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.

Who's Going to This?

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.

BANDS | ART | COMEDY | FAMILY | FOOD | CHAT | DANCE | JAZZ | WORLD MUSIC | THEATRE | PODCASTING | EDINBURGH HIT SHOWS | YOUTH ACTS | GEO-LOCATED ART APPS

2019 line up announced so far...

Village Green Stage

Busted

Fun Lovin' Criminals

Snowboy

Asylums

Beckie Margaret

Killatrix

The Big Sing

Middle Age Spread DJs

Urban Allstar DJs

Idea13 Stage

Bad Nerves

Usselman

FGUREHEAD

Ghosts of Men

The Whom by Fire Ensemble

Rooskin

The Spank Wednesday

Suspects

The Collier

The Waterfalls

Compère - Ollie Winiberg BBC Introducing Music in Essex

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

Artist Information

Busted

Busted

Fun Lovin Criminals

Fun Lovin Criminals

Zuzu

Zuzu

BAD NERVES

BAD NERVES

Middle Age Spread

Middle Age Spread

Urban Allstars

Urban Allstars

Ray Radio

Ray Radio

The Whom by Fire Ensemble

The Whom by Fire Ensemble

Rooskin

Rooskin

The Spank Wednesdays

The Spank Wednesdays

The Collier

The Collier

The Waterfalls

The Waterfalls

Ollie Winiberg

Ollie Winiberg

Ship Full of Bombs

Ship Full of Bombs

The Glyn Morgan Trio

The Glyn Morgan Trio

The Harrison Dolphin Trio

The Harrison Dolphin Trio

Cairo Moon

Cairo Moon

Assumption Road

Assumption Road

Wednesday

Wednesday's Child

M G Boulter

M G Boulter

El Rey

El Rey

Alfie Winters

Alfie Winters

Brave Arts

Brave Arts

DECCA Records

DECCA Records

Venue Information

Chalkwell Park
Chalkwell Avenue/ Leigh Road
Southend
SS0 8NB

Phone: 01702 470700

Music Genres

Alternative, Indie, Pop, Rock, World Music

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