WELCOME

Hastings Fat Tuesday music festival is the UK’s largest Mardi Gras celebration which showcases Hastings’ thriving music scene –  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 (from 24-28th Feb) and is now one of the jewels in the town’s cultural crown.

You’ll find a run down of what’s happening via the tabs at the top of the page, or alternatively you can skip straight to Timetables, here.

We’re live streaming from The Albion this year, too – you can watch the stream here.

We’ve teamed up with Hastings Borough Council and Technology Box to bring free Wifi to Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival 2017. Just look for the network called #HastingsFatTuesday, read the Terms & Conditions and tick the check box. You’ll enjoy 8 hours of free Wifi before you’re asked to log on again.

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WHAT IS FAT TUESDAY?

 In New Orleans and Rio they call it Mardi Gras, in Venice it’s known as Carnivale and Hastings has “Fat Tuesday” (English for Mardi Gras).

Traditionally occurring on Shrove Tuesday which is the last day before Ash Wednesday, “Fat Tuesday” is a chance for people to let their hair down before (in theory) observing the restrictions of Lent. Our Festival borrows heavily from the New Orleans take on Mardi Gras, combining the enjoyment of good music, a flair for dressing up and partying. All things Hastings excels at!

From its conception in 2009, Hastings Fat Tuesday has become the largest Mardi Gras celebration in the UK, benefiting and drawing from the incredibly diverse and well-developed music scene locally to become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the town’s cultural calendar.

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL

WHATS ON

FRIDAY 24th February

Special performance from this year’s Festival Featured Act, Marie White and her band.

Fringe Events across the town

SATURDAY 25th February

UNPLUGGED SATURDAY

SUNDAY 26th February

THE UMBRELLA PARADE

THEE SUNDAY SONICS

OFF-AXIS

MONDAY 27th February

SLIM MONDAY

UNCONVENTION

FAT TUESDAY 28th February

THE FAT TUESDAY TOUR

THE FRINGE

THE AFTER PARTY