Entering its third year of existence, Bestival’s mainland cousin Common People again boasts diversity and talent all the way down its line up, supporting the local scene as well as drawing international names. Taking place from 27th-28th May on Southampton Common, the festival spans genres and caters for students and families alike.
Saturday’s mainstage headliner, renowned Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong brings the sounds of Ibiza to the South Coast, more classic than ever, performed by the Heritage Orchestra. First debuted during last year’s BBC Proms season at the Royal Albert Hall, the show has seen glowing reviews and rising success. World class tunes from Daft Punk and Moby, Fat Boy Slim and Jessie Ware, all interpreted on a grand scale and conducted by Jules Buckley.
Brighton bred Black Honey headline the Uncommon Stage on Saturday, supported by a hoard of talent; Submariner, Fever and Beans on Toast to name but a few. On the Uncontained Stage, Moxie hosts ‘On Loop’, an all day incarnation of her club night and record label, featuring Midland, Joy Orbison Felix Dickinson and Moxie herself.
Sunday’s line-up promises to close the festival on a high. A headline set from dancehall legend and Bestival 2016 headliner, Sean Paul, an appearance from indie-rock titans British Sea Power and a DJ set from Groove Armada make-up just a fraction of the talent on show.
Resident bass enthusiasts My Nu Leng take control of the Uncontained Stage offering huge collaborations of Redlight and B2B throughout the day while Manchester bred Wild Beasts and singer-songwriter Amy McDonald provide blissful counterpart on the main stage.
Infamous DnB royalality Goldie returns to the south coast bringing 25 years of drum and bass and jungle expertise in the locker. The walsall-born breakbeat pioneer will showcase the most notorious and hardest tunes from his anthology of classics.
With countless food stands, vintage fair rides and the world’s largest bouncy castle, Common People is destined to live up to its previous successes, and transform Southampton into the South Coast’s biggest party for a whole weekend.
Words by Maddy Hardman