Take a tour of Strangeland

East Sussex


Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park

Postcode: TN34 2LD

Place of Interest: Keane have headlined the Hasting Beer and Music Festival twice to huge acclaim, held in aid of St Michael’s Hostpice at Alexandra Park. The first time was in July 2005 after the mammoth success of the band’s debut album ‘Hopes and Fears‘ and the second was in July 2012, while on tour to … more


Amusements

Amusements

Postcode: TN40 1JS

Place of Interest: Adjacent to the De La Warr Pavilion and Bexhill Rowing Club on Marina Arcade is the amusements arcade featured on the Strangeland artwork and the video for Sovereign Light Café.    


Bandstand

Bandstand

Postcode: TN40 1DP

Song: Sovereign Light Café Lyrics: Let’s go down to the bandstand on the pier … While not strictly the Bandstand on the Pier referred to in Sovereign Light Café, the stylish bandstand at the De La Warr Pavilion was featured in a Keane photoshoot by Alex Lake. One image is featured on our home page … more


Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey

Postcode: TN33 0AD

Place of Interest: In August 2015 Tim Rice-Oxley and Tom Chaplin performed their Back to Battle concert at Battle Abbey.  The concert was organised by Battle Festival, an annual month-long festival taking place throughout Battle each October. Back to Battle sold out in a matter of seconds and Keane fans travelled from throughout the world … more


Battle Cricket Club

Battle Cricket Club

Postcode: TN33 0AA

Place of Interest:  On August 15th 2013, Battle Cricket Club fielded a President’s XI which included Tim Rice-Oxley and Tom Chaplin and also England’s Gladstone Small. Main image courtesy of the Battle Observer. Follow the link for more Observer photos of Tim & Tom at the match Battle Observer coverage of the match Match Result … more


Battle Railway Station

Battle Railway Station

Postcode: TN33 0DE

Song: Sovereign Light Café Lyrics: I wheel my bike off the train … Song: Neon River Lyrics: She took a train into the city / But you stood still / You stood still above the track   Regular trains run between London and Battle taking from 75 minutes; and the Battle to Hastings journey around … more


Battle Town

Battle Town

Postcode: TN33 0AD

Song: Bedshaped Lyrics:  Many’s the time I ran with you down / The rainy roads of our old town   In Tim’s own words: “bedshaped is about feeling that you’ve been ‘left behind’ by an old friend or lover. and about hoping that you’ll be reunited one day so that you can live out the end … more


Battleground

Battleground

Postcode: TN33 0AD

Song: Sovereign Light Café Lyrics: I’m going back to a time when I owned this town / Down Powdermill Lane & the Battlegrounds This refers to the site of the world famous Battle of Hastings, 14 October 1066. In an interview given to 360 Sessions for Channel 4, Richard Hughes, drummer of the band, reminisces … more


Bexhill Museum

Bexhill Museum

Postcode: TN39 3HL

Place of Interest:   Bexhill Museum will be displaying the Keane special edition Strangeland book.


Chequers Pub

Chequers Pub

Postcode: TN33 0AT

Place of Interest: Keane were interviewed for Q Magazine at the Chequers pub in Battle. The Chequers is a 17th century building situated between Battle Railway Station and Battle Abbey.  


De La Warr Pavilion

De La Warr Pavilion

Postcode: TN40 1DP

Place of Interest: Keane celebrated the completion of Strangeland fittingly, with two shows at the De La Warr Pavilion on March 9th and 10th 2012. The shows sold out in minutes and the new material received ecstatic approval from the fans. The iconic ‘30s modernist De La Warr Pavilion features prominently on the artwork of … more


East Parade

East Parade

Postcode: TN40 1JU

Song: Sovereign Light Café Lyrics: We’d go down to the rides on East Parade / By the lights of the Palace Arcade… This is the section of Bexhill seafront which lies east of the De La Warr Pavilion. Strictly speaking, there are no rides on Bexhill’s East Parade but elements of the parade were used … more


East Parade

East Parade

Postcode: TN34 3AL

Song: Sovereign Light Café Lyrics: We’d go down to the rides on East Parade / By the lights of the Palace Arcade … Revelation: the East Parade referred to in Sovereign Light Cafe is actually not in Bexhill at all but in Hastings, and the rides referred to include the boating lake and the funfair.


Manser’s Shaw

Manser’s Shaw


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Song: Snowed Under Lyrics: So I walk through Manser’s Shaw / I don’t see you anymore Song: Somewhere Only We Know Lyrics: I walked across an empty land / I knew the pathway like the back of my hand / I felt the earth beneath my feet/ Sat by the river and it made me … more


Marley Lane

Marley Lane

Postcode: TN33 0RE

Song: Sovereign Light Café Lyrics: I wheel my bike off the train / Up the North Trade Road / And look for you on Marley Lane Marley Lane is short walk from the station in the direction of the town centre. Half way down Marley Lane you will come to the beautiful Battle Great Wood, owned … more


Memorial Halls

Memorial Halls

Postcode: TN33 0AQ

Place of Interest: Keane have played Battle Memorial Halls on two occasions – initially in 2004 and more recently in 2013.  On both occasions it was a ‘money-can’t-buy’ event with friends, family and very lucky competition winners. On November 18th 2014, Battle’s own Richard, Tim and Tom played an acoustic session in their hometown to … more


Mrs Yarrington’s Music Emporium

Mrs Yarrington’s Music Emporium

Postcode: TN33 0AH

Place of Interest:  Keane held their first ever CD signing in October 2003 at Mrs Yarrington’s Music Emporium in Old Ladies Court, just off Battle High Street.  They were regular visitors to the shop, as remembered by Mick Hoad who ran the business. “Richard used to come and visit the shop quite a bit letting … more


Music’s Not Dead

Music’s Not Dead

Postcode: TN40 1BD

Battle boys Tom Chaplin, Tim Rice-Oxley and Richard Hughes held an organised CD signing of 150 copies of their Best of Keane CD at Music’s Not Dead on 15 November 2013. Unknown to the public, they had also arranged a surprise live session to the delight of fans and almost everyone in the vicinity, as … more


North Trade Road

North Trade Road

Postcode: TN33 0HS

Song: Sovereign Light Café Lyrics: I wheel my bike off the train / Up the North Trade Road North Trade Road is on the northern edge of town and leads directly onto Battle High Street. Historically the route traders would have taken into town when delivering supplies required during the build of Battle Abbey.  


Palace Arcade

Palace Arcade

Postcode: TN40 1JS

Song: Sovereign Light Café Lyrics: By the lights of the Palace Arcade Palace Arcade is the row of amusements located off Marine Parade in Bexhill and was used in the filming of the Sovereign Light Cafe video.  


Pilgrims Rest

Pilgrims Rest

Postcode: TN33 0AE

Place of Interest: Keane were interviewed for Q Magazine at Pilgrims Rest on Battle High Street. Situated just outside the Abbey Gatehouse on Battle High Street, Pilgrims Rest is one of the oldest buildings in Battle, dating back 800 years.  


Powdermill Lane

Powdermill Lane

Postcode: TN33 0SP

Song: Sovereign Light Café Lyrics: I’m going back to a time when I owned this town / Down Powdermill Lane & the Battlegrounds Powdermill Lane is one of the roads linking Battle and Bexhill, leading out of Battle with the battlegrounds on your right. The Gunpowder Capital The conspiracy and criminal tactics connected to Guy … more


Shelter with Red Roof

Shelter with Red Roof


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Place of Interest: The red roofed shelter on Bexhill’s East Parade is one of the original shelters built on Earl De La Warr’s private estate in about 1895. Bexhill itself is an ancient settlement dating back to at least the 8th century but it wasn’t until the end of the Victorian period that it began to … more


Sovereign Light Café

Sovereign Light Café

Postcode: TN39 3DX

Song: Sovereign Light Café Lyrics: Watch the drunks and the lovers appear / to take turns as the stars of the Sovereign Light Café. If you sit and watch the world go by, you’ll see dramas unfold as much in a small town as you might in a big city – see our interview with … more


Thank You from Keane

Thank You from Keane


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Point of Interest: The band was delighted with the participation of local community groups and societies in the video shoot for Sovereign Light Café, filmed along the length of Bexhill seafront. So pleased were they with the welcome they received from the people of Bexhill that, to show their appreciation, they placed a thank you … more


The Almonry

The Almonry

Postcode: TN33 0EA

Place of Interest:  In October 2014 and 2015, Tim Rice-Oxley held a number of Masterclass mentoring sessions as part of the inaugural Battle Festival.  Tim is a festival Patron and is firmly committed to its ethos of supporting and developing emerging artists. Billed as a money-can’t-buy opportunity for talented young songwriters, Tim’s wealth of experience … more


The Apartment Block and Shelter

The Apartment Block and Shelter

Postcode: TN39 3DX

Place of Interest: Shot by Alex Lake and featured on the cover of Strangeland, the apartments and shelter are situated on Bexhill seafront close to the Sovereign Light Café. Here, explained in Alex’s own words, is the process behind the project. “Shooting the album cover and campaign images for Keane’s recent number one album, Strangeland. … more


The Old Bathing Station

The Old Bathing Station

Postcode: TN40 1LB

Place of Interest: Now a café, the Old Bathing Station featured on the Strangeland artwork serves ice creams, snacks, home made cakes and drinks, washed down with a panoramic view of Bexhill seafront.