Summer Music Season 2014: July - September

Special music-themed events, including films, live gigs, guest Q&As, opera and dance workshops, an outdoor event and ‘David Quantick Introduces…’ sessions.

We're delighted to announce our second annual Summer Music Season, which draws on the great success of our 2013 festival.Purple rain still

The season launches on Saturday 12 July, with Sing-a-long Purple Rain (prize for best fancy dress!), and continues on occasional weekend nights throughout the Summer until our closing party screening of Frank, on Saturday 20 September 2014.



Photo of David QuantickDavid Quantick Introduces…

Renowned music journalist and comedy writer, Hastings resident David Quantick (pictured, left) has curated three special events for the Summer Music Season.

Still from How We Used To Live‘David Quantick Introduces…’ includes a Rock ‘n’ Roll Double Bill featuring a guest Q&A from indie pop band St Etienne about their latest music and film collaboration with the British Film Institute, How We Used To Live (pictured, right). Also screening that night (23 Aug) is A Message To The World, an inspirational profile of the punk musician Jesse Hector.

Stardust film posterMichael Fassbender’s latest masterpiece, Frank, and David Essex’s 1974 hit film Stardust (19 July) (pictured, right) complete the trio of Quantick-curated events.

“Stardust is one of the great rock movies - the 60s dream gone sour, the excesses of rock, great music, a great pop star, and the best last two lines of any movie ever,” says Quantick.

Community events

We’ve expanded the Summer Music Season this year to include an Opera singing workshop alongside screening of Don Giovanni (14 Sep). Local filmmaker Glenn Veness brings us his treasure trove of clips from Hastings’ plethora of wacky community events over the years, with I Love This Town (22 Aug), featuring a live score played by celebrated drummer Russell Field and guest musicians. 

Still from Stormy WeatherSee Stormy Weather (25 July), pictured right, plus a live dance demo alongside rare vintage film clips, and wonder at an inspiring debut of new sounds and visuals from Glen Johnson, Robin Saville and Oliver Cherer (aka Dollboy) in Second Language Music Presents (30 Aug).

Open air screening in Alexandra Park

Image of couple from FootlooseYou can even learn a new dance from The Professionals dance workshop with a cast member from the hit West End show ‘Footloose - The Musical’, before an Open Air screening of Footloose (9 Aug) (pictured left) in Alexandra Park. The screening is in association with Eat@ The Park Cafe, which will be celebrating its 10th birthday.

“For those who can’t make it to an expensive music festival this Summer, the Electric Palace cinema once again brings a more affordable option directly to you,” says Annie Mannion of the Electric Palace.

To book and for further information, please click on each event's individual listing above. See the event on Facebook.

Front cover of Summer Music Season brochureThe Summer Music Season 2014 at-a-glance calendar:

Saturday 12 July: Sing-a-long ‘Purple Rain’.

Saturday 19 July:
David Quantick introduces… ‘Stardust’.

Friday 25 July: Stormy Weather PLUS LIVE DANCE DEMO and rare vintage film clips.

Saturday 9 August: Footloose, Open-Air in Alexandra Park with Eat@ Cafe, including pre-film dance workshop - ­The Professionals host a Big Dance event with a cast member from the hit West End show ‘Footloose - The Musical’.

Friday 22 August: I Love This Town - with live score played by celebrated drummer Russell Field and guest musicians.

Saturday 23 August: David Quantick introduces… Rock ‘n’ Roll Double Bill ‘How We Used To Live’ & ‘A Message to the World’ - including Q&A with St.Etienne’s Pete Wiggs, and directors Travis Elborough, Paul Kelly and Caroline Catz.

Saturday 30 August: Second Language Music Presents… an inspiring debut of new sounds and visuals, from Glen Johnson, Robin Saville and Oliver Cherer (aka Dollboy).

Sunday 14 September: Don Giovanni Opera Film Plus pre-film Opera singing workshop with Jane Metcalfe.

Friday 19 & Saturday 20 September: David Quantick introduces… ‘Frank’

Further info

David Quantick has written for NME, Q, The Word and Uncut magazines, as well as authoring biographies of The Clash, Beck and Eddie Izzard. His TV writing credits include The Day Today, The Thick of It and TV Burp and he presents Radio 2’s Blaggers Guide. Recently he’s been working on Veep with Armando Iannucci.

This project is supported by Film Hub South East with National Lottery funds distributed by the BFI Film Audience Network (FAN).

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Tickets are available in advance online from this website, or on the door.
Doors and the bar open at 7.15pm, screenings start at 8pm.

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