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!

Click page 2 for Matt Linnen.

‘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!


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!

Understand this: Youth Club are back with ‘Misunderstood’, their best single to date

“Now let’s get one thing clear: Youth Club are quite possibly the most loved band in Southend.
That’s a pretty bold statement to make about any band, but if you were one of the people present at the sold out Chinnerys gig that this latest single ‘Misunderstood‘ was shot on location at, you could feel the adoration. A true honest connection between the band and the audience. None of this ‘We’re filming a music video, look like you’re having fun‘ nonsense. It was a beautiful thing to witness and be part of. Pure joy in a room.

But let’s get down to the single at hand. It’s their best one for ages. Their forte has always been the upbeat anthems with the huge choruses and YC fans have been gagging for another ‘People‘ or ‘Tunnel‘. ‘Misunderstood‘ is very much up there with those. Easily. Momentum is very much back on Youth Club‘s side.

Of course let’s not forget who the real star of the video was. A cameo from yours truly. You’re welcome boys. I’m also available for weddings, funerals and Bar Mitzvahs. “

Mikey Glenister







Youth Club ‘Misunderstood’ is out NOW on iTunes

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.

Youth Club Return With New Single ‘Are You Wanting It All’

By Mikey Glenister

You know that every time Youth Club come back with a new single, you’re in for a delicious pop treat. They are colour and light. Positivity and fun. They make music to dance to, because dancing is pleasant.


Are You Wanting It All‘ is another polished pop masterclass. Their understanding of giving melody space to move through the song is once again evident. Their sound has almost pulled back slightly, with subtle synths building through the verses with a gradual crescendo to that all important chorus. Then POW! You’ve arrived, time to dance. We’re with you all the way boys.

Youth Club play London Camden Assembly, a gig hosted by The Hyve on 22nd February. Tickets available here:


It’s that time again! Southend Who? takes a look at who we think you should be checking out at this year’s biggest live music event in Southend!

With so much going on, we’ve planned the perfect schedule for the must-see acts of the day!



So the smart people will know to get down to the site nice and early. One reason is to get your bearings of the site without the crowds, but mainly to check out the fantastic KISS ME QUICK.

Fronted by David Woodcock and Wendy Solomon (both fantastic artists in their own right), this genius pairing of the two is an absolute joy. Their super happy folk is the perfect start to the day. Click the photo for their music!


We’ve not been shy when it comes to singing FUTUREAGES praises (best post rock band on planet at the moment, shucks). But you won’t get to see them often in Southend on such a big stage as the Village School Stage. This is our biggest recommendation of the day. DON’T MISS OUT. SERIOUSLY. 


After seeing FutureAges, don’t go anywhere! Southend heroes YOUTH CLUB return to the same stage they smashed last year. Having enjoyed top 30 chart success with their ‘Colours EP’, they’ve gone from being local darlings to national darlings. This is likely to be the first massive crowd of the day. Our suggestion is to be part of said massive crowd and dance your tits off to their polished indie pop! 


After the inevitable madness of Youth Club, it’s time to bring the tempo down a touch. But that’s not at the expense of quality. KAYLEN CASTLE is a self taught acoustic guitarist who, quite simply, has mad skills. At only 17, he is sickenly good. This is definitely going to be a treat for the ears. So grab yourself a drink and check him out. 


Did you miss LONGY absolutely smash his set at Leigh Folk Festival the other week? If you did, this is the perfect chance to redeem yourself. Longy is a force to be reckoned with, but with his full band behind him, he’s unstoppable.


If you have seen Longy before, then now is a perfect time to switch over to the main stage for THE GOLDMASTER ALLSTARS.
It’s hard to find a stage big enough to fit these party starters on, so the massive main stage is perfect! These boys have been ska and dub pioneers for nearly a good two decades, perfect for the afternoon at Village Green!


SHLOMO is one of the leading lights in the beatboxing game. More recently he’s been experimenting with loops technology. Not many can touch him with his skills. He will be one of the most astonishing things you see all day. 


One of the big pulls on this line up this year. DAN LE SAC VS SCROOBIUS PIP have always pushed the boundaries of hip hop and electronic music, and this is likely to absolutely go off. THOU SHALT NOT MISS THIS BAND.


WHOM BY FIRE are a deliciously intense folk duo. Previously Caleb, they are just glorious. I nice breather before the headliners, and highly recommended!


MAN LIKE ME are possibly one of the most entertaining live acts you will ever see. Full of brass, dance routines, and big big dance tracks, these boys raise it up. This will go off HARD.


After years with Redtrack and Casablanco, it seems BILLY WRIGHT has finally found his calling card: being himself!
His chilled pop is perfect for winding down the evening too. 


Closing the festival is the phenomenal BETH ORTON. Boasting an impressive back catalogue, she’s incredibly welcome at Village Green! Some thought this might be an odd choice for a headliner, but you will be sure to find much of her set incredibly familiar. Her folk mixed with electronica is a real treat.

SO THERE YOU HAVE IT. Our perfect Village Green. Other notable acts to check out if this doesn’t suit:


Our favourite alternative night MONDAY FUNDAY has really come up trumps this time.

First off they have TELLISON playing live. Anyone who has seen this band live or heard their albums will know this is a dream booking for The Sunrooms.
Main support comes from new local heroes EXILES, who could quite easily headline Monday Funday in their own right. Opening is DEMI AND MITCH, a beautiful collaboration between DEMI SPRIGGS, and REDTRACK guitarist MITCH SILVEY.

Does it get much better? Well, yes it does actually. IT’S ONLY £3!!