Join us on Sunday 21 July as we play host to Good Times By The Sea with Norman Jay (MBE), Rodigan (MBE) and Cuban Brothers (live) + more.
General on-sale – Friday 8 February 11am
Online booking is strongly recommended to get tickets for this event.
First 200 Tickets – £30 + B/F SOLD OUT
Standard Tickets – £35 + B/F
Seated / Priority Entry Tickets – £40 + B/F
4pm – 11pm
Doors open 4pm
A long afternoon and evening party with DJ sets from David Rodigan and Norman Jay on the outdoor terrace followed by a live performance from The Cuban Brothers in the main Auditorium and a second closing set from Norman Jay… ‘Good Times by the Sea’ indeed!
Timings to be announced.
Sir Norman Jay MBE and Sir David Rodigan MBE who should need no introduction, taste makers that between them have been flying the flag for good music worldwide for the last four decades!
To complete this unmissable party we are proud to have captured one of the most exciting live acts on the Festival scene… It’s long been said that Cubans sing when they speak, dance when they walk and woo with a love song! so it should be of little surprise that The Cuban Brothers’ peerless funk soul review blends sexy, soulful music, with jaw dropping b-boy action and riotous comedy. From humble beginnings The Cuban Brothers have become a legendary outfit that continuously sells out shows across the globe.
De La Warr – Be prepared to Dance, Smile and Party like there is no tomorrow!
Norman Jay is unquestionably one of the most respected and popular DJs in the world today. Cofounder of the legendary Good Times Sound System and London dance music station KISS FM, Jay fostered the ‘Rare Groove’ scene pushing the boundaries of the UK’s emerging club culture. Awarded an MBE for services to deejaying and music, in 2017 he released ‘Mister Good Times’ capturing the true spirit of Good Times, and is currently taking his legendary Good Times party to selected venues around the UK, continuing to convert generations of clubbers to the cause, championing new sounds, yet never forgetting his musical roots, thus guaranteeing nothing but ‘Good Times’.
For over 35 years David Rodigan has been the top dog in the ganja-scented, bass heavy-atmosphere of Britain’s reggae dance-halls. The key to his success has been an unsinkable passion for reggae music, which first took a hold of him as a schoolboy when he heard ska music in the early ’60s.
He developed an obsession with the music of Jamaica that generated an encyclopaedic knowledge of the island’s every artist, every song and every rhythm track.
His earliest experience of dee jaying was during lunch breaks once a week in the gym at Gosford Hill School in Kidlington, Oxford. On leaving school he landed a place at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in 1971, where he spent three years studying to become an actor. He worked extensively in repertory theatre and appeared in a number of television productions such as ‘Doctor Who’ (BBC) and ‘Shackleton’ (BBC); he also performed his one-man show ‘Zima Junction’ at literature festivals and theatres in the 1970s; a dramatisation of the poem by the Russian writer Yevtushenko.
Rodigan began his reggae broadcasting career in 1978 on BBC Radio London. He moved to Capital Radio in 1979 and remained there for eleven years broadcasting his legendary ‘Roots Rockers’ show every Saturday night. His credibility was ensured when he began clashing with Jamaica’s champion DJ, Barry G on JBC Radio in Jamaica. He then went on to clash with all the top Jamaican sound systems in the West Indies, the USA and England and in 2012 he won the ultimate clash victory when he took the Champion Trophy at World Clash Reset in New York.
In 1984 he joined BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Corp) where broadcast his weekly reggae show for 25 years until 2009.
In 1990 he joined the newly legalised Kiss 100 where he presented a variety of daytime shows for 10 years before kicking back to his weekly reggae show, which he broadcast for another 12 years until 2012. Having seen his show reduced from 2 hours to 1 hour in 2011 he resigned in protest at the marginalising of reggae music when the show was re-scheduled into the twi-light zone of broadcasting, midnight – 1am in November 2012.
In February 2013 he joined the BBC to present a new weekly reggae show on Radio 1Xtra on Sundays between 7 and 9pm and also a summer season of classic ska, rock steady and reggae on BBC Radio 2.
In 2005 he was inducted into the Sony Radio Academy Hall Of Fame and has also won three highly coveted Sony Radio Academy Gold Awards; The Music Broadcaster Of The Year. (Kiss 100 – 2004), The Specialist Music Broadcaster Of The Year (Kiss 100 – 2009), The Specialist Music Broadcaster Of The Year (BBC Radio 2 – 2012), and in 2012 he was awarded the MBE for “services to broadcasting” at Buckingham Palace.
At Easter in 2012 he won the highest honour in reggae sound system culture by winning the World Clash Re-Set contest in New York against opponents, Bass Odyssey, Black Kat, Tony Matterhorn, Fire Links, Earth Ruler and Poison Dart. He was the given the honour of being made a Fellow of Rose Bruford College in 2017.
He plays his unique collection of customised dub plates and classic recordings extensively across Europe, especially in Italy and Germany, and in North America and the West Indies, to loyal reggae fans worldwide.
From sold-out tours, festival spots and support slots for rock royalty to crazy club nights, film roles and fashion shows, The Cuban Brothers’ unparalleled act is ingrained in pop culture. Two decades since their inception, Miguel and his suspect sidekicks are renowned the world over for their party-starting skills, risqué sketches, B-boy moves and funk-fuelled music. Everywhere from the Far East to South America, from Brisbane to Bahrain, from the Gumball rally to the F1 circuit has fallen for the Hawaiian suit-sporting crew and their outrageous, X-rated antics.
The Cuban Brothers may be a comedy act, but they’re simultaneously serious musicians who have played with Prince, been on the road with James Brown and supported Fatboy Slim, Chuck Berry and De La Soul. In 2018 they celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a special tour of the Scottish Highlands & Islands – where it all began – and the release of their latest compilation ’La Familia’ featuring one new Cubans track – I Hate Hate – alongside classics by Herbie Hancock, Children Of Zeus and D’Angelo.
Their act of skits and stories between soul, funk and hip hop songs, with Miguel freestyling and the trio breakdancing took off at a student night which always sold out. At the Edinburgh Festival, a late-night residency at the Gilded Balloon became a love-in for upcoming comedians, among them Sasha Baron Cohen as Ali G, Dara O Briain, Andrew Maxwell and Ed Byrne. Within months of becoming The Cuban Brothers, they were offered a residency in Amsterdam and another at the legendary Manumission in Ibiza.
In south London, Rob Da Bank made them a staple of his Sunday Best parties and word quickly spread. The band’s private party work exploded early on and hasn’t stopped since – everyone from Elton John, Robbie Williams and Richard Branson to Davina McCall have called on the Cubans to sprinkle their magic. Russian oligarchs have hired them to entertain their wives. The late Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il flew them to North Korea to perform for his cabinet and kept them captive for days. Last year, they hosted Noel Gallagher’s 50th birthday party after the singer declared them the best act at Glastonbury.
A Cuban Brothers sketch show is in the pipeline, and after 20 barely believable years, Miguel and his sidekicks remain unrivalled party starters still finding new fans all over the globe.
Please note that Booking Fees apply on the following transactions:
Online: £1.25 per ticket + £1.50 postage or free collection at the Box Office
Telephone: £2.50 per transaction + £1.50 postage or free collection at the Box Office
In Person: Free
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 send 10 – 14 days before the show date.
- 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 www.nationalrail.co.uk for up-to-date train travel information.
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.
Please be aware the Rother District car park outside the De La Warr Pavilion operates paid parking until 8pm. After this time parking is free. There is also lmiited free car parking along the seafront.
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 01424 229 111 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.