Preview: Common People 2017


Common People is now a firm fixture in Southampton’s summer calendar. The two day city-festival from the Bestival team returns once again on the second bank holiday weekend of May, with Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra headlining Saturday 27th and dancehall champion Sean Paul taking the top spot on Sunday 28th.

The mainstage brings mass appeal with a broad selection of artists and crowd-pleasers ranging from singer-songwriter Tom Odell and indie four-piece Wild Beasts, to grime MCs Novelist and Nadia Rose. The Uncontained stage boasts a varied lineup of selectors including Midland, Joy Orbison, My Nu Leng and Goldie, whilst Black Honey, Beans on Toast, and The Magic Gang head up a roster of alternative live acts performing at the Uncommon Stage.

At Common People the entertainment extends beyond just the music, as across the site attractions include vintage funfair rides, pop-up shows from the Nuffield Theatre, and the world’s biggest bouncy castle – a new favorite in creator Rob da Bank’s extensive bag of tricks.

Saturday and Sunday day tickets are available from Ticketline

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Hailing from Derry, Or:la has established a name for herself on the Liverpool party circuit with a string of nomadic nights run under her Meine Nacht moniker. Her recent EP, UK Lonely, was released on Scuba’s Hotflush Label last year, and she has been turning in mixes for the likes of Thump, Crack and Feel My Bicep, making Or:La certainly one to look out for down at the Uncontained Stage.

Pete Tong presents Ibiza Classics

Conducted by Jules Buckley, The Heritage Orchestra will close out Saturday night with performances of a selection of Ibiza Classics chosen by Pete Tong. The project began in 2015 when Pete and Jules re-imagined some of the most iconic records in Ibizan club history, such as Faithless’ ‘Insomnia’ and Fatboy Slim’s ‘Right Here, Right Now’, for The Heritage Orchestra to perform at the Radio 1 Ibiza Prom. The pair would later take the orchestra on tour in 2016, with a sell out performance at the O2, whilst their accompanying album climbed to the number one spot on the UK album charts. It goes without saying that this is certainly going to be a real crowd-pleaser.


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