Southend's pivotal arts and music festival returns to Chalkwell Park on July 11th for its seventh year in a succession. The much loved family-friendly all dayer has long been a highlight of the summer, bringing the magic of the traditional English village fayre into the 21st century.
In amongst the eight stages, green spaces, rose gardens, cricket pitches, pathways and market places will be a couple of additions - a specialised Games Tent for kids with activities such as Poetry Bingo, and musical Flares, and the welcome return of the Teen Stage curated by local teenagers, for local teenagers.
Of course, the music programming of Village Green has long been one of its strengths, which continues this year with the addition of local legend Snowboy and the Latin Section, who will be celebrating their 30th anniversary at the festival.
Also appearing will be Hollie Cook, daughter of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, who recently supported the Stone Roses on their reunion tour (see her in action above). More local talent comes from Essex based band Asylums, with Roland Gift of Fine Young Cannibals and platinum-selling two tone veterans The Selecter also amongst the first announced, with plenty more to be revealed as the date nears.