Southend Who’s Who’s Who of Who to see at Village Green 2017

VILLAGE GREEN IS HERE! We’re so frickin excited. The obvious highlight of the musical calendar in Southend. This year is no exception, but with so many acts to see, how do you plan your route through the extensive list of incredible acts?
Why, with the definitive ‘Southend Who’s Who’s Who’ of who to check out of course! Here’s our top picks of who you should be checking out this year:

Beach For Tiger – Idea13 Stage 11.40 – 12.10
GET ON SITE EARLY! This will be one of the highlights of the day. Psychedelic indie pop just before lunchtime. Perfect start to proceedings!
baVard – Oak Stage 12.10 – 12.25
These two brothers are leaving their spiritual busking home of Southend High Street to take to one of the mighty Village Green stages for the first time. Charming and fun!
Courts – Village Green Stage 12.20 – 12.50
In our eyes one of the best bands on the planet. Funk rap disco pop from Basildon. If you’ve not seen them live yet, see them on the biggest stage and have your mind blown.
The Scarletts – Idea13 Stage 13.20 – 13.50
Genre bending new wave upstarts The Scarletts have been turning heads recently. We’re excited to see them play to a big crowd in the Idea13 tent.

Carousel – Chalkwell Rooms 13.30 – 14.00
Tom Eatherton and his folk troops bring some heartfelt songs to the Chalkwell Rooms, central on the Village Green site. Let him into your hearts.
Suspects – Idea13 Stage 14.10 – 14.40
DON’T FORGET YOUR EAR PLUGS. The loudest two piece in the UK, but what a glorious noise. The first of the Cool Thing Records family to play the Idea13 stage.
BAIT – Idea13 Stage – 15.00 – 15.30
Don’t go anywhere. Bait are simply the most captivating live show you will see. Trust us. Mike Webster’s best project yet. This is NOT TO BE MISSED.
Primo Nelson – Village Green Stage 15.30 – 16.10
The baddest mother funkers in Southend on sea. One of the most entertaining bands in the south east. The energy will be high for this one!

Darren Jones & The World Music Band – Idea13 Stage – 15.50 – 16.20
Southend’s answer to Paul Simon. One of the most enigmatic performers out there. This will be very special indeed.
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – Village Green Stage 16.40 – 17.20
The mighty Sam Duckworth returns with his most beloved project. Expect a huge band, some new songs, some old classics and a message of hope in these troubled times.
Youth Club – Idea13 16.40 – 17.20
The secret special guests! Which we found out about. You’re welcome! Village Green favourites. Pure indie pop machines.
LJ Howard – Chalkwell Rooms 16.50 – 17.20
We love this guy. Simply a class act. Big bold pop with heart. You can’t go wrong here! A definitive Southend Who favourite!

The Trusted – Chalkwell Rooms 17.40 – 18.10
Fast rising indie 4 piece that are gaining a very loyal fanbase in Southend. Expect a rammed Chalkwell Rooms!
Holloway Road – Idea13 Stage 17.40 – 18.10
The country darlings of the UK. Southend’s Holloway Road are quite something live. Armed with full band, this will be a breath of fresh air.
Kate Nash – Village Green Stage – 17.50 – 18.40
The first of our big headliners. Kate needs no introduction, but her new sound really kicks! Star of GLOW, this is one of the most fabulous acts Village Green has ever had!
Longy & The Gospel Trash – Idea13 Stage 18.30 – 19.00
A Southend superstar in his own right, but now armed with the best band he’s ever had behind him, this is going to be an absolute riot. Honest and powerful.

BLAB – The Oak Stage 18.40 – 19.00
Neglect the smaller stages at your peril! BLAB are a female fronted 4 piece with some of the best indie rock songs out there. Highly recommended!
Slim Pickings – Idea13 Stage 19.20 – 20.00
8 piece reggae/dub band, the rising stars in the super healthy reggae/ska scene in Southend. You know it’s going to be a party with the Idea13 stage headliners.
Big Jacket – Chalkwell Rooms 19.20 – 20.00
Headlining the Chalkwell Rooms are the folk pop wonders Big Jacket. Massive fans right here, this spot is well deserved!
Nothing But Thieves – Village Green Stage 19.10 – 20.00
Surely the reason we all have a ticket right? The darlings of Southend, a perfect chance to catch the biggest new rock band in the world in their homecoming show.

Back of the Mind? More like Back of the Net with Courts’ best release to date.

“We’ve been shameless Courts fans for a while now. In fact, it’s been hard to restrain ourselves from just writing exclusively about Courts recently, as we didn’t want to risk this site becoming a Courts fanboy page. We held back on featuring their latest single ‘True Say‘ and the previous release ‘Any of Us‘, as we knew that these were both to be included on the long awaited EP release ‘Back of the Mind’. Boy oh boy, it was worth the wait.

Courts are simply one of the most exciting bands in the UK right now. Blending the exceptional disco funk of Chic, the gritty attack of grime and presented in a polished indie package; it shouldn’t work, but it really does. Frontman Chris is easily one of the best rap lyricists around. Not only are his choice of words on point, but his diction and elocution creates relentlessly seamless, lyrical phrases. This is advanced craftsmanship.

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Feel My Love‘ is the standout track of the three singles on this EP, a fantastic disco anthem, but ‘Move The Roots’ is a welcome addition to these songs. The addition of vibrant brass (supplied by Gavin Fitzjohn and Tom Pinder, two of the top players in the world right now) fills out the intricate layers even further. It also features fantastic lyrics.
‘Evil exists because it should, without evil there would’t be good. That’s the only reason that it’s there, so don’t fear anything you don’t need to care.’ Simple but reassuring observations.

This EP has been a long time coming and is one of the best releases this year so far. Courts are one of the best bands on the planet. They deserve your worship immediately.
‘Back of the Mind’ is available to stream and download here. Courts play Village Green Festival on 8th July.”

Mikey Glenister

The wonderful world of transatlantic troubadour Matthew Battle

“Some time ago, Matthew Battle packed his bags, said goodbye to sunny Leigh-on-Sea and relocated to even sunnier Colombia. Taking with him 400 million instruments, a wealth of influences and his wild imagination, he has been dropping nuggets of lo-fi goodness ever since. And we should know, he has sent us a video pretty much every month for as long as we can remember!

His most recent LP ‘A Room Without a View‘ dropped recently. The whole thing was recorded in his tiny apartment and provides an intimate look into his mad little world. The whole thing is drenched in layers of irresistible DIY noise.

Opening track ‘Build Your Wall‘ throbs with a euphoric bitterness, ‘You Were Made for Me’ (featuring vocals from his wife María Angélica Madero) is a swirling, sardonic tale of love, and ‘Lost in the Internet‘ is a pulsing, despairing battle cry against the world we live in. While all these tracks reflect his new surroundings, there is still a pleasingly British matter-of-factness and humour running through them.

You could certainly do worse than buy the whole thing from his Bandcamp page, or have a little glimpse via the Southend Who Spotify playlist.”

Rob Glenister

SOUTHEND WHO EXCLUSIVE! – THE TRUSTED NEW VIDEO PREMIERE ‘SUNLIGHT’

The Trusted have already had a very busy year. This exclusive new video for ‘Sunlight‘ is the indie band’s third of the year. It’s a step back from the frenetic tempo we’ve come accustomed to from these young lads, but emotive relaxed qualities of Tom Cunningham’s voice shine through is this different framework.

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Photo: Gaz De Vere

The band also recently collaborated with Pete Gleadall (Pet Shop Boys Musical Director and Producer who’s worked with U2, Madonna, George Michael). Pete enjoyed their London show a Nambucca so much, that he decided to remix a couple of tracks for them, including the one below. Well worth your time!

With momentum clearly on their side, the band join the bill for Village Green Festival on July 8th for their biggest show yet. Keep your eyes glued to www.thetrusted.co.uk for future updates.

Charlie Wallis teams up with EMRE to Coast into a new direction with this summer anthem

Charlie Wallis is incredibly popular on the local Open Mic scene. His delicate but passionate voice makes him stand out with his unique brand of folk stylings. So this collaboration is the last thing we were expecting.

EMRE is an up and coming producer from London, who had the vision to embrace the wondrous qualities of Charlie‘s voice over this chilled house track. ‘Coast’ is an unexpected summer anthem. It seems that even without the acoustic guitar, Charlie has big pop aspirations. This is a welcome step in the right direction.

‘Coast’ is out today and available on iTunes.

Mikey Glenister

The Horrors return after 3 years to rage against the Machine

 

“Can you believe that The Horrors are now 12 years old? Time flies when you’re evolving from a anarchic garage band into a shoegazing new wave phenomenon.

Machine‘ however, sees the Southend 5 piece go down their most gritty industrial route yet. The crunching bass is the constant, below irresistible feedback-heavy electronic layers. Faris’ vocals sit effortlessly over the calm chaos of this track, but with Paul Epworth on producing duties, this is to be expected.

This is reinvention number five for The Horrors, but they still stay true to the genres that they love and openly champion. This project is a tribute to the great music of our past, whilst injecting so much originality and substance into their sound. The Horrors are a band that won’t ever stop setting their bar higher. We await album number 5 with baited breath.”

Mikey Glenister

Summer may be here, but don’t put away your winter coat just yet: you need Big Jacket in your life

The folk scene in Southend is incredibly healthy. It’s a good time to be a troubadour, with plenty of Open Mic nights springing up over the last few years. There’s never been more platforms for upcoming artists.

One of the current standout acts in this scene is Big Jacket. Led by Jordan Hemmingway, they have only been playing together since January this year and already they are earning themselves a large following. Their single release show at The Alex was absolutely rammed, but this is testament to just how good their songs and live performances are.

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Something To Think About‘ is charming song. The reassuring growl in Jordan’s voice is perfectly complemented by the delicate tones of Kyiah Marks. The subtle build to the huge crescendoing ending is a beautiful journey. They’ve stamped their sound; this is pure and honest pop music. Very welcome in our seaside town.

Big Jacket play Village Green Festival next month. ‘Something To Think About’ is available on iTunes right here.