VILLAGE Green is upon us!

Music, art, poetry, performance, theatre, comedy, cabaret and more will take place across a plethora of stages, areas, marquees and other platforms, each with its own jam packed programme.

Southend Standard:

Mapped out - it's all here!

Southend Standard:

The big day – getting stuck in to Village Green. Photo by Clarissa Debenham

Southend Standard:

Packed - 20,000 people are expected to attend

Ten hours of entertainment will be delivered tomorrow with Village Green drawing to a close at 9pm.

From babies to senior citizens - with a carefully selected bill to suit all ages and tastes - more than 20,000 people have been enjoying Village Green in recent years, which has grown from a festival which started in 2008 to the huge regional not-for-profit family arts event that it is today.

To see everything, it is advised that you start out early.

This year, Village Green's chosen charities that it will collect for are Fair Havens and Gold Geese.

Village Green staff will be collecting at the entrance gates, bars and VIP bars.

If you haven't already got your ticket for Village Green, do so by logging on to villagegreenfestival.com.

Adults tickets are £20, 11 - 17 year olds' tickets are £15, while children aged 10 years and under go free.

You can also see a FULL PROGRAMME on line at villagegreenfestival.com , created by Trawler.

But here are some of the best picks:

VILLAGE GREEN STAGE

11:20-11:50

THE BIG SING

This massive choir have performed alongside Ellie Goulding, London Community Gospel Choir, Jamie Oliver & Leona Lewis.

12:10-12:40

KILLATRIX

A unique hybrid of party-rock-electronica.

As selected to play by the Village Green Industry panel .

13:00-13:30

KATY FOR KINGS

Katy For Kings is making waves at 18, and is showing no signs of slowing down.

13:50-14:20

RUTI

In 2018, Ruti won the The Voice UK, mentored by Sir Tom Jones. Her first single, a cover of ‘Dreams’, reached number 1 on the UK iTunes Store and number 14 on the UK Singles Charts. New Single ‘Racing Cars’ went top 50 in the UK Singles Charts.

14:40-15:10

BECKIE MARGARET

"Beckie Margaret combines the mystic beauty of Kate Bush with Dusty Springfield’s sombre reflections” - The Line Of Best Fit

15:30-16:10

ASYLUMS

“What Southend quartet Asylums have delivered with ‘Alien Human Emotions’ is a soundtrack to the modern age.” - Kerrang!

16:50-17:40

SNOWBOY & THE LATIN SECTION

Back by popular demand! - Europe’s leading Afro-Cuban Jazz group. From their debut release in 1985, they have released 16 albums and played concerts and festivals in over 22 countries.

17.40 – 18.20

ANDY BUSH (ABSOLUTE RADIO) SPECIAL GUEST DJ

‘Back to back worldies plucked from your favourite Indie Club’

18:20-19:20

FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS

Southend Standard:

Stick 'em punks - the Fun Lovin' Criminals 

Led by Huey Morgan, Fun Lovin’ Criminals are still the finest and only purveyors of cinematic hip-hop, rock ’n’ roll, blues-jazz, Latino soul vibes.

20:00-21:00

BUSTED

Southend Standard:

Formed in Southend in 2000, Busted have had four UK number-one singles, won two Brit awards and have released four studio albums, selling in excess of five million records.

Metal are hugely excited to have secured Busted to close the popular Village Green Stage as the sun goes down on the festival!

MIDDLE AGE SPREAD & URBAN ALLSTARS

DJs Middle Age Spread (MAS) will be providing their ‘grown-up disco’ for those unafraid to dance, joined by the Urban Allstars DJs who will be throwing down some serious funk!

COMPÈRE - DARYL EASLEA

Writer, DJ and Music Consultant Daryl Easlea is delighted to be your compere again for the Village Green Stage.

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IDEA13 STAGE

Presented in partnership with Focal Point Gallery, The Railway Hotel, Chinnery’s and Cool Thing Records - an eclectic mix, hand-picked by those in the know about what’s HOT on the local and UK scene. SUPPORTED BY: C2C

11:30-12:00

THE SPANK WEDNESDAYS

Rugby club rock and roll that will genuinely blow your brains out!

12:15-12:45

GHOSTS OF MEN

“Like a two piece Queens of the Stone Age if Queens of the Stone Age were entirely composed of Morcambe and Wise” - Stuart Turner

13:00-13:30

THE WATERFALLS

“A modern reimagining of the early Cure with a raw DIY edge and strong songwriting.”

- Tom Robinson BBC Radio 6 Introducing Mixtape

13:45-14:15

SUSPECTS

Suspects are a two man RIOT from Southend. Signed to the Southend-based label Cool Thing Records. For Fans Of All Things PUNK!

14:30-15:00

MY LIFE STORY (ACOUSTIC)

Local lad Jake Shillingford returns with an acoustic set ahead of a new My Life Story album. My Life Story received huge critical acclaim in the 90s with their epic, orchestral pop.

Now a hugely popular live act, thanks to singalong favourites including 12 Reasons Why I Love Her, Strumpet, Sparkle and The King of Kissingdom, the band has recently crowd-funded their fourth album, out in August.

15:20-15:50

THE WHOM BY FIRE ENSEMBLE

Heavy Haunting Fairy-tale Blues. A whisper to a roar!

16:10-16:40

F\GUREHEAD

Musicians meet machines to create hypnotic hooks and rhythmic grooves, meshed with poetical lyrics and vocal melodies.

17:00-17:30

BAD NERVES

Powerpop punk at break neck speeds, cramming as much melody & infectious garage-rock into every two-minute ripper they spit out.

17:50-18:20

ROOSKIN

A band who focus on summery sounds, warm synths and hooky vocals. Fun to watch live and easy to get involved with!

18:40-19:10

THE COLLIER

High Energy up beat indie rock, along the lines of early Radiohead.

19:30-20:00

USSELMAN

Started as a solo album by Chris, he soon got a band together to perform the songs live and the album is being released on ‘Blow up records’.

20:00-21:00

BLOW UP FT. DJ PAUL TUNKIN

Paul Tunkin, the Blow Up founder, groundbreaking DJ, promoter, celebrates Blow Up 25 by returning to Southend to DJ where everything musical began for him.

SHIP FULL OF BOMBS

DJS Southend’s cult alternative radio station present a line-up of the coolest DJs on the scene with their incomparably eclectic bag of music gems.

RAY RADIO DJS

‘Listen 2 Ray’ is a unique media outlet which aims to bridge the gap between social media and conventional radio to reach out and engage people across South East Essex.

‘Taking radio back to its traditional roots’.

COMPÈRE - OLLIE WINIBERG

Ollie Winiberg is considered a true mainstay of new music and veteran of BBC Music Introducing in Essex.

He recently made the step up to presenting on BBC Radio One and can be heard as a champion of new music across the network.