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The Uncommon Stage Line-Ups Revealed!

South Park - Oxford
SATURDAY: ORIGINAL RABBIT FOOT SPASM BAND / ZAIA / NEVERLND /
ESTHER JOY LANE / UNDERSMILE / CAMERON A.G. / PEERLESS PIRATES /
DEATH OF THE MAIDEN / DUOTONE

SUNDAY: THE BALKAN WANDERERS / MAIIANS / VIENNA DITTO /
LITTLE BROTHER ELI / INNER PEACE COLLECTIVE / CASSELS / THE AUGUST LIST / YOUNG WOMEN’S MUSIC PROJECT / JULIA MEIJER

Southampton Common - Southampton
SATURDAY: LONELY THE BRAVE / TALL SHIPS / SEAN MCGOWAN /
NEW DESERT BLUES / BEL ESPRIT / SIGNALS / OUR HOLLOW, OUR HOME / ELIXIR / VICKI MUSSELWHITE /

SUNDAY: PALMA VIOLETS / PRETTY VICIOUS / KASSASSIN STREET /
SCIENCE OF EIGHT LIMBS / THE RISING / BIGTOPP /
THESE SEPTIC STARS / CASSAVA

Continuing our mission to connect like-minded party people on common land, the Common People team are very pleased to announce the line-ups for our Uncommon Stage. Flexing his all-encompassing musical muscles Rob da Bank has joined forces with legendary, longstanding music publication Nightshift in Oxford and acclaimed venue The Joiners in Southampton, to bring you the cream of the up-and-coming music scene, featuring some of the most exciting new and underground bands, this coming May Bank Holiday at South Park and Southampton Common.

Common People curator Rob da Bank says: “The beating heart of all our festival adventures is getting people to discover new music and uncover new bands. Our curators, Ricky from The Joiners in Southampton and Ronan from the seminal Nightshift magazine, are experts in these matters, so please be upstanding and make much noise for The Uncommon Stage.”

Nightshift’s Ronan Munro says: “It’s fantastic that so many local acts are getting the opportunity to play at Common People, with the opportunity to play to a whole new audience, and it’s great that we get the chance to show the variety of music that comes out of Oxfordshire – from hot jazz, reggae, hip hop and blues to doom metal, electronica, punk and even pirate pop. I’ve always tried to make musicians proud to come from Oxfordshire, and Oxfordshire be proud of its musicians and this weekend is proof that Oxfordshire is home to a wealth of music talent”.

The Joiners’ Ricky Bates says: “We at the Joiners are utterly thrilled to be directly presenting the Uncommon Stage this year with some of our favourite touring acts of old and new in one space! Plus, we have some amazing home grown local talent throughout the day covering everything from ska to metalcore to indie rock n’ roll across the weekend, it’s going to be the most righteous fun weekend, don’t stay in! See you down the front”. 

Saturday in South Park, Oxford will see the Uncommon Stage shake to the sounds of local seven-piece vintage r ‘n’ b and hot jazz outfit Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, east Oxford’s roots-inspired Zaia, the glistening pop hooks of Neverlnd, Chipping Norton’s Esther Joy Lane, the doomladen Undersmile, and Cowley’s Cameron A.G. who recently scored a Hottest Record in the World Right Now on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show. There will also be rum-soaked fun from Peerless Pirates, gothic blues pop sounds from Death of the Maiden and looped vibes from mind-blowing cellist Duotone.

Sunday’s super-fresh action will see Oxford-based, pan-European gypsy-ska-punks The Balkan Wanderers heading up a coruscating line-up that will include local electronic types Maiians, electro rockabilly blues from Vienna Ditto, Witney’s Little Brother Eli, Oxford-based beats cooperative Inner Peace Collective, Chipping Norton sibling duo Cassels, purveyors of porch folk with attitude The August List, Cowley’s Young Women’s Music Project and the experimental, ethereal sounds of Oxford via Stockholm’s Julia Meijer.

On Southampton Common, Saturday’s dazzling new sounds will come courtesy of much admired Cambridge five-piece Lonely the Brave and experimental Brightonians Tall Ships, with sets from singer-songwriter Sean Mcgowan, stadium-ready post rockers New Desert Blues and BBC 6 Music-supported Bel Esprit, all of whom hail from Southampton. There will also be live music from the Isle of Wight’s math-pop four-piece Signals and the home turf triumvirate of Our Hollow, Our Home, Elixir and Vicki Musselwhite, with the first of our soon to be announced I Want to Play at Common People winners also making an appearance.

Sunday will see NME-championed Palma Violets topping a bill that will include garage rockers Pretty Vicious, Portsmouth’s Kassassin Street, and a cavalcade of local heroes including Science of Eight Limbs, The Rising, Bigtopp, These Septic Stars and Cassava, with two more I Want to Play at Common People winners completing the line-up.

Showcasing the very best in ambitious new music, don’t miss discovering your new favourite band at Common People’s temple of innovative sound, The Uncommon Stage

Big Top Line-Up Revealed!

GRAB YOUR DANCING SHOES!
COMMON PEOPLE’S BIG TOP LINE-UP REVEALED

FEATURING:
KURUPT FM / HOSPITALITY TAKEOVER /
DAVID RODIGAN MBE PRESENTS RAM JAM /
99 SOULS & MANY MORE

Revealing a gargantuan cavalcade of delicious music for your dancing feet coming to Common People, we’re extremely excited to announce our Big Top line-up and lots more dance-based beatniks, who will be joining Duran Duran, Primal Scream, Craig David, Gaz Coombes, Public Enemy and many more at Oxford’s South Park and Southampton Common on Saturday 28th May and Sunday 29th May.

Common People curator Rob da Bank says: “Well, what can I say? Some of my favourite DJs, new and old, are coming to our joint Common People shebangs in Southampton and Oxford. Rodigan is a legendary party starter and reggae god, Kurupt FM are the funniest, funkiest garage crew ever and Hospitality promise to bring the jungliest ruckus... See you down the front”.

Hitting the Big Top in Southampton on Saturday and heading on to Oxford on Sunday we will have pure murkage and bare reloads from Brentford’s finest pirate radio crew Kurupt FM, plus there will be a sublime Hospitality Takeover featuring Camo & Krooked, London Elektricity, Fred V & Grafix, Etherwood and Dynamite MC, Wrec, with 130bpm bomb selection by Amy Becker.

Making good in South Park’s Big Top on Saturday and bound for Southampton Common on Sunday is reggae big gun David Rodigan MBE who will present his legendary Ram Jam with My Nu Leng, David Rodigan MBE, DJ Zinc, Prince Fatty and Venum Sound, plus there will be bassline business from recent chart stars 99 Souls, plus soulful and classy club business from local boys made good Housewurk in Oxford.

In Southampton our iconic Bollywood Cocktail Bus will play host to Junk: “Not Your Thing” on Saturday with rising Glaswegian star Denis Sulta ramping up the energy, and speaker smashers from Jordan McKinlay, Luca Pilato, Ronnie Spiteri, Caruana & Daniel O’Rourke, while Sunday’s sounds come courtesy of Deaf By Disco, Pete Callard, Foor and Little Chief.

There will be plenty of beats and bass in Oxford at the kaleidoscopic Sugar Skulls Cocktail Bar with Ben Gomori, Cornerstone Soundsystem, Ghettospheric, Mims & Thirsty, DJ Giles, Joel Kane and DJ Hecktick providing the flavour on Saturday, while on Sunday Simple Presents club wunderkind and Glaswegian house maverick Jasper James, with soundsystem fire from Em Williams, James Weston, Xavier, Time Gore, Tom Baker, Stav, Dan Gascoyne and Burt Cope.

Oxford’s South Park will also have the exalted Disco Shed on hand to keep you dancing long into the evening with Count Skylarkin (Trojan Records), Kerry & Casio, DJ FU (Freerange), Harvey K-Tel, Greg's Greats (The Shellac Collective), Alex 19 from Wigan and Jason 'The Cat' King on Saturday and Peepshow Paddy, Del Gazeebo, Em Williams (Simple), Dapper Dan, Trol23, JJMaurage's Reggae Bingo and Miss Splinters on Sunday.

There are still lots more local acts and a whole world of Bestival’s immersive antics and high jinx still to announce so keep checking http://commonpeople.net/ for more information and ticket details.

FULL BIG TOP / BOLLYWOOD COCKTAIL BUS / SUGAR SKULLS COCKTAIL BAR / DISCO SHED LINE-UPS:

SOUTHAMPTON BIG TOP SATURDAY: KURUPT FM / HOSPITALITY TAKEOVER / AMY BECKER

SOUTHAMPTON BIG TOP SUNDAY: DAVID RODIGAN MBE PRESENTS RAM JAM / 99 SOULS

SOUTHAMPTON BOLLYWOOD BUS SATURDAY: JUNK: “NOT YOUR THING” - DENIS SULTA, JORDAN MCKINLAY, LUCA PILATO, RONNIE SPITERI, CARUANA & DANIEL O’ROURKE     
SOUTHAMPTON BOLLYWOOD BUS SUNDAY: DEAF BY DISCO / PETE CALLARD / FOOR / LITTLE CHIEF

OXFORD BIG TOP SATURDAY: DAVID RODIGAN MBE PRESENTS RAM JAM / 99 SOULS / HOUSEWURK

OXFORD BIG TOP SUNDAY: KURUPT FM / HOSPITALITY TAKEOVER / AMY BECKER /
BACK FOR GOOD

OXFORD SUGAR SKULLS COCKTAIL BAR SATURDAY: BEN GOMORI / CORNERSTONE SOUNDSYSTEM / GHETTOSPHERIC / MIM & THIRSTY / DJ GILES / JOEL KANE / DJ HECKTICK

OXFORD SUGAR SKULLS COCKTAIL BAR SUNDAY: SIMPLE PRES: JASPER JAMES /
EM WILLIAMS, JAMES WESTON, XAVIER, TIM GORE, TOM BAKER, STAV,
DAN GASCOYNE, BURT COPE

OXFORD DISCO SHED SATURDAY: COUNT SKYLARKIN (TROJAN RECORDS) / KERRY&CASIO / DJ FU (FREERANGE)/ HARVEY K-TEL / GREG'S GREATS (THE SHELLAC COLLECTIVE) / ALEX 19 FROM WIGAN / JASON 'THE CAT' KING

OXFORD DISCO SHED SUNDAY: PEEPSHOW PADDY / DEL GAZEEBO / EM WILLIAMS (SIMPLE) / DAPPER DAN / TROL23 / JJ MAURAGE'S REGGAE BINGO / MISS SPLINTERS

Duran Duran & Katy B Announced!!

THERE’S SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW
DURAN DURAN
HEADLINE COMMON PEOPLE
OXFORD SATURDAY / SOUTHAMPTON SUNDAY

AND JOINING THE LINE-UP
KATY B

Set to take our two-day metropolitan jamboree by storm, the Common People crew are delighted to announce that Duran Duran will headline Common People 2016, topping the bill at Oxford’s South Park on Saturday 28th May and then providing a fitting finale for our Southampton Common shindig on Sunday 29th May.

Common People head honcho Rob da Bank says: “So, we were already off to a flyer with Common People selling out last year, announcing a second site this year, with our beautiful South Park location in Oxford, overlooking the dreaming spires, and now we’re putting the cherry on top with the news that Duran Duran will be headlining a day in each city! Icons of the last four decades the boys are still churning out hits and absolutely smashed it at our mothership show Bestival last year. I’m also delighted to announce Katy B will be joining the party. See you in the fields”.

Commenting on their headline performance, Duran Duran’s John Taylor said: “We are very honoured to be a part of this year’s Common People festival, we had such an incredible time at Bestival last year. It’s going to be a fantastic weekend! See you all there”.

A universal highlight of Bestival’s Summer of Love, Duran Duran took it to the next level on the Isle of Wight last year, so team CP just couldn’t resist bringing them to South Park to headline the first day of Oxford’s inaugural Common People and to wrap up our sophomore Southampton outing. One of UK pop music’s most successful and enduring bands, Duran Duran have provided the soundtrack to the lives several generations, from their early days in Birmingham’s Rum Runner formulating the sound that would give us Planet Earth and Girls on Film to their latest acclaimed album, Paper Gods, that returned them to the top ten winning them a whole new audience in the process.

Also joining Common People’s line-up on Saturday in Oxford and Sunday in Southampton is dance music trailblazer Katy B. Firmly at the forefront of the most recent wave of chart invading beat fanatics, Katy’s armoury of pop-rave bangers saw her last album taking the top spot, and with follow up Honey poised to be the soundtrack of this summer, you can guarantee she’ll hit the mark.

Both acts will be joining previously announced performers Primal Scream, Craig David, Public Enemy, Gaz Coombes, Ghost Poet, Kurupt FM, Hospitality, Ram Jam, and many more, plus there’s still a whole raft of bands, DJs and outlandish action to announce. For more information and ticket details head to http://commonpeople.net/.

Common People - Oxford

COMMON PEOPLE COME TOGETHER

FIRST WAVE OF OUR OXFORD LINE-UP UNVEILED!

28 & 29 MAY 2016, SOUTH PARK OXFORD

 

SATURDAY: SATURDAY HEADLINER COMING SOON / SOUL II SOUL /

JAMIE LAWSON / KURUPT FM /THE CUBAN BROTHERS / CHAS & DAVE /

MR MOTIVATOR / OXFORD CITY SINGERS

 

PLUS BIG TOP TAKEOVER: DAVID RODIGAN MBE PRESENTS RAM JAM

 

AND: HOUSEWURK / BACK FOR GOOD & MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

SUNDAY: PRIMAL SCREAM / CRAIG DAVID’S TS5 /

PUBLIC ENEMY / GAZ COOMBES / GHOSTPOET / THE SUGARHILL GANG /

DON BROCO / WEST END KIDS / RAN KAN KAN

 

PLUS BIG TOP TAKEOVER: HOSPITALITY

 

AMAZING VENUES, BARS & FOOD:

SCRUMPTIOUS STREET FOOD / SUGAR SKULLS COCKTAIL BAR /

UNCOMMON STAGE PRESENTED BY NIGHTSHIFT / DISCO SHED / KNITTING TENT / BIGTOPMANIA CIRCUS / HORNS OF PLENTY (OXFORD COMMUNITY STREET BAND) / THE JAM JAR BAR / ARTS & CRAFTS / KIDS AREA / BOUNCY CASTLES & MORE

 

The Common People team have been burning the midnight oil planning Oxford’s debut instalment of our two-day metropolitan adventure set in the stunning surrounds of South Park. And now we are very excited to reveal the first wave of acts for our bank holiday bonanza featuring UK rock n roll legends, hip-hop royalty, sound system pioneers, and more, 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, don’t miss out on the festival season’s stunning opener this 28-29 May 2016.

 

Common People curator Rob da Bank says: “Common People was one of my funnest weekends festivaling in 2015, and believe me there was some competition! We loved it so much we decided to share the love with Oxford, another beautiful city and site with a fantastic musical heritage and a thriving arts scene and diverse crowd of party people. I'm really excited to share our first announcement, with some corkers from Primal Scream and Craig David to one of my all-time faves Public Enemy, and up-and-coming acts Jamie Lawson and Kurupt FM. Hope you can come and sing along with the Common People!”

 

Oh yes, Saturday 28th May will see a headline set from a soon to be announced Saturday headliner, plus sets from sound system pioneers and dance music trailblazers Soul II Soul, Ed Sheeran protégé Jamie Lawson, Brentford pirate radio crew Kurupt FM, Los Hermanos Cubanos The Cuban Brothers, rockney big shots Chas & Dave, lycra’s leading light Mr Motivator and the Oxford City Singers, with more acts to be announced very soon. Plus there will be bogling Big Top behaviour courtesy of one of reggaes true greats, as David Rodigan MBE presents Ram Jam.

 

Ensuring that all the Common People come together on Sunday 29th May we will have a hit-packed headline set from rock n roll survivors and indie dance icons, Primal Scream. One of the greatest bands of the past 30 years, Primal Scream have shaped modern music as we know it. From their indie beginnings, through their era defining Screamadelica period to their most recent, incendiary long player, More Light, Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes and co have never been anything short of an incredible live force!

 

Sunday will also see a series of sublime sets from the likes of special guest and platinum album-selling, chart-topping, international superstar Craig David, who will be showcasing his acclaimed TS5 show, hip-hop powerhouse Public Enemy, erstwhile Supergrass frontman and burgeoning solo artiste Gaz Coombes, who commented on his appearance at Common People “Really excited to be playing at the first ‘Common People’ festival next May at South Park. Great it’s happening in my hometown Oxford too, means I can crawl home afterwards.

And we’ll have even more music action with lyrical acrobat Ghostpoet, b-boy originators The Sugarhill Gang, glossy rockers Don Broco, super-talented theatre troupe West End Kids and Ran Kan Kan. Plus, we’ll have drum n bass big boys Hospitality taking over the Big Top for some sick beats and colossal bass action.

Adding a touch of outlandish adventure to our inaugural South Park outing there will be an amazing array of venues, bars and food including scrumptious Street Food, Sugar Skulls Cocktail Bar, the Uncommon Stage presented by Nightshift, The People’s Front Room, the Knitting Tent, the Bigtopmania Circus, brass-driven joy from Horns of Plenty (Oxford Community Street Band), cocktails galore from The Jam Jar Bar and fantastic arts & crafts, our ace kids area, bouncy castles and more!

 

Common People - Southampton

COMMON PEOPLE UNVEILS FIRST WAVE OF SOUTHAMPTON STUNNERS

SATURDAY: CRAIG DAVID’S TS5 / PRIMAL SCREAM / PUBLIC ENEMY / GHOSTPOET / GAZ COOMBES / THE SUGARHILL GANG / DON BROCO / WEST END KIDS

PLUS BIG TOP TAKEOVER: HOSPITALITY

SUNDAY: SUNDAY HEADLINER COMING SOON / JAMIE LAWSON / KURUPT FM /
THE CUBAN BROTHERS / CHAS & DAVE / MR MOTIVATOR

PLUS BIG TOP TAKEOVER: DAVID RODIGAN MBE PRESENTS RAM JAM

WITH MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED

AMAZING VENUES, BARS & FOOD:
SCRUMPTIOUS STREET FOOD / BOLLYWOOD COCKTAIL BUS /
UNCOMMON STAGE PRESENTED BY THE JOINERS / THE PEOPLE’S FRONT ROOM / KNITTING TENT / SPINNEY HOLLOW / BIGTOPMANIA CIRCUS / THE JAM JAR BAR / ARTS & CRAFTS / KIDS AREA / BOUNCY CASTLES & MORE


Common People HQ has been working overtime feverishly planning the blockbuster second instalment of our two-day metropolitan adventure set in the leafy green bliss of Southampton Common. And now the time has come to reveal the first wave of acts for our bank holiday bonanza featuring UK garage pioneers, hip-hop royalty and more, all topped off with a lavish helping of the Bestival team’s renowned magic, mayhem and merriment. Reuniting party lovers across the south coast and beyond don’t miss out on the festival season’s stunning opener this 28-29 May 2016.

Common People curator Rob da Bank says: “Common People was one of my funnest weekends festivaling in 2015, and believe me there was some competition! So, I'm really excited to share our first announcement, with some corkers from Craig David to one of my all-time faves Public Enemy, and up-and-coming acts Jamie Lawson and Kurupt FM. Hope you can come and sing along with the Common People!”

Yes indeed, Saturday 28th May will see a triumphant homecoming headline set from one of Southampton’s finest, Craig David! A massive hit at Bestival 2015, Craig’s esteemed TS5 show combines massive old skool anthems, R&B, swing beat, garage, bashment, and chart topping house with his instantly recognisable vocals to create something truly unique. Set to be utterly historic, you definitely don’t want to miss this one!

Joining Craig on Saturday will be hip-hop powerhouse Public Enemy, lyrical acrobat Ghostpoet, b-boy originators The Sugarhill Gang, glossy rockers Don Broco and super-talented theatre troupe West End Kids. Plus, we’ll have drum n bass big boys Hospitality taking over the Big Top for some sick beats and colossal bass action.

Sunday 28th May will see a headline set from a soon to be announced Sunday headliner, plus Ed Sheeran protégé Jamie Lawson, Brentford’s premier pirate radio crew Kurupt FM, Los Hermanos Cubanos The Cuban Brothers, rockney big shots Chas & Dave and lycra’s leading light Mr Motivator. Big Top behaviour comes courtesy of one of reggaes true greats as David Rodigan MBE presents Ram Jam, with more acts to be announced very soon!

And as ever, there will be a world of wonder on offer with amazing venues, bars and food including scrumptious Street Food, the Bollywood Cocktail Bus, the Uncommon Stage presented by The Joiners, The People’s Front Room, the Knitting Tent, crafty haven Spinney Hollow, the Bigtopmania Circus, cocktails galore from The Jam Jar Bar and fantastic arts & crafts, our ace kids area, bouncy castles and more!

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2016

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