After the success of Common People 2015 the 2 day festival returned to Southampton on May the 28th & 28th 2016 expanding to Oxford on the same weekend, and guess what? They’re back again this May bank holiday with another top line up!
From the curators of Bestival Common People festival first hit the south coast in May 2015. Common People Festival shares the same ethics both environmentally and socially as Bestival and Camp Bestival. With organisers Rob Da Bank & wife Josie plus the guys from get involved ltd. it’s guaranteed to be one hell of a party!
Their debut year saw Bestival regulars Mr Motivator & Cuban Brothers playing during the day on the mainstage with Fatboy Slim & Grace Jones headlining. Plus Island band the Plastic Mermaids who played on the Mainstage Saturday! 2016 was another fantastic year with performances from Chas & Dave, Primal Scream and Craig David playing alternate days in Southampton and Oxford.
Common People curator Rob da Bank says: ‘Common People is all about having some proper moments together as friends and family. Our cast this year to make you dance, sing and generally lose your shizzle include none other than recent Number One album artist, Mr Pete Tong, a legend of the dance and Radio 1 for over quarter of a century now, and here with a rare outdoor performance of his orchestral wonder Ibiza Dance Classics. Also, stepping up is Sean Paul, a dancehall god with more bangers up his sleeve than a fireworks factory. And proving able support will Tom Odell and Groove Armada and loads more, so have a read, explore and see you in the fields my lovely Common People!’
We weren’t kidding, when we said it’ll be a proper party, with DJ legend Pete Tong, the Heritage Orchestra and conductor Jules Buckley’s number one album collaboration topping the bill on Saturday and king of the dancehall, Sean Paul headlining The Common Stage on Sunday night.
Pete Tong said “Performing Ibiza Classics with the Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever been involved with, from stepping on stage at The Royal Albert Hall for the R1 proms through to performing to a packed to the rafters 02 in London, it’s been a non-stop thrill, now bringing the show to the great outdoors for our first festival appearance at Common People could be our biggest thrill yet!”
Saturday night will be filled with White Isle vibes on a more cultivated tip as BBC Radio 1’s dance floor don Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics performed by The Heritage Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley. Not due to return to UK shores for his own shows until December, this is a gilt-edged opportunity to catch one of the most talked about shows of 2016 as the summer festival season kicks off. Proper classic house euphoria orchestrated to get Southampton Common bouncing; this has got historic written all over it.
Fresh from ruling the charts with his Clean Bandit collaboration, and a jaw-dropping headline set at last year’s Bestival, Sean Paul is back, bigger than ever and set to bring Common People 2017 to triumphant close. When the man who single-handedly brought dancehall to the mainstream is involved, you know things are gonna get dutty. We can’t wait to bruk it down and get cool and deadly.
But that’s not all, The Common Stage on Saturday will see BRITs Critics’ Choice winner 2013 Tom Odell’s charismatic swagger and rave legends Faithless on the ones & twos, plus there will be appearances from Loyle Carner, Becky Hill, Stefflon Don, Seán McGowan, Kassassin Street, Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana and Black Kat Boppers.
Sublime dancefloor duo Groove Armada will be hitting the Common Stage decks to provide their own inimitable brand of booty shaking brilliance on Sunday and we’ll have mainstage sets from Wild Beasts, British Sea Power, Amy MacDonald, Nadia Rose, Novelist, House Gospel Choir, Signals and The Novatones.
Filling your dancing boots throughout the weekend, the Uncontained Stage will be bouncing with Moxie presents On Loop featuring sets from Joy Orbison, Midland, Kornél Kovács, Felix Dickinson and Or:la on Saturday night, while on Sunday hands in the air behaviour will come courtesy of My Nu Leng & M8s, and very special guest Goldie, Novelist, Redlight, GotSome and Klose One, all dropping big tings.
Discovering new music is what gets the man like da Bank out of bed in the morning, it’s the very the lifeblood of the Bestival team! So, we’ve teamed up with fellow new music addicts, from world renowned music venue The Joiners once again to showcase the best new local bands alongside some of the most exciting acts around on the Uncommon Stage, including Beans on Toast, Black Honey, Natives, Happy Accidents, Cassava, Fever, XOCKHA, Feeble Grandpa, Scarecrow Boat, Nakamarra, Gun Shy and Deltorers.
And ensuring the party always swings there will be DJ sets across the weekend from Junk presents: Luca Pilato + more, Buddy Love, Hadda, Pelo Rizardo, Deaf by Disco, Soul 45, Pete Callard, Handsome Dave Rocker, Little Chief and Aldo Vanucci.
With amazing music keeping your feet moving throughout the bank holiday weekend, we’ll be bringing a little taste of our legendary madness and mayhem to Southampton Common ramping up the Bestival antics to transform Common People into an amazing festival wonderland, with plenty of our off-the-wall shenanigans including the jumping joys of The World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle, the old-time pleasures of Vintage Funfair Rides, an assemblage of miscellany in The People’s Front Room, traditional community pursuits from Saints Brass, villatic pastimes with Spinney Hollow Bush Crafts, the savoury delights of Scrumptious Street Food, decadent drinkies from the The Jam Jar Bar and Sugar Skulls Cocktail Bus, our fantastic Kids Area with the gymnastic pageantry of BigTopMania Circus, Face Painting & Crazy Inflatables, Nuttfield Theatre Pop-Up Shows, Batala Samba Drummers and much more!