ATOMIC TWITTEN is our latest musical endeavour in Hastings, featuring Taylor on vocals and guitar, myself Steph on double bass. The biggest change from when we performed in London (as THE CHEESE FACTORY) is that the electric guitars have gone as we aim for an acoustic, more folky cabaret style. It's all very light-hearted and fun!
Shorter gigs feature our self-penned musical comedy and parody numbers. Otherwise, we play party pop and upbeat sing-along classics, with a few of our old DANSE MACABRE songs thrown into the mix.
Gigs are few and far between, though we live in hope of finding more music promoters with a sense of humour. More information is available on ATOMIC TWITTEN's Facebook page. You can also contact us here...
Atomic Twitten at The Carlisle pub, Hastings Pirate Day, July 2022
Video for the song "Sheep and Cows", September 2021.
Live at Twelve Hundred Postcards bar in Hastings, October 2019.
Live at On The Rocks bar in Hastings, October 2019.
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During 2022 we trialled "Quiltbag Cabaret", a new open mic night for queer and feminist performers in Hastings, St Leonards and Rother region. Events were hosted by Atomic Twitten.
Quiltbag Cabaret aimed to be something different: an open stage for live entertainment and queer perspectives, a venue for performance artists in the LGBTQ+ community to try out new material before a friendly bunch of people we can relate to. A night of quintessentially queer, unique and inspirational live performances, from the thought-provoking to the burlesque in an evening of all-round good fun!
The Quiltbag Cabaret Facebook Group was set up to bring together those interested in participating. QUILTBAG is an LGBTQ+ acronym representing sexual and gender minorities: Queer/Questioning, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Transgender (inc. non-binary), Bisexual, Asexual/Ally and Gay/Genderqueer.
"QUILTBAG": LGBT Arts Showcase at Hastings Pride 2019
The idea for a Quiltbag Cabaret open mic in Hastings came from our involvement with the Hastings & Rother Rainbow Alliance (HRRA) at Hastings Pride 2019, where we ran the Arts and Cabaret Tent. This saw a programme of performances from LGBT musicians, poets and stand-up comedy, a small art exhibit and an LGBT history display. The final line-up was as follows:
The inaugural Hastings Pride took place in 2017, celebrating the local LGBT community with a parade through Hastings town centre and a full day of festivities at The Oval, Hastings. The theme for Hastings Pride 2019 was "Heroes", marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, which served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. QUILTBAG, the HRRA Arts Tent at Hastings Pride, set out to celebrate the work and lives of LGBT artists, the unsung heroes who through their work continue to challenge those who deny the community a place in society.