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.

Nothing But Thieves Leave Their Hearts In Amsterdam, But Return With A HUGE Comeback Single

“Is this the most highly anticipated comeback single from a Southend band in history? Well it’s awfully hard to argue otherwise. The last three years have seen Nothing But Thieves thrive and become one of the biggest rock bands in the world. With a worldwide army of fans behind them, there’s massive pressure for comeback single ‘Amsterdam‘ to deliver. Does it?

We’ll just put this out there: Conor Mason will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest rock frontmen on the planet. The evolution of this young man’s vocals is quite something; the emotive delivery, the inhuman range and the effortless dynamics once again transform the trusty rock song framework into a fast paced delight.

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It feels like Conor’s lyrics explore the frustrations of isolation, highlighting how people don’t quite know how to interact anymore. “We live and then we die as one, we all live under the same sun.”/”So I’m Hitting My Head Up Against The Wall, over and over and over and over again, because I don’t wanna be like them”.
He quietly reflects with the lyric “I left my heart in Amsterdam, where I could dream and nights were young”, he hints that maybe this is a place where they had some peace from the enormity of the struggles of basic social existence. His passionate performance makes you root for him.

It’s an exhilarating 4 minutes. This video had the band’s biggest budget to date, shot on location in Kiev. It’s the first video to fully reflect the dominance of this band. They have finally arrived at the next level. If this is a sign of things to come on Nothing But Thieves’ second album ‘Broken Machines’ (due for release 8th September 2017), we could potentially be looking at one of the great rock records of this decade.
We’re with you all they way boys. ”

Mikey Glenister

You can preorder ‘Broken Machine’ right here, receiving Amsterdam straight away.

Nothing But Thieves @ Brixton Academy 02/12/16

Review of Nothing But Thieves @ O2 Brixton Academy 02/12/16
By Josh Eastoe

After a frantic rush from the tube station, a quick check of google maps verified that soon we were oh-so-close to the venue, and to what was guaranteed to be an amazing night.
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Photo credit: Josefine Stübner

The atmosphere outside was electrifying. Nothing But Thieves, one of the greatest success stories of Southend’s now blooming music scene, had been touring across the globe for the best part of a year. This was one of the few U.K. dates outside of their quite frankly stunning achievement of touring with Muse, and the first opportunity for many to see them after a tantalisingly long time.
Both supports, including Vant (who’d been at Reading for the first time earlier this year) really got the crowd energised and ready for the main event of the night, the finale of the sell out tour. However nothing could prepare anyone for the spectacle which followed…

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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If you are not aware of NOTHING BUT THIEVES, let this be your helpful introduction.

They’re fronted by a young man called Conor Mason, and boy does this lad have a set of lungs on him. He has an absolutely astonishing voice. He could quite easily win a television show like The X factor. A very cliché thing to say, but in this case, totally plausible. 

Naturally these boys are a much classier act, choosing to do things their own way. They already have major labels here and in the USA salivating at the potential here. They’ve already supported huge acts like FUN in New York.

Keep your eyes peeled for local shows from these guys via their facebook page. There’s a real possibility that they could be one Southend’s biggest success stories.