Colours Festival presents its debut outing at DLWP this summer!

Situated on the outdoor lawns between the shore and the Grade I listed venue, this all-day festival is set to celebrate and elevate female talent across a whole day of live music, with the Sussex coast providing the perfect setting.


2 – 10.30pm

Please be advised, last entry for this event is 6pm, and there will be a strict NO RE-ENTRY policy in operation.


First Release – £27.50 SOLD OUT

Second Tier – £29.50 SOLD OUT

Third Tier – £34.50 ONSALE NOW

Fourth Tier – £39.50


All doors – 2pm

Outdoor stage:


7.20pm – THE BIG MOON






Music’s Not Dead stage:

6.40pm – HOTWAX

5.10pm – CIEL

3.45pm – Bellza

This is a 14+ event. All under 18s should be accompanied by an adult.


Colours Festival 2023 full line-up

Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood will bring the transcendent folk-pop of her much celebrated fifth album ‘And In The Darkness, Hearts Aglow’ to headline this year’s event. The last 12 months have seen Natalie Merin’s music celebrated across the board, with the likes of Pitchfork describing it as “majestic… an idiosyncratic set of love songs and secular hymns with lushly orchestral arrangements”. An unmissable opportunity to see an artist at the peak of their powers.

The Big Moon

Welcoming The Big Moon to Colours Festival 2023. Mercury-nominated, alt-pop four-piece The Big Moon play a one-off Sussex show this summer following the release of their widely acclaimed last album – Here Is Everything. As the sun sets over the Sussex shoreline The Big Moon will be delivering their pure, uplifting songs of collective jubilance: a band in top form having the time of their lives against all the odds.

Katy J Pearson

The widescreen sound of Katy J Pearson will also descend on Bexhill, bringing her band and her infectious blend of indie, folk and country to the Sussex coast. Katy’s 2022 release ‘Sound of the Morning’ was hailed as “an album that nails introspective songwriting just as seamlessly as it does infectious pop” by Uncut magazine and has seen her tour and play festivals across the globe.

Porridge Radio (Solo)

Completing this initial announcement (with much more to come) is the addition of Porridge Radio, with Dana Margolin performing a special solo set of material from the band’s thrilling catalogue. Hailed by The Guardian as the “convulsing heart of the band”, this intimate set is the perfect addition to the festival’s powerful and creative bill of artists.

Emily Barker

Completing the beach-side main stage line-up is Emily Barker. Emily Barker is an award-winning singer-songwriter, best known as the writer and performer of the theme to the BBC’s hugely successful crime drama Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh. The perfect way to open the stage on a warm, summer’s day.


Heading up Music’s Not Dead’s stage at Colours Festival, Hastings’ Raw punk powerhouse HotWax are ripping up the template and ripping up stages across the UK. With NME hailing them as “Britain’s next great guitar band”, later this year they will performing with The Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  This could be one of the last times to see the band in such an intimate setting. Be there!


Brighton (by way of The Netherlands and Spain)’s indie-rock trio CIEL join the line up for Colours Festival’s on Music’s Not Dead’s Stage. Recently A-listed on BBC, CIEL’s music possesses a fresh, dark, and hauntingly beautiful quality. Combining elements of fuzzy indie rock, goth, and shoegaze, the band’s broody and gritty sound is elevated by the soft, icy, but emotive melodies of singer Michelle Hindriks.


We promised to bring you the best artists from the South Coast, and opening the Music’s Not Dead stage at Colours Festival is Hastings’ own hidden gem, Bellza. Breaking through the acclaimed powerful rock scene comes Bellza’s whisper of quiet acoustic folk music that introspects into a universe of psychedelia and existentialism, drawing influence from alternative indie greats such as Elliott Smith, The Flaming Lips, and Sufjan Stevens.

Resident DJs

Our dear friends at Resident in Brighton will be taking to the decks as Resident DJs to guide you through the day and into the evening, and completing the Main Stage for our 1st edition.


Brewing Brothers

Here at Colours Festival we like to champion local businesses and the best brewers in town are Brewing Brothers! We are delighted to welcome Ned, Charlie and their team’s passion for Beer to our site this year. Anyone who has sipped the night away at The Imperial or The Courtyard in Hastings will know what we are talking about, and for those who haven’t yet, what better than giving their Beers a try by the Seaside at Colours Festival.


Sloe Drinks

Founded by converting a 1970s vintage Sprite Alpine into a mobile bar in 2018, Marie from Sloe Drinks and her team have become sought after in the Sussex event scene. Sharing our passion for the best of local, Sloe Drinks Co. and their team of incredible of bartenders will be serving a range of carefully chosen artisan drinks produced by small and local distillers, breweries and vineyards, bringing their love of mixology, festivals and vintage caravans to Colours Festival this year.


Music’s Not Dead

Located on the ground floor of the De La Warr Pavilion, Music’s Not Dead is not only an audiophile’s paradise, but at the beating heart of Bexhill’s music scene selling the latest vinyl releases and best instores! It’s our honour to invite them to host the 2nd stage at Colours Festival, featuring the likes of HotWax, Ciel and Bellza.


Maggie’s Fish & Chips

Colours Festival’s Catch of the day is Hastings legendary Maggie’s bringing you the best Fish & Chips fresh from their boats off our wonderful coastline. Not only spending time creating the tastiest food, cooked to order, since 1993, Maggie’s also proudly support local community initiatives through their food donations!



Parking up at Colours Festival is the beloved OxBurger van! Dirty burgers & loaded fries. Made from great British produce, served simply with no fuss.


Please take some time to look at the below list of items which are not permitted in the venue.

Please find the prohibited items list below:
  • No bags bigger than A4
  • Glass (including perfume bottles)
  • BBQ’S and camping stoves
  • Chairs
  • Shooting Sticks
  • Gazebos, Pop up tents, free standing structures
  • Outside Food
  • Outside Alcohol
  • Weapons (any item which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon, including any item which may cause danger, offence or disruption to any other person)
  • Gas bottles of any size including Nitrous Oxide
  • Umbrellas (including parasols)
  • Animals, except guide dogs or registered hearing dogs
  • Flares, fireworks or explosives
  • Drugs
  • Air horns or megaphones
  • Any goods for unauthorised trading
  • Audio recorders
  • Professional cameras, film or video equipment (lenses must be less than 6 inches)
  • Audio recorders
  • Multi tools or bladed articles
  • Cans
  • Drones
  • Festival flags with poles
  • Paper lanterns
  • Bicycles, scooters skateboards and roller skates

This is not an exclusive list and management retain the right to refuse admission

The following items ARE permitted:
  • Blankets
  • Festival flags without poles
  • Sealed bottles of water up to 500ml

More info

Booking information

Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:

Online: Tickets booked online are subject to booking fees when purchased through our website. E-tickets for print at at home are emailed instantly on the account you have registered with DLWP and are free of charge. They can also be downloaded from our website within My Account.

Telephone: £3.50 per transaction + £2 postage or free collection at the Box Office.

In Person: There are currently no charges for booking tickets in person.

There is a £2 charge to post tickets.

We strongly recommend ticket buyers to take out Ticket Protection insurance with Secure My Booking available when you book your tickets at check out.


Please note that we are only able to post tickets within the UK. If you live overseas please select box office collection or print at home tickets. Tickets purchased for post will be sent 10 – 14 days before the show date.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Eat before the show

Book online: Pre-show dining can be booked online as an add-on when purchasing tickets for selected events. You will be purchasing a ticket to guarantee your meal before the show.
Please note you must be a ticket holder to the show to book pre-show dining.

Already booked your tickets? If you’ve already booked tickets for a show and would like to add dining, please contact Box Office:

On the night: If you have pre-booked please come to the bar to order from the gig menu and sit at one of the reserved tables.

No re-entry

Please be aware that we operate no re-entry for gigs. This means that once you have entered the building, you cannot go out and re-enter. This policy is in line with other major music venues across the UK and put in place on police advice. No re-entry is clearly signposted as you come through security on the front door.
There is a fenced-off area on the terrace for people who go out to smoke or vape.

Staying locally

There are plenty of welcoming and good value B&Bs & boutique hotels in Bexhill. The De La Warr Pavilion regularly uses the following:

Travel information
  • By Rail
    Direct trains go from London Victoria, Brighton and Ashford to Bexhill.
    There are also trains from London Charing Cross, changing at St. Leonards Warrior Square and from London Bridge or Charing Cross going to Battle. Battle is only a short taxi journey away (15 mins approx).
    Visit for up-to-date train travel information.
  • Taxis
    Town Taxis:  01424 211 511
    Parkhurst Taxis:  01424 733 456
  • By Car
    If driving from the London area:
    Take the M25, then A21 to Hastings. Turn off at John‘s Cross and follow the signs to Bexhill.
    Take the A22 to Eastbourne, go across the Bishop roundabout to the A271 and follow the signs to Bexhill and the seafront. The De La Warr Pavilion is on the Marina.
    From the Brighton area:
    Follow the A27 out of Brighton until you arrive in Bexhill On Sea.
  • Parking
    Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 7pm. After this time parking is free.

Within the limits of this Grade One listed building, the De La Warr Pavilion strives to be fully accessible with a range of facilities to support your visit.

Assistance Dogs are permitted into the building.

Please contact the Box Office on to arrange a visit.

Facilities for disabled visitors

  • Ramped access at the front of the building
  • A low counter at the Box Office and  Information Desk
  • Disabled toilets on two floors
  • A lift to all floors
  • Accessible galleries on both floors
  • An accessible Café
  • Spaces for wheelchairs in the auditorium for seated events
  • Ramped access in the auditorium for events during the day
  • Ramped access into the Studio
  • Two travel wheelchairs are available for use at the De La Warr Pavilion. To reserve, please call our box office and information desk on (01424) 229111 or ask a member of staff on arrival. The chairs are provided on a first come, first served basis and are intended for use inside the Pavilion. Please contact us for more information.

Facilities for blind or visually-impaired

  • Large print season brochures

Facilities for the hard-of-hearing

  • An T-Switch induction loop in some areas of the auditorium (please indicate when booking as this facility is not available on the balcony)
  • British Sign Language interpretation tours of the building and exhibitions are available on request.