Hastings Pier to reopen next month as operators take on three-year lease

Hastings Pier has announced it will be opening next month and staying open for seven days a week.

Hastings Pier - pictured on July 18, 2020 SUS-200721-085331001
Hastings Pier - pictured on July 18, 2020 SUS-200721-085331001

Event planners Music First Events were given a temporary tenure to operate Hastings Pier during the summer of the 2020 but were given the option to continue if successful.

On Friday (March 12), they announced they have taken on a three-year lease which will give them control of operations on the popular landmark.

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The first task will be reopening, which is due to happen on April 12, the next stage of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Aerial photo of Hastings Pier. Photo by Eddie Mitchell. SUS-171128-112616001

From that date, the outdoor bar space will be open.

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On Friday, Music First Events said: “We’re so excited to finally announce our return to Hastings Pier.

“After perhaps the longest and most depressing winter in known memory, the dream of a summer of socialising, dancing, events, live gigs, football and fun looks set to be a reality.

“Some of you may be aware that last summer Music First Events took control of Hastings Pier on a short-term contract, We are confident most of you will agree that it was a major success despite the restrictions we operated under. Well, we are proud to announce that we have now taken on a three year lease and we have plans to make those years very memorable for all of us.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you that visited us and all those that worked alongside us last year, at a time when the world was uncertain we certainly created some wonderful memories.

“We have always believed that Hastings is the most wonderful place to live and that our beloved Pier is the jewel in its crown, last summer confirmed that for us, but it was just the start.”

The gates to Hastings Pier will open on Monday, April 12, at 12pm.

Music First Events said they will then remain open seven days a week.