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Hastings Fat Tuesday

Various venues in Hastings, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 3EA
Mardi Gras troupe


In New Orleans and Rio they call it Mardi Gras, in Venice it’s known as Carnivale and in Hastings it's “Fat Tuesday”.

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!

Friday 21st 

Fat Friday Launch Party – Singer-songwriter Baxter Dury will be headlining the launch event.

Saturday 22nd

Saturday Unplugged – One afternoon, 200 gigs, good food and drink, great vibes.

The Saturday Sonics – A two-day celebration of experimental music, sound art and film.

Le Grand Mardi Gras Ball – Unleash your carnival spirit and don your most outrageous outfit for this legendary event headlined by Craig Charles.

Sunday 23rd

Umbrella Parade – An explosion of colour, music and fun for all the family.

Preservation Sunday – The culmination of the Umbrella Parade at the White Rock Theatre.

Under The Radar – Four stages hosting the best emerging talent from across the UK.

The Sunday Sonics – A two-day celebration of experimental music, sound art and film.

Monday 24th 

Slim Monday – A King Size Slim special and a chance to meet the Fat Tuesday musicians and team off duty.

Tuesday 25th 

Fat Tuesday Tour – Brace yourselves for a raucous night of mardi-gras music, madness and merry-making. 

The After Party – High-calibre live music and DJs will ensure the festival goes out on a high.


Fat Tuesday is part of Music Month – find out more here.





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