College music talent set to wow Village Green

College music talent set to wow Village GreenThe Spank Wednesdays will be performing at Village Green. Picture byPaige Guiver

South Essex College is proud to be once again supporting Village Green in Chalkwell Park with a showcase of student talent.

Music Performance students will take to the stage on 13 July to entertain the crowds while Music Technology students will provide important support in roles such as sound engineers, stage manager and backline support.

A variety of acts featuring current and former South Essex College students will perform at the event, including the headline act, Busted, with member James Bourne being a former Music Performance student.

Matthew Milne, South Essex College Music Curriculum Co-Ordinator, said it was set to be a fantastic event.

He said: “The College is proud to have such a fantastic pool of talent to showcase, both from current and former students. Village Green is the perfect opportunity for our students to experience a real life event to allow them to progress and develop and also a great way to inspire musicians of the future.”

Student talent will be showcased across a number of stages such as the Oak Stage where you can catch artists at the beginning of their journey in music. Each act chosen to perform shows potential for a future career in music.

Performing here will be Level 3 Music Performance student Caitlin King who has already released her own EP, Flower Crown, which was well received locally.

The IDEA13 Stage is dedicated to local rock bands. The opening act is The Spank Wednesdays, a formative ‘rugby club rock’ band made up of Level 3 Music Performance students Roberto Mann, Tyler Chance and former student Jack Tobin.

The Spank Wednesdays released their own EP earlier this year, with their songs Canvey Man and Bangers and Mash becoming highly popular in their scene.

The Village Green Stage is the festival's main stage, with premier acts performing there all day. Amongst the home-grown line-up are Asylums and Beckie Margaret, both signed to Cool Thing Records.
Asylums' guitarist, Jazz Miell, is a former Music Performance student, while Luke Branch (frontman) and Michael Webster (bass player) are current lecturers in the South Essex College Music Department.

Former Music Performance student Beckie Margaret has been tipped for a bright future in her musical career, Her songs has been featured several times in the past year on BBC 6 Music. And of course, Busted close Village Green with former student James Bourne showing just what talent from Southend can achieve.

Village Green takes place in Chalkwell Park from 11am-9pm on Saturday 13 July. You can get ticket from www.villagegreenfestival.com


List of South Essex College acts:

Oak Stage
Harrison Lemaitre, Level 2 Music Performance, all day
CHLO (Chloe Payne), Level 3 Year 1 Music Performance, 11.30am-11.50am
Violet Tide (Alfie Richer) - Level 3 Year 2 Music Performance, 1pm-1.20pm
Emily Florence (Emily Rix) - Level 3 Year 2 Music Performance, 1.30pm-1.50pm
Caitlin King, Level 3 Year 1 Music Performance, 4.30pm-4.50pm
Eva Tobin, former Music Performance degree student, 5.30pm-5.50pm

IDEA13 Stage
The Spank Wednesdays (Roberto Mann, Tyler Chance and Jack Tobin), Level 3 Year 2 Music Performance, 11.30am-noon
The Waterfalls (Sam Potter), Level 3 Year 1 Music Technology, 1pm-1.30pm

Main Stage
Ruti (Will Hatton), former Music Performance student and current lecturer, 1.50pm-2.20pm
Beckie Margaret, former Music Performance student, 2.40pm-3.10pm
Asylums (Jazz Miell), former Music Performance student, 3.30pm-4.10pm
Busted (James Bourne), former Music Performance student, 8pm-9pm

Support & tech roles
Chloe Payne, Stage Manager, Level 3 Music Performance student
Max Osher, Sound Engineer, Level 3 Music Technology student
Sam Potter, Backline Tech, Level 3 Music Technology student
Alfie Richer, Backline Tech, Level 3 Music Performance student
Steven Miller, Backline Tech, former Music Performance degree student
Tilly Quigley, Stage Manager, former Music Performance degree student
Sarah Jarvis, Assistant Stage Manager, former Music Performance degree student