1st - 5th March 2019

What is Fat Tuesday?

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 is one of the jewels in the town’s cultural crown and celebrates its 10th year in 2019 (from 1-5 March).

Fat Tuesday 2019

Friday 1st March

Fat Friday Launch Party with Special Guests

Saturday 2nd March

Unplugged Saturday

An afternoon of acoustic music where 40 acts play 15-minute sets at participating venues, expect everything from acoustic rock to Irish folk, a-capella, blues, brass, shanties, and world music.


A two-day celebration of avant garde electronic music.

Le Grand Mardi Gras Ball

Dress up to get down. Time to unleash the carnival spirit and don your most outrageous outfit for this legendary event.

Sunday 3rd March

Umbrella Parade

An explosion of colour, music and fun for all the family, The Umbrella Parade is a firm Hastings Fat Tuesday favourite, and all you need to take part is a decorated umbrella.

Preservation Sunday

The culmination of the Umbrella Parade brings festival-goers together to enjoy food and drink and great music, as the rivalry of the four second line brass bands comes to a head in a dramatic play-off.

Under the Radar

Six stages showcasing emerging artists from across the UK hosted by BBC Introducing, Joe Strummer Foundation, Off Axis, ACM, Incubate and Rhythmix.

Monday 4th March


Day-long music industry event with diverse panellists and trade fair.

Slim Monday

For the 10th year running, a “King Size Slim” special and QUANTICKS QUIZ.

Tuesday 5th March

Fat Tuesday Tour

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.

The After Party

The Fat Tuesday after party, music and mayhem into the early hours.