Local music news with Andy Gunton

From a local music point of view, 2013 will probably be best remembered as the year of the band reunion.

Following on from such bands as Stallion & Zucchini we now have folk favourites The Tabs, who are playing an acoustic reunion gig at the Royal Victoria Hotel on Friday 13th December.

Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are £8 from B&T Music in Claremont. Or you can buy them online for £8.80 at: www.wegottickets.com/event/247919.

The Tabs, who were a very well respected band in their day, played gigs nationally between 1990 and 2004, including at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropedy Festival in 1995, in front of 20,000 people. The Tabs also released four critically acclaimed albums during their career.

Thankfully this doesn’t look like being a one off gig either, as The Tabs have shows lined up for 2014, as well as already getting the attention of some festival organisers. The band are planning to record any future gigs for a possible album too.

If that’s made you nostalgic for the local music scene of past years there is now a group just for you. Called SMART (Seventies Music & Retro Talk), it was set up by Alan Esdaile, who some of you may remember as Johnny Mason, a local DJ & music shop owner from those heady days.

Alan’s aim is to keep alive memories of all the local bands & the gigs that took place in the Hastings area from the 1960’s through to the 1990’s. You can find out more, see old posters, flyers & memorabilia on the SMART Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/smart70s.

SMART also hold regular meet ups. If you’d like to go along & relive your own musical memories, the next one is on Friday 10th January at the White Rock Hotel, Hastings from 3.30pm.

Maybe I’ll see you there?