Saturday 8 July 2017

Drop-in Session, Classroom on the Coast: 11.00am – 1:30pm: Stade Hall

Drop in to see the Billingsgate Seafood Training School in action, watch a demo of fi sh being cut, prepared and cooked, and taste the results. £2 on the door.

Thomasin Trezise: 11.30pm – 12noon

You may have seen Thomasin at previous Midsummer Fish Festivals singing with the Hastings Sinfonia. A world class local soprano, this year she will be singing beautiful popular tunes with expert accompaniment from Steve Accordion and Mike Hatchard on keyboards..

Patch of Harmony: 12:15pm - 12:30pm

It’s always a pleasure to find new local talent and present it in front of a wider audience. These talented young vocalists, Phoebe, Isabell, Michael and Sam performed with great success at The Hastings Music Festival back in March – so catch them here before they’re rich and famous!

Pocketsize: 12:15pm - 2.00pm

Warm, melodic, self-penned Appalachian songs with soaring harmonies. A class act!

Fish Prep Masterclass, Classroom on the Coast: 2.15pm - 3.15pm: Stade Hall

Prepare your own fi sh, under the watchful eye of Billingsgate Seafood Training School. We’ll use the best fish available on the day, depending on what’s been caught. £15 per person. Spaces are limited so to book please email

Sean Fennessey & Friends: 2.30pm – 3:30pm

You never know who Sean will bring along and what they will perform, but you always know it’s going to be good. He describes his music as collective ramblings and melodies. Wait and see!

Zachary Dogwood: 4.00pm - 4.45pm

Bowie covers and original songs blended with the sounds of saxophones – great vibes for a summer’s afternoon.

Cooking Demo at Classroom on the Coast: 4.00pm - 5.00pm: Stade Hall

Paul Webbe, owner and chef of Webbe’s and the Wild Mushroom, will show you how to make one of his tasty seafood creations.

The Kytes: 5.15pm - 6.00pm

The sounds of the sixties, played to perfection by one of the best bands in Hastings. Great way to end a great day!

Sunday 9 July 2017

Cooking Demo at Classroom on the Coast: 11:00am - 12noon: Stade Hall

Join Sussex Coast College catering lecturer Steve Slade as he prepares a delicious fi sh dish and shows you how to do it yourself at home.

The Kayleigh Ann Band: 12noon - 12.30pm

This local singer songwriter merges blues, folk and a mixture of genres, collaborating with a number of interesting instruments and musicians to create a unique sound that has captivated audiences across the south!

The Fat Cat Band: 1.00pm - 2.00pm

A British country band playing pedal steel, fiddle, guitars and keyboards along with close four-part vocal harmonies, creating a sublime sound reminiscent of The Eagles.

Violet Jive: 2:30pm - 3.30pm

A retro swing sound with feverish Latino curves and a fresh alternative dark twist! Musical 'Mixologists' Steve Spall and The Violet Jive offer up a voluptuous tiki-style cocktail of sounds, blending styles and eras into one colourfully intoxicating performance!

Cooking Demo Classroom on the Coast: 3.30pm – 4:30pm: Stade Hall

Olly Dawson from Olly’s Fish shack will show you how to cook your own street food with Hastings fish.

Jiggery Pokery: 4.00pm - 5.00pm

We’ve always had this superb band fi nish our weekend – it’s a Midsummer Fish Fest tradition! Lead vocalist Stevie Stone has written some great songs about Hastings. Expect some classics including his Hastings Pier song reminding us about the fire and his emotional homage to The Ghost of Dunkirk, the old Hastings Lifeboat that saved the lives of over 2,000 allied forces 77 years ago.

Activities throughout the weekend

Fish Printing

Visit the Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society’s stall and get up close and personal with a typical Hastings fishing boat. Try your hand at fi sh printing, and explore the area’s nautical archaeology.

For the kids

Join in with free sea-themed craft activities for children between 11am and 5pm each day in the Stade Hall.