When people hear of Southampton they more often than not say “isn’t that where the Titanic sailed from?” or “didn’t Craig David come from there?”. But there’s a new kid in town that looks set to put Southampton on the map for a new reason – “isn’t that where they hold the Common People festival?”. Yes!
May 23rd-24th saw Rob Da Banks debut of his new festival Common People. Taking place on Southampton Common this festival was well and truly at the heart of the city.
Common People Southampton 2015 Line Up
There was a hum of excitement around the city on the build up to the event. Something local, something fun, something for everyone! The reality of the event was even better than anticipated.
Walking into Southampton Common, this large area of green was unrecognisable. Transformed into a brightly coloured and vibrant setting, so much so it was hard to believe you hadn’t left Southampton.
There were four stages for music, a family area with plenty to keep the kids entertained, various food vans and bars (to keep the adults entertained!) and just plenty to see and do.
The acts ranged from local, upcoming bands and DJ’s to the likes of Fat Boy Slim who dominated the main stage at the end of Saturday night, and the eccentric Grace Jones headlining on Sunday night.
The nice thing about this festival was that it was big enough to feel you were at a long-standing festival, but at the same time small enough to be very family friendly with many youngsters lasting well into the evening.
Each night when the music drew to a close the skies were illuminated by very impressive fireworks displays, ending each night on a real high!
When it came to getting to and from the festival you felt you may have to prepare for the streets of Southampton to be gridlocked when in fact well organised park and ride locations meant that traffic was kept to a minimum. With trains, buses and taxi’s providing easy entry and exits for those not staying close to the festival, they were a real god send when at the end of an exciting day you just want to get home.
The success of this festival must be credited to the organisers on a fantastic job! We certainly hope this will be repeated for many years to come and really put Southampton on the map!