Preview: Common People Southampton 2016

This year the second Southampton outing of Rob da Bank’s Common People will be landing on 28th and 29th May. Last year the festival drew a crowd of all ages, and with a similarly varied mainstage lineup, containing the likes of Duran Duran, Public Enemy and even Mr Motivator, you can expect a more dynamic range of performances than your average weekender festival.

Located on Southampton common, the festival takes advantage of a stunning site in the heart of Southampton, making access a breeze due to its relative proximity to bus routes and the train station. Filling the headline slot on Saturday is Southampton’s own garage maestro Craig David, whilst 80s pop-rock sensations Duran Duran will close the festival on Sunday night.

There will be a healthy dosage of drum and bass with a Hospitality takeover in the big top on Saturday, and on Sunday David Rodigan takes charge of the lineup alongside the ever popular My Nu Leng. Also making a return is the Uncommon Stage, hosted with one of Southampton’s biggest promoters of upcoming bands, The Joiners. The Uncommon Stage is a hub of new talent. This stage was a real treat last year showcasing a diverse range of artists from straight up rock outfits to more quirky electronic ensembles.

Junk will be bringing their acclaimed Not Your Thing brand to the Bollywood cocktail bus with sets from Denis Sulta and a number of their residents. A delectable assembly of cocktails and street food will also be on offer across the site, as well as a number of other diversions including a knitting tent, an arts and crafts area, and a kids area.

Saturday and Sunday day tickets are available here, as well as discounted weekend, student and family group tickets.

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