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Southampton Common
23rd - 24th May

The people that bought you Bestival are here with a brand new concept, and right on the doorstep of the University of Southampton.

This month, the brand new metropolitan festival, Common People, will descend on Southampton for a weekend of great music, fantastic food, and fun for all the family, right in the heart of Southampton city centre.

The location is the vast, and beautifully green Southampton Common.

The line up, for an inaugural festival, is very impressive with huge names and new faces alike.

Saturday will see the legendary Fat Boy Slim headlining with a stellar support cast in the form of festival veterans, hip hop legends De La Soul - they perform almost every year at Bestival - Jaguar Skills, DJ Yoda and the fresh new talent, George The Poet. The Big Top stage will play host to a wide range of acts including Dusky, Huxley and Dense & Pika to name a few.

Sunday has an equally awesome line up with Grace Jones at the helm. Clean Bandit, Slaves and local group Band of Skulls will join her on The Common stage, as well as the hottest name of 2015, Years & Years joining the mix. The Cuban Brothers and Craig Charles will also be performing on The Common stage, with Derrick Carter, Toyboy & Robin and the festival king himself, Rob da Bank occupying The Big Top stage.

As well as great live music on the two main stages, Common People is bringing the people of Southampton a new concept in the form of the Day Of The Dead Cocktail Bus. Jack Harris and Southampton legends Soul 45 will be performing on both the Saturday and the Sunday, be sure not to miss it. There has also been a heavy focus on new music with artists being offered the chance to perform at the festival by entering the ‘I want to play at Common People’ competition. In an interview with The Edge magazine, Rob da Bank said that “it’s great having Grace Jones, and Fatboy, and all the other brilliant acts on the bill, but for me at Bestival, Camp Bestival, and now Common People, the breaking bands, they’re the future stars of tomorrow.”

Common People isn’t just about the stunning music line up, it’s all about community and getting together with friends and family. There are a whole host of activities on offer including trapeze lessons, arts & crafts, and so much more. Whether you’re an avid festival-goer, or a thrill-seeking family, there is something for everyone.

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