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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.

Southend Who Presents: Sam Duckworth’s Bohemian Soul Orchestra, featuring Lydia Kitto, Eat The Evidence & Pocket Dragon. WHAT A PARTY!

Well we just had to get involved with this.

Sam Duckworth has recently completed a Recreations tour with his faithful 11 piece band The Magnetic South. It was quickly apparent that this was no normal band. This was a super band. A band with magical powers. Compiled of some of the finest musicians in the country right now.

Originally a Recreations headline show, Sam Duckworth has teamed up with Southend Who? to bring you what is set to be one of the greatest parties to ever grace Chinnerys this Saturday. Because there’s a lot of rubbish shit going on in the world right now and quite frankly we’re sick of it. We just want to spread the love and party with friends.

So here it is, the first SOUTHEND WHO PRESENTS of 2017!
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Lydia Kitto you of course should already know, but joining the bill at Chinnerys on Saturday 11th February are Pocket Dragon (featuring the drummer and bassist who Sam has borrowed for Recreations duties!), London’s finest party starters Eat The Evidence, with the whole event hosted by The Last Skeptik. We will be featuring all these artists over the next couple of days!

This show will be a continuous 3 hour block party. Sam did one of these before back in 2012, a collaboration between Jehst and Engine-Earz Experiment that Eddy Temple Morris highly praised.
This is truly going to be a unique meeting of minds. Four of the best bands in the country jamming together, in one evening of utter joy. This really is not to be missed!

Tickets are available here!

Recreations – London Brixton Jamm 27/01/17 – By Graham Farquharson

Recreations. Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager. Friday Night in London. All the ingredients were in place for a great gig, so did it meet expectations?

Following a sparky set from Seán McGowan (long time friend of Sam and well worth checking out), it was time for Recreations. 12 of them (that’s right, you heard correctly, 12?!) squeezed onto the stage at the Brixton Jamm.

First up were a couple of songs from Sam Duckworth’s new album ‘Kingdoms’ that had been released just that morning on Spotify. Backed by the full band, these were punchier than the acoustic recordings, probably more so than Recreation’s last release ‘Beaches Ain’t Shit‘, which boded well for the main part of the evening.

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After a brief interlude, Recreations kicked off with ‘Once More with Feeling’ before taking things up a notch with a funked up version of ‘An Oak Tree’, which got the sold out crowd moving.
Recreations proceeded to follow ‘The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager’ track by track, but these were no facsimile renditions of long loved favourites. Each track had been re-arranged or re-imagined in some way. Indeed, I felt Recreations were playing in a more muscular fashion than when I last saw them play this set in Southend last October. I especially liked the extra snap, crackle and pop that the electronics were adding to the Recreations sound.

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As the gig progressed, it was great to see Sam looking so relaxed and at ease in this intimate space, which really came through during the show. It’s hardly surprising with 11 colleagues though, it is clear tonight that Recreations is more than a one man band, with the 4 piece brass section taking, literally, centre stage. Add to the mix the happiest drummer I have ever seen, keeping things tight with the rest of the rhythm section and a special mention to Katie the violinist, who performed a stunning rendition of ‘If I had a £1….’ with Sam. The Chronicles section of the show concluded in the best possible fashion with ‘The Chronicles …(Part 1)’ with the crowd in full voice reprising the ‘bah dah bah bah bah’ chants for so long, that Recreations were able to re-take to the stage and pick the song up exactly where they left off.

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They finished the night with the opening track on Kingdoms ‘All These Nights’, an encore which signposts to more good times for Recreations. For me, they have gone from strength to strength over the last few months. Even if you saw them at Chinnerys or on Southend Pier last October, you do not want to miss the chance to see this current lineup again at Chinnerys again on 11th February. If this show was anything to go by, then trust me: you do not want to miss it.”

GF

A brief history of Southend bands at Reading Festival

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With the exciting news that Nothing But Thieves will be opening the Radio 1 Stage at this year’s Reading Festival 2015 (PS. TOLD YOU they would become massive!), we thought we would give you a reminder of 5 bands from the southeast that have graced one of the more popular festival retreats for Southenders over the years. 
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Here is the spanking new single and video from GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY. It’s called ‘The real McCoy’, and it’s massive.

The video stars TNA IMPACT WRESTLING stars AUSTIN ARIES and ALEX SHELLEY. Any fan of wrestling will know that this is a very big deal indeed! The video was premiered worldwide on TNA Xplosion recently, and it would seem it has already given Get Cape a much wider audience than ever before!

Sam Duckworth will be touring in May in support of his 4th album ‘Maps’, due to be released on May 7.

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!