in 2020, under coronavirus lockdown,
hastings jack in the green went fully virtual for the first time ever.
relive the event here!
Huge thanks to Isolation Station, who helped to bring our multi-faceted event online!
We invite those who can to donate to our charity partners - Hastings Supports Our NHS & Friends of the Conquest Hospital - both of whom have done incredible work providing PPE and other items to the incredible NHS staff and volunteers in our town and beyond.
SUNDAY MAY 3
10.15AM - 3.45PM
We are pleased to say that Sunday’s Procession will remain virtually unchanged from this year’s planned schedule, with hundreds of people performing from their homes in Hastings and beyond.
The first section from 10.15 - 1.00pm(ish) mirrors the real procession with a mixture of live morris dancing, drumming, giants, bogies and all of the characters you would normally see, intercut with footage from years gone by of us all following Jack through the old town.
At 1.00pm we ‘reach the hill’ where we can all sit back and watch a series of beautiful performances, some of which are pre-recorded especially for this year, some of which are live streamed in real time.
And of course the most important part of our beloved festival is the audience themselves - we explain how you can be featured from your homes below.
10.15 - 1.00PM (ISH) - VIRTUAL PROCESSION THROUGH THE OLD TOWN
Mad Jack’s Men
Mad Jack’s Women
Hannah’s Cat Morris
Music - Jo & Paul
The Ribbon Dance
The Jack is Released
The Bogie Drummers
Section Five Drummers
Chimney Sweeps & May Queen
1.00PM (ISH) - 3.45PM - THE VIRTUAL WEST HILL
Obviously we’re not going to the West Hill, but we will recreate the atmosphere as we sit back and watch a series of beautiful performances from our beloved family of May Day folk.
Hannah’s Cat Morris Dancers
Mad Jack’s Morris
Rattlebag (Special Live Performance)
G & G Morris
Garry & Ed Blakeley (Special new charity single)
Les Derniers Trouviers
Gig Spanner (Very special Lockdown performance)
Section Five Drummers
3.30pm BANG YOUR DRUM FOR THE NHS
At 3.30pm we invite you to join us and the Section Five Drummers as we all go to our balconies, windows, gardens, and front doors to BANG YOUR DRUM AND APPLAUDE THE NHS!
Jack in the Green is all about bringing the town whole town together, and we hope that this moment will embody our unique spirit with a show of love.
3.35pm THE SLAYING OF THE JACK
The iconic finale of our festival ends with the ceremonial slaying of the Jack and the official welcoming of summer.
05.00am - 06.00am - MAY DAY DANCE AT DAWN
Live on Isolation Station Hastings & Jack in the Green facebook
6.00pm ONLINE SATURDAY CEILIDH AT JITG 2020 WITH GORDON POTTS
Join the zoom call and join some singles and couples Ceilidh dancing
Dance with us live on zoom or watch Live on Isolation Station Hastings & Jack in the Green facebook
7.30pm GIG SPANNER (AS) LIVE
A special one off performance from folk legends Gig Spanner
As Live on Isolation Station Hastings & Jack in the Green facebook
8.00pm RATTLEBAG JACK IN THE GREEN SING AROUND
Join folk collective Rattlebag and friends for a Saturday night of music on zoom
Perform with us live on zoom or watch Live on Isolation Station Hastings & Jack in the Green facebook