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.
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Ben Ottewell – https://www.hilltopsessions.co.uk/event-details/october-7-ben-ottewell-lotte-pearl

SAT 30th OCT – LET’S DANCE!!!!

We are so excited to finally welcome back the Frolic/Lazy Susan DJ Collective for a 2 Floor Takeover. It’s been too long!

SpOAKen Word Lewes #3

Sunday November 7th from 7pm

This night is going from strength to strength! Open Mic. Spoken Word. Get involved! This month’s special guest is The Repeat Beat Poet. Peter deGraft-Johnson is The Repeat Beat Poet, a Hip Hop artist and broadcaster working to capture and extend moments of time, thoughts, and feelings. Peter has performed across the UK and internationally at venues including the Southbank Centre and Ronnie Scotts in London, performing alongside artists like Margaret Atwood and Roger Robinson, and Thundercat.

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November 11 – Kev Minney & Tessa Breen #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. Brightonian Tessa Breen will be playing songs White Moon, her debut folk-pop EP                                             November 11 – Kev Minney & Tessa Breen | Hilltop Sessions
Kev Minney – https://www.kevminney.com/

November 20th – Album launch, film screening and Q&A

Contact Union Music for further details


Saturday 20th November – Fruitful Sounds

DJs Nick Carling and Danny Webb bringing a strictly vinyl night of musical joy in the Main Bar from 8pm

December 2 – Marie White & Natsuma #TheHilltopSessions

Marie White returns to Hilltop Sessions with her beautiful melancholic songs and wonderful sense of humour. Expect cracking songs with beautiful harmonies and keys by Emmie Spence. Support will be by Brit school graduate, 18-year old singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Natsuma.

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December 2 – Marie White & Natsuma | Hilltop Sessions

December 17th – Blues at The Oak

Join us for a night of Live Music and Blues DJs. Details coming soon …

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