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High Street Busking

Part of Southend Arts Festival

As part of Southend Arts Festival, Southend High Street will host a variety of local musicians performing for free in various places. Take a look below for more info.

Chris Robson

Chris Robson is a local singer/songwriter. A folk festival regular and champion of original music, Chris’s songs are well written reflections of his life and the world around him whilst also being upbeat and easy to listen to.

03/09/21 under the High Street bridge at 2pm.
04/09/21 by The Royals Shopping Centre at 2.30pm
11/09/21 by The Royals Shopping Centre at 2.30pm

Katie B

KatieB is also a member of The Musicians Union, and United Kingdom PRS (Performing Right Society) and MCPS (Mechanical Copyright Protection Society).

​KatieB is a 17 year old Singer/Songwriter/Actress from Leigh On Sea Essex . She has been singing since the age of 9 and has appeared as a soloist performing in a wide range of productions and covering a wide variety of genres. Hard working, passionate, dedicated dynamic and determined are some of her skills which she hopes will help her succeed in the industry. Plans for 2020 include the release of her original single and video, (February 2020) more songwriting and lots more performing across the UK and beyond.

CREDITS · Cunning Little Vixen British Youth Opera · Godspell Actors Church Covent Garden · London’s New Years Day Parade · Factor Essex Series 9 Finalist · Corporate Entertainer · Charity Fundraiser · Trulittle Musician Hero 2019 · YMCA Youth Awards 2019 Presenter/Performer.

03/09/21 under the High Street bridge at 10am
04/09/21 under the High Street bridge at 10am
12/09/21 under the High Street bridge at 10.30am
13/09/21 by Metro Bank at 12.30pm
19/09/21 by The Royal Shopping Centre at 11am

Florence Sommerville

Florence Sommerville is a Country Singer-Songwriter inspired by Americana music from Nashville. She has played in various places home and abroad, attends ACC Shoreditch and was a finalist of Open Mic Uk. You can find her on Facebook, Instagram and TikTok @florence_sommerville

03/09/21 by The Royals Shopping Centre at 2pm
12/09/21 under the High Street bridge at 10.30pm

Kristina Demou

Kristina is an Essex based international performer. After completing her Music Theatre training at The Royal Academy of Music, London, Kristina went on to sing backing vocals for Sir Elton John at The Concert For Diana, Wembley Stadium. Many TV appearances, theatre shows and cruises later, Kristina is back on UK soil with a new passion project ‘Shape Of Uke’. Picking up the ukulele in April 2020, it quickly became a love affair and Kristina decided that she would go out and gig once live music started back up again. During this time she was asked to join the all female Ukulele band Wonder Of Uke, and over November/December ended up performing a run of dates in a Christmas show. Since then they have had several high profile gigs with more on the way. Going solo with Shape Of Uke is a new adventure and Kristina is looking forward to bringing feel good Ukulele vibes to many up coming weddings, events and festivals.

09/09/21 under the High Street bridge at 12.30pm
16/09/21 by The Royals Shopping Centre at 11.30am


Love2sign signing choirs are lead by Anne Clark and Susan Reece we are a locally based group in Leigh on sea. We are a mixed ability group from non-signers upwards. The two choirs are split into two age groups love2sign adults ages from 18 – 75yrs and love2sign juniors 7 – 17rs.
They work closely within Southend and it’s surrounding communities and have built strong links with local groups. Having worked on some truly amazing projects with some truly amazing people over the years. Translating song lyrics into sign language and combining them together the group really connect with people, making music more accessible for everyone.

On 4/09/21 by Metro Bank at 1pm

Isabel Oliver

Isabel Oliver is a singer, songwriter from the UK. She writes and plays with an inspiration from the traditional folk and country music she grew up with; mixed with a modern twist. Isabel has been performing live for a number of years and has spent the last year travelling around Vietnam performing. In 2018, she was the winner of Leigh Folk Festival’s open mic competition and since has continued to keep expanding and exploring her music.

09/09/21 by The Royals Shopping Centre at 1pm
16/09/21  By The Royal Shopping Centre at 1pm

Simon and the Lyrical Poets

Simon is a singer songwriter from Southend in Essex, who first started writing poetry as a teenager. When Simon began learning how to play the guitar, his poetry became lyrics for the songs which he began to write, hence the stage name: ‘Simon and the Lyrical Poets.
Simon has many musical influences, ranging from The Clash to Bob Dylan, as well as roots music such as Folk, Jazz and Blues, and his music would best be described as in the Singer–Songwriter or Indie-Folk categories. Simon’s debut album, ‘Paper Boats’ was released in December 2020, and can be found on most major streaming platforms, and he also has a YouTube channel:

09/09/21 by Metro Bank at 2.30pm
16/09/21 under the High Street bridge at 2.30pm


Polly is a singer / guitarist based in Leigh On Sea with a singing style influenced by folk, pop and Jazz. She has performed in variety of local venues and events including Peggy Sues, Southend Makes Southend, Leigh youth Market, Village Green, Leigh on Sea and Southend Christmas light switch-ons.

11/09/21 – under the High Street bridge at 1.30pm.

Scarlett Taylor

“I am a 16 year old musician from Leigh- on – Sea, currently studying music at The BRIT school. I write my own original songs and have loved to perform since the age of 4! I am so excited to be back again doing what I love in my home town and I can’t wait to share my music with you. You can keep up to date with my work on my instagram @scarlettrosemusic. Hope you enjoy my set!”

12/09/21 – under the High Street bridge at 12pm
19/09/21 – by Metro bank at 12pm

SODS (Southend Operatic & Dramatic Society)

Southend Operatic and Dramatic Society (SODS) was founded in 1890, making it one of the oldest surviving societies in the country. During its illustrious one hundred and thirty year history the society has performed at many venues including the Cliffs Pavilion and its current home the Palace Theatre, amazing audiences with a wide variety of theatre’s most beloved shows from timeless classics such as “Oliver!” and “My Fair Lady” to more contemporary shows such as “Rock of Ages”and their last pre-Covid production of “Rent”. It is estimated that over one thousand members have trodden the boards for SODS across the three centuries of its existence, with their current lineup buzzing to finally be back on stage spreading much-needed Christmas cheer in their upcoming production “Scrooge!”

18/09/21 – by The Royals Shopping Centre at 1.30pm.

The Show Choir

The Show Choir was founded in 2012 as a community based choir with a strong focus on Musical Theatre. As well as traditional musicals such as The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables, Wicked, Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Jersey Boys, we also cover the more modern ‘juke box’ musicals so you could find yourself singing anything from Cole Porter to Take That or Queen to Abba. Based in Essex the choir is open to anyone aged 16 and above. No audition is necessary to join the choir and you do not have to read music.  We want you to enjoy your singing experience as well as make a beautiful sound.

18/09/21 – by Metro Bank at 2pm

Southend Brass Band

Info coming soon

18/09/21 – Under the High Street bridge 1.30pm.

Funky Voices

The award-winning Funky Voices, a community choir singing modern music, raising copious amounts for Charities near and far. No audition or experience needed to join.
Join or Book:

19/09/21 – under the High Street bridge at 1.30pm.

Southend VOX

Southend VOX are a singing group for adults based in Southend-on-Sea in Essex.​ They have around 60 members and are always looking to recruit new aspiring singers. Musically, they sing an array of pop and rock songs, musical numbers, gospel and contemporary choral pieces – members really enjoy the variety of what they sing as do audiences who grow bigger with every concert!​ Established in 2009, Vox is run by a team of skilled musicians who give up their time voluntarily, and as a result, we are well-established in the music community of Southend.

19/09/21 – by The Royals Shopping Centre at 2.30pm.

Also part of Southend Arts Festival

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