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Fat Tuesday: Le Grand Mardi Gras Ball with The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club

Featuring The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, The Funking Barstewards, Loud Noises, Nova Twins DJ Set, MZZ Kimberley & The Fountain Alternative Ballroom

White Rock Theatre, Hastings

Sat 22 Feb 8pm

Fat Tuesday: Le Grande Mardi Gras Ball

Time to unleash the carnival spirit for a full-on night of fantastic revelry at Le Grand Mardi Gras Ball.  Embrace the spirit of New Orleans, add a touch of Venetian splendour and join in the spectacle that awaits.

Hastings Fat Tuesday Festival, the ultimate mid-winter carnival, has announced that The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club with radio DJ and Red Dwarf legend Craig Charles will headline the opulent Le Grand Mardi Gras Ball.

The BBC 6 Music and Radio 2 DJ will bring his unique brand of funk and soul to the grandest Grand Ball ever! The Ball, a by-word for opulence and decadence as revellers dress in their most glamorous New Orleans-meets-Venetian finery, will also feature one of the UK’s premier party bands, The Funking Barstewards, and Loud Noises, a unique blend of contemporary brass band and high octane dance music.

With prizes for the best and most flamboyant masked costume, Le Grand Mardi Gras Ball will once again prove to be an unmissable part of the Hastings music and social calendar.

After finding fame as Dave Lister in the cult comedy sci-fi TV show Red Dwarf, and later on Coronation Street, Craig Charles has carved out a career as one of Britain’s top specialist DJs. His 6Music Funk And Soul radio show has been broadcasting since 2002, and repeated on Radio 2 since 2014, mixing everything from classic New Orleans swamp funk to the best of UK soul via the greatest music from Philly, Memphis and Detroit.

To round off the evening the phenomenal NOVA TWINS join the line up with a rare DJ set!

The whole evening will be hosted by the wonderful Mzz Kimberley who comes from Detroit but has been an intrinsic part of the London gay scene — as a nightclub hostess, actress and cabaret star.

The Funking Barstewards have been a staple of the UK’s biggest parties since the 1990s. The nine-piece band cover disco classics, glam stompers and soul superhits - from Le Freak and YMCA to Bohemian Rhapsody - with an energy that has become the toast of nightclubs, students unions and sold-out prestige venues such as London’s The Forum.

Leeds-based Loud Noises, meanwhile, take tracks such as Sade’s Smooth Criminal and Waterfalls by TLC and give them a hyper-sonic modern brass band twist.
Downstairs from the main Ball in the Sussex Studio, Hastings’ premier cabaret pub The Fountain On Queens will be hosting their own party in the for-one-night-only Fountain Ballroom.

Early booking is advised.

Age 18+

NOTE - Tickets are general admission for this Standing event. Please allow time for ticket check and security, including bag check, when you arrive at the venue. 

Security/Venue staff will issue wrist bands for ticket holders upon entry. No wrist band, no re-entry to the venue. 

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General tickets: £22.50

There are no booking fees on this performance. Delivery charges may still apply.