Village Green Festival 2013

Village Green Festival 2013
Chalkwell Park
United Kingdom
Dates: 12th Jul 2013

Festival Information

Village Green Festival 2013 Overview

Village Green is a family-friendly combined arts festival, produced by arts organisation Metal, that takes place in Chalkwell Park in Southend on July 13th. 

The festival is free (although this year festival goers must register for wristbands) and attracts over 31,000 across a range of ages. Much of the appeal of Village Green lies in the fact it is not solely focussed on music. Although the main stage hosts a number of local, national international musicians and bands, equally celebrated are the street theatre, workshops, spoken word, film, interactive arts and mass participation projects that theme the day.

Artists booked to appear include The Skints, Sam Duckworth (of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly), Skinny Lister, D.B Cohen, White Devils’ Cause, Youth Club,  and Perhaps Contraption.

Ticket prices (from): FREE!!

Wristbands - Last year the event attracted an audience of over 31,000 from across Southend, the south east region and London. Due to the incredible year on year increase in popularity, this year Metal will be introducing a FREE wristband registration process. 

How To Register - It couldn’t be easier for Festival-goers to register for their Village Green Wristband - simply register online prior to the event in order to obtain a wristband and free entry to Village Green on the day. 

Registration is quick and easy for groups of up to 8 people at a time by visiting

Once Festival-goers have registered online, they will be given the option of having their wristbands posted to them for a small fee or, if they prefer, can take their printed confirmation to one of a number of retail outlets and Libraries around Southend, Westcliff and Leigh on Sea displaying the Village Green ‘Wristband Collection Point’ sticker. 

Village Green Festival 2013 Event Info

Village Green will be returning to Chalkwell Park on Saturday 13 July 2013 with a host of UK and international talent in a wide range of artistic disciplines. 


Among the music treats for the day they are delighted to announce the Ragga Hip-Hop band, The Skints; local Southend boy Sam Duckworth (of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly); the five piece folk group, Skinny Lister just back from their huge and successful tour of the USD.B Cohen - described by his producer Snowboy as a mixture of Paul Weller, Bob Dylan, Chicago Blues and Two-Tone Ska with a punk attitude;  the energetic White Devils’ Cause with their folk rock sound from Leigh-on-Sea ; Youth Club the new Southend band featuring Ladyhawke’s guitarist Dan White; and Perhaps Contraption, an astonishing, twisted brass, art-pop marching band. 

Theatre / Spoken Word / Comedy / Poetry

Additionally the Village Green programme will include its usual popular mix of a visual artists; street theatre and comedy, including Rampage Carnival ArtsOld Trunkwho will be curating a range of exciting new theatre and writing including Bitch Boxer (winner of Soho Theatre Young Writers Award and sell-out shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and performances by Two for Tea and Jigsaw.  Local arts duo Sundown return to Village Green to host their fantastic spoken word and multimedia tent with confirmed performances by singer songwriter, Beans on Toast and Fashoda Crisis.

Street Theatre

Also making a welcome appearance at this year’s Village Green will be The Kōtiri, a 1920’s side stall tent which will be cleverly transformed into an intimate cabaret venue featuring performances from some of the world’s most acclaimed sideshow, circus and cabaret entertainers including ‘New Zealand’s foremost funny freak’ Sam Wills, Canada’s Mike Wood and Portugal’s Pedro Tochas. They will be joined by award winning performers Abigail Collins and Mat Ricardo

World Music and Dance

The Village Green Global Village stage has a confirmed performance by Europe’s leading Indian percussion group Chakardar. Guitarist David Randall (Faithless, Dido and Sinead O'Connor) will be premiering his new act Abioye and Randall with their blend of West and North African and Middle Eastern sounds, adding their own distinctive South London twist. Join in with dance workshops with Brazil Arte and Bollywood Dance

Taking part

Join artists on site in creating new works of art in real time across the day. Julian Wild  will be making a Village Green version of his Connection Sculpture, made from one continuous line of over 300 metres of tubing. Try your hand at the live drawing event, Life Cycle conceived by visual artist Heidi Wigmore and film maker Michael Eden. The large scale group drawing (up to 30m long!) will be created and projected live on screen for the gathered audience as a celebration of cycling culture past, present and future -  and to promote the idea of drawing for all. The live event is partnered by Cycle Southend and European partners Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

It will be streamed on the web and they anticipate participation from their contacts in countries around the world.

The Big Charge

Powering a big Village Green LED screen will be the return of The Big Charge, in conjunction with Cycle Southend and Bike Friendly Cities.  In the three days leading up to Village Green a bank of bikes linked to a battery will be on site.  Festival goers are encouraged to book onto a cycling session in order to power up the battery.  This battery will then power the screen for the day.  Dates and Times for The Big Charge are:  Wed 10th 7am till 10pm, Thurs 11th 8am till 10pm, Fri 12th – 8am till 6pm. Booking through: 01702 215595 or email:  

Arts and Crafts

The Village Green Marketplace will be packed with over 60 stalls showing upwards of 100 local artists, makers and craftspeople with plenty of hand-made, one off items for sale and on show. 


Camping: No camping at this event – check out our ‘Hotels’ tab for other options.



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Village Green Festival 2013 Hotels

Hotel Miles Location Rating  
Southend Inn Hotel 0.60 WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Southend Guest House 0.60 Southend-on-Sea Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
The Welbeck Hotel 0.70 Southend on Sea Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Malvern Lodge Guest House 0.80 Westcliff on Sea Average customer rating: 3 out of 6 Info
Pavilion Hotel 1.10 Westcliff on Sea Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Westcliff Hotel 1.20 Westcliff on Sea Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Ilfracombe House 1.30 Southend on Sea Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Last Post 1.60 Southend Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info
Park Inn by Radisson Palace Southend-on-Sea 1.80 Southend-on-Sea Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Skylark Hotel 1.80 Southend on Sea Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Rochford Hotel 2.80 Southend on Sea Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Pebbles Guesthouse 2.90 Southend on Sea Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Camelia Hotel 2.90 Southend on Sea Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Roslin Beach Hotel 3.20 Southend on Sea Essex Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Chichester Hotel 6.30 Wickford Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
The Oakland Hotel 7.40 Chelmsford Average customer rating: 4 out of 6 Info
The Oyster Smack Inn 8.30 Burnham on Crouch Essex Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Crouch Valley Lodge 8.80 Latchingdon Average customer rating: 6 out of 6 Info
The Abbey Hotel 9.30 Sheerness Average customer rating: 5 out of 6 Info
Queen Phillippa 9.30 Queenborough Average customer rating: 0 out of 6 Info

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