Village Green 2013

Village Green 2013 was on 13 July 2013. For Village Green 2014, click here.

Read an article from The Observer (Sunday 14 July), The Guardian (Wed 17 July) and listen to Wilko's interview on BBC Essex Radio.

We have more photos on our Facebook page and videos on our YouTube channel. Also check out the Echo and the Enquirer coverage.

Here is DJ CULL's podcast from Village Green and another great set of photos.

...and a fantastic video from Sparky Media:

Simon Poulter, Metal's Artistic Curator, has also written:

Wilko Johnson played Metal's Village Green Festival on a scorching hot Saturday evening in July. Since announcing his diagnosis with terminal cancer in January 2013, the legendary open-handed, machine gun guitarist has gone about his life in an extraordinary fashion. A guitarist's guitarist since the pre-punk era - with recent renewed acclaim - Wilko has met the greatest challenge that anyone can face with a series of intimate interviews, blasting gigs and outright humanity; to foil the idea that cancer is a disease that must be hidden away.
At Village Green emotions were high as middle-aged men openly wept at the front of the crowd, while others danced along. Wilko, Norman and Dylan delivered their best, as Southend basked in the sun. It has to be remembered that Norman Watt-Roy occupies a special place in the all time list of British bass players. Listen to the virtuoso bass playing on Ian Dury and the Blockhead's seminal album 'New Boots and Panties'. Clearly, Wilko has connected with the emotion that appears before him and allowed that in - to charge him through this part of his life.
At Koko in Camden earlier in the year, Sean Mcloughlin (Village Green Producer) and I watched Wilko and band thrash through a set with a packed audience. At that point it felt like these were the last few gigs - but Wilko has defied any idea of putting down the black and red Telecaster and lined up Summer 2013 dates. Walking up the back stage ramp at Village Green, Sean pointed out one of Wilko's Telecasters lying ready for action. You will soon be able to buy one of these from Fender with Wilko's signature on the back. Mid-way through the set, Wilko slips into one of his best songs - Paradise - with a few word changes ringing out to his great love, Irene. "A thousand highways you don't live twice Only one road to paradise... to paradise... to paradise."

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Fully funded through the fundraising efforts of the charity Metal, for the last 5 years the arts organisation has managed to provide the event at no charge to visitors. In order to keep it this way and ensure Village Green remains a regular date on the Southend on Sea cultural calendar for years to come, this year we are asking Festival goers for a small donation to its running cost. Just £3 will ensure we 'keep it free' in 2014.

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Your donation will mean Metal will continue to be able to host Village Green; an outstanding day out for all ages. Every £1 donated for 2014 will be matched by Arts Council England through a one-off Catalyst grant awarded to Metal. Alternatively click on the Just Giving logo below to donate with Paypal or by credit card: Donate with JustGiving

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Village Green 2013 is supported by Arts Council England and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council:

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The Skints combine jump-up ragga/hip hop in the anthemic ‘Rise Up’, to doses of ska and dancehall in a style that exudes the punk rock energy of their sell out live shows. Their latest is produced by reggae/dub afacianado Prince Fatty.


Skinny Lister are a London-based five-piece English folk group like no other. Fronted by Dan Heptinstall and Lorna Thomas, their musical blend has something of The Pogues' infectious camaraderie and jovial recklessness.


D.B Cohen is described by his producer Snowboy as a mixture of Paul Weller, Bob Dylan, Chicago Blues and Two-Tone Ska with a punk attitude. Dan effortlessly mixes genres and is highly regarded in his field.

Read our interview with DB Cohen here.


Phillious Williams was born in the 17th century, a chronic bigamist and drunk, his life was mostly filled with misery and pain. Through the course of his pained and weary life, he became bitter but also charming, witty storyteller. Full of memoirs and stories put to song, Phillious Williams, a man in whom the word ‘persiflage’ finds the perfect home.


White Devils' Cause are an energetic folk-rock 5-piece from Leigh-on-Sea. WDC rock a highly emotive and eclectic live set.

Read our interview with W.D.C. here.


The Lucky Strikes sound like tobacco, typewriters and fiddles with a hint of blues, garage, Americana, Spaghetti Western, the infinitive howlin’ rock ‘n’ roll band from the Thames River Delta. A local favourite, this 4-pie ce (Dave Giles, Matt Boulter , Will Bray, Paul Ambrose) who regularly gig across the UK, supporting artists such as Richmond Fontaine and The Duke & The King.


World famous photographer/filmmaker Dean Chalkley joins forces with International DJ Si Cheeba, both DJs have been actively involved in various musical “scenes” over the last 30 years. The “Black Cat Deejay Collective” have featured at events such as the Vintage Festival, The Good Foot at Madame Jo-Jo’s, Nottinghill Carnival Parties, Soul Parade in Paris, Dig Deeper in Brooklyn, Isle of Wight Festival and numerous underground sessions.


Al Naed is very pleased, and somewhat surprised, to be back compering this years Village Green festival, after making off with one of the Village Greens office chairs last year. Funny, engaging, half-witted, serious, compelling, dull, just some of the words Al has used throughout his long career.


Urban Allstars is a collective of funk DJ's who have been playing together since 2002, including a residency at the Sun Rooms. Influences include Ninja tune, Freestyle, Gamm, Kompost, Winding road, white labels and graffiti/stencil art such as Banksy.


Mika Bomb formed in 1999 then quickly rose to fame as Japan's most shambolic export. Label courtship followed, first with Grand Royal and then Damaged Goods. After a few years of touring Europe/US and some line-up changes, Japan's hottest pop-punk heroines are back with a new album. With pop hooks and a bucketload of style, Mika Bomb make for an irresistible experience.


SAM DUCKWORTH (Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly)
Southend-on-Sea bred Sam Duckworth (of Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly) fresh back from Glastonbury with a new project and his unique blend of genre defying music. Has collaborated with greats such as Billy Bragg, Flea and Nitin Sawhney.


Ed Harcourt, a successful British singer-songwriter (supported R.E.M, Snow Patrol, Supergrass), has released five studio albums, two EPs and thirteen singles. His debut album, Here Be Monsters, was nominated for the 2001 Mercury Prize. Harcourt has also performed with Patti Smith and Marianne Faithfull.


Sweet Billy Pilgrim's last album was Mercury Music Prize nominated, their new album, Crown & Treaty, has already earned 5 and 4 star reviews. SBP have supported Jamie Cullum, The Who at the Royal Albert Hall and fellow Mercury nominees Portico Quartet.


Youth Club formed in 2010, made up of 4 members including Danny White, who toured with Ladyhawke. The band aren't confined by the boundaries of genre describing their style as "the authentic sound of summer".


Southend Youth Orchestra was set up last summer with an initial 22 members, it now has more than 50 11 to 18-year-olds taking part. The orchestra was formed as part of their commitment to the National Plan for Music Education and the South East Essex Music Education Hub, giving talented young people across the borough a platform to develop their potential further.


The Southend Youth Big Band was formed in 2000, supported by Southend Music Service and boasts a membership of between 15-50 at varying stages. Their music ranges from big band classics to blues, dixieland, latin, funk, show tunes in a jazz style. The current line-up of 23 members will be joined on stage by members of the Southend Youth Symphonic Wind Band led by guest director, Claire Golding.


The Southend Music Services Jazz Band was set-up in 2012 to give children the opportunity to play and perform contemporary jazz (work by Janek Gwizdala, Bob Reynolds, Kenny Garrett) rather than traditional 'swing' music. The group is run by Essex-based jazz musicians Dan Banks and Zak Barrett who have a wealth of experience as professional jazz musicians.


Southend Boys' and Southend Girls' Choirs with musicians and children from local primary schools, performing an extract from their forthcoming production of Benjamin Britten’s joyous children’s opera Noye’s Fludde. Benjamin Britten was the founder President of the Southend Boys' Choir and both the Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs have performed his music in London and across Essex.


The Collier formed in September 2012 from attending the Belfairs Academy's Rock School in Leigh-On-Sea, a four piece producing original material and some old covers with a mix of Interpol, Kings of Leon and Radiohead. They are one of the most appealing young bands Essex has to offer.


Southend Strings is made up of local string players from Southend Music School, Ambleside Strings, Westcliff High school for Boys and Southend High school for Boys. Together they enjoy 'exploring lots of different styles of music and we also eating cake'. Recently they performed at the Palace Theatre's 'Southend Makes Music' concert and two private functions. Enjoy their folk medleys!


The Southend-on-Sea Percussion School was set up in the autumn of 2012 to give young musicians the opportunity to develop their skills across a range of universal percussion instruments, the school is run out of The Eastwood Academy music department by head of music Liam Ambrose.


Music for mature people unafraid to dance. Established in 2010, MAS is DJs of a certain age play the very best in eclectic party and dance, everything from the Smiths to Shirley Bassey, Northern Soul to Chas and Dave. With hosts Daryl Easlea, Dan Newman, Al Johnson and Grandmaster Adam plus special guests.


Sundown is a unique, combined arts event offering comedy, spoken word, live music, performance art and short film.  Based in Leigh-on-Sea, though Sundown has spread its reputation producing events across the UK and London, at many prestigious venues and festivals including regular stints at the Union Chapel.


A native of Fife, James Yorkston was an integral early member of the Fence Collective whose alumni include King Creosote, The Beta Band, KT Tunstall and Pictish Trail. Yorkston a singer- songwriter, performing his own original music as well as tackling a variety of traditional songs. Yorkston has supported Bert Jansch, worked with Four Tet, King Creosote and played at festivals such as Glastonbury, Green Man and Latitude. and worked with Four Tet and King Creosote.


Beans on Toast is a modern one-man band, a true DIY artist with true DIY ideals. A festival favourite, he's collaborated with the likes of Frank Turner, Ben Lovett and Emmy The Great.


Expect to see top stand-ups telling true stories (for grown ups) and sometimes revealing more than they planned! Storytellers’ Club is the cult creation of stand-up comic Sarah Bennetto, springing to life in 2006, soon a monthly club was born, now resident year-round at Pleasance Islington, and appearing at UK music and arts festivals (End of Road), the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe.


Tom Goodliffe is a comedian, writer, presenter and big friendly nerd. Gigging regularly since September 2007 and has racked up hundreds of gigs, including weekends at big UK clubs like The Stand, The Frog & Bucket and many more. Tom has supported The Boy With Tape On His Face on tour and headlined Festival of the Spoken Nerd. He's even hosted a Formula 1 quiz show that was shown on Sky Sports!


Join real-life science comedians (and real-life couple) Helen and Rob for a DIY science party full of home-cooked experiments and geeky comedy. Joined by a few special guest performers, Domestic Science will help you get your geek on.

Read our interview with Helen Arney about her Village Green show here.


Jason Steel is a singer & picker of stringed instruments originally from Yorkshire. Former guitarist and singer in psych-folk outfit The Owl Service, his music has garnered considerable praise establishing Steel as a distinctive voice in the alternative folk scene.


Neil Denny's Little Atoms radio show/podcast has been broadcasting interviews with leading writers from the worlds of science and the arts on London's Resonance 104.4FM for nearly 8 years. During this time they have interviewed people such as Ian McEwan, Noam Chomsky, Brian Cox, Christopher Hitchens, Lynn Barber and Marcus du Sautoy. In 2012 the interviews were downloaded around 1.2 million times. At Village Green, he'll be interviewing Stevyn Colgan, a book writer who also works for QI.


MC Angel is a spoken word artist and rapper who grew up in a Camden estate, she has performed at Latitude festival, toured with Secret Cinema and Asian Dub Foundation. MC Angel has curated lyrically challenging showcases for Show Studio and OneTaste at Secret Garden festival presenting a unique vision of what it means to be angelic - less lingerie-clad honied eroticism, more passionate riotous energy.


Sonny Green (or SGB) is a music artist from Southend, performing accapella poetry, live PA's and jams with live bands, recently sharing the stage with the likes of Pete Doherty and Asian Dub Foundation.


Psychadelic singer/songwriter Stuart O'Connor has played 1200 shows in 5 years and continues to as a full time touring musician, performing to audiences in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Italy and one-off tours in Thailand, Holland, Greece and Colombia as well as numerous tours in his home country of the UK.


Fashoda Crisis Southend's only Satirical Transgressive Alt/Art Rock band noise behemoths Fashoda Crisis have spent the best part of a decade playing the UK as well as Ukraine, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Croatia and Serbia. They have released two critically acclaimed albums and received national airplay by Steve Lamacq on Radio One, XFM and Tom Robinson of BB6 Music. Fashoda's spleen venting abrasive noise-mongery will be dialled down for Village Green with a semi-acoustic set so as not to melt the canvas of the Sundown Tent.


Old Trunk are an emerging new-writing company producing original theatre creating work that is compelling, fast-paced and visceral. Writer/actor Sadie Hasler (Russell Howard's Good News) and actor/improviser Sarah Mayhew (Quirkish Delight) premiere their new play 'The Secret Wives of Andy Williams' at Village Green before going on to a west-end run in the autumn.

Read our interview with Old Trunk here.


Jigsaw (BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama, BBC3 Live At The Electric) are comedians Dan Antopolski, Tom Craine and Nat Luurtsema combining unique styles of sketch comedy. Their first live show was a sell-out and took the 2011 Edinburgh Festival by storm with five star reviews.


The master character comedian, Colin Hoult, presents his sublimely original hour of hysterically funny oddballs from the highly inventive mind in a show unlike any other. From the Writers' Guild Award-winner and star of Being Human (BBC3), Colin Hoult's Carnival of Monsters (Radio 4), Life's Too Short (BBC2) & Anna & Katy (Channel 4). 'Twisted Comic Brilliance' - Jeremy Dyson (League of Gentlemen, Ghost Stories).


Old Trunk present the prequel to their critically-acclaimed play The Bastard Children of Remington Steele by Sadie Hasler (Russell Howard's Good News, BBC's Walk On The Wild Side). Eccentric snack-obsessed nuns, hormonal orphans, expect quirk, dark, heart, light, and possibly one recorder medley.


Written & rhymed by Richard Marsh & Katie Bonna, a very human tale of good intentions and bad timing. This achingly-funny, romantic catastrophe fuses poetry and prose. Edinburgh Fringe First 2012 Winner.


Tiny Tales Storytellers was created in 2013 by Hannah Brailsford, a professional actress and drama workshop leader with over twenty years experience of working with young people in both educational and community settings. A charming workshop of storytelling and puppetry for ages 5-8, by expert, actress, and mum Hannah Brailsford.


Acclaimed school of performing arts Ridley Studios presents the perfect selection of sass from Ebb & Fosse's ever-popular musical about murder and minxiness.


The National Theatre's Two For Tea are Wendy Morgan (award-winning actress, worked alongside Anthony Hopkins, Elizabeth Taylor) and Heather Simmons (jazz singer/songwriter, performed at Ronnie Scotts, Kensington Palace); an exquisite duo specialising in 1920-40s melodies. Rhythmic ukelele and glamorous bass bringing a freshness to old time entertainment.


The Vagabond Diaries by Sadie Hasler - Old Trunk presents lost tales of being human. With music by the sublime M G Boulter of The Lucky Strikes, whose music has been described by Uncut magazine as 'gorgeous, in a word'.


Local performers cut their teeth at sketch comedy in a preview of their upcoming Edinburgh show, which premieres this year at the Belly Laugh, Underbelly. Giraffe present a volley of fast paced, satirical and surreal sketches.


A handpicked selection of final pieces by the graduates of the Physical and World Theatre courses at one of the nation's top drama schools - E15.



Born in Zimbabwe, music fan Zaka became a reggae DJ in his teenage years winning an award for best DJ and Interviewed on Zim Radio. He's played at various private functions, school functions, nightclubs and has managed live productions.


Pascal Glanville is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer based in London. After years of performing, writing and recording with various artists (Heather Nova, Pete Townsend), he discovered the Chapman Stick, a 12-string Touchboard instrument invented in the early 70's.


Hoodlums has played sold out headline shows at Barfly, The Queen of Hoxton and Cargo. Festival slots followed at Hop Farm and Secret Garden Party, soon the band was supporting the likes of Suede, Keane and The View. This will be a special Hoodlums acoustic set for Village Green.


Ed Rome is an acclaimed writer, recording artist and producer. He has toured Australia, Japan, Dubai, Europe and the U.K. with festival highlights including Glastonbury and Summer Sonic (Jap.). His most recent album led to Steve Lamacq naming it the best reggae album of the year on BBC Radio 2.


Annie Rew Shaw is an indie-folk piano based singer-songwriter from Exeter, Devon. She’s currently living in London working on new material with Sam Duckworth (aka, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly).


Grace Petrie, from Leicester, writes indie folk-rock songs (a couple with an acoustic punk twist), plays the guitar and sings with a voice that has been compared to Laura Marling and Kate Nash. Supported Frank Turner and Mark Morriss (The Bluetones), UK tours with Emmy the Great and garnered praise from folk legend Billy Bragg who invited Grace to perform at Glastonbury.


London based singer/songwriter, Heather Andrews, recorded her debut album with Grammy award-winning producer Narada Michael Walden (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin). One of Heather's songs was recently featured on the Korean Calvin Klein Jeans advert.


Andy Sankey is an accomplished musician, composer, producer and academic. He is a successful session musician and his composition work can be heard on TV, radio and film and many albums and singles including a recent Japanese No. 1 – Falling. His debut solo album is traditional solo ukulele with a classical theme, called 'Vivaukulele' which is available to download at Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.


From Essex, Sean Athins and Will Hatton are two young upstarts met in 2009, Sean was a member of Indie/Rock band called 'And These Shores' and Will was playing drums within an Orchestra whilst making electronic music in his spare time. Both wanted to fuse electronic music with acousticc elements and 'Bitterzoet' (Pronounced Bitter Sweet) was eventually born in 2013.


From Colchester, Kevin Pearce broke into the music world with his debut album ‘Pocket Handkerchief Lane’, produced by Dean Honer (All Seeing I, I Monster) who has previously worked with The Human League and Roisin Murphy, praised by BBC Radio's Steve Lamacq.


21-year-old Adam Duffill has been a singer/songwriter for 7 years self-taught describing his music as without stereotype, his influences include Goo Goo Dolls, Bon Jovi and Fleetwood Mac. At age 14, Duffill used to front the popular local three piece band This, That and Half The Other, since going solo he has won a host of competitions including Southend's Got Talent and the Live and Unsigned Regional Finals.


From the East-coast of Essex to North London, Longy sings tales of betrayal of love and loss, snarling like Christopher Hitchens meeting Ice cube, playing swelling guitar mixed with gospel trash. Influenced by Nina Simone to The Go! Team, Longy's currently working on an EP with Paul Weller's production team to be released at the end of May.


Self-taught 15-year o-d Charlotte Whittaker is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Thundersley, who writes her own material as well as performing covers. Has a choral background which lends itself to Charlotte's impressive vocals, this will be her debut performance at Village Green.



The Damn Dead Circus was born in 2011 with a small group of friends and a field in Eastwood with the soul intention to bring more friends together and listen to bands and play in the sunshine. The idea expanded with Phillious Williams involving ‘The day of the dead’, a party with no reason is after all just a party.


Phillious Williams was born in the 17th century, a chronic bigamist and drunk, his life was mostly filled with misery and pain. Through the course of his pained and weary life, he became bitter but also charming, witty storyteller. Full of memoirs and stories put to song, Phillious Williams, a man in whom the word ‘persiflage’ finds the perfect home.


I Am a Pilot are a folktronica six-piece full of crashing percussion, howling harmonicas and violins, Black Keys style guitars over pub pianos, laced with Arcade Fire-esque sonic bite. Lead by Fynan, banjo player in Billy Bones, I Am A Pilot's lyrics are sincere and emotive.


London-based singer-songwriter, usually seen in 3-piece band High Windows, described by Uncut magazine as 'fierce', Russel Joslin reframes folk's storytelling tradition bringing it kicking and screaming into the 21st centry. One of the most versatile and riveting talents on the scene today.


Aka Lou Psyche and The Rabble performing rock-a-billy with a London swagger.


Felix Holt tickles the belly of his mahogany guitar until their voices wind round each other, weaving intricate harmonies that tiptoe between traditions, waltzing through the songs of an obsessive lyricist.


Nia is a folk/blues singer-songwriter based in London, England. Debut EP 'Doctor Doctor' out now.


The Freight Hoppers have been presenting Old Time String Band music for more than 20 years. Their repertoire includes music that was first recorded in the late 1920's and early 1930's, and spans geographically from Mississippi to West Virginia.


Ankura are a female fronted rock/blues four piece from London, already gaining popularity due to their impressive London gigs including sharing the billing with one of the members of Haim.


From Southend, a singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist with over 5 years experience of performing solo. Wednesday's Child offers an intimate and low-key experience with lush female vocals.


Rebekah Delgado's music has been described as baroque pop and dark folk, BBC Radio 6's new music pioneer Tom Robinson called Rebekah 'a female Nick Cave'. Influenced by her Spanish roots and Arabic leanings, her current album features a swirling mix of instruments such as saw, violin, cello and E-bow with Nico meets Dietrich vocals.


‘The Kōtiri’ is a 1920’s side stall tent which has been cleverly transformed into an intimate cabaret venue featuring performances from some of the world’s most acclaimed sideshow, circus and cabaret entertainers. This stage is curated by Lilli La Scala.


Lili is a renowned cabaret and burlesque hostess, having hosted shows all over the UK and abroad, including High Tease, The Burlesque Show, Proud Cabaret and many more. With a combination of a vintage pin-up girl figure, the face like a star of the silver screen and the voice of an angel, she will enthral and delight you.


Sam Wills, New Zealand’s (Best Show at New Zealand Comedy Festival) foremost funny freak is a hit with audiences gloablly, here he presents a show with more stunts, more mayhem and more stupidity than you can shake a juggler at. Sam is a one man recipe for disaster that will have you, possibly literally, in stitches.


One of the leading figures in the dark cabaret genre, Joe Black has toured extensively across the UK, Europe, Australia and America. He has raised the roof at the British Library in London, astounded the rock elite at the 'Kerrang!' Awards and headlined music and arts events worldwide.


Bendi Bendini’s chance encounter with a mysterious contortionist and yoga teacher at an early age provided the initial inspiration for his life-long passion for experimenting with just how far he could fold and flex his already elastic limbs. From swallowing swords or walking on glass to bizarre balances or banging nails into his head. Expect the unexpected and definitely don’t try this at home.



Southend-based Wobbly Lamps play trippy garage rock, full of reverb and distortion. Their last record was played heavily by Gideon Coe on BBC 6Music.


Dead Coast are a 5-piece retro, psychadelic garage rock band and have been described as having captivating melodies, early Beatles-esque and wouldn't seem out of place on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack. If 60s surf rock bands are your bag then check out the Dead Coast!


Plantman are singer/songwriter Matt Randall with Adam Radmall and Bryan Styles. Previously members of psychedelic shoegaze band Beatglider, Plantman formed in 2009 with a love of The Go Betweens, Durutti Column, mixtapes and trebly guitars.


Featuring former members of The Hillmisters, 2 lo-fi guitars and some Mo Tucker inspired rhythms, influenced by Silver Jews, Flying Nun and K Records. Ghost Music’s bitter sweet moments will soundtrack your Indian summer.


Perhaps Contraption is an astonishing, twisted brass, art-pop marching band. This truly unique, lung and percussion-powered device has paraded all over prestigious events such as Glastonbury, Bestival, Lovebox, Wilderness and The Secret Garden Party.


Tallowah are a 7-piece Reggae outfit from Southend, releasing debut album Strong & Sturdy through Goldmaster Records, whilst playing shows and festivals supporting Zion Train, SOJA and The Slackers. The band bring a mash of styles including alternative punk rock, reggae and ska vibes to make what is a unique yet recognizable sound.


FutureAges are vocalist Natasha Fox, featured on Scroobius Pip’s ‘Distraction Pieces’ album, with composer Daryl S. Tattoo on guitars, Jon Pearce on bass, Samuel Thompson on drums. Were recently personally invited by Yoko Ono to play part of her Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre last month.


Dave Woodcock is a singer song writer based in Southend-on Sea, recently signed to Blow Up Records in 2012. A pianist and a prolific writer, with a strong local following around the pubs and clubs of Southend, with sharp lyrics and great melodies that are currently being distilled into his first album.


The Welcome Committee is a 2 piece band from South London and Southend, their EP picked up radio play on Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 1 show, John Kennedy’s XFM show and many others. Highlights include supporting Frank Turner at his 1000th show, Noel Fielding's (Mighty Boosh) Art Exhibit, and many festivals.


Paul Lagden, Paul Siggins and Paul Cooper, 3 record collecting music fans who decided to get together to inflict their eclectic music tastes on an unsuspecting online audience as Polyvinyl Craftsmen. Presenting Thee Polyvinyl Craftsmen Stage in the Park View Suites with live music from Ghost Music, Plantman, Dead Coast and Wobbly Lamps with Thee Polyvinyl Craftsmen spinning vinyl all day.


Radio Nova Lujon is a not-for-profit 'mobile' radio station, with regular weekly, monthly and one-off special shows. The music policy is open and the quality of the selectors always guarantees good music with adventures into the wastelands of hidden gems, rare grooves and obscure delights.



S.O.D.S are an amateur society who, for many years, have performed in the Southend-on-Sea, over 200 shows spanning more than 100 years producing shows of the highest standard. Their next production will be Guys And Dolls, at the Cliffs Pavilion in November 2013.


Curtain Up theatre company is based in Ilford on a Friday night for students over the age of 14 and is a professional training extension of Curtain Up theatre school based in Dagenham on a Saturday. Both teach all aspects of performing arts by professional teachers that are dedicated to getting their students to their full potential keeping up with current trends and teaching skills, our students all achieve their goal and many move on to full time training getting scholarships to the most lucrative colleges in the country. Their ex students have recently starred in West End shows Mama Mia and Les Miserable.


Masters, based in Rayleigh, was founded in 1995 by Wendy Headford and is now recognised as one of the leading dance/musical theatre colleges in the country, offering extensive training in the performing arts industry.


Kayzar is an established dance school based in Essex offering classes & workshops in styles such as Street, Breakin', Popping, Waacking, House and Krump - for all ages and abilities. You may have seen their dancers performing at competitions all over the UK, the 2SMART Tour, T-Fest, Breakin' Convention and CBBC Alesha's Streetdance Stars to name a few!


The West Leigh Operatic & Dramatic Society was formed in 1915 as a result of a concert party organised during the first World War. LODS have presented shows ranging from grand opera to the avant-garde (including 3 world premieres) as well as countless entertainments for charitable organisations.


Wet Shoe Productions are a local theatre production company for performers aged 16+. Their next production 'West End Story' is a musical variety show including snippets from the West Ends finest shows including Rock of Ages, Legally Blonde, Ghost, Les Miserables, Wicked, Footloose and many more.


Wiggles Dance Studio based in Southend, teach Ballet, Breakdance, Street, Hip Hop and all styles in between. Not the average dance school, their team of professional choreographers, performers and teachers have given Wiggles an amazing reputation.


The Show Choir was founded in 2012 as a community based choir with a strong focus on Musical Theatre. As well as traditional musicals we also cover the more modern ‘juke box’ musicals so you could find yourself singing anything from Cole Porter to Abba or Take That. Based in Essex the choir is open to anyone aged 16 and above. It is for people with a passion for music and the ability to have a good time. We want people to have fun as well as make a beautiful sound. The Choir was Founded by Paul Day who has been involved in the musical scene in the Southend area since the age of 6.



The Summer Youth Project is open to all young people aged between nine – 19 years who have a passion to sing, act and dance or have a keen interest in what is involved in being a member of the technical team. Come and support our local young performers for this year’s project as they tread the boards where some of the biggest stars in show-business have performed. Annie tells the story of a young orphan forced to live in a miserable orphanage overseen by an even more miserable mistress. Following an exciting string of events, Annie’s presence is requested by a millionaire who helps her to find the answers she has been seeking.


Little Theatre Company staged their first production in 1949, since then the company has presented 147 productions, with over 1000 members, many of whom have gone on to pursue a professional career in theatre and entertainment such as Lee Mead. Always keen to try new things over the years, LTC have presented 3 UK amateur premieres plus numerous regional ones, and in the process won 12 NODA awards.


On Stage Theatre Company is an amateur theatre company who were formed to take on a variety of 'different' youth theatre projects, in the south east of England. Their next production is 'Godspell - The Musical', which will be performed at The Palace Theatre in July 2013.



Indi Sandhu will provide a Bollywood and Bhangra workshop for all ages to participate and dance to the rhythms of the Dhol drum and Bollywood songs.



The Travelling Suitcase are a new Collective formed in 2012 alongside the Southend Carnival Archive Association. Aiming to bring the joy of Carnival Arts back into the local community by delivering fun performances and accessible workshops for all.


BrazilArte works to promote, inspire and develop an understanding and appreciation of Brazilian culture through Brazilian arts for adults and children. BrazilArte’s main focus is on community enrichment through workshops, classes, presentations and educational programs through the art of Capoeira, Dance, Art and Music.


Assayigah is a highly qualified and experienced dancer, choreographer and teacher from Togo. He is also one of the few choreographers on the African continent to distance himself from the mimetic traditions he has himself researched and learned, and to approach African dance in a contemporary, personal way.

Chakardar is Europe’s leading promoter of Indian percussion, which values tabla excellence. Chakardar’s extensive experience and links with great maestros brings the UK the highest calibre of expertise. There are regular classes, workshops, lecture demos and residential summer school.


Rampage are one of the most talked about and view carnival bands in Europe, even in the carnival mecca - Trinidad, the name Rampage is now known. Many of the band's Artists and production team regularly work in Trinidad on many of the top award winning costumes/bands, they are the most sought after carnival band in Europe.


Guitarist David Randall has toured the world playing with Faithless, Dido, Sinead O'Connor and more. During some time off in Brooklyn last year, he ran into fellow guitarist Fausat Abioye whose roots in Nigeria and the Caribbean can be heard in her approach to guitar playing. Together they explore the music of West and North Africa and the Middle East adding their own distinctive South London twist.


Southend reggae band, The Beatroots, have supported legends such as Lee Scratch Perry and Neville Staple. They have been performing nationally and locally for 10 years since the release of their debut album White Elephant, producing popular live sets on the festival circuit.


Jeffery Porter – Poet –Artist – Radio presenter.



The White Bus are heavily involved in education, running various film making courses. Their most high-profile public events are the annual Southend Film Festival, regular film shows at the venues in the borough as well as the inaugural Horror-on-Sea Film Festival which always attracts lots of families, parents and children alike!


A selection of experimental short films curated by Michaela Freeman. Last Friday Shorts is a series of film nights, originally a monthly event at TAP Gallery in Southend

TINTED BLOOM Presents: Aerial Village

Tinted Bloom Productions is a vibrant company that uses dance, physical theatre and aerial circus to communicate delicate ideas with innovative and energetic storytelling. Based in the South-East, the company is run by Alana Bloom with a number of artists that work as freelance performers.


Alana Bloom is a trained performer straight out of East 15’s Physical Theatre degree. She formed Tinted Bloom Productions earlier this year where she creates dance, physical theatre and aerial work. The company have already performed a dance work in progress at The Clifftown Theatre and their Clown duet ‘A Quest’ at the Camden Roundhouse.


David Patrick-Delves is an Actor/Producer and Musician specialised in Physical Theatre. He has worked closely with companies such as Frantic Assembly, Haystacks Theatre Company, 4Motion Dance Theatre, RADA and National Youth Theatre. During his training at East 15 Acting School David has trained specifically in Ariel Circus, Clown, Commedia Dell’arte, Buffoon, Mime and Object Manipulation. David’s work explores thought-provoking satirical and comedic storytelling by means of non-verbal movement based forms. His solo piece, The Old Hat, is inspired by the timeless comedy of the tongue tied Charlie Chaplin, 'The Old Hat' transforms the world of 1920's silent movies to the stage.


Katie O'Malley is currently studying Physical Theatre at East 15 Acting School. She has a background in Contemporary Dance Theatre, having been a member of Flexus Dance Company for three years. She has toured around the country giving performances and workshops.Her solo piece Neuro-Soup is inspired by the life story of Krystal A. Cole: 'In euphoric state, the world around you swirls and shimmers, but you do not know whether you are being loved or manipulated. When the magic fades, who are you?'


Sebastian Charles is currently studying at East 15. He loves performing, and has done work for the BBC and a variety of dance styles amongst some musical theatre and stage management. He's studying circus at the moment as a module and rope is his choice of equipment as he's been inspired by its history. His Village Green solo piece is Dancing in the Dark, inspired by the song Dancing in the Dark by Carmen Cavallo.


Since her graduation from East 15 in 2010, Jessica Lucia Andrade has gone on to choreograph and devise physical theatre. She has played the 'Lalita' in 'Lalita's Big Fat Asian Wedding'. Her talents have lead her to merging theatre and circus. Upswing Aerial Arts have made a huge impact on her performance style and she is currently working on Tangled Feet's 'One Million' as one of their aerial artists. Her solo, work-in-progress piece at Village Green, ‘With Words’, is a self-explorative piece on what makes a person individual; the world around them, influences, culture, friends and family.


A stage where the usual rules don't apply - anyone brave enough, with a talent to share can take centre stage - whether you sing, rap, dance, are a poet, comedian or ventriloquist, here is your moment to make your mark on the Village Green public.



On The Line is an ambitious and unique arts project conceived by Metal, which took place in 22 schools along the South Essex banks of the River Thames from Thurrock to Shoeburyness. Each school was working with an artist, across a variety of artistic disciplines, to create artworks, literature and new artefacts that respond to the connection between the River Thames, the railway line and their community. At Chalkwell Hall.


Time Projects is a new artist-led participatory arts and events collaboration between Elsa James and Sarah Buckle, Southend-based artists, working together to devise and produce thought-provoking socially and politically engaged works.  Recently awarded funding for ‘Covered’, a unique cross-generational art piece, they are now working in partnership with Milton Hall Primary School to create the ambitious Chatterbox Project. Chatterbox is a sound piece working with the 39 mother tongue languages spoken at the school and will be installed at Village Green. This work responds to the internationally diverse local community and is supported by The National Lottery through ACE.

Read our interview with Time Projects here.


Primitive Parkour are a small group of parkour athletes that have collectively brought together and built the parkour community within Southend-On-Sea. Consisting of 3 Athletes; Tommy Kelsey, Lee Aylott & Jareth Smith, who each bring individual style and technique in various areas of parkour & freerunning and with a joint 10+ years of experience. Alongside Primitive Parkour will be other athletes from around Southend and the surrounding areas and will feature the teams Urbanflow UK and Urban Angels.


Jonathan Kipps is a visual artist known for making large sculptural paintings. Kipps has made a number of works for Village Green over the last couple of years; this year he will be showing a sculpture on the new Village School Stage alongside the musical performances taking place. Kipps regularly shows work around the UK and has exhibited in France and Amsterdam. He has also undertaken private commissions such as the artwork for musician Get Cape Wear Cape Fly’s third album. Kipps is currently studying MFA Sculpture at Slade School of Art, London.


Josh Monk is a professional Painter and Illustrator, whose wide range of work includes, illustrations for books, magazines, t-shirts, and skateboards. He also takes on portrait commissions and makes large scale murals for private and public spaces. He is known for making vivid and eye catching pieces. He studied and MA in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent, and currently lives and works in London.


Making the Connection is a communal sculpture project giving people the opportunity to participate in the construction of a large-scale sculptural installation by Julian Wild, using low-tech, everyday materials that are safe to use. The project (V & A Museum, Jerwood Sculpture Park, Secret Garden Party) offers an equal opportunity for people of all ages to take part in the activity from under 5s to the over 60s.


Carnival Unplugged will showcase specialised design and fabrication techniques that are used to construct large scale Carnival costume/structure, audience members will have the opportunity to experience Carnival Arts first hand lead by award-winning artists and crafts-professionals with extensive experience in the carnival arts industry.


Firstsite is Colchester’s acclaimed visual arts organisation.  Commissioning and presenting contemporary art; delivering talks, publications and events to an ambitious range of participatory and learning projects to schools, community groups and artists living in the region. Firstsite’s Creative Art session will be Vintage Fabric Face. Made with recycled and vintage resources. All age suitable and inspirational for pupils and teachers to get stuck in. Led by artist Jacqueline Davies, a painter, illustrator, textile designer who has worked with Channel 4, Northampton Museum, the Gardens Of Eastern Lodge, and M Modern Gallery in Palm Springs. She has extensive experience with leading workshops and projects for children and adults of all abilities in schools, museums and galleries.


Play Southend is a game to draw and play your future town! Artists Ruth Catlow and Mary Flanagan are inviting Southenders to create and participate in Play Southend – an online game to imagine the future of Southend. The game is officially launched at Village Green, following a series of local public and school workshops. Draw and play your future town!


Locating Your Inner Bird with Caroline Smith AKA Rita Grebe (THE GREAT CRESTED) Lost your feathers? No place seems like a good roost? Tethered to a false self image where you think everyone’s a peacock but you? Want to awaken the power of JIZZ (General Identification of Size and Shape) for yourself? Drop-in to Rita Grebe’s Palace and Locate Your Inner Bird with Rita. For the family. LYIB is part of Smith’s new theatre show Birdwatchers’ Wives. In association with RSPB, funded by Arts Council of England & Metal Southend.


LifeCycle is a major new multi-media live artwork combining drawing, projection and film, conceived by visual artist Heidi Wigmore and film maker Mike Eden. Heidi's previous projects include 'Independent Free State' billboard project, customized beach huts for the Festival of Britain, co-creator of 'Superstrumps' a female stereotypes project for WOW at The Southbank Centre and lead artist for English National Ballet drawing events. Mike has produced film for organisations such as the BBC, Sadler's Wells Theatre and Paramount Pictures and projected visuals for the likes of Michael Nyman, Tate Britain and the Royal Opera House.

The artwork will present a live drawing streamed to an LED billboard on site and simultaneously shown live here. This will be a mass participation dynamic drawing that celebrates all things 'Bicycle' - real, invented or fantastical! Funded by Bike Friendly Cities, Cycle Southend and Ideas in Motion.'


Cycle Southend are inviting people to get together and get involved in The Big Charge. Help power the LED screen at Village Green by riding on a bike or have a go on our giant hamster wheel using dynamos that charge our eco generator, whilst learning all about renewable technologies.

Cycle Southend need you to help charge a battery by using bicycles, human hamster wheel and a hand-generated device.

Book a slot as a group and have fun, boost morale and do some team building!

The BIG CHARGE will take place in Chalkwell Park on:

Wednesday 10 July 7am to 10pm
Thursday 11 July 8am to late
Friday 12 July 8am to 6pm (for schools between 10am and 4pm)

To book call Cycle Southend on 01702 215595 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it