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Village Green Programme Saturday 8 July 2017
VILLAGE GREEN STAGE
Our beautiful saddlespan stage is back and it’s rockin’ with some of the finest local
talent as well as brilliant acts from across the UK.
Essex Undiscovered Winners - enthralling rock act.
Guitar-based funk & hip-hop - like an illegitimate love-in between
Jamie T and the Stone Roses.
Fresh from supporting Nothing But Thieves, this is Indie Rock at its
purest. ‘One Foot’ - track of the week on BBC Introducing, Radio 1.
Bro & Sis combo & darlings of the Summer Festival scene.
Original, hard-hitting funk inspired groove. Heavy horns, thumping
funk core & husky tones.
Special Guest - Leo C
(See Oak Stage - SoSlam Young Songwriters LAB act).
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
Get Cape is back, and back for good… returning with his anti fascist,
hope filled project. Massive news from one of Southend's greatest
BRIT Award-winner Kate Nash is back from the states and
unleashing hot fresh new material.
Nothing But Thieves
After eighteen whirlwind months of sold out shows, chart topping
records and a critically acclaimed album, Southend’s finest come
home to headline Village Green 2017.
Middle Age Spread and Urban Allstars - DJs
Southend’s popular DJ collective bring their floor-filling skills to work
the park, joined by the mighty Urban Allstars spinning all things
funky on the decks to get you into the groove.
Daryl Easlea - Compere
Author, broadcaster and DJ is thrilled to compere the Village Green
Stage for the fifth year running.
COMEDY CULINARY BIG TOP
New for 2017 a heady mix of culture, cooking and comedy for all ages, taste-buds and
Accomplished and funny storyteller with a charming friendly style.
Comedy Club 4 Kids
Host, Richard Sandling brings together the best of the UK comedy
circuit, including Andrew O'Neill and CBBC’s Inel Tomlinson –
keeping all their best jokes clean for kids - their toughest audience
Deborah Frances-White: Global Pillage
Sony Award-nominated comedian and writer hosts a brand new
comedy panel show podcast all about idiom, culture, customs and
norms. Guests include: Desiree Burch, Radu Isac, Inel Tomlinson &
Jo Farrugia. Be part of the live recording!
George Egg: Anarchist Cook
A surreal and absurd mix of stand-up comedy and striking
innovation from one of the UK’s most in demand comedians. "It's a
hilarious show, with surprisingly good food" The Times.
Hardeep Singh Kohli: Chat Masala
BAFTA award-winning & BBC Radio 4 favourite Hardeep (Celebrity
Masterchef, The One Show, Question Time) brings his much loved
cookery chat show to Village Green, proving that food, thought, and
comfort go hand in hand.
Compere - Al Naed
He’s been with us since the very beginning of Village Green, and
he’s back for another bumper year of fun!
Presented in Partnership with Essex Cultural Diversity Project, The WOMAD
Foundation and Atlantic Pacific Global Logistics. Funded by Arts Council England.
Southend Hungarian Group
Hungarian dance workshops led from the stage. Look out for their
nearby, all-day, workshops - hand-made pieces of folk art, national
costumes and craft activities for children.
Efua Sey Cultural Academy
African drumming workshop brought to Southend from the yearround school of African culture based in Harlow.
Carnival drums to whip up an amazing street party atmosphere!
Abass Dodoo & Mauricio Velasierra
Legendary Ghanaian drummer who tours with Cream's Ginger
Baker and plays with Van Morrison - MEETS - musical stories from
the pioneering Colombian flautist.
Heidi Heidelberg & Mim Suleiman
Anarchic soprano musician & film composer working with classical,
jazz, beatbox & rock influences - MEETS - international force of
nature from Zanzibar.
Jamaican master brings traditional & contemporary urban dance.
Bollywood/Bhangra Beats and Dance rhythms.
Efua Sey Cultural Academy
African dance performance and acrobats. More from the brilliant
academy from Harlow.
Group Jam (The WOMAD Foundation artists)
A stunning collaboration between the international artists of Global
Presented by The Jazz Centre UK, alongside an exhibition of highlights from TJCUK
archive, including Louis Armstrong’s trumpet! Curated by Digby Fairweather and Mick
The Dominic Ashworth Duo
Hugely talented, multi-stylistic guitarist (Dominic) plays with worldclass bassist Roger Curphey. The duo will also supply the rhythm
section for all our visiting stars!
“I can’t think of another trumpeter who can do what he does!”
(Wynton Marsalis) This ‘Rising star’ British Jazz Award winner
(2002) has risen! with 5* reviews for his recent album ‘In the Empire
Starting out with the legendary Humphrey Lyttelton, Karen now
leads her own poll winning quartet with pianist Nikki Iles, bassist
Dave Green and drummer Steve Brown.
“The greatest all-round saxophonist in the UK" (Jazz Critic, Art
Napoleon). Mick’s formidable CV includes everyone from The LPO
to Dame Cleo Laine, Jacqui Dankworth and ‘Swing Out Sister’.
Clare Foster / Shanti Jayasinha
Clare’s cool-voiced interpretation of standards is accompanied by
the trumpet and flugelhorn of Shanti (Brand New Heavies, John
Mayer’s ‘Indo-Jazz Fusions’). A great way to end the day!
GRRRL ZINE STAGE
Presented by Grrl Zine Fair. Funded by Arts Council England.
Grrrl Zine Fair
The DIY Punk Self-Publishing Party curates a full day of alternative
scene music, workshops, and talks.
Petty Phase is a new four-piece outfit bringing the spirit of Riot Grrrl
to Southend. Their rama-lama punk sound compares to early Hole,
L7, or even The Runaways.
Brighton-based gal band. Having played just a handful of shows
they are already getting people excited with their 'DIY lovers punk'.
Queen Zee and the Sasstones
Pop punk band from Liverpool, "marrying vulgar sonics with
Think, Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and Riot Grrrl.
DJ BBZ London
Monthly exhibition/tun up centered on positive feminine energy and
eradicating misogyny for queer women and genderqueer fam of
GRRRL ZINE FAIR WORKSHOPS
Presented by Grrl Zine Fair. Funded by Arts Council England.
Freer Ideas: Drum Workshop
UK-based music project, empowering marginalised individuals &
communities through music lessons, workshops and gigs.
Estella Adeyeri: Guitar Workshop
Hugely talented musician and singer (JUNK/ Big Joanie/ Witching
Waves/ Decolonise Festival Organisation) Estella Adeyeri leads a
Portable Print Studio
Artist-led project running drop in screen printing workshop. Take part
for free, and receive your own personalised tote bag!
Shadow Sistxrs Fight Club
Workshops in self-protection - physical and psychic. Learn selfdefense martial arts techniques, holistic dance movement and delve
into the worlds of herbs and crystals.
Arts Sisterhood UK
A unique, grassroots Arts & Mental Health organisation offering
women and non-binary people affordable art therapy classes.
Tackling transphobia through nail art, it's fabulous activism! Founder
Charlie Craggs comes to Village Green with her pop up nail salon.
Presented by Metal Art School. And you don’t even have to be mini to enjoy it!
Interactive family dancing using fun props, engaging stories & much
loved songs! Come & Bopalong!
Puppetry & storytelling from a consummate & charming performer,
Imagination Station Puppet Show
All aboard for Auntie Sarah’s adventure with dinosaurs, mermaids,
enormous Aliens and the occasional chicken. Join in for hands on
musical puppetry mayhem!
Mrs H and the Singalong Band
A riot of colour, music and dance. Nationally renowned for their
ability to create music that unites generations, bringing together
elements of Folk, Soul, Afro, Latin and Dub.
Imagination Station Puppet Show
Mrs H and the Singalong Band
Compere - Sarah Dodsworth
A Village Green favourite - back again with her fabulous, friendly and
Presented in partnership with The Railway Hotel, Chinnery’s, Cool Thing Records and
South Essex College – an eclectic mix, hand-picked by those in the know about what’s
HOT on the local and UK scene.
Beach For Tiger
A five-piece psychedelic rock band from London/Essex.
All the way from lovely Leeds and endorsed by Höfner Guitars, the
Railway Hotel favourites bring their modern, refreshing, new and
edgy tunes to the South.
A powerful and potent sinewy five piece, drawing on the darker side
of new wave and laced with psychedelia.
Thrilling 2-piece Indie Punk band have recently premiered
their debut single ‘Innocence’. Kerrang! & Radio X are big
supporters of the pair.
Industrial Punk outfit, featuring members of Asylums. Their
pulverising debut album earned them a sold out debut show and a
growing army of fans including Radio X's John Kennedy and Rough
Darren Jones & The World Music Band
Blending Afro beats and world music inspired rhythms with catchy
lyrics to deliver an electric performance and vibrant and colourful
Very Special Guests!!!
To be announced on the day. You won’t want to miss them!
Bringing a taste of Nashville to Essex, this multiple awardnominated Country duo are twisting the neck of authentic and
keeping things fresh. Country Rock Pop at its most invigorating.
'With more raw energy than an angry volcano’ (Daily Mirror). Think a
rocked up modern Crosby Stills and Nash, taking influence from The
Who, and Pearl Jam.
Renowned 8-strong party reggae/dub force who won’t rest until
you’re moving and grooving.
Ship Full of Bombs - DJ
Southend's cult alternative radio station present a line-up of the
coolest DJs on the scene with their incomparably eclectic bag of
Compere - Ollie Winiberg
Long-running presenter of BBC Introducing, Ollie’s finger is firmly on
the pulse of new music in Essex.
CHALKWELL PARK ROOMS
Presented in partnership with Chalkwell Park Rooms, The Railway Hotel, Chinnery’s
and Cool Thing Records.
The Daisy Bowlers
Wonderfully unique vintage style band with exceptional vocal
Accomplished Dublin-born soundsmith and lyricist, composing
beautiful pieces of folk balladry.
6-piece Americana music collective. Taking inspiration from a
plethora of music to fuse country, folk, rock’n’roll, blues and roots.
Long-running legendary Beat Garage band. They turn up, plug in,
sometimes tune up, and play with venom. An honour to have them
playing Village Green.
Heavyweight riffs, sleazy rock vocals, & attitude in spades.
Drawing their energy from the darker side of life with influences from
the freakbeat and garage psych scenes.
With soul infused with RnB and rock, LJ’s unique voice never fails to
Hot, young, and the talk of the town - remixed twice by Pet Shop
Boys’ musical MD and wooed by LA. What’s next? Village Green,
Longy & the Gospel Trash
A firm Village Green favourite, Longy unveils The Gospel Trash, the
6 piece band he’s been locked away with for over a year - and the
results are incredible!
Super fresh rock-pop-folk band with great energy and powerful live
vocals to get everyone moving.
Presented in partnership with SoSlam and South Essex College, this stage is all about
the youth – the STARS of tomorrow! Make sure you see them here first!
11:45- Leo C
Move aside, Jonny Cash, Lou Reed & Bob Dylan! Original material
from this young singer songwriter. One to watch.
12:00- Clem Talbott
Original material, thoughtful pop ballads with dreamy vocals.
Two young busker brothers with catchy original songs and a strong
12:25- Aaron Wong
Pianist & composer, full of changing dynamics.
12:35- Lillith Vlkova
Captivatingly unique songs and descriptive story telling.
12:50- Noah Fox
Soft and charming experimental guitar work.
13:00- Lottie Mollica
Original songs with a soft air of innocence.
13:15- Caitlin King
Original folk and soul material with passionate lyrics.
13:30- Anna-Marie Childs
An exciting and professional young talent.
13:45- Emily Frith
A luscious combination of Country & Pop ballads.
Putting his own unique spin on modern chart music.
Stunning mature vocalist with a lot of soul.
Lo-fi pop band with fresh original material and breathtaking
Unique, warm vocal melodies with guitar. Influenced by Norah
Jones and Laura Marling, she's an endearing live watch.
A blend of pop and country with a soulful voice and lyrics ahead of
Shazz & BK
Singer/Songwriter with eclectic tastes!
Singer/Guitar player from Leigh, performing popular covers and
original material, influenced by blues, punk and rock.
Passionate singer/songwriter from Southend-on-Sea!
Essex based music-loving folk-rock singer-songwriter not to be
Fiery female-fronted indie-rock four piece!
Hosted by the musicians of the SoSlam Collective
Presented in partnership with BBC Essex and hosted by the brilliant Rob Jelly.
Celebrating all that is Clever – past and present – from our brilliant, but often muchmaligned county!
Join the Rubber Ring Relay Race as we celebrate Lionel Lukin, Essex boy
and inventor of the first unsinkable lifeboat back in 1785!
Hear from historian Tim Wander, discover Morse code and learn about
Marconi and his time in Chelmsford – the birthplace of radio.
Don’t miss Dr Dude’s show! Learn all about the brilliant Joseph Lister, a
groundbreaking surgeon and pioneer of antiseptic. Get hands on as we
explore the barmy world of bacteria.
Did you know that 101 Dalmations was written by honorary Essex Girl,
Dodie Smith? Go dotty with the Dalmation Formation and create your own
Love Letter to Southend at our drop-in workshop!
Do the Samba Stretch
Pull up your legwarmers; it’s time to get physical with Miss Bopalong! Joinin with retro aerobics, to the original records used by Essex Girl Eileen
Fowler, founder of the Industrial Keep Fit Organisation in 1956.
Explore the world of hip-clips, mullygrubbers and googlys, as we discover
Sam Deards. Born in 1842, our boy Sam invented the cricket score board;
another great claim for Essex!
Join our cockney knees-up, with special musical guests! Grab a song sheet
and celebrate brilliant musicians and performers from our corner of the
world, including Peggy Mount, Ken Campbell and Dudley Moore.
Clever Essex Role Call
Take part in our final show, as we speed through some of the best Clever
Essex characters through time, including Boudica, Lee Brilleaux, Margaret
Cavendish and many more.
Nominate Clever Essex characters
We are looking to find 125 more people who we are proud to say represent
Clever Essex. Nominate yours throughout the day – or on
Compere - Rob Jelly, the sonically inquisitive BBC Essex presenter,
producer & writer - and yes, his real name is Mr Jelly!
March of the Makers
New for 2017! Join us in our craft tent, where you will find the best in local designers
and makers demonstrating their skills and offering one-off pieces for sale.
Railing Against the Machine
Local artists and schools have come together to fill the railings of the sports court in Chalkwell
Park with colour and imagination to unite! Take in the exhibition or buy a work to take home with
South Essex Schools Estuary Art Group
As part of Railing against the Machine Village Green is proud to present South Essex Schools
Estuary Art Group, led by a group of school teachers who meet once a term to share skills and
knowledge. On show is work Primary and Secondary schools from Southend, Hockley, Maldon
Love Letter to Southend
Launched earlier this year on Valentine’s Day, we invited individuals, schools,
community groups, artists, makers to create a Love Letter to Southend to celebrate the
Borough’s 125 birthday. We’ve had thousands of responses and here you can see each
and every one in all their glory!
Art Car Boot Rally
Vintage clothes, hand-made and home made goods, fancy stationary, vintage bus
destination signs, original artworks and much, much more in our Art Car Boot Rally!
Sign of the Times
Artist Ben Connors and Poet Justin Coe have come together to produce this mass
installation around the theme of positive protest. Come revel in the message of good
ideas, love and unity, meet the makers and add your own message!
Forgotten something for your picnic or fancy some olives with your craft beer? Head
over to the farmers market next to the Comedy Culinary stage where you will find fresh
backed bread, fine cheeses, Portuguese custard tarts, drinks and snacks of all varieties!
Festival favourites all set to dazzle with circus skills workshops. Learn juggling, tight
rope plate spinning and stilt walking with expert tuition. Find them next to Chalkwell Hall.
In the Mini Green Area……
A fun toddler group that lets your little one learn and have fun through sensory, tactile
Metal Art School
Loads of creative activities, across the whole day including Discover In A Day – join in
the fun and gain a nationally recognised Arts Award at the same time! With artist Claire
Softley (for ages 5-11yrs) and activities led by our current Arts Award students who are
selling limited edition copies of the 2nd issue of DIY magazine PARADISUS.
Jacqson Diego Story Emporium
Stories and books for all the family. Storytellers and poets performing live in our Stories
in Bloom tent; workshops to help you create your own stories in our Growing Stories
Interactive family fun featuring everyone's favourite building brick!
Book fun for all the family with this evergreen of the children's publishing world
Mendip Wildlife Community Garden
Join Mendip Wildlife Community Garden in making seed bombs, learning about
permaculture, sustainable urban growing, and generally getting messy!
Learn how to grow your own mushrooms at home with this local business. Find out
more about sustainability and renewable energy while you pick up your grow kit!
Nu Urban Gardeners
The live art organization inspired by a love of the land and the spirit of Cabaret
Voltaire. Design your own sustainable village green, rescue Lord Byron’s dog or see
how many peacock themed beer mats you can flip and catch in one go!
Real live bees in their observation hive. Learn about the art and craft of beekeeping!
Ever wondered how food impacts on culture, society and the place where you live? Visit
Club Critical Theory, a collaboration between UEL and Cultural Engine to find out more
whilst cooking up some delicious food to try.
CAST: Recipe Swap
Have your meal times been uninspiring lately? Or perhaps you’ve got that rare thing - a
healthy dish that teenagers can’t get enough of? This is the place to visit! A recipeshare of recipes from around the world and closer to home. Bring yours to share – and
pick up tips from others.
In the Picnic Area…..
Join the Faceback community and meet real live people! Your Face is turned into a
badge and worn by someone you haven’t met yet. Your mission is to get your Face
Watch the local Parkour crew fly through the air!
Okami Martial Arts
Exciting Martial Arts demonstration from this local karate and fitness club based in
Southend. Find out how to get involved!
Join Ruth and the opera team from Gestalt Arts, who will be gathering participant's
responses to their local river and what it means to them in a unique and creative way.
Challenge yourself to cycle on the 45m North Shore track! Tackle technical trials and
experience the thrills of single track riding. All ages.
Prizes for hitting low-fi, fun-fair favourite, Tin Can Alley - 3 balls per go.
Free badges and sculpture fun with recycled materials.
On a mission to stamp out late detection of breast cancer. Come to the boob cube to
find out more – and, OF COURSE, grab a snap of yourself dressed as a giant boob!
Join the team from Mad Science to make slime – if you think Instagram can show you
how to do it – think again! This is the real deal!
Round Table Hungry Hippos
Live sized version of the classic greedy game!
Emerging Southend theatre company announces ‘Hey Billy, This is Just the Beginning!’
– a new community play. Drop by to find out how you can be involved!
Charities to visit, learn about and support:Essex Wildlife Trust
Royal British Legion
Change for Life
Look up! Stilts Pro are back & taller than ever!
Moth Physical Theatre
Immersive theatre experience and walkabout act. Bringing 1780's Parisian glamour,
flamboyant decorum and audaciousness to any occasion!
Wisecrackers Theatre Co
Satirical physical comedy, using mime, clown, puppetry, live music, and bouffon, poking
fun at current affairs.
Village Green has a Bronze Award from Attitude is Everything – creating a festival
environment that takes accessibility for all seriously. A Safe Space, open between
11am and 6.30pm, will be staffed by disability awareness and dementia friendly, trained
volunteers. There will be shade, somewhere to sit in a calm space, a disabled toilet and
access to a sterile kitchen and fridge (if medicines need to be stored).
First Aid and Lost Children
Sites for assistance are clearly marked on the festival map.
Leave No Trace
Village Green aspires to the Leave No Trace philosophy. Please treat the park with
respect during your visit and dispose of all rubbish created by you responsibly. Please
use the waste bins and recycling points provided.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR VILLAGE GREEN 2017
Extra security measures have been put in place this year at Village Green, working with
the police and our security provider. These are to maximise public safety and the safety
of our performers, crew and volunteers following the recent tragic events in Manchester
Working closely with the authorities we have put in place all necessary measures, but
festival goers can also play a big part in helping to keep Village Green safe and secure,
so we’d very much appreciate it if you’d read and digest the following messages.
PLEASE PACK LIGHT – The new measures include the searching of ALL bags and
pushchairs. You can really help us by travelling light and not bringing large bags,
trolleys or rucksacks. We would ask everyone to be prepared (bags open), patient and
to co-operate with any security requests.
PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – These extra security measures will make getting in to the
event slower than usual and there will be queues. It would be a great help if you could
plan for this, allow extra time for arrival and entry, and work with us to make it speedy
and pleasant as possible.
BUY YOUR TICKET IN ADVANCE – it’s cheaper (saves you a fiver!), and means you
can be inside the event much faster and helps us and you avoid more queuing.
PLEASE REMEMBER - Alcohol is not permitted. You may bring water and soft drinks
but they must be in sealed plastic bottles or unopened cartons. Picnics are
encouraged, but please be aware that any sharp utensils will be removed during
There will be plenty of security staff and police around, so if you have any queries or
concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to them.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation and we look forward to
welcoming you to Village Green.
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