Upgrade your pop taste – Tabou are back with more genre crossover bliss

“Now we’ve spoken a lot about these guys before here at Southend Who.
We even did a video interview with them during their recent show supporting Youth Club at Chinnerys a few weeks ago, but due to technical difficulties out of our control the sound got corrupted (we are new to the video-making game, it was totally our fault).

But with or without super trendy local music blogs providing video content, it’s hard to ignore the pop bliss that is Tabou‘s current single ‘Upgrade‘. The subtle phasing synths in the intro build to a slick pop groove, dictated by duelling melodic guitar lines. The way they meander around the vocal melodies is very accomplished stuff. This is polished indie-pop packed with soul.

This single release should only cement the ‘ones to watch’ tag that seems to keep getting stuck to them. Expect a future video interview with them soon from Southend Who (seriously, how hard is it to turn a microphone on, right?).”

Mikey Glenister


We are incredibly excited to EXCLUSIVELY unveil the brand new video for Southend sensation LJ Howard‘s latest single ‘Settle Down’!

LJ Howard first came onto our radars supporting Arcaves at Chinnerys earlier this year, with one of the most upbeat high energy performances we’ve ever seen. We’ve been fans ever since.

This new single is slightly mellower than his previous releases, but there’s some classic 80s pop going on here. Think classic Lionel Richie with an up to date contemporary twist. The simple shuffle of the club beat sits nicely under meandering phasing synth and strings, whilst LJ’s dynamic voice glides over the track.


LJ Howard plays In The Park Festival at Garon Park alongside The Hoosiers, Toploader, Arcaves and Southchurch this Sunday 28th May. Tickets are available here. He’s also playing this year’s Village Green Festival. He’s going to be busy this summer clearly, so make sure you do yourself a favour and check him out. Guaranteed to put smiles on faces!

Darren Jones brings his World Music Band to Chinnerys on Saturday night!

This weekend is clearly a good one to set up camp at Chinnerys for. Once Arcaves have brought the Friday party, Saturday 25th sees the enigmatic Darren Jones & The World Music Band take to the stage to keep the party going, for one of his biggest headline shows.


Darren is Southend’s answer to Paul Simon and is a regular on this town’s popular open mic circuit. With his full band behind him he’s unstoppable.

This is one live show you don’t want to miss. An uplifting folk force to be reckoned with, one of Southend’s best kept secrets. Head to See Tickets to get your tickets for this must-see show!

Introducing Pocket Dragon – Fabulous Fusion Funk/Soul Coming Your Way!

Joining the bill for our first Southend Who Presents show is the utterly wonderful Pocket Dragon.

This is one hell of a slick operation. The neo-soul jazz fusion is one of the most uplifting things you’ll hear this year. Astonishing musicality, Emma Barney’s stirring voice positively soars over the tight delight of the rhythm section. It’s simply glorious.


Pocket Dragon join Sam Duckworth & The Bohemian Soul Orchestra, Eat The Evidence, Lydia Kitto and The Last Skeptik this Saturday 11th February at Chinnerys.
Tickets are available from See Tickets, however you can win 2 FREE TICKETS! Simply go to the post on our Facebook page and share the post to be in with a chance!

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!

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!

Lydia Kitto – Astonishing Southend Soul, Set to Soar in 2017

-By Mikey Glenister

It’s been a while since there’s been a talent quite like Lydia Kitto. In fact, I’m struggling to think of any solo artist from Southend who has presented this much potential for global domination at such an early stage in their career.

‘Ride’ demonstrates her craft perfectly. The subtle house track sits under Lydia’s voice as it takes off, which demands your attention.

2016 was the year that Kitto started to really turn heads. She had one of the stand out performances at Village Green 2016, and her debut single ‘Run To You‘ has received over 100,000 streams on Spotify. And it’s easy to understand why.
Her style and swagger makes her completely unique. Every melody oozes personality, which sets her leaps and bounds above the rest.

She’s one of the most versatile performers in Southend, storming local open mic nights. She’s incredibly comfortable behind her keyboard, armed with a guitar, or with a full band behind her (her go-to players are members of Beach For Tiger, another Southend band that deserves your attention).

The Amy Winehouse comparisons are inevitable, but as you can see from one of The Broom Cupboard Sessions she featured in, tackling a big Amy track like ‘Stronger Than Me’ is a breeze. She completely owns it.

She closed 2016 with an incredible performance at The Jazz Cafe, which only validated her claim to become a true breakout star in 2017.
BBC Essex Introducing have endorsed her as one of their Essex Sound of 2017 artists. It’s not hard to see why. This year, we’ve got our eyes on Lydia Kitto, and can’t wait to see what she does next.