THIS WEEKEND: Common People Festival

Rob da Bank’s Common People festival makes its return in 2017 with a weekend of music and mayhem at both Oxford’s South Park and Southampton Common. Taking place simultaneously on May 27th-28th (which is conveniently a bank holiday weekend, so you can rest your sore head on the Monday), both events promise some tip-top acts for attendees.

This year’s events are headlined by serial chart-topping dancehall act Sean Paul, and Radio One’s dance overlord, Pete Tong.

Sean Paul, well known for his chart hits Temperature and Get Busy is sure to bring some fyah to the stage at both venues, so get ready for some bogul an’ wine. Pete Tong should also need little in the way of introductions. He has cemented himself at the zenith point of UK dance, dipping his fingers in both the commercial and underground scenes respectively. His sets always bring the roof down. Rave on!

Also set to play both venues are the iconic house producers, Groove Armada. The pair are veterans of the dance scene, having been producing some of the UK’s most recognisable dance tracks over the past 21 years, including I See You BabyAt the River and Superstylin’.

Other select acts include Liverpool’s techno prodigy, OR:LA. Fresh off the back of her debut EP on Hotflush Records and a stunning set with Scuba at Mixmag LabOR:LA is likely to completely destroy the dancefloor as she has been with alarming regularity of late. This is one set you definitely don’t want to miss out on.

Grime producer and MC, Novelist, will be appearing not just once, but TWICE at the Oxford leg of the festival. He will be performing alongside St. Etienne as well as with Goldie and Redlight as part of My Nu Leng’s M8s selection. He will be performing once at Southampton, again as part of My Nu Leng’s curated artists.

Indie act Wild Beasts will be welcomed to the stage at both festival sites. With over eleven years of experience on the music scene, the Mercury Award nominated UK four-piece will undoubtedly be playing hits from their five successful albums.

Photo: Victor Frankowski

There will be plenty of other, non-music-based fun to be had across both festival sites, as attendees can enjoy attractions such as fairground rides and circus performers. Also, included in the programme is a selection of craft workshops and an extensive variety of food and drink stalls with a variety of tasty morsels to get your chops around.

For the full line-up, plus photos, videos and ticket information head to our Common People Festival pages:



Tickets for both weekends start at £30.25 up to £113.75.


Author: Ste Knight

Featured photo: Victor Frankowski


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