Common People Southampton 2017
  • 2017 Line-up revealed!

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    Common People, the ultimate bank holiday bonanza is back on Southampton Common for our third two-day metropolitan adventure, uniting the community through music, art and good times. Produced with love by the creators of Bestival, Common People 2017 is set to kick off the festival seasonal with a proper party this 27th & 28th May. Don’t miss out.

    “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!” Common People curator Rob da Bank

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    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.

    “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!" Pete Tong

    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.

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    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!

  • I Want to Play at Common People launched!

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    Kicking off the action for Common People 2017, we are very excited to be teaming up with the legendary Joiners once again to launch the third edition of I Want to Play at Common People. An unmissable chance to bag a set at this year’s festival, held on Southampton Common over the Spring Bank Holiday, 27th & 28th May, we are searching for the most exciting new bands on the south coast!

    Common People Curator Rob da Bank says: “I grew up going to the Joiners, pogoing in one of the smallest venues in the UK, but also one of the coolest. We love coming back each year to see what amazing talent Southampton has to offer to play at our Common People show. Roll on the heats!”

    To apply, you need to send one track to with a maximum of 100 words telling us why you want to play Common People by Sunday 29th January, that’s in just over a week’s time, so you need to act fast. And don’t forget to include your act name, number of members, your location and your social media links.

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    We’ll listen to every submission and will notify our top picks by 30th January. Finals will be held at the Joiners in Southampton on Tuesday 14th February, Tuesday 14th March and Thursday 20th April. If you’re not entering the competition but want to come and check out the cream of Hampshire’s band scene, entry is just £3.00. Don’t miss out on seeing some of the best new bands around.

    The competition finals will be judged by the Joiners’ Ricky Bates, Common People head honcho, Rob da Bank, BBC Introducing Solent presenter Stephanie Nieuwenhuys and a crack team of music experts. The winners, chosen by our esteemed panel, will win a coveted set at the third annual Common People on the Uncommon Stage presented by The Joiners!

    Don’t miss the chance to get on the festival circuit and fulfil your dreams!

    Good luck x

  • Don't miss Multicoloured Monday

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    After an incredible sell-out second year, Common People will return to Southampton in 2017 and to celebrate we’re offering a special Multicoloured Monday ticket offer to get you in a proper party mood. For one week only, (28th November- 4th December) when you grab yourself a general admissions adult ticket you can take up to four kids for free*. So why not join the fun and splash out at Early Bird prices for Christmas and treat your family and friends to a ticket for the festival season’s dazzling opener?

    “We like a bit, well I should say a LOT of colour at our festies and Black Friday doesn’t really ring our bell. Multicoloured Monday however will be a right old ding dong in the Bestival office and to commemorate this historic day we are offering you some cool tickets deals to get in early on the Common People fun…Roll up, roll up.” Common People curator Rob da Bank

    Returning to the glorious grounds of Southampton Common on the 27th and 28th May, Common People is set to be a bonkers bank holiday bonanza with brilliant family entertainment, delicious food and a line up guaranteed to knock your socks off. The inaugural two-day music and arts festival from the makers of Bestival saw the likes of Duran Duran, Primal Scream, Craig David’s TS5, Katy B, Public Enemy, Gaz Coombes, Jamie Lawson and many more take to the Common Stage, along with a plethora of fantastic local acts gracing the Uncommon Stage, all topped off with a lavish helping of the Bestival team’s renowned magic, mayhem and merriment. Uniting party loving people across the heart of England and beyond, “don’t miss our amazing Multicoloured Monday deal”:":

    *Terms – Up to four kids aged 17 and under per adult ticket. All U17 tickets must be purchased in the same transaction as adult ticket. All U17 must have a ticket for entry. Multicoloured Monday not available on VIP Nook tickets.

  • Common People is Back!

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    After an incredible sell out year two, Common People will return to the stunning greenery of Southampton Common for a bonkers bank holiday bonanza on 27th and 28th May, 2017. Make sure you don’t miss out. Secure your place now! VIP tickets also available and will sell out fast.

    The inaugural two-day music and arts festival saw the likes of Duran Duran, Primal Scream, Craig David’s TS5, Katy B, Public Enemy, Gaz Coombs, Jamie Lawson and many more take the helm of the Common Stage along with a plethora of local acts gracing the Uncommon Stage, all topped off with a lavish helping of the Bestival team’s renowned magic, mayhem and merriment. Uniting party lovers across the heart of England and beyond.

    “Wow Common People. What an incredible weekend in Southampton! The sunshine, the crowd, the music, the food, the world’s biggest bouncy castle, the fun – Wow! Thanks for one of the best weekends so far this year. Can’t wait until next year” Rob da Bank

    “Common People has rapidly become the biggest and most eclectic music event in the city. Southampton Common is an amazing venue and I can’t wait to see what surprises Rob da Bank and the rest of the Common People team have in store for next year’s event.” Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Leisure

    To celebrate Common People’s return, we are offering a Summer Special with adult tickets starting at only £22.50 for general admission and £45.00 for VIP access for a limited time only.

    And there’s more good news. In 2016, Common People made a huge impact on the local economy generating an estimated £1.1million through our policy of booking local bands and DJs, using local food and drink suppliers, partnering with local businesses and attracting 28.5% of the audience from outside of Southampton! That’s something we are very proud of.