Roundup: Common People (May Bank Holiday) Afterparties


Rob da Bank has had our plans for the second May Bank Holiday weekend sorted for a while now, announcing his brand new Bestival offshoot, Common People way back in January. As the launch of the metropolitan weekender nears, you’ll likely be wondering what’s on offer after-hours. As you’d expect Southampton has plenty to offer; from Switch to smaller venues like The Alexandra Beer Imporium, there’s a great selection of afterparties to choose from. Here’s an overview of the Common People afterparties, both official and unofficial, to help you make the most of your weekend.


Junk will be hosting the first Common People After Dark at their London Road club on saturday night. Governing the dancefloor from the iconic island booth will be secretsundaze’s Giles Smith and James Priestley. The co-creators of London’s most prestigious Sunday night party, secretsundaze will be making their inaugural summer performance for the Junk team before they team up again at Secret Solstice later in the year.

The Alexandra Beer Imporium’s regular Saturday night, Damaged Goods, will be catering to indie fans all night long. Situated on Bellevue Road, The Alex will be welcoming The Club NME DJs to the decks. Entry is

Switch Southampton will be hosting Mike Skinner of The Streets to conclude the first day of Common People. Skinner has influenced countless British musicians with thanks to the iconic sound and dry satire of his prolific garage and hip-hop project. Skinner will with a DJ set, with support coming from Southampton favorites FooR, and BITR8 & K1R3Y.

Lennons have got live music at their afterparty on Onslow Road, with performances from Southampton indie four-piece, Bel Esperit and accompanied by blues and old fashioned rock and roll from Smokin’ Durrys. Lennons’ Common People afterparty runs in conjunction with their regular Club Psychedelia night; tickets are priced at £4, but you can get yourself in for half price with names on the guestlist before 11 or with a Common People wristband before 12.


Switch Southampton will play host to the second Common People After Dark, on Sunday night with Rob da Bank and friends. Rest assured euphoric vibes are guaranteed as the festival curator celebrates the end of a fantastic weekend in the city where his musical career began. There’ll be support from High Tide and ThemAgen, who, judging by their closing set at the Space Ibiza tent at Southampton Soundclash, are the perfect duo to ensure Common People concludes in style.

Festival partner The Joiners will be rounding off the weekend with an intimate affair with the Muddywellies crew. Pawl, of London’s Radiant parties will be joined by Muddywellies’ own vinyl enthusiast Bapti Daguise. The Muddywellies residents and friends will be rounding off the bill.

Their’s also an unofficial afterparty courtesy of Emotive House taking place at the revamped ground floor bar The Social beneath Attik. The Emotive residents Ashley Wilson, Steve Luke and Neil Maclean will all be taking the decks to spin a selection of deep and soulful house records on the bars newly fitted Funktion One system. As if all that wasn’t enough there’s free entry all night.

Once again providing free entry with a Common People wristband, The Alexandra Beer Emporium will be welcoming Mark James & Neils Walters to the decks on Sunday Night. The Soul 45 DJs will be heading up to the Alex with their collection of 7″ vinyls in tow. Following an afternoon set at Common People the duos selection of soul, funk and blues will provide the the ideal soundtrack for those still grooving into the early hours.


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