Common People, started in 2015, is held in the glorious grounds of Southampton Common on the second May Bank Holiday weekend.
The inaugural two-day event saw the likes of Duran Duran, Primal Scream, Craig David’s TS5, Katy B, Public Enemy, Gaz Coombes and Jamie Lawson.
Common People 2018, 26 and 27 May
SATURDAY: SUNDAY – DISCO DAY:
LILY ALLEN / JAMES THE JACKSONS
SATURDAY COMMON STAGE
ALL SAINTS (SPECIAL GUEST) / THE SHERLOCKS / JAGUAR SKILLS
ELVANA: ELVIS FRONTED NIRVANA / PLASTIC MERMAIDS
SUNDAY COMMON STAGE DISCO DAY WITH THE WORLD’S LARGEST DISCO BALL
THE NEW POWER GENERATION / SPARKS / BONEY M
SNAP! / THE CUBAN BROTHERS / FOOR / JUNGLE BROTHERS / HAK BAKER
SATURDAY: DJ YODA / $HIT DISCO TAKEOVER: HAAI, KIWI
SUNDAY: FRED V & GRAFIX / HOLY GOOF / BARELY LEGAL
UNCOMMON STAGE (HOSTED BY THE JOINERS)
DREAM WIFE / DEMOB HAPPY / PALE SEAS / THE RISING / BEN GODDARD
Rob da Bank says: “This will be our fourth year returning to the beautiful green escape of Southampton Common and it’s been quite some ride putting together the Common People line up for 2018. Headlined by none other than Lily Allen and one of my favourite indie bands of all time James, the Saturday is a typically eclectic mash up of styles. Our Disco Day on the Sunday also promises to be super funky with The Jacksons bringing their disco and soul classics, but my personal highlight has to be Prince’s unbeatable backing band The New Power Generation coming over from the States for a one-off weekend with us. We couldn’t get Prince but we will have all the hits. Add in all the local Southampton bands and DJs and a real focus on family fun and entertainment and I promise you a magical May weekend awaits”.
Common People 2017, 27 and 28 May.
Another fantastic Common People line-up was announced for 2017 with headliners Pete Tong and Sean Paul.
Common People curator Rob da Bank said: “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. Proving able support at both shows will be Groove Armada and loads more fantastic acts, so have a read, explore and see you in the fields my lovely Common People!”
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.” This was their first festival appearance.
The Common Stage saw BRITs Critics’ Choice winner 2013 Tom Odell’s charismatic swagger and rave legends Faithless on the ones & twos, plus there were appearances from Loyle Carner, Becky Hill, Stefflon Don, Seán McGowan, Kassassin Street, Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana and Black Kat Boppers on Saturday. And Groove Armada, Wild Beasts, British Sea Power, Amy MacDonald, Nadia Rose, Novelist, House Gospel Choir, Signals and The Novatones appeared on Sunday.
The Uncontained Stage was jumping with My Nu Leng & M8s and very special guest Goldie, Novelist, Redlight, GotSome and Klose One, all stepping up to the plates to drop bombs on Sunday, while hands in the air behaviour came courtesy of Moxie presents On Loop featuring sets from Joy Orbison, Midland, Kornél Kovács, Felix Dickinson and Or:la on Saturday.
Discovering new music is what gets a man like da Bank out of bed in the morning so the festival team continued their long and illustrious partnership with The Joiners and presented Beans on Toast, Black Honey, Natives, Happy Accidents, Cassava, Fever, XOCKHA, Feeble Grandpa, Scarecrow Boat, Nakamarra, Gun Shy and Deltorers.
The line up:
SEAN PAUL | PETE TONG PRESENTS IBIZA CLASSICS PERFORMED BY THE HERITAGE ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY JULES BUCKLEY
SATURDAY THE COMMON STAGE:
TOM ODELL | FAITHLESS (DJ SET) | LOYLE CARNER | BECKY HILL | STEFFLON DON | SEÁN MCGOWAN / KASSASSIN STREET | ELVANA: ELVIS FRONTED NIRVANA | BLACK KAT BOPPERS
SUNDAY THE COMMON STAGE:
GROOVE ARMADA (DJ SET) / WILD BEASTS / BRITISH SEA POWER / AMY MACDONALD / NADIA ROSE / NOVELIST / HOUSE GOSPEL CHOIR / SIGNALS / THE NOVATONES
SATURDAY THE UNCONTAINED STAGE:
MOXIE PRESENTS ON LOOP: JOY ORBISON | MIDLAND | KORNÉL KOVÁCS | FELIX DICKINSON | OR:LA
SUNDAY THE UNCONTAINED STAGE:
MY NU LENG & M8s: VERY SPECIAL GUEST: GOLDIE | NOVELIST | REDLIGHT | GOTSOME | KLOSE ONE
UNCOMMON STAGE LOCAL BANDS PRESENTED BY THE JOINERS SOUTHAMPTON
LOCAL DJs ACROSS THE WEEKEND AND ANTICS & FAMILY FUN:
WORLD’S BIGGEST BOUNCY CASTLE | VINATGE FUNFAIR RIDES | POP-UP PERFROMANCES | HORNS OF PLENTY | SCRUMPTIOUS STREET FOOD | COCKTAIL BARS |KIDS AREA FEAT. CIRCUS, FACE PAINTING, CRAZY INFLATABLES.