Festival season is creeping up on us and whilst the temperatures in Britain haven’t exactly risen, it’s time to go and grab a pair of Primark wellies and check your piggy bank for cider money. Festivals will be happening across the UK throughout the summer but on the 27th and 28th of May, the makers of Bestival bring you Common People – Southampton Common’s biggest celebration of music to date. Here’s a few reasons why you should be grabbing tickets as fast as you can.
Pete Tong will be headlining on Saturday alongside The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley, bringing you a beautiful and captivating take on Ibiza club classics. Following Tong will be the likes of 2013 BRITs Critics Choice Award winner Tom Odell, confessional hip-hop musician Loyle Carner, rave legend Faithless and powerhouse Becky Hill. Shift towards the Uncommon Stage and you’ll find yourself dancing to the likes of Black Honey, Feeble Grandpa and Submariner. If you’re into DJ sets and House music, head over to the Uncontained Stage where you’ll find ‘On Loop’ hosted by Moxie, including big names such as Joy Orbison, Felix Dickinson and OR:LA.
Sunday’s headliner is the huge dancehall icon Sean Paul, followed by a DJ set by electro duo Groove Armada, Grime MC Novelist, singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald and the astounding House Gospel Choir. At the Uncontained Stage, you’ll find My Nu Leng & M8S presenting Drum and Bass legend Goldie along with Bristol-born DJ Redlight, hype-man Fatman Scoop and House duo GotSome. Bands will be rocking the Uncommon Stage once again, with the likes of Blaenavon and The Magic Gang set to storm the crowd.
Local nightclub Junk will be presenting a variety of DJs across the weekend as well, including Luca Pilato, Cultura, Caruana and Jordan McKinlay.
Along with a shed load of musical talent to keep your feet moving throughout the bank holiday weekend, Common People will be brimming with amazing venues, bars and street food:
Adults can top up on courage at the Jam Jar Bar or the Sugar Skulls Cocktail Bus while kids will not be short of entertainment with the world’s biggest bouncy castle as well as vintage funfair rides and a designated kids area including Bigtopmania Circus, face painting, crazy inflatables and the Nuffield Theatre pop-up shows.
The People’s Front Room will also be at Common People, styled as a psychedelic 19th Century Salon fitted with sofas, offering live music across a variety of genres from an in-house crew of performers. Saints Brass and the Batala Samba Drummers will bring you a mixture of culture and sound whilst your tastebuds will be treated with Scrumptious Street Food all around the festival.
If you’re not ready to stop dancing, head over to Junk club on London Road where you’ll be able to carry on partying right the way through the night. Part One of the after party will be taking place on Saturday 27th, where Moxie, Luca Pilato, Cultura and more will be on the decks until 4am. On Sunday night, part two will be ending the weekend with a bang where Retrojam DJs, Jordan McKinlay and more will keep the party going as the sun sets on another incredible festival.
Tickets for the official afterparties can be found at www.junkclub.com
Tickets for Common People are now on sale at Ticketline
Head to http://www.commonpeople.net for more information
by sophie barnden