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Unplugged – Abi Wade; Alexander Carson; South Benfleet Folk Orchestra.

Opening: 31/08/18 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM | Free

Metal present the final event in a series of Unplugged evenings! Featuring the brilliant Abi Wade, Alexander Carson and the South Benfleet Folk Orchestra.

A series of acoustic sets peppered throughout the seven weeks by a whole host of talented musicians from Southend and further afield – bringing in turn soulful, uplifting and energising music to the park.


Abi Wade

While developing as an artist, she has has toured the UK & Europe with Patrick Wolf, sold out her debut EP and released music on the label set up by Daniel Copeman of Esben & The Witch and has played shows with the likes of CocoRosie, Polica, Michael Kiwanuka, Other Lives, Deptford Goth and festivals such as End of The Road, The Great Escape and Wilderness.

Using cello, vocals, orchestral arrangements, choral ensembles, location samples, synths and piano Abi Wade explores human nature through real and abstracted personas on her debut album ‘Beautifully Astray’ out on 6th April through Love Thy Neighbour.


Alexander Carson

A neoclassical, downtempo, composer and songwriter based in London UK.  Carson spent the better part of 7 years as the lead singer, and songwriter for genre-fluid quintet Wooden Arms.

“Lovers” is Carson’s debut single since Wooden Arms went on Hiatus in March of 2018. The  single will be digitally released on May 4th on Round Table Records.

““Lovers” is a perfect blend of modern songwriting and classical musicianship.” – Line of Best Fit
“Sounding at times like an Irish prayer and others a bit Bowie-ish, but never dull or less challenging.” – Where the Music Meets
“The fragile vocals and piano playing are unmistakably Alex – a distinctive timbre and delicate working of the keys that always reminds slightly of Anthony and the Johnsons” – Outline MagazineMe beach

The South Benfleet Folk Orchestra

The South Benfleet Folk Orchestra features songs by Essex native Doug Cheeseman, which tell of lonely creeks, 80s TV, secondhand bikes and Estuary existentialism. The band comprises fellow South Benfleet native Janet Cheeseman on bass, accompanied by the one-string mandolin playing of Tim Bradford, mixed with ambient soundscapes, aural driftwood and field recordings put together by dj Third Light Home of Seeks Music. The band debuted at the Estuary festival in 2016 playing an emotional set to a crowd of about seven bemused friends and relatives on Southend Pier. The SBFO is a fluid musical ensemble – a bit like the Style Council, but with socks.



Chalkwell Hall
Chalkwell Avenue
(Within Chalkwell Park)

Westcliff on Sea


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