Join PhD Musicologist Stephen Moran for a nostalgic exploration of our region’s live music scene; the venues, artists, and traditions that shaped the identity of Hastings, Bexhill, and beyond from 1960-1985, and their resonance today.

This relaxed event is held in our Café Bar, which is open for drinks.

After the talk, DLWP Head of Live Programming Ed Frith will chair a short Q&A with Stephen, followed by music selections from Del Querns of Music’s Not Dead, inspired by Stephen’s talk.

Independent record store Music’s Not Dead will be open in the Café Bar. Duncan Cruttenden Guitars will have a stall exhibiting custom guitars, handmade in Bexhill.

DLWP Members & Patrons: FREE. Pre-sale from 1pm, Tuesday 30 August.
Public: £8. General on sale 1pm, Wednesday 31 August.


6.30pm: Café Bar opens to ticket holders, serving drinks and snacks*.
7 – 8pm: Talk from Stephen Moran, followed by Q&A.
8 – 9pm: Café Bar open, music inspired by Stephen’s talk from Music’s Not Dead.

Not a Member yet? JOIN US to enjoy this event for free, 10% off in our Cafe Bar & Shop, pre-sales for live events and more.

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  • The Rolling Stones being escorted from Hastings Pier, 1964

  • Hastings based band Carnage perform at The Crypt, 1983

  • Hastings-based band Kid Kipichi play their first DLWP headline show in September 2022.

About the Talk

Liverpool, Memphis, Manchester and Nashville… Area and cities across the world have built their reputation on music. Hastings and the surrounding area may not be widely recognised a historic hotbed for live music, famous musicians or music production. However, those who know the area think otherwise.

‘There’s more music per square inch in Hastings than anywhere else in the country’ – Suggs, lead singer, Madness

‘Hastings Pier is a lens through which you can view the entire history of British Popular Music; I think it’s that important’ – Dr Matt Brennan, University of Glasgow.

PhD Musicologist Stephen Moran’s thesis is titled ‘Music by the Sea: An examination into the popular music histories of the town of Hastings from 1960 to 1985 and the influence of popular music performance on the cultural identity of the local community’.

Traversing venues you know – Hastings Pier Ballroom and the De La Warr Pavilion – and those you may not, Stephen’s research interrogate how the long, rich history of live music has become integral to our regional identity.

  • What does live music contribute to the community life of Hastings and the surrounding area?
  • How important is live popular music to the cultural life of Hastings and the surrounding area?
  • How do the live music performances of the past influence our region, and does it matter?


About Stephen Moran
Stephen Moran is a musicologist at the London College of Music. He is currently carrying out doctoral research into the popular music histories of Hastings. Stephen has a master’s degree from Liverpool Hope University for his study into the role of Hastings Pier as a popular music venue, and the circumstances that led to Jimi Hendrix performing there on Sunday 22 October 1967.

*Please note, Café Bar is open for drinks and snacks only. Our Kitchen will be closed.


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.