Over the years I’ve attended a handful of festivals, and while the idea of not washing for five days is unappealing it always results in a memorable experience. This year I’m looking to attend Village Green Festival for the very first time. It’s a local music festival based in Southend-On-Sea that boasts an unreal lineup as well as other stages of entertainment, including a freaking Jazz Café AND BEEKEEPERS for the first time this year. Southend has always been a hot bed of emerging talent, and all of that is showcased at Village Green Festival. Here are a couple bands and other acts I’m looking forward to seeing during my time there, which might hopefully persuade you to come along and say hello too. Buy some tickets and read all about the full lineup and everything else Village Green here.

NOTHING BUT THIEVES | Easily the biggest name on the bill, the Southend band are looking to cap off an excellent day of music with a storming set. Having burst onto the scene with the release of their debut album, these guys are surely going to continue creating waves thanks to their new single “Amsterdam”. It’s also cool that these guys maintain their roots and will be returning home this weekend.

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KATE NASH | A blast from the past but still creating great music, Kate Nash will provide some much needed experience and craft to the festival. Having broken into the mainstream with a slew of singles way back in 2007, Kate Nash has continued to produce some solid albums to this day.

COURTS | The first of many up-and-coming bands to come out of Southend. Courts have been quietly carving a little niche in the industry over the last year with a string of solid single releases, all leading up to the release of their new EP Back of the Mind. I’d personally highly recommend checking out these guys as their blend of hip-hop and funk comes together to create some truly groovy music. ‘Feel My Love’ is my personal highlight and still receives heavy rotation in my daily playlists, so I’m excited to check these out.

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THE SCARLETTS | Yes! The band we featured last week are performing at Village Green and I.AM.EXCITED ABOUT THAT. The quartet dropped new single ‘In The Mirror’ last week and it has seemingly caused a stir, with the band receiving radio play and obviously the best, most reputable review ever. It seems we’re experiencing the start of something beautiful here with The Scarletts, and I cannot wait to show some love and support for these dudes.

Much like Glastonbury, Music is only one part of Village Green Festival. It boasts loads of other stages and venues for you to check out. One that interests me the most is the GRRRL ZINE FAIR, which offers a more politically-flared experience while celebrating music produced by Women, LGBTQI and non-binary individuals.  The lineup looks set to deliver a punkier affair to the eardrums, so should make a huge impact. There’s also another section dedicated to food, with all sorts of markets and names such as Hardeep Singh Kohli and George Egg appearing, meaning I am going to eat a lot of food this weekend.

This is just a little taste of what to expect from Village Green Festival, and I am excited to delve even deeper into it this Saturday. It sounds like a very well run festival which celebrates a lot of local talent which is amazing to me. I look forward to seeing you down there if you are, and don’t be afraid to say hello if you find me (most likely by the food). Village Green Festival takes place on Saturday 8th July from 11am to 9pm at Chalkwell Park, Southend on Sea.

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