May 23rd – 26th 2008

For the past few years the only place to be during the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May has been in the large marquee at the festival site behind The Black Horse Inn on the A2100 between Battle and Hastings at THE BLACK HORSE FESTIVAL described in the national press as....


We are lucky to have this festival that any area in the country would prize and be proud to have. It has grown from a reunion of the very popular Saturday folk club at the pub, a weekly “must” for Hastings people for many years before it closed when the roof literally fell in!

Folk music is an integral part of the festival and local folkies Better Days and The Mariners reformed to play at Telham once again and the much loved “raffle” with its naff prizes is evident still. Ian Dobson the old club’s MC continues to do that job for the festival too, keeping the festival’s sense of friendship and fun for everyone. There have been many improvements over the years.

Originally in a tent with a farm trailer for a stage the festival now has huge marquees with a big stage, light and sound system, off road parking, with a second outside bar area and a new barbecue and food area is planned for 2008. The BBC recorded live sessions at the folk club and the festival’s Millennium festival weekend. Highlights were broadcast on radio and television in 2000.

The festival kicks-off on Friday night with Rock and Blues bands.

Saturday has a variety of top folk artists playing folk, folk rock and contemporary acoustic music in the afternoon on the main stage and at “the club in the pub” that returns again following its highly successful debut this year with an evening of “Americana” influenced music with household names and some leading exponents in their field coming to Telham.

On Sunday May 25th some of the world’s leading “Roots and World” musicians will entertain with rhythms from around the globe.

Young bands get their chance to perform on Monday afternoon with a farewell party to close the festival on Bank Holiday Monday night with some quality acts and fun “party” bands.

Local acts and bands from every continent that have enjoyed playing at “The Biggest Little festival in Britain” include:

The Blockheads, Buick 6, The Flatville Aces, E2k, Waterson : Carthy, The Blackman Brothers big soul band, The Dharmas, Lion Train, Liane Carroll, Howden Jones Trio, Eric Roche, Rumiko Jr., Zambula, Glenn Tilbrook & The Fluffers, Thomas Leeb (Austria), Mumm Ra, The Jukes, Le Trio Perdu (Belgium), Hohodza (Zimbabwe), Hanny (Cuba), Shooglenifty, The Lost Boys, Paul Young, Boden & Spiers, Wilko Johnson, Rob Tognoni, Oysterband, Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Zydecoactive, The Tabs, Eliza Carthy, Osibisa, Waking The Witch, Los Pacaminos, Baka Beyond, The Fold, Tean Beats, Blue Horses, Star Scream, R Cajun & The Zydeco Brothers, Stevie Zee Band, Nelson King, The Foundations, Bill Jones, Wild Willy Barrett & Sleeping Dogz, Safroman (The Congo), Summer Born Wild, Rhythm Doctors, The Elevators Big Blues Band, The Weedkillers, Boum! (France), Rude Knot To, Asere (Cuba), Cadillac Kings, Diego Brown and The Good Fairy, The Red Stripe Band, Abdelkader Saadoun The King of Rai (Algeria), Silinder Pardesi big Bhangra band, Peter Knight, Flossie Malavialle (France), Moveable Feast, Band of Two, Daby Touré (Mauritania), 20 Dead Camels, The Tar Babies, Meet on the Ledge, Achanak, Fairport Convention… and many more who performed top fast and furious… or chilled laid back… Rock, Folk, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Ska, Bhangra, Latin, Punk, Cajun, Highlife, Country, Dance, Soul, Indie, Comedy and even Poetry (John Hegley).

For the big 20th Anniversary festival celebration there is going to be a bigger “under cover” area, better bar facilities, an extra outside bar, better food facilities, extra workshops and more children’s entertainment in the afternoons.

The Festival committee are currently putting together the most exciting line up yet for May 23rd – 26th 2008 and are seeking further sponsors, helpers and volunteers if you would like to be part of “The Biggest little … and probably The Best little Festival in Britain”

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