2014 Village Green Music Festival
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SATURDAY 12 JULY 2014 from 11am until 10pm
Chalkwell Park, Southend on Sea, Essex
Price: Children of 10 and under: FREE
11–17 year olds: £5.
Adult tickets: £10.
Group discounts are available.
500 FREE tickets for Category C Southend Advantage Card members.
With a fantastic line up of artists and musicians that includes, Eddi Reader (Fairground Attraction); Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip; New York ska band, The Slackers; from London Man Like Me; and hot tips to go global in the very near future, The Hosts - make sure you see them at Village Green first! Alongside, we have a guest appearances from the world-renowned Philadelphia Boys Choir; an exciting exchange with four visual artists from Shanghai; a wide range of comedy, cabaret, live art, literature, film and a whole host of extraordinary outdoor arts, installations, workshops and performances. Much much more to be announced over the coming weeks.
See below for more details, photos and films of programme.
PROGRAMME HEADLINES LINEUP:
Five smartly-attired gentlemen from the North, Sheffield's finest retromantics, The Hosts, have been smouldering away in the musical margins, buffing up the buttons on their waistcoats and waiting for their moment to shine. Latest album ‘Softly, Softly’ has just entered the Independent charts at No 16. Earlier in 2013 the quintet tickled the underbelly of the mainstream beast with the terrific 'September Song' and 'Give Your Love To Her', two raffish slabs of retro alt.pop which represented the missing link between Roy Orbison and Richard Hawley and which waltzed all over BBC 6 Music and Radio 2 with the likes of Dermot O'Leary, Janice Long, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Huey Morgan.
Based in New York City, The Slackers began rehearsing on the lower east side around 1991 and played every local bar, squat, or loft that would have them. Working in a dingy rat infested basement on E. 3rd street the band came up with its trademark sound somewhere around 1994. The Slackers have released 15 CDs. Their first was Better Late Than Never (1996), was declared by The New York Times as ‘The Sound of New York’. Since 2007 they have headlined 17 major US Tours and 12 European tours and have appeared at festivals as diverse the Montreal Jazz Festival and Glastonbury.
MAN LIKE ME
Man Like Me
are London based duo Johnny Langer and Peter Duffy. Their debut album ‘Man Like Me’ was released in 2009 and spurned the singles ‘Oh My Gosh’ and ‘Carny’. The band are famed for their riotous live shows, which feature (among other things) dance routines, full brass sections, processions through the audience and swinging from chandeliers (really!). Their last Cult smash single ‘Squeeze’, which Sunday Times Culture called “A bonkers and brilliant electro sugar-rush that deserves to be the hit of the summer”, caught the attention of Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw who gave the band huge support on Radio 1. Annie Mac even went as far as rewinding the track on its debut spin.
DAN LE SAC vs SCROOBIUS PIP
Warning: the above video contains swearing.
Dan le sac vs Scroobius Pip are David Peter Meads (aka Scroobius Pip; vocals/rapper/poet) and Daniel Stephens (aka dan le sac; production, programming, keyboards, guitars and backing vocals). Originally Dan le sac hailed from Corringham and Scroobius Pip from neighbouring Stanford-le-Hope. Their first single was "Thou Shalt Always Kill", which reached the charts and was recently played on Desert Island Discs by Russell Brand. The duo's third album entitled Repent Replenish Repeat was released 7 October 2013 and debuted at number 22 in the UK top 40, the duo's highest album chart position to date.
In the early 1980's Eddi Reader travelled around Europe with circus and performance artists before moving to London where she quickly became a sought after session vocalist. She famously harmonized with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics, after her time with successful punk outfit Gang of Four, but was propelled into the spotlight with Fairground Attraction. Since then Eddi has successfully forged a solo career. Her new album, Vagabond, was released at the beginning of this month. “Eddi Reader is one of my favourite singers of all time.” Jools Holland “The energy she uses in a single performance could probably power a wee village on the outskirts of her native Glasgow.” The Scotsman
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Village Green: The Next Generation – the exclusive festival day for Southend school pupils will take place on Friday 11 July. 6000+ children will enjoy their own festival the day before Village Green. Participation is open to all Southend schools. Anyone interested in their school either performing or being in the audience, should contact Metal on 01702 470700. Metal would like to acknowledge
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Arts Council England whose on going support allows us to continue Village Green at a subsidised ticket price.
Are you a Southend Advantage Card Member? – a limited number of FREE tickets are available for Category C members of Southend's Advantage Card scheme. These can be collected, on a first come, first served basis, from the Southend on Sea Civic Centre in Victoria Avenue. Proof of current and valid membership will be required.
The Introduction of Ticket Sales at Village Green The introduction of a nominal ticket charge will help to safeguard Village Green following several years of successive budget cuts to the arts – with more to come in the future. Metal has provided free entry to this fantastic community event for a number of years. We have given careful thought to the level of ticket prices.
Our main aim has been to maintain the diverse family audience who have supported Village Green over the years, whilst ensuring the viability of the ever-growing event. We are delighted that we have managed to ensure that all children of 10 and under will remain FREE and 11–17 year olds will pay just £5. Adult tickets will be £10. Group discounts are available as well as an exclusive offer of 500 free tickets for Category C Southend Advantage Card members allocated on a first come, first served basis. No profit will be made from Village Green. All the ticket prices represent a contribution to the running costs (rather than covering all costs completely). The event remains heavily subsidised through the fund raising efforts of the team at Metal which is a UK registered arts charity.
Audience Numbers Metal has put a number of new measures in place to ensure that audience numbers within the park remain at a comfortable level for festival-goers. Extra areas within the park have been brought into Metal’s licenced areas, so 2014 will see a larger spread of fantastic programme across more of the park. We believe that introduction of reasonable ticket charges will allow this popular, family-orientated cultural event to continue to be staged at Chalkwell Park and guarantee it is sustainable for years to come.
Rapid Scan Ticket Entry We have entered into a new partnership with the professional ticket agency, Skiddle, who will work with us to ensure a smooth and speedy entry system to Village Green on the day – leaving audience members to enjoy, uninterrupted, as much of the 10 hours of programmed art, music and culture as possible. This service is covered by a small booking fee at the point of purchasing a ticket. re now on sale and are available online 24 hours through Skiddle or by telephone from the Skiddle Ticket Sales hotline on 0844 844 2920 (open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Closed Sunday). Ticket Prices Children Age 0-10 years FREE Age 11 - 17 years £5 Age 18+ £10 Early Bird Group Discounts are available until the end of April for Groups of 8 plus (10%) and Groups of 15 and above (15%).
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2013 Village Green FestivalMetal Culture presents Village Green in Chalkwell Park. Back for 2013, Metal's popular, free arts and music festival in Chalkwell Park, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS0 8NB. Date : 13th July 2013 11AM – 9PM Lineup : Live bands, stalls, art groups and acts are being arranged. Tickets : Free entry. http://www.youtube.com/v/a8TXC6C9a-Y Simon Poulter, Metal's Artistic Curator, has also written: Wilko Johnson played Metal's Village Green Festival on a scorching hot Saturday evening in July. Since announcing his diagnosis with terminal cancer in January 2013, the legendary open-handed, machine gun guitarist has gone about his life in an extraordinary fashion. A guitarist's guitarist since the pre-punk era - with recent renewed acclaim - Wilko has met the greatest challenge that anyone can face with a series of intimate interviews, blasting gigs and outright humanity; to foil the idea that cancer is a disease that must be hidden away. At Village Green emotions were high as middle-aged men openly wept at the front of the crowd, while others danced along. Wilko, Norman and Dylan delivered their best, as Southend basked in the sun. It has to be remembered that Norman Watt-Roy occupies a special place in the all time list of British bass players. Listen to the virtuoso bass playing on Ian Dury and the Blockhead's seminal album 'New Boots and Panties'. Clearly, Wilko has connected with the emotion that appears before him and allowed that in - to charge him through this part of his life. At Koko in Camden earlier in the year, Sean Mcloughlin (Village Green Producer) and I watched Wilko and band thrash through a set with a packed audience. At that point it felt like these were the last few gigs - but Wilko has defied any idea of putting down the black and red Telecaster and lined up Summer 2013 dates. Walking up the back stage ramp at Village Green, Sean pointed out one of Wilko's Telecasters lying ready for action. You will soon be able to buy one of these from Fender with Wilko's signature on the back. Mid-way through the set, Wilko slips into one of his best songs - Paradise - with a few word changes ringing out to his great love, Irene. "A thousand highways you don't live twice Only one road to paradise... to paradise... to paradise."
How to register for ticketsClick here See entry for Village Green. MAIN STAGE: THE SKINTS The Skints combine jump-up ragga/hip hop in the anthemic ‘Rise Up’, to doses of ska and dancehall in a style that exudes the punk rock energy of their sell out live shows. Their latest is produced by reggae/dub afacianado Prince Fatty.
SKINNY LISTER Skinny Lister are a London-based five-piece English folk group like no other. Fronted by Dan Heptinstall and Lorna Thomas, their musical blend has something of The Pogues' infectious camaraderie and jovial recklessness.
DB COHEN D.B Cohen is described by his producer Snowboy as a mixture of Paul Weller, Bob Dylan, Chicago Blues and Two-Tone Ska with a punk attitude. Dan effortlessly mixes genres and is highly regarded in his field. Read our interview with DB Cohen here.
PHILLIOUS WILLIAMS Phillious Williams was born in the 17th century, a chronic bigamist and drunk, his life was mostly filled with misery and pain. Through the course of his pained and weary life, he became bitter but also charming, witty storyteller. Full of memoirs and stories put to song, Phillious Williams, a man in whom the word ‘persiflage’ finds the perfect home.
WHITE DEVILS' CAUSE White Devils' Cause are an energetic folk-rock 5-piece from Leigh-on-Sea. WDC rock a highly emotive and eclectic live set.
THE LUCKY STRIKES The Lucky Strikes sound like tobacco, typewriters and fiddles with a hint of blues, garage, Americana, Spaghetti Western, the infinitive howlin’ rock ‘n’ roll band from the Thames River Delta. A local favourite, this 4-piece (Dave Giles, Matt Boulter, Will Bray, Paul Ambrose) who regularly gig across the UK, supporting artists such as Richmond Fontaine and The Duke & The King.
URBAN ALLSTARS Urban Allstars is a collective of funk DJ's who have been playing together since 2002, including a residency at the Sun Rooms. Influences include Ninja tune, Freestyle, Gamm, Kompost, Winding road, white labels and graffiti/stencil art such as Banksy.
BLACK CAT DJs World famous photographer/filmmaker Dean Chalkley joins forces with International DJ Si Cheeba, both DJs have been actively involved in various musical “scenes” over the last 30 years. The “Black Cat Deejay Collective” have featured at events such as the Vintage Festival, The Good Foot at Madame Jo-Jo’s, Nottinghill Carnival Parties, Soul Parade in Paris, Dig Deeper in Brooklyn, Isle of Wight Festival and numerous underground sessions. http://www.youtube.com/v/pBcVMBDwJZc
MUSIC HUB: (SOUTHEND EDUCATION MUSIC TRUST & METAL PRESENTS): SAM DUCKWORTH (Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly) Southend-on-Sea bred Sam Duckworth (of Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly) fresh back from Glastonbury with a new project and his unique blend of genre defying music. Has collaborated with greats such as Billy Bragg, Flea and Nitin Sawhney. http://www.youtube.com/v/qanjWPNbs18
ED HARCOURT Ed Harcourt, a successful British singer-songwriter (supported R.E.M, Snow Patrol, Supergrass), has released five studio albums, two EPs and thirteen singles. His debut album, Here Be Monsters, was nominated for the 2001 Mercury Prize. Harcourt has also performed with Patti Smith and Marianne Faithfull.
SWEET BILLY PILGRIM Sweet Billy Pilgrim's last album was Mercury Music Prize nominated, their new album, Crown & Treaty, has already earned 5 and 4 star reviews. SBP have supported Jamie Cullum, The Who at the Royal Albert Hall and fellow Mercury nominees Portico Quartet.
YOUTH CLUB Youth Club formed in 2010, made up of 4 members including Danny White, who toured with Ladyhawke. The band aren't confined by the boundaries of genre describing their style as "the authentic sound of summer".
SOUTHEND YOUTH ORCHESTRA
FANTAZMAJAZZ (SOUTHEND BIG BAND)
SOUTHEND YOUTH JAZZ BAND
THE COLLIER ROCK SCHOOL The Collier formed in September 2012 from attending the Belfairs Academy's Rock School in Leigh-On-Sea, a four piece producing original material and some old covers with a mix of Interpol, Kings of Leon and Radiohead. They are one of the most appealing young bands Essex has to offer.
JUNIOR STRING ENSEMBLE
SHIP FULL OF BOMBS Named after the SS Montgomery - a notable landmark of the Thames Delta, Ship Full of Bombs is Southend's alternative radio station, bringing you the very best music across the board. Regular shows include Indie Night In with Al Johnson, The Daryl Easlea Spectacular, Zoe Howe's Eclectika and more.
MIDDLE AGE SPREAD Music for mature people unafraid to dance. Established in 2010, MAS is DJs of a certain age play the very best in eclectic party and dance, everything from the Smiths to Shirley Bassey, Northern Soul to Chas and Dave. With hosts Daryl Easlea, Dan Newman, Al Johnson and Grandmaster Adam plus special guests.
SUNDOWN ARTS: Sundown is a unique, combined arts event offering comedy, spoken word, live music, performance art and short film. Based in Leigh-on-Sea, though Sundown has spread its reputation producing events across the UK and London, at many prestigious venues and festivals including regular stints at the Union Chapel. SUNDOWN ARTS PROGRAMME: BEANS ON TOAST Beans on Toast is a modern one-man band, a true DIY artist with true DIY ideals. A festival favourite, he's collaborated with the likes of Frank Turner, Ben Lovett and Emmy The Great. http://www.youtube.com/v/x4E8IC9oaLA&
HELEN ARNEY 'DOMESTIC SCIENCE' SHOW Join real-life science comedians (and real-life couple) Helen and Rob for a DIY science party full of home-cooked experiments and geeky comedy. Joined by a few special guest performers, Domestic Science will help you get your geek on.
JASON STEEL Jason Steel is a singer & picker of stringed instruments originally from Yorkshire. Former guitarist and singer in psych-folk outfit The Owl Service, his music has garnered considerable praise establishing Steel as a distinctive voice in the alternative folk scene.
BEC HILL Comedian Bec Hill's (Time Out's Top 5 Funniest Comedians on Twitter) acclaimed solo shows and hugely popular YouTube videos have garnered over 100,000 views globally gaining her cult status in both Australia and the UK, where she is now based. A sought-after MC and Headliner she is often found at London’s top alternative comedy clubs, such as Josie Long’s Lost Treasures of the Black Heart.
FASHODA CRISIS Fashoda Crisis Southend's only Satirical Transgressive Alt/Art Rock band noise behemoths Fashoda Crisis have spent the best part of a decade playing the UK as well as Ukraine, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Croatia and Serbia. They have released two critically acclaimed albums and received national airplay by Steve Lamacq on Radio One, XFM and Tom Robinson of BB6 Music. Fashoda's spleen venting abrasive noise-mongery will be dialled down for Village Green with a semi-acoustic set so as not to melt the canvas of the Sundown Tent.
SONNY GREEN Sonny Green (or SGB) is a music artist from Southend, performing accapella poetry, live PA's and jams with live bands, recently sharing the stage with the likes of Pete Doherty and Asian Dub Foundation.
STORYTELLERS' CLUB Expect to see top stand-ups telling true stories (for grown ups) and sometimes revealing more than they planned! Storytellers’ Club is the cult creation of stand-up comic Sarah Bennetto, springing to life in 2006, soon a monthly club was born, now resident year-round at Pleasance Islington, and appearing at UK music and arts festivals (End of Road), the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe.
STUART O'CONNOR Psychadelic singer/songwriter Stuart O'Connor has played 1200 shows in 5 years and continues to as a full time touring musician, performing to audiences in Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Italy and one-off tours in Thailand, Holland, Greece and Colombia as well as numerous tours in his home country of the UK.
MC ANGEL MC Angel is a spoken word artist and rapper who grew up in a Camden estate, she has performed at Latitude festival, toured with Secret Cinema and Asian Dub Foundation. MC Angel has curated lyrically challenging showcases for Show Studio and OneTaste at Secret Garden festival presenting a unique vision of what it means to be angelic - less lingerie-clad honied eroticism, more passionate riotous energy. http://www.youtube.com/v/9K7w02D27Z4
NEIL DENNY'S LITTLE ATOMS Neil Denny's Little Atoms radio show/podcast has been broadcasting interviews with leading writers from the worlds of science and the arts on London's Resonance 104.4FM for nearly 8 years. During this time they have interviewed people such as Ian McEwan, Noam Chomsky, Brian Cox, Christopher Hitchens, Lynn Barber and Marcus du Sautoy. In 2012 the interviews were downloaded around 1.2 million times.
KOTIRI TENT: ‘The Kōtiri’ is a 1920’s side stall tent which has been cleverly transformed into an intimate cabaret venue featuring performances from some of the world’s most acclaimed sideshow, circus and cabaret entertainers. This stage is curated by Lilli La Scala. SAM WILLS (NZ) Sam Wills, New Zealand’s (Best Show at New Zealand Comedy Festival) foremost funny freak is a hit with audiences gloablly, here he presents a show with more stunts, more mayhem and more stupidity than you can shake a juggler at. Sam is a one man recipe for disaster that will have you, possibly literally, in stitches.
VILLAGE HALL: PERHAPS CONTRAPTION Perhaps Contraption is an astonishing, twisted brass, art-pop marching band. This truly unique, lung and percussion-powered device has paraded all over prestigious events such as Glastonbury, Bestival, Lovebox, Wilderness and The Secret Garden Party.
GLOBAL VILLAGE: CHAKARDAR Chakardar is Europe’s leading promoter of Indian percussion, which values tabla excellence. Chakardar’s extensive experience and links with great maestros brings the UK the highest calibre of expertise. There are regular classes, workshops, lecture demos and residential summer school.
ABIOYE & RANDALL Guitarist David Randall has toured the world playing with Faithless, Dido, Sinead O'Connor and more. During some time off in Brooklyn last year, he ran into fellow guitarist Fausat Abioye whose roots in Nigeria and the Caribbean can be heard in her approach to guitar playing. Together they explore the music of West and North Africa and the Middle East adding their own distinctive South London twist.
OLD TRUNK STAGE: Old Trunk are an emerging new-writing company producing original theatre creating work that is compelling, fast-paced and visceral. Writer/actor Sadie Hasler (Russell Howard's Good News) and actor/improviser Sarah Mayhew (Quirkish Delight) premiere their new play 'The Secret Wives of Andy Williams' at Village Green before going on to a west-end run in the autumn.
RADIO 4'S SKETCH SHOW JIGSAW: JIGGLE IT Jigsaw (BBC Radio 4's Sketchorama, BBC3 Live At The Electric) are comedians Dan Antopolski, Tom Craine and Nat Luurtsema combining unique styles of sketch comedy. Their first live show was a sell-out and took the 2011 Edinburgh Festival by storm with five star reviews.
RIDLEY STUDIOS 'SONGS FROM CHICAGO'
THE NATIONAL THEATRE'S TWO FOR TEA The National Theatre's Two For Tea are Wendy Morgan (award-winning actress, worked alongside Anthony Hopkins, Elizabeth Taylor) and Heather Simmons (jazz singer/songwriter, performed at Ronnie Scotts, Kensington Palace); an exquisite duo specialising in 1920-40s melodies. Rhythmic ukelele and glamorous bass bringing a freshness to old time entertainment.
STATE OF INDEPENDENCE: A stage where the usual rules don't apply - anyone brave enough, with a talent to share can take centre stage - whether you sing, rap, dance, are a poet, comedian or ventriloquist, here is your moment to make your mark on the Village Green public.
WORKSHOPS: JULIAN WILD'S 'MAKING THE CONNECTION' Making the Connection is a communal sculpture project giving people the opportunity to participate in the construction of a large-scale sculptural installation by Julian Wild, using low-tech, everyday materials that are safe to use. The project (V & A Museum, Jerwood Sculpture Park, Secret Garden Party) offers an equal opportunity for people of all ages to take part in the activity from under 5s to the over 60s.
RAMPAGE CARNIVAL ARTS Carnival Unplugged will showcase specialised design and fabrication techniques that are used to construct large scale Carnival costume/structure, audience members will have the opportunity to experience Carnival Arts first hand lead by award-winning artists and crafts-professionals with extensive experience in the carnival arts industry.