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Village Green Festival 2017

Village Green Programme Saturday 8 July 2017



The beautiful saddlespan stage is back and it’s rockin’ with some of the finest local talent as well as brilliant acts from across the UK.





Essex Undiscovered Winners – enthralling rock act.




Guitar-based funk & hip-hop – like an illegitimate love-in between Jamie T and the Stone Roses.

13:20 –



Fresh from supporting Nothing But Thieves, this is Indie Rock at its purest. ‘One Foot’ – track of the week on BBC Introducing, Radio 1.

14:20 –



Bro & Sis combo & darlings of the Summer Festival scene.



Primo Nelson

Original, hard-hitting funk inspired groove. Heavy horns, thumping funk core & husky tones.

16.15 Special Guest – Leo C

(See Oak Stage – SoSlam Young Songwriters LAB act).



Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly

Get Cape is back, and back for good… returning with his anti fascist, hope filled project. Massive news from one of Southend’s greatest singer-songwriters.

17:50 –


Kate Nash

BRIT Award-winner Kate Nash is back from the states and unleashing hot fresh new material.

19:10 –


Nothing But Thieves

After eighteen whirlwind months of sold out shows, chart topping records and a critically acclaimed album, Southend’s finest come home to headline Village Green 2017.

Middle Age Spread and Urban Allstars – DJs

Southend’s popular DJ collective bring their floor-filling skills to work the park, joined by the mighty Urban Allstars spinning all things funky on the decks to get you into the groove.

Daryl Easlea – Compere

Author, broadcaster and DJ is thrilled to compere the Village Green Stage for the fifth year running.



New for 2017 a heady mix of culture, cooking and comedy for all ages, taste-buds and funny-bones.


Time Artist
12:00 – 12:30 Holly Watson

Accomplished and funny storyteller with a charming friendly style.



Comedy Club 4 Kids

Host, Richard Sandling brings together the best of the UK comedy circuit, including Andrew O’Neill and CBBC’s Inel Tomlinson – keeping all their best jokes clean for kids – their toughest audience yet!



Deborah Frances-White: Global Pillage

Sony Award-nominated comedian and writer hosts a brand new comedy panel show podcast all about idiom, culture, customs and norms. Guests include: Desiree Burch, Radu Isac, Inel Tomlinson & Jo Farrugia. Be part of the live recording!

16:30 – 17:30 George Egg: Anarchist Cook

A surreal and absurd mix of stand-up comedy and striking innovation from one of the UK’s most in demand comedians. “It’s a hilarious show, with surprisingly good food” The Times.

18:00 – 19:00 Hardeep Singh Kohli: Chat Masala

BAFTA award-winning & BBC Radio 4 favourite Hardeep (Celebrity Masterchef, The One Show, Question Time) brings his much loved cookery chat show to Village Green, proving that food, thought, and comfort go hand in hand.

Compere – Al Naed

He’s been with us since the very beginning of Village Green, and he’s back for another bumper year of fun!



Presented in Partnership with Essex Cultural Diversity Project, The WOMAD Foundation and Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics. Funded by Arts Council England.


12:00 –


Southend Hungarian Group

Hungarian dance workshops led from the stage. Look out for their nearby, all-day, workshops – hand-made pieces of folk art, national costumes and craft activities for children.



Efua Sey Cultural Academy

African drumming workshop brought to Southend from the year-round school of African culture based in Harlow.

13:00 –



Carnival drums to whip up an amazing street party atmosphere!

13:45 –


Abass Dodoo & Mauricio Velasierra

Legendary Ghanaian drummer who tours with Cream’s Ginger Baker and plays with Van Morrison – MEETS – musical stories from the pioneering Colombian flautist.

14:30 –


Heidi Heidelberg & Mim Suleiman

Anarchic soprano musician & film composer working with classical, jazz, beatbox & rock influences – MEETS – international force of nature from Zanzibar.

15:30 –


Ripton Lindsay

Jamaican master brings traditional & contemporary urban dance.

16:15 –


Bollywood Fusion

Bollywood/Bhangra Beats and Dance rhythms.

16:45 –


Efua Sey Cultural Academy

African dance performance and acrobats. More from the brilliant academy from Harlow.

17:15 -18:15 Group Jam (The WOMAD Foundation artists)

A stunning collaboration between the international artists of Global Village.



Presented by The Jazz Centre UK, alongside an exhibition of highlights from TJCUK archive, including Louis Armstrong’s trumpet! Curated by Digby Fairweather and Mick Foster.


12:00 –


The Dominic Ashworth Duo

Hugely talented, multi-stylistic guitarist (Dominic) plays with world-class bassist Roger Curphey. The duo will also supply the rhythm section for all our visiting stars!

13:15 –


Steve Fishwick

“I can’t think of another trumpeter who can do what he does!” (Wynton Marsalis) This ‘Rising star’ British Jazz Award winner (2002) has risen! with 5* reviews for his recent album ‘In the Empire State’.

15:15 –


Karen Sharp

Starting out with the legendary Humphrey Lyttelton, Karen now leads her own poll winning quartet with pianist Nikki Iles, bassist Dave Green and drummer Steve Brown.

16:45 –


Mick Foster

“The greatest all-round saxophonist in the UK” (Jazz Critic, Art Napoleon). Mick’s formidable CV includes everyone from The LPO to Dame Cleo Laine, Jacqui Dankworth and ‘Swing Out Sister’.

18:00 –


Clare Foster / Shanti Jayasinha

Clare’s cool-voiced interpretation of standards is accompanied by the trumpet and flugelhorn of Shanti (Brand New Heavies, John Mayer’s ‘Indo-Jazz Fusions’). A great way to end the day!



Presented by Grrl Zine Fair. Funded by Arts Council England.


All day Grrrl Zine Fair

The DIY Punk Self-Publishing Party curates a full day of alternative scene music, workshops, and talks.

15:30 –


Petty Phase

Petty Phase is a new four-piece outfit bringing the spirit of Riot Grrrl to Southend. Their rama-lama punk sound compares to early Hole, L7, or even The Runaways.

16:30 –


Top Knot

Brighton-based gal band. Having played just a handful of shows they are already getting people excited with their ‘DIY lovers punk’.

17:30 –


Queen Zee and the Sasstones

Pop punk band from Liverpool, “marrying vulgar sonics with earworm melodies”.

18:30 –


Big Joanie

Think, Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and Riot Grrrl.

19:10 –


DJ BBZ London

Monthly exhibition/tun up centered on positive feminine energy and eradicating misogyny for queer women and genderqueer fam of colour.



Presented by Grrl Zine Fair. Funded by Arts Council England.


11.00 -11.45 Freer Ideas: Drum Workshop

UK-based music project, empowering marginalised individuals & communities through music lessons, workshops and gigs.

11.45 –


Estella Adeyeri: Guitar Workshop

Hugely talented musician and singer (JUNK/ Big Joanie/ Witching Waves/ Decolonise Festival Organisation) Estella Adeyeri leads a masterclass session.

11.00-15:00 Portable Print Studio

Artist-led project running drop in screen printing workshop. Take part for free, and receive your own personalised tote bag!

13.45-14.45 Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club

Workshops in self-protection – physical and psychic. Learn self-defense martial arts techniques, holistic dance movement and delve into the worlds of herbs and crystals.

12.30-13.30 Arts Sisterhood UK

A unique, grassroots Arts & Mental Health organisation offering women and non-binary people affordable art therapy classes.

13.30-15.30 Nail Transphobia

Tackling transphobia through nail art, it’s fabulous activism! Founder Charlie Craggs comes to Village Green with her pop up nail salon.



Presented by Metal Art School. And you don’t even have to be mini to enjoy it!


11:10 – 11:30 Miss Bopalong

Interactive family dancing using fun props, engaging stories & much loved songs! Come & Bopalong!

11:40 – 12:00 Tiny Tales

Puppetry & storytelling from a consummate & charming performer, Hannah Brailsford.

12:10 – 12:35 Imagination Station Puppet Show

All aboard for Auntie Sarah’s adventure with dinosaurs, mermaids, enormous Aliens and the occasional chicken. Join in for hands on musical puppetry mayhem!

12:45 – 13:35 Mrs H and the Singalong Band

A riot of colour, music and dance. Nationally renowned for their ability to create music that unites generations, bringing together elements of Folk, Soul, Afro, Latin and Dub.

13:45 – 14:20 Miss Bopalong

(As above)

14:30 – 15:10 Imagination Station Puppet Show

(As above)

15:20 – 15:50 Tiny Tales

(As above)

16:00 – 16:50 Mrs H and the Singalong Band

(As above)

17:00 – 17:30 Miss Bopalong

(As above)

Compere – Sarah Dodsworth

A Village Green favourite – back again with her fabulous, friendly and welcome-all style.



Presented in partnership with The Railway Hotel, Chinnery’s, Cool Thing Records and South Essex College – an eclectic mix, hand-picked by those in the know about what’s HOT on the local and UK scene.




Beach For Tiger

A five-piece psychedelic rock band from London/Essex.



The Velveteen

All the way from lovely Leeds and endorsed by Höfner Guitars, the Railway Hotel favourites bring their modern, refreshing, new and edgy tunes to the South.



The Scarletts

A powerful and potent sinewy five piece, drawing on the darker side of new wave and laced with psychedelia.




Thrilling 2-piece Indie Punk band have recently premiered their debut single ‘Innocence’. Kerrang! & Radio X are big supporters of the pair.




Industrial Punk outfit, featuring members of Asylums. Their pulverising debut album earned them a sold out debut show and a growing army of fans including Radio X’s John Kennedy and Rough Trade.



Darren Jones & The World Music Band

Blending Afro beats and world music inspired rhythms with catchy lyrics to deliver an electric performance and vibrant and colourful sound.



Very Special Guests!!!

To be announced on the day. You won’t want to miss them!



Holloway Road

Bringing a taste of Nashville to Essex, this multiple award-nominated Country duo are twisting the neck of authentic and keeping things fresh. Country Rock Pop at its most invigorating.



Fifty-Four Plates

‘With more raw energy than an angry volcano’ (Daily Mirror). Think a rocked up modern Crosby Stills and Nash, taking influence from The Who, and Pearl Jam.



Slim Pickings

Renowned 8-strong party reggae/dub force who won’t rest until you’re moving and grooving.

Ship Full of Bombs – DJ

Southend’s cult alternative radio station present a line-up of the coolest DJs on the scene with their incomparably eclectic bag of music gems.

Compere – Ollie Winiberg

Long-running presenter of BBC Introducing, Ollie’s finger is firmly on the pulse of new music in Essex.



Presented in partnership with Chalkwell Park Rooms, The Railway Hotel, Chinnery’s and Cool Thing Records.




The Daisy Bowlers

Wonderfully unique vintage style band with exceptional vocal harmonies.



Conor O’Malley

Accomplished Dublin-born soundsmith and lyricist, composing beautiful pieces of folk balladry.




6-piece Americana music collective. Taking inspiration from a plethora of music to fuse country, folk, rock’n’roll, blues and roots.



The Phrogs

Long-running legendary Beat Garage band. They turn up, plug in, sometimes tune up, and play with venom. An honour to have them playing Village Green.



Electric Pyramid

Heavyweight riffs, sleazy rock vocals, & attitude in spades.




Drawing their energy from the darker side of life with influences from the freakbeat and garage psych scenes.



LJ Howard

With soul infused with RnB and rock, LJ’s unique voice never fails to entertain.



The Trusted

Hot, young, and the talk of the town – remixed twice by Pet Shop Boys’ musical MD and wooed by LA. What’s next? Village Green, that’s what!



Longy & the Gospel Trash

A firm Village Green favourite, Longy unveils The Gospel Trash, the 6 piece band he’s been locked away with for over a year – and the results are incredible!



Big Jacket

Super fresh rock-pop-folk band with great energy and powerful live vocals to get everyone moving.





Presented in partnership with SoSlam and South Essex College, this stage is all about the youth – the STARS of tomorrow! Make sure you see them here first!

Time Artist
11:45-12:00 Leo C

Move aside, Jonny Cash, Lou Reed & Bob Dylan! Original material from this young singer songwriter. One to watch.

12:00-12:10 Clem Talbott

Original material, thoughtful pop ballads with dreamy vocals.

12:10-12:25 baVard

Two young busker brothers with catchy original songs and a strong local following.

12:25-12:35 Aaron Wong

Pianist & composer, full of changing dynamics.

12:35-12:50 Lillith Vlkova

Captivatingly unique songs and descriptive story telling.

12:50-13:00 Noah Fox

Soft and charming experimental guitar work.

13:00-13:15 Lottie Mollica

Original songs with a soft air of innocence.

13:15-13:30 Caitlin King

Original folk and soul material with passionate lyrics.

13:30-13:45 Anna-Marie Childs

An exciting and professional young talent.

13:45-14:00 Emily Frith

A luscious combination of Country & Pop ballads.

14.10-14.25 Sam Fraser

Putting his own unique spin on modern chart music.

14:30-14:50 Ruth Olajugbagbe

Stunning mature vocalist with a lot of soul.

15:00-15:20 JUMEAUX

Lo-fi pop band with fresh original material and breathtaking harmonies.

15:30-16:00 Kiera Court

Unique, warm vocal melodies with guitar. Influenced by Norah Jones and Laura Marling, she’s an endearing live watch.

16:10-16:30 Katy Forkings

A blend of pop and country with a soulful voice and lyrics ahead of her years.

16:40-17:00 Shazz & BK

Singer/Songwriter with eclectic tastes!

17:10-17:30 Ted Groves

Singer/Guitar player from Leigh, performing popular covers and original material, influenced by blues, punk and rock.

17:40-18:00 Eva Tobin

Passionate singer/songwriter from Southend-on-Sea!

18:10-18:30 Josh Gleaves

Essex based music-loving folk-rock singer-songwriter not to be missed!

18:40-19:00 BLAB

Fiery female-fronted indie-rock four piece!


Hosted by the musicians of the SoSlam Collective



Presented in partnership with BBC Essex and hosted by the brilliant Rob Jelly. Celebrating all that is Clever – past and present – from our brilliant, but often much-maligned county!


12:00-12.30 Sea Legs!

Join the Rubber Ring Relay Race as we celebrate Lionel Lukin, Essex boy and inventor of the first unsinkable lifeboat back in 1785!

12.30-13.00 Radio Gaga
Hear from historian Tim Wander, discover Morse code and learn about Marconi and his time in Chelmsford – the birthplace of radio.
13:00-14:00 Mad Science

Don’t miss Dr Dude’s show! Learn all about the brilliant Joseph Lister, a groundbreaking surgeon and pioneer of antiseptic. Get hands on as we explore the barmy world of bacteria.

14:00-15:00 Writers Block

Did you know that 101 Dalmations was written by honorary Essex Girl, Dodie Smith? Go dotty with the Dalmation Formation and create your own Love Letter to Southend at our drop-in workshop!

15:00-15:30 Do the Samba Stretch

Pull up your legwarmers; it’s time to get physical with Miss Bopalong! Join-in with retro aerobics, to the original records used by Essex Girl Eileen Fowler, founder of the Industrial Keep Fit Organisation in 1956.

15.30-16.00 Wicket Wonders

Explore the world of hip-clips, mullygrubbers and googlys, as we discover Sam Deards. Born in 1842, our boy Sam invented the cricket score board; another great claim for Essex!

16:00-17:00 Singalong!

Join our cockney knees-up, with special musical guests! Grab a song sheet and celebrate brilliant musicians and performers from our corner of the world, including Peggy Mount, Ken Campbell and Dudley Moore.

17:00-18:00 Clever Essex Role Call

Take part in our final show, as we speed through some of the best Clever Essex characters through time, including Boudica, Lee Brilleaux, Margaret Cavendish and many more.

All Day Nominate Clever Essex characters

We are looking to find 125 more people who we are proud to say represent Clever Essex. Nominate yours throughout the day – or on http://www.cleveressex.com!

  Compere – Rob Jelly, the sonically inquisitive BBC Essex presenter, producer & writer – and yes, his real name is Mr Jelly!


And More:

March of the Makers

New for 2017! Join us in our craft tent, where you will find the best in local designers and makers demonstrating their skills and offering one-off pieces for sale.

Railing Against the Machine

Local artists and schools have come together to fill the railings of the sports court in Chalkwell Park with colour and imagination to unite! Take in the exhibition or buy a work to take home with you.

South Essex Schools Estuary Art Group

As part of Railing against the Machine Village Green is proud to present South Essex Schools Estuary Art Group, led by a group of school teachers who meet once a term to share skills and knowledge. On show is work Primary and Secondary schools from Southend, Hockley, Maldon and Basildon.

Love Letter to Southend

Launched earlier this year on Valentine’s Day, we invited individuals, schools, community groups, artists, makers to create a Love Letter to Southend to celebrate the Borough’s 125 birthday. We’ve had thousands of responses and here you can see each and every one in all their glory!

Art Car Boot Rally

Vintage clothes, hand-made and home made goods, fancy stationary, vintage bus destination signs, original artworks and much, much more in our Art Car Boot Rally! 

Sign of the Times

Artist Ben Connors and Poet Justin Coe have come together to produce this mass installation around the theme of positive protest. Come revel in the message of good ideas, love and unity, meet the makers and add your own message!

Farmers Market

Forgotten something for your picnic or fancy some olives with your craft beer? Head over to the farmers market next to the Comedy Culinary stage where you will find fresh backed bread, fine cheeses, Portuguese custard tarts, drinks and snacks of all varieties!

Pluto Juggling

Festival favourites all set to dazzle with circus skills workshops. Learn juggling, tight rope plate spinning and stilt walking with expert tuition. Find them next to Chalkwell Hall.

In the Mini Green Area……

Buttercup Club

A fun toddler group that lets your little one learn and have fun through sensory, tactile messy play.

Metal Art School

Loads of creative activities, across the whole day including Discover In A Day – join in the fun and gain a nationally recognised Arts Award at the same time! With artist Claire Softley (for ages 5-11yrs) and activities led by our current Arts Award students who are selling limited edition copies of the 2nd issue of DIY magazine PARADISUS.

Jacqson Diego Story Emporium

Stories and books for all the family. Storytellers and poets performing live in our Stories in Bloom tent; workshops to help you create your own stories in our Growing Stories area.


Interactive family fun featuring everyone’s favourite building brick!

Usborne Books

Book fun for all the family with this evergreen of the children’s publishing world

Mendip Wildlife Community Garden

Join Mendip Wildlife Community Garden in making seed bombs, learning about permaculture, sustainable urban growing, and generally getting messy!

Urban Farmers

Learn how to grow your own mushrooms at home with this local business. Find out more about sustainability and renewable energy while you pick up your grow kit!

Nu Urban Gardeners

The live art organization inspired by a love of the land and the spirit of Cabaret Voltaire. Design your own sustainable village green, rescue Lord Byron’s dog or see how many peacock themed beer mats you can flip and catch in one go!

Southend Beekeepers

Real live bees in their observation hive. Learn about the art and craft of beekeeping!

Cultural Engine

Ever wondered how food impacts on culture, society and the place where you live? Visit Club Critical Theory, a collaboration between UEL and Cultural Engine to find out more whilst cooking up some delicious food to try.

CAST: Recipe Swap

Have your meal times been uninspiring lately? Or perhaps you’ve got that rare thing – a healthy dish that teenagers can’t get enough of? This is the place to visit! A recipe-share of recipes from around the world and closer to home. Bring yours to share – and pick up tips from others.

In the Picnic Area…..


Join the Faceback community and meet real live people! Your Face is turned into a badge and worn by someone you haven’t met yet. Your mission is to get your Face back!

Southend Parkour

Watch the local Parkour crew fly through the air!

Okami Martial Arts

Exciting Martial Arts demonstration from this local karate and fitness club based in Southend. Find out how to get involved!

Gestalt Arts

Join Ruth and the opera team from Gestalt Arts, who will be gathering participant’s responses to their local river and what it means to them in a unique and creative way.

Cycle Southend

Challenge yourself to cycle on the 45m North Shore track! Tackle technical trials and experience the thrills of single track riding. All ages.


Prizes for hitting low-fi, fun-fair favourite, Tin Can Alley – 3 balls per go.

Free badges and sculpture fun with recycled materials.


On a mission to stamp out late detection of breast cancer. Come to the boob cube to find out more – and, OF COURSE, grab a snap of yourself dressed as a giant boob!

Mad Science

Join the team from Mad Science to make slime – if you think Instagram can show you how to do it – think again! This is the real deal!

Round Table Hungry Hippos

Live sized version of the classic greedy game!


Emerging Southend theatre company announces ‘Hey Billy, This is Just the Beginning!’ – a new community play. Drop by to find out how you can be involved!

Charities to visit, learn about and support:-

Essex Wildlife Trust


Havens Hospice


Open Arts

Round Table

Royal British Legion



Southend Theatre

Park Lives

Change for Life


Free Roam….

Stilts Pro

Look up! Stilts Pro are back & taller than ever!

Moth Physical Theatre

Immersive theatre experience and walkabout act. Bringing 1780’s Parisian glamour, flamboyant decorum and audaciousness to any occasion!

Wisecrackers Theatre Co

Satirical physical comedy, using mime, clown, puppetry, live music, and bouffon, poking fun at current affairs.

Useful Information

Safe Space

Village Green has a Bronze Award from Attitude is Everything – creating a festival environment that takes accessibility for all seriously. A Safe Space, open between 11am and 6.30pm, will be staffed by disability awareness and dementia friendly, trained volunteers. There will be shade, somewhere to sit in a calm space, a disabled toilet and access to a sterile kitchen and fridge (if medicines need to be stored).

First Aid and Lost Children

Sites for assistance are clearly marked on the festival map.

Leave No Trace

Village Green aspires to the Leave No Trace philosophy. Please treat the park with respect during your visit and dispose of all rubbish created by you responsibly. Please use the waste bins and recycling points provided.



Extra security measures have been put in place this year at Village Green, working with the police and our security provider. These are to maximise public safety and the safety of our performers, crew and volunteers following the recent tragic events in Manchester and London.

Working closely with the authorities we have put in place all necessary measures, but festival goers can also play a big part in helping to keep Village Green safe and secure, so we’d very much appreciate it if you’d read and digest the following messages.

PLEASE PACK LIGHT – The new measures include the searching of ALL bags and pushchairs. You can really help us by travelling light and not bringing large bags, trolleys or rucksacks. We would ask everyone to be prepared (bags open), patient and to co-operate with any security requests.

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – These extra security measures will make getting in to the event slower than usual and there will be queues. It would be a great help if you could plan for this, allow extra time for arrival and entry, and work with us to make it speedy and pleasant as possible.

BUY YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE – it’s cheaper (saves you a fiver!), and means you can be inside the event much faster and helps us and you avoid more queuing.

PLEASE REMEMBER – Alcohol is not permitted. You may bring water and soft drinks but they must be in sealed plastic bottles or unopened cartons. Picnics are encouraged, but please be aware that any sharp utensils will be removed during searches.

There will be plenty of security staff and police around, so if you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to them.

Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation and we look forward to welcoming you to Village Green.



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