This summer we’re celebrating 50 years since Bob Marley supported Johnny Nash at the De La Warr Pavilion with an all day beachside festival.

2 – 10.30pm on the South lawns and terrace

This summer, we will be marking 50 years to the day that Bob Marley supported Johnny Nash at a performance at the De La Warr Pavilion, with an all day beachside festival that celebrates the life and musical influence of Bob Marley.

Please note that the building will only be open to ticket-holders on the day.

Please read until the end of the page for all essential information relating to this event. 

This event is 18+


Limited early bird tickets – £6

First release – £12

Final release – £18

Tickets on the door – £20


Trojan Sound System,

Dennis Alcapone

Ashley Beedle (Warbox Set)

Vinyl Sisters (ex Sisters of Reggae)

Elisha Edwards,

AFLO. the poet

Timings (last entry 6pm):

2pm – Doors

2pm – Vinyl Sisters

3.30pm – Elisha Edwards

3.45pm – AFLO the poet

4pm – Vinyl Sisters

5pm – Ashley Beedle

7.30pm – Trojan Sound System + Dennis Alcapone

10.30pm – Show ends

At the end of your visit, please consider our neighbours and leave DLWP quietly in a safe and orderly manner. Please note set times are subject to change. We have a strict age restriction policy of 18+ for this event. Our bars accept both cash and card payments for this event.

About the event

The original concert on 16 July 1972 was one of the first ever appearances that Marley made in the UK, and the concert was presented in conjunction with Bexhill Lions, raising funds for Glyne Gap School.

This was the year Marley signed with CBS Records and embarked on a UK tour supporting Johnny Nash.

We are delighted to mark the 50 year anniversary of this event with an evening of music, food and celebration.


Make sure you arrive early

Your safety at DLWP is paramount and we continually liaise with the appropriate authorities to ensure robust security measures are in place. Please comply with all instructions given to you by the staff onsite.

Entry to the festival is via the main building entrance. The building will be closed to the public for the whole day, allowing only ticket holders entry to the festival from 2pm.

Please make sure all members of your party have their tickets on arrival.

If you need to collect your tickets on the day, please visit Box Office from 2pm.

Bags will be subject to full searches as you enter the venue.

We operate a No Re-entry policy for this type of event.

No admission after 6pm.


This Fine Day
TFD will bring you Down Mexico Way supplying Burritos & Nachos, Reach For The Fries will supply a selection of dirty style topped fries and Argi-Bhaji Thali Tent will have a selection of delicious Indian street food on offer. Last orders at 9pm.

DLWP Cafe Bar & Kitchen

Our Cafe Bar & Kitchen will be open on the first floor of the Pavilion serving a buffet style menu.  Make the most of the sweeping views across the English Channel from our balconies, with food available between 2pm – 8.30pm.  Last orders at 8pm.

DLWP Terrace Bars

Our trailer bar and temporary bars will be serving a selection of hot and cold drinks with a range of alcoholic and soft drinks available on the terrace. Our bars take both cash and card, please bring both with you on the day. Last orders 10pm.

No external food and drink is permitted at the event.


If you are displaying symptoms of Coronavirus, please do not attend.

Please sanitise your hands as you enter the DLWP building.

Should you experience any problems during your visit, please contact the nearest member of the DLWP team as every effort will be made to resolve the issues during the event.

Our festivals are open-air and go ahead come rain or shine – so come prepared! The audience area is not covered.

Please bring appropriate clothing as desired.

Only food and drink purchased at the DLWP can be consumed on the premises. No outside food or drink excluding sealed bottles of water 500ml or less will be permitted. Water refill stations are available on site.

There will be no refunds unless the festival is cancelled.

Our bars accept both cash and card payments for this event.

We strongly advise that you bring some cash on the day. The nearest free cash machine is Santander in Devonshire Road.


Please visit our accessibility page for an overview of access at DLWP here.  Accessible toilets for this event can be located inside the building.

For this event, there will be ramp access, please speak to a member of staff should you have any specific access needs during your visit.


DLWP events are fully inclusive safe spaces for any person to participate and enjoy without fear of feeling marginalised unrepresented, or unwelcome. By entering this space, you agree to respect anybody, attire, gender, sexual orientation, race, belief, and experience that are not your own. We also expect the same courtesy to be afforded to you.

We reserve the right to refuse entry to and/or eject from the event in reasonable circumstances including without limitation for health and safety or licensing reasons; if you behave in a manner which has or is likely to affect the enjoyment of other persons at the event; if you use threatening, abusive or insulting words or mannerisms; if, in our reasonable opinion, you are acting under the influence of alcohol or drugs; if you fail, when required, to produce proof of identity or age; if you refuse to comply with the security searches; if you breach these terms; or if your ticket is void.

We may have a team of sniffer dogs present. If you are lucky enough to see one, please remember they are working and have an important job to do.


Outside festival toilets will be located on the west lawn of the festival. Ground floor toilets inside the building will be open until 9pm.  First floor toilets inside the building will be open until 8.30pm. Accessible toilets will be available inside the building on the Ground floor.


Glass (including perfume bottles)
BBQs and camping stoves
Shooting Sticks
Gazebos, pop up tents, freestanding structures
Food, drink or alcohol purchased outside of the event
Weapons – any item which may reasonably be
considered for use as a weapon (includes any item
which may cause danger, offence or disruption to any
other person)
Gas bottles (of any size including Nitrous Oxide)
Animals (except guide dogs or registered hearing dogs)
Flares, fireworks or explosives
Air horns or megaphones
Any goods for unauthorised trading
Audio recorders
Professional cameras, film or video equipment (lenses must be less than 6 inches)
Multi tools or bladed articles
Festival flags with poles
Paper lanterns
Bicycles, scooters, skateboards and roller skates

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


Festival flags without poles
Sealed bottles of water (up to 500ml)


The unauthorised use of professional equipment for photographing, recording or transmitting (by digital or other means) any audio, visual or audio-visual material within the venue is strictly forbidden.

By attending this Event, you give your express consent to your actual or simulated likeness to be included within any film, photograph, audio and/or audio-visual recording to be exploited in any and all media for any purpose at any time throughout the world. This includes filming by the police or security staff which may be carried out for the security of customers.

About the Bexhill Lions Club

  Bexhill Lions Club was formed in August 1971 at a ceremony in the Elizabeth room at the De La Warr Pavilion, which was attended by 90 Lions from across the UK. Less than one year later, on July 16 1972, the Club organised a “pop extravaganza” concert at the DLWP as a FUNdraising event.

Charles Brookes was President of the Club and knew Stephen Colyer, Head of Promotion at CBS Records UK. Charles mentioned to him that the Lions were hoping to raise funds for a swimming pool for a school for children with special needs and physical challenges. Stephen offered his help.

He was working with Johnny Nash and had successfully chartered Johnny with the Bob Marley song “Stir It Up”. They then achieved the Number One spot in the charts with “I Can See Clearly”. Johnny Nash was at No.1 and agreed to be the headline act together with his band. The Equals also agreed to take part. Stephen brought on board Radio One DJ, Emperor Rosko to be the compere of the concert.

Bob Marley, who wrote Johnny’s latest hit, was a supporting act, his first UK performance… The rest as they say, is history.

Since then the Lions have continued to support Glyn Gap School and look forward to seeing how they can help in their future projects which include a new multi-use, all weather outdoor games area, which all pupils will benefit from.

Glyne Gap School is a special school, located in Bexhill, for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities.

You can donate directly to the Lions charity by following this link, or by visiting