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Hastings Reggae Festival: Everything you need to know

If you’re missing the euphoric feeling of dancing under summer sun with your best friends, the good news is that you won’t need to wait much longer. Hastings Reggae Festival is back for 2022 with a fresh line-up, delicious Caribbean street food, and no shortage of entertainment.

Before you head down to the coast for some chunky beats, check out our guide to learn everything you need to know about Hastings Reggae Festival, including what you’ll find there and how to reach it.

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Where is Hastings Reggae Festival held?

Hastings Reggae Festival is held at The Oval, just steps away from the seafront. Able to accommodate up to 7,000 people, it’s Hasting’s biggest outdoor event space and makes a fantastic setting for the town’s annual Reggae Festival.

What’s more, The Oval sits perfectly between the two biggest train stations serving the Hastings area, so there’s no need to worry about driving. Before enjoying an afternoon of live music, why not take a stroll down the famous pier Hastings Reggae Festival looks onto?

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Is Hastings Reggae Festival family friendly?

Yes! Hastings Reggae Festival is one of the biggest UK family-friendly Reggae festivals, guaranteed to keep the whole group entertained.

In addition to a line-up packed with some of the liveliest acts on the scene, you’ll find a magical fairground for children – and another one for the adults too. As always, don’t forget to protect your skin if you’re out in the hot sunshine all day.

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What’s the Hastings Reggae Festival line-up?

Hastings Reggae Festival 2022 is set to see appearances from some of the most exciting artists in the industry. This year’s headliner brings the best of British reggae to the stage, with the legendary UB40 headlining with founding member Ali Campbell. Ready to sing Red, Red Wine?

You’ll also enjoy live performances from The Dualers and breakthrough artist Hollie Cook, promising a truly diverse experience. This festival invites only the biggest names in Reggae for a truly spectacular performance. Last year’s headliner, 2021 Grammy Award-winning vocalist Maxi Priest, put on an unforgettable show – and this year we’re expecting even more.

Is Hastings Reggae Festival accessible?

If you’re disabled or want to go to the festival with someone who is, you’ll be pleased to hear that Hastings Reggae Festival is accessible and wheelchair friendly.
 
All you need to do is buy an Accessible Ticket online and get in touch with the event organisers to make specific arrangements catered to your needs – and then you’ll be ready to go.

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Food at Hastings Reggae Festival

You won’t need to worry about going hungry at Hastings Reggae Festival. Event organisers have been working alongside independent food retailers to provide an abundance of authentic Caribbean food stalls at the festival. Whether you fancy jerk chicken, spicy chips, or a hearty stew, there are plenty of flavoursome treats.

Getting to Hastings Reggae Festival

Ideally positioned on the south coast, Hastings is easily accessible from London and most conveniently reached by rail. So, there’s no better time to ditch the driving, let your hair down and party all weekend at Hastings Reggae Festival. Plan your rail travel to Hastings before the event sells out.


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