Rodney welcomes you to ZOOQUARIUM Festival, a new music festival on Hastings Pier. The festival is for 14 to 24 year olds, but everyone is welcome.

We encourage you dress up with our zoo animal theme which can include zebras and elephants and lions and crocodiles and penguins and anything else you can think of.

ZOOQUARIUM Festival shows off the best in new and local music throughout East Sussex. We want to support young people to achieve their potential and are providing roles for young people to get involved in event management, technical support and marketing.


ZOOQUARIUM Festival is inspired by the amazing musical heritage of Hastings Pier. Some of the best artists who performed on Hastings Pier historically include: Madness, The Happy Monday’s, Def Leppard, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Kinks, Status Quo, The Who, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tom Jones, The Rolling Stones, Cilla Black.



One of the aims of the festival is to celebrate and showcase the talent of local young people. We welcome local singer songwriters and bands to perform alongside professional musicians. The idea is to give a platform to local young people to perform on Hastings Pier on a large stage, with professional equipment and support alongside our headline act Rat Boy.

We are purposefully keeping ticket costs low to make the festival as accessible as possible for local young people. We have included the booking fee in the ticket price to make this an affordable event. All of the money from ticket sales will be ploughed back into ZOOQUARIUM. The more money we can make – the better we can make the festival for you! So please encourage your friends and family to come along. The aim is to make this an annual event and we hope to make enough money to run ZOOQUARIUM in 2018 and beyond.



Hastings Pier Charity is grateful to its community partners:

Audio Active

Contemporary Music School



Hastings Borough Council’s Youth Council

Joe Strummer Foundation




The festival would not be possible without the support of the fantastic Hastings Pier Charity volunteers.

Heritage Lottery Fund