Thousands enjoy Village Green festival

Southend Standard: Beth Orton on stage Beth Orton on stage

FESTIVAL-GOERS basked in sunshine as Village Green returned for a sixth consecutive year in Chalkwell Park.

The one-day event, put on by Chalkwell-based arts provider Metal, is a showcase for artists from headliner Brit Award-winning Beth Orton to village choirs.

Eleven hours of entertainment, spread over more than 15 locations in the park, were enjoyed by more than 20,000 revellers.

Highlights included Orton, Stanford-le-Hope act Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip and Leigh resident Phil Jupitus, who recorded the Village Green stage crowd singing happy birthday to Wilko Johnson.

The weird and wonderful side of the festival saw a fire-breathing mechanical dragon, a fake crocodile roaming the site and a stage run entirely by youngsters from Southend.

Revellers had to pay £10 for their tickets, which had previously been free.

Ms Bailey said the price hike was worth it.

The festivities started on Friday, with a new event called the Next Generation – a mini-Village Green for school children.

The event gave young people from Southend a chance to showcase their music, film and visual art.

All infant, junior and secondary schools in the area were invited with more than 4,000 people taking part.

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9:08am Mon 14 Jul 14

jayman says...

Is the echo the most heavily 'networked' local rag on the planet?
Is the echo the most heavily 'networked' local rag on the planet? jayman
  • Score: -7

9:16am Mon 14 Jul 14

jayman says...

I take it on good authority that someone got glassed in the face, there where groups of subhuman excuses smoking pot which children present and that the pond-life was not restricted to the park pond.
I take it on good authority that someone got glassed in the face, there where groups of subhuman excuses smoking pot which children present and that the pond-life was not restricted to the park pond. jayman
  • Score: -6

9:23am Mon 14 Jul 14

Who_Flung_Dung says...

i attended the event for the first time this year. I happily paid the £11 entry fee and had a brilliant day.

'jayman' - you say someone got glassed in the face, this wouldnt have been the fault of the organisers as everyones bags were searched for glass upon entry.
i attended the event for the first time this year. I happily paid the £11 entry fee and had a brilliant day. 'jayman' - you say someone got glassed in the face, this wouldnt have been the fault of the organisers as everyones bags were searched for glass upon entry. Who_Flung_Dung
  • Score: 7

9:25am Mon 14 Jul 14

jayman says...

Who_Flung_Dung wrote:
i attended the event for the first time this year. I happily paid the £11 entry fee and had a brilliant day.

'jayman' - you say someone got glassed in the face, this wouldnt have been the fault of the organisers as everyones bags were searched for glass upon entry.
granted. but open cannabis smoking and should not be tolerated and those caught should have been ejected from the park. people who are intoxicated should also be ejected. This was supposed to be a family event, and these things are the organisers responsibility.
[quote][p][bold]Who_Flung_Dung[/bold] wrote: i attended the event for the first time this year. I happily paid the £11 entry fee and had a brilliant day. 'jayman' - you say someone got glassed in the face, this wouldnt have been the fault of the organisers as everyones bags were searched for glass upon entry.[/p][/quote]granted. but open cannabis smoking and should not be tolerated and those caught should have been ejected from the park. people who are intoxicated should also be ejected. This was supposed to be a family event, and these things are the organisers responsibility. jayman
  • Score: -14

10:06am Mon 14 Jul 14

pembury53 says...

jayman wrote:
Who_Flung_Dung wrote:
i attended the event for the first time this year. I happily paid the £11 entry fee and had a brilliant day.

'jayman' - you say someone got glassed in the face, this wouldnt have been the fault of the organisers as everyones bags were searched for glass upon entry.
granted. but open cannabis smoking and should not be tolerated and those caught should have been ejected from the park. people who are intoxicated should also be ejected. This was supposed to be a family event, and these things are the organisers responsibility.
people are strolling around puffing, and drinking, all over southend and westcliff, on a daily basis, it's totally accepted nowaday's....... you can't seriously expect people to not be off their heads at a music festival ?
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Who_Flung_Dung[/bold] wrote: i attended the event for the first time this year. I happily paid the £11 entry fee and had a brilliant day. 'jayman' - you say someone got glassed in the face, this wouldnt have been the fault of the organisers as everyones bags were searched for glass upon entry.[/p][/quote]granted. but open cannabis smoking and should not be tolerated and those caught should have been ejected from the park. people who are intoxicated should also be ejected. This was supposed to be a family event, and these things are the organisers responsibility.[/p][/quote]people are strolling around puffing, and drinking, all over southend and westcliff, on a daily basis, it's totally accepted nowaday's....... you can't seriously expect people to not be off their heads at a music festival ? pembury53
  • Score: 10

10:12am Mon 14 Jul 14

jayman says...

pembury53 wrote:
jayman wrote:
Who_Flung_Dung wrote:
i attended the event for the first time this year. I happily paid the £11 entry fee and had a brilliant day.

'jayman' - you say someone got glassed in the face, this wouldnt have been the fault of the organisers as everyones bags were searched for glass upon entry.
granted. but open cannabis smoking and should not be tolerated and those caught should have been ejected from the park. people who are intoxicated should also be ejected. This was supposed to be a family event, and these things are the organisers responsibility.
people are strolling around puffing, and drinking, all over southend and westcliff, on a daily basis, it's totally accepted nowaday's....... you can't seriously expect people to not be off their heads at a music festival ?
"people are strolling around puffing, and drinking, all over southend and westcliff"

thus highlighting the social problems and lack of personal responsibility of today society.

Being drunk and disorderly is --against the law--
the possession of a class B substance is --against the law--
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Who_Flung_Dung[/bold] wrote: i attended the event for the first time this year. I happily paid the £11 entry fee and had a brilliant day. 'jayman' - you say someone got glassed in the face, this wouldnt have been the fault of the organisers as everyones bags were searched for glass upon entry.[/p][/quote]granted. but open cannabis smoking and should not be tolerated and those caught should have been ejected from the park. people who are intoxicated should also be ejected. This was supposed to be a family event, and these things are the organisers responsibility.[/p][/quote]people are strolling around puffing, and drinking, all over southend and westcliff, on a daily basis, it's totally accepted nowaday's....... you can't seriously expect people to not be off their heads at a music festival ?[/p][/quote]"people are strolling around puffing, and drinking, all over southend and westcliff" thus highlighting the social problems and lack of personal responsibility of today society. Being drunk and disorderly is --against the law-- the possession of a class B substance is --against the law-- jayman
  • Score: -2

10:32am Mon 14 Jul 14

jayman says...

pembury53 wrote:
jayman wrote:
Who_Flung_Dung wrote:
i attended the event for the first time this year. I happily paid the £11 entry fee and had a brilliant day.

'jayman' - you say someone got glassed in the face, this wouldnt have been the fault of the organisers as everyones bags were searched for glass upon entry.
granted. but open cannabis smoking and should not be tolerated and those caught should have been ejected from the park. people who are intoxicated should also be ejected. This was supposed to be a family event, and these things are the organisers responsibility.
people are strolling around puffing, and drinking, all over southend and westcliff, on a daily basis, it's totally accepted nowaday's....... you can't seriously expect people to not be off their heads at a music festival ?
also

you said

"it's totally accepted nowaday's"

Isaiah Berlin said

"Acceptance of common values (at any rate some irreducible minimum of them) enters our conception of a normal human being."

i say

"If you want to buy yourself out of reality with drugs or alcohol then feel free. You cannot, however, buy yourself out of the consequences that come from your own decisions"
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Who_Flung_Dung[/bold] wrote: i attended the event for the first time this year. I happily paid the £11 entry fee and had a brilliant day. 'jayman' - you say someone got glassed in the face, this wouldnt have been the fault of the organisers as everyones bags were searched for glass upon entry.[/p][/quote]granted. but open cannabis smoking and should not be tolerated and those caught should have been ejected from the park. people who are intoxicated should also be ejected. This was supposed to be a family event, and these things are the organisers responsibility.[/p][/quote]people are strolling around puffing, and drinking, all over southend and westcliff, on a daily basis, it's totally accepted nowaday's....... you can't seriously expect people to not be off their heads at a music festival ?[/p][/quote]also you said "it's totally accepted nowaday's" Isaiah Berlin said "Acceptance of common values (at any rate some irreducible minimum of them) enters our conception of a normal human being." i say "If you want to buy yourself out of reality with drugs or alcohol then feel free. You cannot, however, buy yourself out of the consequences that come from your own decisions" jayman
  • Score: -2

10:33am Mon 14 Jul 14

TheaWells says...

"Ms Bailey said the price hike was worth it."

Who?
"Ms Bailey said the price hike was worth it." Who? TheaWells
  • Score: 4

10:34am Mon 14 Jul 14

TheaWells says...

jayman wrote:
I take it on good authority that someone got glassed in the face, there where groups of subhuman excuses smoking pot which children present and that the pond-life was not restricted to the park pond.
Oh my goodness me relax!!, I think you've inserted your tampon in sideways.....
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: I take it on good authority that someone got glassed in the face, there where groups of subhuman excuses smoking pot which children present and that the pond-life was not restricted to the park pond.[/p][/quote]Oh my goodness me relax!!, I think you've inserted your tampon in sideways..... TheaWells
  • Score: 12

10:52am Mon 14 Jul 14

Who_Flung_Dung says...

jayman wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
jayman wrote:
Who_Flung_Dung wrote: i attended the event for the first time this year. I happily paid the £11 entry fee and had a brilliant day. 'jayman' - you say someone got glassed in the face, this wouldnt have been the fault of the organisers as everyones bags were searched for glass upon entry.
granted. but open cannabis smoking and should not be tolerated and those caught should have been ejected from the park. people who are intoxicated should also be ejected. This was supposed to be a family event, and these things are the organisers responsibility.
people are strolling around puffing, and drinking, all over southend and westcliff, on a daily basis, it's totally accepted nowaday's....... you can't seriously expect people to not be off their heads at a music festival ?
"people are strolling around puffing, and drinking, all over southend and westcliff" thus highlighting the social problems and lack of personal responsibility of today society. Being drunk and disorderly is --against the law-- the possession of a class B substance is --against the law--
Being a boring old **** should also be --against the law--
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Who_Flung_Dung[/bold] wrote: i attended the event for the first time this year. I happily paid the £11 entry fee and had a brilliant day. 'jayman' - you say someone got glassed in the face, this wouldnt have been the fault of the organisers as everyones bags were searched for glass upon entry.[/p][/quote]granted. but open cannabis smoking and should not be tolerated and those caught should have been ejected from the park. people who are intoxicated should also be ejected. This was supposed to be a family event, and these things are the organisers responsibility.[/p][/quote]people are strolling around puffing, and drinking, all over southend and westcliff, on a daily basis, it's totally accepted nowaday's....... you can't seriously expect people to not be off their heads at a music festival ?[/p][/quote]"people are strolling around puffing, and drinking, all over southend and westcliff" thus highlighting the social problems and lack of personal responsibility of today society. Being drunk and disorderly is --against the law-- the possession of a class B substance is --against the law--[/p][/quote]Being a boring old **** should also be --against the law-- Who_Flung_Dung
  • Score: 4

11:39am Mon 14 Jul 14

Audioman says...

Boy £11 to get that is abit high max should have been £5.
far too much noise too.Would near go again
Boy £11 to get that is abit high max should have been £5. far too much noise too.Would near go again Audioman
  • Score: -8

12:08pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Russ13 says...

jayman wrote:
I take it on good authority that someone got glassed in the face, there where groups of subhuman excuses smoking pot which children present and that the pond-life was not restricted to the park pond.
I would hazard a guess that any such instance would be more due to over indugence in alcoholic beverages to be honest.

Having been in environments with thousands of people, those who were indulging in recreational drugs (albeit illegally) were on the who happy & friendly and just there to enjoy themselves.

Those who had had a legal shandy too many were the one's causing any problems.

Now I'm not condoning illegal activities such as drug taking but as someone has already pointed out, being intoxicated in a public area is illegal too, so is being intoxicated whilst being in charge of children under 7 years old.
[quote][p][bold]jayman[/bold] wrote: I take it on good authority that someone got glassed in the face, there where groups of subhuman excuses smoking pot which children present and that the pond-life was not restricted to the park pond.[/p][/quote]I would hazard a guess that any such instance would be more due to over indugence in alcoholic beverages to be honest. Having been in environments with thousands of people, those who were indulging in recreational drugs (albeit illegally) were on the who happy & friendly and just there to enjoy themselves. Those who had had a legal shandy too many were the one's causing any problems. Now I'm not condoning illegal activities such as drug taking but as someone has already pointed out, being intoxicated in a public area is illegal too, so is being intoxicated whilst being in charge of children under 7 years old. Russ13
  • Score: 5

2:27pm Mon 14 Jul 14

Thecraftclubyarnbombers says...

We attended both days of the village green and had a great time. We didn't witness any anti social behaviour we did however witness lots of people having fun, and for £10-11 it's fairly priced for a music festival. We would live to say a massive thankyou to Metal for asking us to be involved an an even bigger thankyou to all the children that donated their pompoms to the Little Havens Hospice that we are installing in August. Between us all we made 678 pompoms....amazing! A great day.

Lovely to have the support of so many for our world record yarnbomb attempt! Hopefully we will be back next year.

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We attended both days of the village green and had a great time. We didn't witness any anti social behaviour we did however witness lots of people having fun, and for £10-11 it's fairly priced for a music festival. We would live to say a massive thankyou to Metal for asking us to be involved an an even bigger thankyou to all the children that donated their pompoms to the Little Havens Hospice that we are installing in August. Between us all we made 678 pompoms....amazing! A great day. Lovely to have the support of so many for our world record yarnbomb attempt! Hopefully we will be back next year. The Craft Club Yarnbombers Thecraftclubyarnbomb ers@gmail.com Twitter: @thecraft_club Facebook: www.facebook.com/the craftclubyarnbomb Thecraftclubyarnbombers
  • Score: 8
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