Common People Southampton 2018
  • More amazing music for Common People!

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    Revealing even more musical treats for your dancing feet, the Common People team are very pleased to unveil a litany of movers, shakers and upstarts joining The Jacksons, Lily Allen, James, Sparks, All Saints and more to keep the spring bank holiday rolling on Southampton Common this 26th & 27th May.

    Rob da Bank says: “With less than 60 days to go until we are on Southampton Common, we are adding lots of fantastic new acts. From Glasgow house wizard Jasper James to all-girl alt rockers Honeyblood and loads more Uncommon Stage action, there’s tons of stuff to get stuck into. Come and join the party.”

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    Adding his not inconsiderable talents to our brand new Carnival Stage, we are delighted to welcome Jasper James back to Common People. One of the most exciting DJs around, Mr. James is a cast iron guarantee of hip-shaking goodness, not to be missed.

    Ensuring an ample supply of three chords and the truth, the Uncommon Stage has a wealth of rock n roll talent from Honeyblood, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly, Milk Teeth, Black Foxxes, and Josh Savage, to Reawaken, Minister, Torcoda Fray, Upstarts and Djuno, who are all set to turn it up to 11 when they hit the common this May. We’ll have melodic mainstage vibes courtesy of Hampshire four-piece Wild Front.

    And finally, for now The Sugar Skulls line up will bump a little harder with sets from Disko Delta, Brad Goddard and Ethan Owen.

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  • The Great Solent Gin Festival Makes it's Debut at Common People

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    The Common People team are extremely pleased to announce The Great Solent Gin Festival – a brand new gin experience for Southampton set within its own garden space at Common People this coming spring bank holiday, 26 & 27 May on Southampton Common.

    Rob da Bank says: “I have a confession to make. I love gin… and it’s no secret that many of us are a bit partial to a tot of Mother’s Ruin of an evening, afternoon or sometimes even morning! This year Common People is really blossoming as a festival into a proper family-friendly music, food and culture fest and we’re very proud to add The Great Solent Gin Festival to that offering.

    “We’ve had the onerous task of hand picking and tasting over 50 gins and have come up with an incredible array from UK home-grown flavours like Bathtub, Conker and Bulldog to American high-spirited gin, Aviation, and the amazing Malfy from Italy, and some cracking local gins. All this writing has got me a bit thirsty so I’m off to sample some more while you buy yourself a ticket and gin flight. What are you waiting for?!”

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    Presenting more than 50 gins, The Great Solent Gin Festival will feature a tempting collection of flavour profiles from citrus and herbaceous to fruity and floral, featuring delicious homegrown botanicals, global favourites and the finest selection of local handcrafted gins from the Isle of Wight Distillery and the Winchester Distillery.

    Occupying its own special area within Common People, featuring a luxuriantly dressed traditional pole tent with ample seating and dedicated garden area, for just £45 for a day ticket, gin festival attendees will receive a gin flight of three expertly matched gin & tonics and full access to Common People festival including three stages of music, a new and improved kids garden, and a host of attractions.

    The Great Solent Gin Festival will also feature masterclasses including a World Gin Day tasting with World Gin Day ambassador Emma Stokes aka Gin Monkey, a discussion and gin tasting with Xavier Baker from the Isle of Wight Distillery, and a masterclass from Sian Jones from the Winchester Distillery, giving you the fantastic opportunity to learn the history of the UK’s favourite tipple from the real experts.

    Plus, there will be an artisan food market featuring the most flavoursome locally sourced goods and entertainment from the Saints Brass and Rob da Bank, all located within the gin festival’s own garden setting.

    The perfect chance to indulge in the exciting world of gin and discover the Solent’s leading distillers join us at The Great Solent Gin Festival only at Common People.

    Gin Festival – Gin Flight
    £15.00 Face Value (must be purchased in conjunction with a Common People day ticket)
    (Valid for 3 x Gin & Tonics)

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  • Dance in the Dazzling Light of the World's Largest Disco Ball!

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    It’s the official world record holder for the World’s Largest Disco Ball and its coming to the heart of your city at Common People, appearing on Sunday 27 May on Southampton Common this coming spring bank holiday.

    But that’s not all, we want you to join in the scintillating fun. So grab your glad rags, breakout those gleaming hipsters, burnished bell bottoms, and glittering jumpsuits and dress up to the nines in your spangliest dancefloor finery – fancy dress is a must for everyone on Sequin Sunday in Southampton.

    As the sparkling centrepiece of Common People’s sequin-fuelled fancy dress days, the World’s Largest Disco Ball will radiate glimmering good vibes as Boney M., Snap!, Prince’s legendary backing band The New Power Generation and the disco dons themselves, The Jacksons take you to your dancing destiny at our hip-swaying, booty-shaking, fancy dressing, party heaven.

    Not to be missed, our dazzling disco beauty is as high as a three-storey building, covered in 2,500 mirrored tiles that would stretch out for a kilometre laid end to end, and is filled with 350 cubic metres of air; equivalent to around a thousand beach balls, so getting it around won’t be easy. We’d have to roll it a staggering 10,358 times to get it from South Park to Southampton Common! But never fear we’ve got a very big truck and some expert disco wranglers to ensure both Common People’s luscious sites are dappled in its shimmering light.

    So for just £30 for the day, what are you waiting for? Grab your Common People tickets now and bask in the record breaking brilliance.

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  • Announcing the Sugar Skulls Line-Up

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    With a huge and all-embracing line-up ranging from pop royalty and sing-along favourites, to must-see new acts and the very best local bands, Common People is already shaping up to be a corker this coming May spring bank holiday. But as ever we’ve got even more delights to deliver with a throbbing Sugar Skulls line-up to keep you dancing in the heart of Southampton long into the night!

    Once again, we’ve teamed up with late night legends and winners of DJ Mag’s Best of British Best Small Club, Junk, who will present The 80s Boogie Bar with Southampton’s finest selectors dropping the aural appetizers for your pleasure. So, grab your dancing shoes and join us for sets across the weekend from Buddy Love, Soul 45, Ben Ricci, Aaron Blyth, Aldo Vanucci, Deaf By Disco, Gold School DJs, Kaf-Tan, Handsome Dave Rocker, Little Chief, Frau DJs, Lebon and Civilisation Of The Rough.

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  • I Want to Play at Common People Returns!

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    For the fourth year running, the Common People team are proud to team up with world-renowned music venue, the Joiners Arms to launch this year’s edition of I Want to Play at Common People. Is your band the most exciting on the South Coast? If you think you’ve got what it takes, then this is a gilt-edged chance to get on the line-up for this year’s festival, held on Southampton Common over the Spring Bank Holiday, 26th & 27th May.

    To apply, you need to send one track to [email protected] with a maximum of 100 words telling us why you want to play Common People by Monday 19th March, that’s not long, 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 successful artists by Wednesday 7th March. Finals will be held at the Joiners in Southampton on Tuesday 13th March, Tuesday 3rd April and Wednesday 2nd May. 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 (2nd May only) and a crack team of music experts. The winners will win a sought after set at this year’s 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

  • Southampton's City Slickers Revealed

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    Set to bring you electrifying music, entertainment and arts in the heart of Southampton this spring bank holiday, Common People is back for 2018 with headliners Lily Allen and James on Saturday and The Jacksons on Sunday. For just £57.50 for an Adult weekend ticket or £30 for an Adult day ticket, you can enjoy an amazing festival brimful of singalong favourites, deep-down disco delights, and all manner of amusements. Don’t miss out on two joyful days of bank holiday merrymaking brought to you with love by the makers of Bestival, this 26 & 27 May on Southampton Common.

    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”.

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    Back with a bunch of bangers that prove she’s still at the top of the game, Lily Allen headlines the Common Stage, as well as Manchester legends James for a singalong Saturday special, with sets through the day from special guests All Saints, The Sherlocks, Jaguar Skills, The Cuban Brothers, Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana and Plastic Mermaids.

    While on Sunday fancy dress is a must as we unleash disco kings, The Jacksons, basking in the dazzling reflection of the World’s Largest Disco Ball. Plus you can fill your dancing boots with delights from The New Power Generation, Sparks, Boney M, Snap!, FooR, Jungle Brothers and Hak Baker.

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    Our new Carnival Stage will jump to the sounds of DJ Yoda, a $hit Disco takeover with HAAi, Kiwi, and much more on Saturday. With Sunday’s floor fillers courtesy of Fred V & Grafix, Holy Goof, Barely Legal and more.

    As ever underground players and nascent rock action can be found on the Uncommon Stage hosted by The Joiners. Demob Happy, The Rising, The Collision, Deference, Pioneers and Miss Vincent will blast through Saturday’s slots. And Dream Wife, Pale Seas, Ben Goddard, Saints of Sin, Toreador, Josh Savage and Lauran Hibberd take on the Sunday crowds.

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    We’ll also have throbbing beats at Sugar Skulls with a roster of soon-to-be-announced DJs and family antics and festivities galore across our Southampton Common wonderland including the Kids Garden with Inflatable Church, Wall of Death, Big Fish Little Fish, Hampshire cricket, Kids Bushcraft, BigTopMania with Face painting, glitter, crazy inflatables, and have-a-go circus equipment including diablos, juggling, slackline & poi and circus performances. And we’ll have Alpacas, the Cardboard Castle, Haven Falconry, Punch & Judy, a giant sandpit, bouncy castle & inflatable slides and a Vintage Fun Fair with swing boats, helter skelter, chair o’ planes and big wheel.

    Celebrating music, arts and community in the heart of the city, don’t miss out on the bank holiday shenanigans.