9-13 Feb 2018

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 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.



What's on?

Friday 9th Febuary

Fat Friday Launch Party

Saturday 10th Febuary

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.

Grand Mardi Gras Ball

Sunday 11th Febuary

Umbrella Parade

Presevation Sunday

Off Axis/Under the Radar

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


Monday 12th Febuary


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

Slim Monday

Tuesday 13th Febuary

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