Village Green 2019: Festival of Arts & Music

Village Green 2019: Festival of Arts & Music at Chalkwell Park

Saturday 13th July

  • Venue/Location: Chalkwell Park, Southend
  • Doors: 11:00 till 21:00 (Last entry: 20:00)
  • Min Age: No age restrictions
  • Your favourite family festival in a park by the sea is back in Essex for 2019! #VG19 celebrates the change that can happen when people come together.

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Lineup and Details for Village Green 2019: Festival of Arts & Music

Village Green is a multi-art form and music festival, produced by Metal Culture in the picturesque grounds of a beautiful Victorian park in Chalkwell, Southend on Sea, Essex.

A variety different stages, green spaces, rose gardens, cricket pitches, pathways and marketplaces offer up a pot-pourri of international music acts, theatre, spoken word, poetry, lindy-hop/ fox trot lessons and displays, outdoor arts, circus and cabaret, vintage acts, musical theatre, visual arts, comedy, improvisation, film, workshops and games all set against the backdrop of the enigmatic estuary.

A key to the success of the festival is the calibre of acts and the diversity of performances, which in previous years has included Wilko Johnson, Sam Duckworth, Stereo MCs, Rag'N'Bone Man, The Asylums, Youth Club, Tiggs Da Author, The Skints, Ballet Black, the Royal Opera House, Molly Nyman Harry Escott and the Samphire Band, Passenger, Billy Bragg, James Taylor Quartet, Camera Obscura, Carleen Anderson, Ed Harcourt, John Hegley and, local boy, Phill Jupitus jumping on stage with the Blockheads. But the strength of the annual festival is its family centred ethos - where children and adults can have fun with strictly NO face painting or bouncy castles – every activity is arts-led.

A short history of Village Green

Village Green was created by Metal in 2008 - a year after we first moved to Southend. We had taken up residence in Chalkwell Hall and were busy renovating it to create a hub for artists, community and creative ideas.

Southend was a town that was full of underground creative energy, sub-cultures, music and an edgy, down-to-earth beauty along the Thames Estuary that is often found where stunning natural landscape meets industry. A large number of arts activities were going on but there was no annual showcase where everyone got together to show off, to each other, and to audiences from further afield.

Those of you who have been to Chalkwell Hall will know that it is in the middle of the beautiful Victorian municipal park, Chalkwell Park – the perfect spot to host a festival and ask everyone to contribute to a showcase of what Southend was up to creatively. And so the first Village Green came into being. To our mind, Chalkwell Park is the urban equivalent of a traditional Village Green and so we called the event by that name to signify the intent behind the atmosphere we wanted to create – a family friendly, creative day that the whole town turned out to take part in.

In that first year, the event attracted an audience of 8000. It was linked into the national Cultural Olympiad celebrations leading up to the games in 2012 and was awarded one of the first London 2012 Inspire Marks. By 2013, audience numbers had reached 31,500 with more than 500 artists from Southend, the UK and overseas – and over 80 Southend community groups – taking part. Audiences were travelling to Southend from all over the south east region.

Safety considerations around audience numbers, and respect for the Park and our neighbours have meant that over the years we have needed to introduce a ticket entry system and other small changes, but the essential essence of the event remains the same – a fantastic and eclectic day of arts and music with something to entertain and surprise - for all the generations of your family.

Ideas like Village Green don’t catch on as quickly as it did unless they hit the right zeitgeist of the moment for a town. The Southend community continues to come together to support it, take part in it – and make it the great event that it is. Along with other activity, Village Green and the people who come together to make it happen, has helped to kick-start a buzz about the culture of Southend which has grown and grown over the last 10 years.


TICKETS INFO: Free tickets to carers / Advantage card C holders - see our website for more details or contact us on 01702 470 700

2019 line up announced so far...

Stage Times

Village Green Stage

11:20-11:50 - The Big Sing

12:10-12:40 - Killatrix

13:00-13:30 - Katy for Kings

13:50-14:20 - Ruti

14:40-15:10 - Beckie Margaret

15:30-16:10 - Asylums

16:50-17:40 - Snowboy & the Latin Section

17:40-18:20 - Andy Bush (Absolute Radio) Special Guest DJ

18:20-19:20 - Fun Lovin’ Criminals

20:00-21:00 - Busted

Idea13 Stage

11:30-12:00 - The Spank Wednesdays

12:15-12:45 - Ghosts of Men

13:00-13:30 - The Waterfalls

13:45-14:15 - Suspects

14:30-15:00 - My Life Story (Acoustic)

15:20-15:50 - The Whom By Fire Ensemble

16:10-16:40 - F/gurehead

17:00-17:30 - Bad Nerves

17:50-18:20 - Rooskin

18:40-19:10 - The Collier

19:30-20:00 – Usselman

20:00-21:00 – Blow Up ft. DJ Paul Tunkin

Stage Design by Chloe Spillett

Global Village

11:00-12:00 - Colchester Chinese Cultural Society

12:00-13:00 - Brazilarte

13:00-14:00 - Circus RAJ

14:00-15:00 - Ayigafrik dance

15:00-15:30 - Bollywood bling

16:00-16:30 – Colchester Chinese Cultural Societ

16:30-17:00 - Ayigafrik dance

17:00-18:00 - Circus RAG

Grrrl Zine Fair

13:00-13:30-Militant Girlfriend

14:00-14:30-Lilith Ai






20:00-21:00-Resis'Dance DJs

Grrrl X Gal-Dem Talks

12:15-13:00-Soofiyain Conversation with Gal-Dem

13:15-14:00-Nadia from The Tuts in Conversation with GalDem

14:15-15:00-Creative Coach- Kei Maye

15:15-16:00-Nova Twins

16:15-17:00-WXMB 2

17:15-18:00-Maliha Abidi

Grrrl Workshops

11:00-19:00-Giant Triplets Screen Printing

11:00-19:00-Southend Pride

11:30-17:00-Sugar Storm Clothing Customisation

13:00-17:00-Nail Transphobia

13:00-15:00-Ache Magazine Workshop

15:00-16:00-Illustrate your anger with Fem Zine

The Space In-Between

11:00-12:30-Yoga & Movement

12:30-13:15-Cabaret Discussion PT 1

13:30-14:15-Cabaret Discussion PT 2

14:30-15:15-Pope Lonergan's Addiction Clinic with Lou

Sanders & Ben Target

15:30-16:30- Ashleigh Owen - Hip Hip I'm Gay

17:00-18:00-SK Shlomo

18.00-19.25- Special Guest DJ

19.25-19.55- Dionne Bromfield

Soslam Busking Stage

11:00-13:20-Soslam Songwriters Club

13:30-14:00-Davey Hal

14:00-14:30-Chay Appleyard

14:30-15:00-Dan Crook

15:00-15:30-Gary Bynorth

15:30-16:00-Dave Livings

16:00-16:30-Gavin Bell

16:30-17:00-Joe Garner

17:00-17:30-Megan Rose

17:30-18:00-Chris Robson

18:00-18:30-David Woodcock

18:30-19:00-J R Hemingway

19:00-19:30-Nicola Collis

19:30-20:00-Owen Williams

Mini Green Stage

11:00-11:20 | 12:45-13:00 | 14:45-15:00 | 17:30-18:00- Wow Group

11:25-12:10 | 14:00-14:45 - Taleshakers

12:15-12:45 | 17:00-17:30- Wild Story Theatre- The Lost Leigh Goose

13:00-13:50 | 16:00-16:50 - Mrs H & the Sing-along Band

15:00-15:55 | Half a String - A Heart at Sea

Oak Stage



12:30-12:50- Cluedo

13:00-13:20-Violet Tide

13:30-13:50-Emily Florence

14:00-14:20-Ruby Hickman

14:30-14:50-Lottie Mollica

15:00-15:20-Kieron Liley

15:30-15:50-Scarlett Taylor

16:00-16:20-Lily Spink

16:30-16:50-Caitlin King

17:00-17:20- Lemonade Handgrenade

17:30-17:50-Eva Tobin

18:00-18:20-Keyhole Fly

Harrison Lemaitre-DJ

N-Act Theatre Stage

11:40-12:00-Windsong Theatre & AFK Productions

12:20-12:40-Science Boffins presents Boffin Dave

12:50-13:10-Mushroom Theatre Company

13:30-13:50-Magic Dave

14:00-14:10-Faces Theatre Arts

14:25-14:45-N-Act Theatre in Schools

14:55-15:15-Shoebury Dynamix

15:35-15:55-Morgan Academy of Performing Arts

16:05-16:25-The Laughter Academy

16:35-16:45-The Amanda Restell Academy of Dance

17:00-17:15-Holda Poetry

17:30-17:50-Players Theatre Company

18:10-18:30- Southend Operatic & Dramatic Society

11:00-19:00-Exhibtion Opening Times

The Village Green Silent Disco

11:00-15:30-Funky Grooves & Family Moves

11:00-11:45-Reggae & Dancehall

11:45-12:30-Funk & Soul - Lavery

12:30-13:15-SKA & Motown - Lavery

13:15-14:00-Disco- Mr Quick

14:00-15:30-90's Club Classics- James Townsend

15:30-19:30-Gather X Sense Traxx House & Garage Takeover

19:30-21:00-UK Underground Sounds

19:30-20:15-Dubstep & Grime DJ Militant

20:15-21:00-Hardcore & Jungle Lee C

TJCUK Jazz Cafe

12:00-13:00-The Harrison Dolphin Trio

13:30-14:30-The Glyn Morgan Trio

15:00-16:00-Simon Spillett with the Harrison Dolphin Trio

16:30-17:30-The Glyn Morgan Trio plus Special Guests

18:00-19:00-Daryl Sherman & Digby Fairweather

19:00-20:00-Evening Jazz Jam

El Rey Decca90 Rooms

13:00-13:30-Lou Woodger

13:45-14:15-Wednesday's Child


15:05-15:30-Assumption Road

15:35-16:05-Dom Glyn

16:15-16:45-William Poyer

17:00-17:30-MG Boulter

17:45-18:15-Russell Joslin & Sarah McCaig

18:30-19:00-Felix Holt

19:15-19:45-Cairo Moon

20:15-21:00-Jaws & The Midnight Flyer

Decca90 Exhibition

All day

Spinning Yarns

11:30-12:10-Andy Copps- The Setting Suns

12:15-12:55-Spinning Yarns Collective- Recycled Tales-Story Slam Part 1

13:00-13:50-John Hegley- Family Wordship

14:00-14:40-Spinning Yarns Collective - Into the Wild

14:45-15:25-Wendy Shearer- Trickster Tales

15:30-16:20-John Henry Falle- The Story Beast Unleashed

16:30-17:00- Laura Sampson & Sam Enthoven - Stories from The White Tree

17:00-17:30-Spinning Yarns Collective- Twisted Tales

17:30-18:20-The Embers Collective - Magic & Mischief

19:30-20:00-Spinnings Yarns Collective - Darker Ever After

20:20-21:00-The Dusty Peddlers

Compere Peter Monk


All day

Jacqson Diego Story Emporium

11:00-11:40- This is my book launch

11:00-12:00 | 13:00-14:00 | 15:00-16:00 - story craft with

Jacqson Diego Story Emporium

11:00-12:00 | 13:00-14:00 | 15:00-16:00 - Pip and Posy


11:40-12:20- Justin Coe: It's a Poem!

12:20-12:40-Karl Newton: I am a tiger

12:40-13:20-Ellie Irving: The Matilda Effect

13:30-13:50- Julie Irwin : Mission Improbable

14:00-15:00-The Wimpy Kid Show

15:10-15:30-Hollie Hughes: Ninjas & Pirates

15:40-16:20- Ross Montgomery: Space Tortoise

16:30-17:00- Jennifer Killick : It’s A Mystery, A Funny One

Artist Information



Fun Lovin

Fun Lovin' Criminals

Fun Lovin Criminals

Fun Lovin Criminals









Dan Clark

Dan Clark



Blow Up

Blow Up

David Woodcock

David Woodcock

John Hegley

John Hegley









Daryl Easlea

Daryl Easlea

Eva Tobin

Eva Tobin

Ghosts of Men

Ghosts of Men



Dom Glynn

Dom Glynn



Katy For Kings

Katy For Kings

Byron Vincent

Byron Vincent

Venue Information

Chalkwell Park
Chalkwell Avenue/ Leigh Road

Phone: 01702 470700

Music Genres

Alternative, Indie, Pop, Rock, World Music

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