesel, Jeremiah Longshanks, Amber the Wobblies plus many more. There will be something for everyone.

“After each act has entertained us, a hat will be passed around for contributions, so please give generously.”

The council has said that this is not an open invite to busk. Performing buskers are strictly by invite only.

Buskers who wish to participate in this event should email gildedhandbuskersfair@gmail.com.

The Stade Saturday events are running weekly until October.

For more details and a full programme of performances, visit www.hastings.gov.uk/stadesaturdays for the full Stade Saturdays programme of events.

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