Swapping helmets for Hawaiian shirts, by the time This Is Hastings rocked up, the party was in full swing. Ska’d For Life, a staple in the Hastings live music scene were whipping the crowd into a skanking frenzy with their 60-80’s ska classics. Most notably dedicating “Monkey Man” to a man up a ladder (presumably fixing some loose cabling.)
After dipping out for a gasp of fresh air, we returned just in time to witness the excellent MFC Fried Chicken – a young band capturing the classic surfer / rock n’ roll essence of Johnny And The Hurricanes or Dick Dale (essentially the perfect addition for any Quentin Tarentino soundtrack). Playing original songs, all seemingly involving the word “chicken,” the London based band raised the roof – with the buzzing crowd demanding three encores!
Between bands DJs Dirty Robber, Tiki Steve and Gary Olas Boss Man span the tunes to keep the eclectic crowd twisting til dawn.
Venuu was decked out beautifully with Hawaiian paraphernalia – and the space felt genuinely full. Whether you were a 7ft, tattoo clad rockabilly or a tourist happening upon the event, there were smiles as far as the eye could spy.
Although the event was for the scooter community, all were made welcome – as long as you left your preconceptions at the door, and got your moves on the floor!
This Is Hastings can’t wait to see the return of Scooter Skirmish next year!