In The Park Festival 2018 – Southend Who Preview!

With many Southenders feeling down about the lack of Village Green Festival this year, In The Park Festival at Garon Park this Sunday is the perfect event to fill the void!

With big hitters like Marc Almond, Heaven 17 and Big Country gracing the main stage, there’s already a lot to love about this lineup. However what really piqued our interest is the quality of the second stage, featuring the cream of our local crop.

Here’s our take on who you should definitely be checking out this year!

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Make sure you get down early for the beautiful voice of Megan Rose! The young singer songwriter has been making waves recently, playing to her biggest crowd yet at Southend United FC‘s end of season game last month. Her folk/country is effortless and completely captivating. Definitely one to watch!


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‘What Went Wrong’ is the new single from THOMA. But there’s nothing wrong with it? FAKE NEWS!

“Clued up Southend gig goers will likely already be aware of the pop force that is THOMA. Tom Johnston has not only supported Youth Club on their recent run of sold out shows in London and Southend Chinnerys, but has recently recorded his latest upcoming EP ‘Bouquet’ at SS2 Recording, with YC drummer Rees Broomfield behind the mixing desk.

The result is a very pleasing blend of ambient pop and electro. There are Sam Smith comparisons to be had here, but with the polished YC pop production ladened through the layers, this is very accomplished stuff indeed. THOMA‘s latest single ‘What Went Wrong‘ is chilled and really showcases Tom’s incredible vocal range. This man has soul. No question about it. What went wrong? You really should be asking what went right!

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The ‘Bouquet EP’ drops in June. We can’t wait for it if this banger of a single is anything to go by.”

Mikey Glenister

THOMA – ‘What Went Wrong’ is out everywhere today. Get your mitts on it right now!

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly return to Chinnerys this Saturday. Here’s why you shouldn’t miss out on their best live show to date!

One of the most unexpected but joyous things to happen last year was the return of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. Having hung up the cape in 2014, few could have foreseen that there would be a 6th studio album. But Young Adult is here, it’s Sam Duckworth’s best work to date. It features a collaboration with Shy FX, as well as the huge singles Adults, VHS Forever and Animate. We’re so glad to have him back!

Hands down, the current lineup for GCWCF is the best it’s ever been. Sam’s band now features Southend’s very own Lydia Kitto, the rhythm section from Pocket Dragon and Linda Burrato who plays guitar for Kate Nash. Add to the mix a full brass section and you have simply one of the most exciting live shows to come out of Southend. The Independent recently heaped high praise on Get Cape’s last London headline show, filled with the perfect blend of old hits and new hits.

2018 has proved to be a rejuvenation for Sam and friends. Get Cape are supporting Frank Turner at The Roundhouse next week, as well as a full festival run including a high billing slot at Isle of Wight Festival in June. With promises of more exciting festival and tour announcements soon, now is the perfect time to see Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, so why not see them right here in Southend at Chinnerys this Saturday?

Support comes from Sean McGowan and The RPMs, with tickets available right here. It’s the best ticket in town, you won’t regret it. These are the moments that we’re living for!

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly play Chinnerys on Saturday 12th May. Tickets available at SeeTickets right now.
Young Adult is out now on iTunes.

Carousel soar with latest release “My Father’s Son”. Southend’s answer to Americana.

Carousel came onto the Southend Music Scene last year and quite rightly have been turning heads with their rousing Indie-Americana Folk. Fast forward to now and ‘My Father’s Son‘ demonstrates some incredibly accomplished songwriting.

Tom Eatherton’s voice is incredibly impassioned, sitting above some satisfyingly comforting backing vocals from the rest of the band. The chorus is a rousing war cry, with the song gradually crescendoing to an epic conclusion. If Carousel weren’t on your radar until now, they certainly should be. Their sound is ambitious and bold, great to see from a Southend folk band.

Carousel play Chelmsford’s Fling Festival in June, with their biggest headline tour to date beginning in September. This lot are perfect for your summer playlists, get them added up right now.

Mikey Glenister

‘My Father’s Son’ is available now right here.

Southend Who presents: Cisco In The Aquarium + Friends, a celebration of the old school Southend Ska Punk Scene!

 

On Friday January 5th 2018, Southend Who is proudly presenting an evening of Southend ska-punk to celebrate an era that was positively thriving in the early noughties!

Ska punk shows were a regular occurrence at Chinnerys back in 2000-2003, so we decided to get 3 of the best ska-punk legends back together as well as an appearance from one of the biggest characters from the scene for one night only at Chinnerys on Friday 5th January 2018. Here’s why we’re so excited!

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The ska pop princes back in the day, Cisco In The Aquarium were famous for their raucous live shows. Their loyal following were left heartbroken when they disbanded in 2005 when frontman James Kelleway moved to America. After a one off reunion show back in 2010, they’ve decided to have one last party at Chinnerys!
They were just kids when their legendary songs like ‘Tiffy Got A Texty‘ and ‘Flamin’ Nutcase‘ captured the hearts of the Southend music scene. Now they’re all grown up with a mission statement to get Southend skanking one last time!

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Grunge never died. Rettena are the proof.

“After many years performing in Tallowah, Joe Garner has now embarked on a fully fledged grunge mission with his new band Rettena. This is quite a U-turn from the reggae roots of of his previous outfit, but when you make grunge this sweet, why would you ever turn around again?

Despite being relatively new to the Southend scene, Rettena have certainly been sitting on gold. Very loud gold. 2018 will certainly expand on the initial good hype they’ve been enjoying, with an EP release show at Chinnerys on Saturday 13th January, with the first 100 in receiving a free copy of the EP.  Definitely the best way to start your new year. We’ll be at the front of the queue good sir!”

Mikey Glenister

Tickets for the EP Release show are available right HERE.

Matt Linnen’s X Factor Journey – The Story So Far

“So The X Factor then. For musicians and music fans alike, the reality show music culture is very much a polarising subject. Musicians who consider themselves ‘credible’ will most likely scoff at the thought of this product of popular culture.

“It’s rigged!” “It’s bullshit!” “It’s damaging the music industry!” “You’d never catch me on a show like that!”

Which is why it came as a shock to many people within the Southend Music Scene (the SMS) when Southend’s very own Matt Linnen showed up on primetime TV to sing a song for the X Factor judges. Hang about son, I thought you were a real musician? WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS!?

In reality (the real life reality, not the TV product reality), this is the result of years of being a dedicated performer and songwriter. Matt‘s not shy to the music industry, having enjoyed some early success with his old band Vox Empire, even being endorsed by the one and only Liam Gallagher. Matt has been a constant force in the SMS for nearly a decade now.

Recently he embraced his natural charisma and talent and embarked on developing the Linnen brand. He played the main stage last year at Village Green Festival and was one of the big highlights of the day. Big crowds have never phased him.

He is also one of the unsung heroes of the Southend Open Mic Scene, regularly organising these events at pretty much every intimate local venue and helping unite this community, as well as helping restaurants like Mangetout with their music booking as well as being a regular for the ever popular steakhouse (Matt even played a cheeky duet with Conor from Nothing But Thieves after their album launch party).

So why was it time to go for the X Factor? The story goes that his friend talked him into it after years of possibilities. It’s no secret that The X Factor scouts for talent for the show. Matt Linnen has always been on their radar. For Matt it would seem, now was the time to see if this was really a road he could walk.

Fast forward to now; Matt is now on Week 4 of one of the biggest shows on the planet. He’s become the poster boy of the current batch of contestants and Southend is now being mentioned regularly at the weekends. Southend is getting put on the map.

With all eyes on Southend, this can only be a good thing. Us Southenders have known for a while now that there’s something brewing in our scene. The likes of Nothing But Thieves, The Horrors, Asylums, Lydia Kitto and Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly are all testament to this. With all these Southend success stories, could this competition ignite something in the scene?

If you know Matt Linnen, there really is no bullshit here. He’s grafted, championed new talent and been a genuine force in the local community. He’s created this opportunity; The X Factor could potentially change Matt’s life forever. And it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

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Whether you’re an X Factor fan or not, there is no denying that this whole journey has been incredibly exciting and rewarding to watch. Southend is fully behind Matt Linnen and we will be voting every week to try and keep him on this journey. Go #TeamMatt!”

Mikey Glenister

Make sure you download The X Factor App to secure 5 free votes each time the voting opens on Matt Linnen.