For those who live in Hastings know that the long awaited re-opening of the town’s pier is nearly here, but the biggest news is that fact that iconic 2-tone ska legends Madness are set to perform at the gala re-opening on May 21st six years after the landmark burnt down.

Madness Pier Reopening

The Hastings pier was once an iconic venue in the town and played host to some massive names in the 1960s and the 1970s.  Notable artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Genesis, Tom Jones, Ten Years After, and Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett played his last ever show with the band there on 20th January 1968.

Madness frontman Suggs grew up in Hastings and was invited down to nail in the last plank of wood and to have a small interview on why this is such a big occasion to him, Madness and the town’s music scene. Touching on the older scene and the Hastings music scene’s current state. You can watch all this below.

Quick video that I shot this morning. Interview by Jack Duggan: Suggs, from Madness, fixing the last plank to Hastings Pier. Suggs is such a cool guy. Madness will be playing a gig on the pier May 21.

Posted by Justin Lycett on Tuesday, 22 March 2016

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