9th - 13th February 2018

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 celebrates its 9th year in 2018 (from 9-13th Feb) and is now one of the jewels in the town’s cultural crown.

What's on?

Friday 9th February

Fat Friday Launch Party

Starting as we mean to go on, raucous punk-folk sextet Skinny Lister headline our opening night. Support comes from this year’s Festival Featured Act, singer-songwriter Jamie Smart.

Saturday 10th February

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.

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. Featuring live music from the irrepressible Mr Wilson’s Second Liners.

Sunday 11th February

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

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

Thee Sunday Sonics

A one-day celebration of avant garde electronic music.

Monday 12th February

UnConvention

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

Slim Monday

For the 9th year running, a “King Size Slim” special and a chance to meet the Fat Tuesday musicians “off duty”.

Tuesday 13th February

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 is now infamous, and deservedly so; this year we welcome MAMA JOSIE to lead the proceedings!