Common People Southampton 2018

Local Residents Information

Please find details of the forthcoming Common People event on Southampton Common below.

The area known as ‘The Flats’ in Southampton Common will for the fourth year host a music event called Common People on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May. As per previous years, the event will run between 10:30AM – 11:00PM each day. This page explains what the organisers are doing to minimise the effect on you as a resident and how to get in touch with any concerns.

Southampton Common

Preparations for the event start on Thursday 17th May, the majority of the work will take place from 8:00AM – 8:00PM with any late or overnight work, taking place at Council approved times only. The dismantling of the event will be complete by Friday 1st June (inclusive). Prior to the handover the organisers of Common People will ensure all remaining public spaces are clean and returned to the best possible standard.

From Friday 25th May 7:00PM the path running from east to west will be closed to the public, it will reopen on Monday 6:00AM 28th May. Please see the site plan here for an overview.


The organisers are required to make sure the noise from the event is controlled to limits agreed with the Local Authority. A noise consultant monitors levels both on the Common and noise sensitive areas surrounding the park during the event.

On Friday 25th May, the sound systems will be tested intermittently between 4:00PM – 6:00PM to ensure they do not breach the noise limits set by the Local Authority. There will be a further brief period of intermittent testing on the morning between 9:30AM – 10:30AM on each day of the event (Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May).

If you have concerns about noise levels directly generated during the period of the event, you can contact the Residents Hotline on the number below.


In order to ensure the event can run safely and taking into consideration learning’s from 2017 (including managing the large number of people arriving and departing), the Local Authority and the Event Management Team require the following:

Temporary closures:
• Northlands Road and Cemetery Road at the South of the Common to be temporarily closed to traffic from 5:00AM Saturday 26th May to 11:59PM Sunday 27th May
• Hill Lane from north of the entrance to Richard Taunton College to Burgess Road will be temporarily closed to traffic from 10:30PM – 11:30PM each night (Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May)
• Residents access will be maintained

Temporary Parking Suspensions:
• They will be in place from Cemetery Road from Monday 21st May. They will also be in place on Hulse Road, Northlands Road
and Lincoln Court from Friday 25th May and outside The Cowherds Pub from Saturday 26th May. They will be re-opened from Sunday 27th May 11:59PM.
• No Waiting cones to be placed on Winn Road from Friday 25th May at 6:00PM through to Sunday 27th May 11:59PM (section from the Avenue to the bus stop). In addition, a one-way system will be in place around Bellemoor Road from 10:30PM – 11:30PM on 26th & 27th May, which will ease congestion during the egress.

Each evening, we anticipate most guests will be leaving between 10:30PM – 11:45PM, so traffic in the areas around the Common may become congested.

Please see the Residents Map here for an overview of road closures and temporary parking suspensions.

Impact of the Event

The Organisers and Local Authority Safety Advisory Group have worked extensively to ensure that the impact on the local residents is minimised. This includes stewarding, policing and signage and includes input from the Local Authority. During the event, the Event Team and Local Authority work together, meeting regularly to respond quickly to any issues raised by residents.

If you are concerned about any aspect of the event, please contact our Residents Hotline, which will be operational from Friday 25th May 4:00PM – 8:00PM then Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May 9:30AM – midnight.

Residents Hotline: 03301 226136

Issues will be raised to the Organisers and the Local Authority who will ensure they are dealt with swiftly.