A nightclub situated at the end of George Street. The club opened as 'Aquarius' in 1971 on the site of the Olympia Dance Hall, and hosted a large number of guest appearances, including the following during 1972 Middle Of The Road, Hot Chocolate, Johnny Johnson And The Band Wagon, The Elgins, Johnny Nash, Bay City Rollers, Chicory Tip, Ashton Gardner & Dyke, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, Edwin Starr, Picketty Witch, Mary Johnson, Gino Washington & The Ram Jam. Ben E King, Percy Sledge, Donny Albert, Mary Wells, The Boston International (Gary Glitters Backing Group), Gary Glitter.
A semi-complete list of performances at Aquarius.
In 1975, the club rebranded as Saturdays with a well attended opening party.
In 2021, plans were submitted to convert the building into 20 flats - the works entailing demolishing the existing building and amusement arcade which was on the ground floor and rebuilding with an extra two storeys. These plans were stalled when the building was gutted by a major fire on the evening of the 18th of January 2023.
References & Notes
- Hastings and St. Leonards Observer: Legendary Hastings nightclub from the 1970’s makes a return this weekend | Hastings and St. Leonards Observer, accessdate: 13 August 2021
- Smart 1970s Facebook
- Hastings and St. Leonards Observer: Will 20 flats be built on site of old nightclub in George Street, Hastings Old Town? | Hastings and St. Leonards Observer, accessdate: 22 October 2021
- BBC News