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!
KISS ME QUICK - 11.45am - VILLAGE HALL STAGE
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!
FUTUREAGES - 12.15pm - VILLAGE SCHOOL STAGE
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.
YOUTH CLUB - 1.05pm - VILLAGE SCHOOL STAGE
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!
KAYLEN CASTLE - 2.05pm - VILLAGE YOUTH STAGE
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.
LONGY - 3.10pm - VILLAGE SCHOOL STAGE
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.
THE GOLDMASTER ALLSTARS - 3.30pm - VILLAGE GREEN STAGE
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 - 4.20pm - VILLAGE SCHOOL STAGE
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.
DAN LE SAC VS SCROOBIUS PIP - 5.30pm - VILLAGE SCHOOL STAGE
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 - 6.15pm - PERFORM STAGE
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 - 6.50pm - VILLAGE SCHOOL STAGE
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.
BILLY WRIGHT - 7.25pm - PERFORM STAGE
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.
BETH ORTON - 8.10pm - VILLAGE SCHOOL STAGE
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:
EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID - 1.20pm - VILLAGE GREEN STAGE
THE HILLMISTERS - 2.55pm - VILLAGE HALL STAGE
KATIE MALCO - 5.25pm - VILLAGE YOUTH STAGE
ASYLUMS - 6.45pm - PERFORM STAGE
EDDI READER - 7.10pm - VILLAGE GREEN STAGE