CHECK OUT OUR EXCLUSIVE VILLAGE GREEN INTERVIEWS w/ NOTHING BUT THIEVES, GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY, COURTS & MANY MORE!

IT’S HERE! Our first ever Southend Who TV programme! Considering how DIY this was, we are incredibly pleased with this debut special on the fantastic Village Green Festival 2017.

Nothing But Thieves, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Courts, Youth Club, BAIT, Beach For Tiger, Petty Phase, Suspects, Holloway Road, BLAB and FyreSky all feature in our 30 minute special!
A massive thank you to everyone involved at Village Green Festival, all the bands for taking part, Yasmine Ben-Afia our guest presenter and of course, Rob Glenister for jumping in at the deep end and being an absolute natural in front of the camera (even if he did get increasingly drunk throughout the proceedings. What a trooper!).
We look forward to more Southend Who podcasts in the future! Share away!

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

Courts Are Back To Bring 2k17 To Its Knees – You’d Best Not Get In Their Way

By Mikey Glenister

2016 was quite the year for Courts. The world woke up and took notice. You’ll be hard pushed to find a band that have fine tuned their sound so meticulously over the last five years. When they launched their new sound (blending indie and rap with precision), it was an eye opener. As they’ve evolved, they’ve managed to hone their funk and dance influences into their product, resulting in a much more focussed and unique offering. Disco grooves, intense delivery and startling precision.

But despite their impressive year where people finally started catching onto them, is this enough for the Basildon boys?

Their latest gift ‘Jaguar‘ is a surprise release. A straight up hip hop track, with a simple message: Courts are putting everyone on notice, because 2017 is theirs. And there’s not a damn thing you can do about it.

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Photo – Anthony Kieler

Chris’ lyrics bounce over the clean and direct groove. Much more stripped back from their recent disco funk offerings, this is track is a rally cry, almost a reminder to themselves as to why they’re doing this in the first place.

“Not resenting anybody, making music’s not my hobby and I send for the pence cos I need it for rent, you may hear me down the Jobby telling white lies so I can write rhymes, where they’re gonna take a percent, so why not make them earn it, while I pick and burn it, living like a hermit praying that they heard it.”

The self belief here is evident. It almost feels like there is plenty of pent up frustration; being trapped in the monotonous grind of nine to fives, whilst sitting on a potential gold mine that has yet to be cashed in. It’s clear that Courts are very much done with their old lives, and it’s an inevitability that they will become stars if they continue on the route they’re taking. Chris could be a mouthpiece for a generation.

To paraphrase the band, we swear 2k17 will be their year, and if it’s not then we don’t know what’s going on here. Not in the slightest. Check out Jaguar for yourselves. It’s sick.

HOT OFF THE PRESS. The brand new video for ‘Roll For The Sun’ by COURTS.

This signals a change in direction for them. We certainly did not expect it but we are definitely not complaining. It rocks! This reinvention will certainly go down well at this weekend’s BROWNSTOCK FESTIVAL

You can download this and two great remixes (including one from local boy JOHN THE BAPTIST) at www.courts.bandcamp.com.

MONDAY FUNDAY has been getting bigger and better each month, and August’s jam packed diary is no exception. Since it started at the beginning of the year, they now have a fantastic gang of resident DJs, with THE GLENISTER TWINS leading the charge, the fantastic LO-FI BEATS and the party vibe experts YOUTH CLUB DJS and FRANDISKO providing massive tunes all night.

This August however sees them bringing in huge special guests to the mix too. JAMES SUTTON of Hollyoaks and Emmerdale fame is DJing, as well as the return of GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY to Southend, also DJing.
With the huge two day event SUMMER SLAM running in conjunction with Monday Funday on the 15th too, it would seem Mondays are taken care of this month!

Courts FREE DOWNLOADS. Limited! Hurry!



Basildon/Pitsea/Canvey Island based 4 piece COURTS have released 3 free downloads on their Soundcloud page. Crowd favourite ‘Cross Arms’, and two remixes from WHITE VISITATION, and Glitch resident JOHN THE BAPIST.

They don’t plan on having these up for very long, and are deleting them from the internet soon. So download these quick, as their unique indie dance fusion is really quite special. Think Vampire Weekend with the punch of Foals.

Photo by Rich Crooks

Courts FREE DOWNLOADS. Limited! Hurry!