What’s On


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To celebrate the 80th birthday of Bob Dylan, we are hosting a night of acoustic music, poetry readings and general appreciation of the great man in our Function Room on the evening of May 24th. Thank you so much John May for arranging this! #UpstairsatTheOak

(Social distancing and Covid restrictions apply)



New to the roster, and we could not be more excited. Curated and hosted by Maia Eden and Oliver Dudok van Heel, the Hilltop Sessions will bring you an incredible array of musical talent every first Thursday of the month. Go to https://www.hilltopsessions.co.uk/ for more details.  #UpstairsatTheOak

July 1 – Chris Difford & Marie White – Hilltop Sessions Launch

Starting off the Hilltop Sessions with a bang to celebrate the return to full capacity gigs (we hope!), songwriting legend and co-founder of Squeeze, Chris Difford will perform in aid of the Lewes Food Banks, supported by the amazingly talented Marie White. *** SOLD OUT ***


August 12 – Hayley Ross & Maia Eden #TheHilltopSessions

Hayley Ross is an outlier, a one-off, a quiet disruptor who refuses to be pinned down. Her album The Weight Of Hope, was one of the most haunting albums of 2020. Supporting Hayley is Maia Eden whose debut EP, New Horizons is firmly establishing her as an exciting new voice in the indie-folk scene.

September 2 – Fiona Fey & Sennen Timcke #TheHilltopSessions

Multi instrumentalist, skillful songwriter and captivating lyricist Fiona Fey will perform songs from her latest album Naive Wisdom, from incisive Anti-Folk to ornate Chamber Pop. Supporting is Sennen Timcke whose honest and heartfelt songs are drawn from the British and American folk tradition.

Fiona Fey – https://thenestcollective.co.uk/artists/fiona-fey/

SpOAKen Word Lewes #1

Sunday September 5th from 7pm

Join us for the very first SpOAKen Word Lewes. Hosted by Janine Booth, the opening guest is the legendary Attila the Stockbroker. Open Mic spots available. Get involved!

SpOAKen Word Lewes #2

Sunday October 3rd from 7pm

Join us for the second SpOAKen Word Lewes. Hosted by Janine Booth, the guest this month is Brighton based performance poet Susan Evans. Open Mic spots available. Get involved!


October 7 – Ben Ottewell & Lotte Pearl #TheHilltopSessions

We’re stoked that Gomez’ Ben Ottewell will be headlining October’s Hilltop Sessions performing from his staggering musical repertoire. Supporting Ben will be Lewesian Lotte Pearl an exciting young talent emerging from the Sussex music scene.
Ben Ottewell – https://www.hilltopsessions.co.uk/event-details/october-7-ben-ottewell-lotte-pearl

November 11 – Kev Minney & support #TheHilltopSessions

We’re delighted to have singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist Kev Minney perform a November’s Hilltop Session. Kev has gathered critical acclaim in the UK and beyond for his thoughtful songs and intimate performances
Kev Minney – https://www.kevminney.com/