Common People Festival was curated from the people of Bestival, having it’s first run in Southampton, 2014. In 2015 the festival has expanded to two locations. Common People was also held this year in Oxford simultaneously. Unfortunately I didn’t make it to the debut year but this second year I did and it was magical ♥. I did a quick phone after movie on the festival here.
Common People was held on Southampton Common (which is where I’m assuming they got help with the name from) in the city centre of Southampton. The common is a huge area of land including fields and woodland. The location for me was amazing, considering I live a ten minute walk down some roads. Considering it’s a festival in a local city area, the location was pretty sweet. My favourite kind of festivals are ones with woodland/forest-y vibes so was super adorable.
The little stages were soooo cute, the Bug Bar was an old converted camper van with a DJ/ decks inside and disco balls, given off those disco vibessss. The Uncontained Stage was so, so sweet, it was a simple stage at the front with an amazing sound system. All around through the crowd there were these bits of fabric tied up (you can see below in the next picture) one fell off so we took it home now it’s on Jake’s bedroom door, looks so cute. Only bad thing of the Uncontained stage was that the stage was just eye level, which kind of sucked if you weren’t near the front you couldn’t see anything. The Common Stage was pretty huge for such a small festival, lights were great. Usual main stage awesomeness. The UnCommon stage I didn’t really get to see much of, but it seemed like a cute little tent and the stage looked pretty cool!
Around the site there were loads of adorable coloured flag poles, a helter-skelter and THE WORLD’S BIGGEST BOUNCY CASTLE. Going on the bouncy castle was definitely one of the highlights of my weekend. You can see us having lots of fun on it in the vlog here. There was also a Jam Jar Bar that did cute little cocktails, as well as lots of lovely areas to just go and chill in. Decorations were on point Common People, well done.
The crowd was mostly how you’d usually expect it to be. However being sort of used to 18+ festivals, we found that there were a lot of crowd members between 14-17 who were just out to get rowdy (not all of them, some were lovely). There were so many issues over the weekend with young teenagers not being able to handle themselves and just not knowing how to behave in a festival crowd. There were even some issues with people being punched/kicked/thrown about when they did not wish to be near moshpits, hence why they were far, far away from them. There were so many rowdy ‘lads’ just starting altercations with people for no reason too. This was the only downside. Having young children around was no issue at all, it’s quite cute in the day time seeing them running around all dressed up enjoying the venue haha.
Other than that though we met some pretty funny, cool people in the crowd as you usually do at a festival!
The acts that Common People managed to get for only their second year as a festival were pretty awesome. For such a small festival the variety was actually really good. There were four stages – Common Stage (Main), Uncontained Stage (Drum & Bass, Heavy Electronic), Uncommon Stage (Live Bands hosted by the Joiners, a local live venue), The Bug Bar (House, Disco). We got to see so many of my favourite DJ’s in one weekend as well which was pretty cool. David Rodigan was a little confused and thought this was the first ever common people which was funny for a moment haha. There were so many classic sets on the main stage too.
I didn’t really eat much over the weekend, as it was a none camping festival I just ate at home everyday before we left. However the choice and variety of food seemed pretty good, my friend enjoyed his sausage and chips thoroughly and on the Sunday we ended up talking to these people eating what looked like really good burgers. Turned out they were vegan, so the fact there was an option for that there too is awesome. There were so many different types of street food as well as the standard chips/pizza/burgers etc.
Overall, the security around the festival was pretty low and the hired people we accounted were completely careless. So many times over the weekend we saw issues break out, for example, right next to us a fight broke out and we saw what happened. There was a security guard right in front of us who totally ignored it, even after two of my friends informing what happened. He just shrugged it off and basically said he didn’t care. I don’t expect anyone to get kicked out of a festival for a tiff, but the rest of the crowd shouldn’t be left to break it off before anything worse happens.
Overall the festival was so magical and cute! For only the second year of the festival as well it was so, so good. Congrats to the peeps of Bestival, Rob da Bank + team on another amazing festival. So excited for festival season now! I’ll see you next year ♥