Common People Southampton



MAY 26 - 27 










 Set to bring you electrifying music, entertainment and arts in the heart of two cities this spring bank holiday, Common People is back for 2018 with headliners Lily Allen and James on Saturday and The Jacksons on Sunday in Southampton and The Jacksons on Saturday and James and Ride on Sunday in Oxford.

Rob da Bank says: “It’s been quite some ride putting together the Common People line ups for 2018. We love Southampton Common and South Park in Oxford, they’ve become two of our favourite places to throw a party... this year will be super special with none other than Lily Allen in Southampton and legendary Oxford band Ride coming back to South Park. Co-headliners James are the cherry on the cake. Our Disco Day also promises to be super funky with The Jacksons bringing their disco and soul classics, but my personal highlight has to be Prince’s unbeatable backing band The New Power Generation coming over from the States for a one-off weekend with us. We couldn’t get Prince but we will have all the hits. Add in all the local bands and DJs and a real focus on family fun and entertainment and I promise you a magical May weekend awaits”.

For just £62.40 for an Adult weekend ticket or £32.50 for an Adult day ticket, you can enjoy an amazing festival with singalong favourites, deep-down disco delights, and all manner of amusements. Don’t miss out on two joyful days of bank holiday merrymaking brought to you with love by the makers of Bestival, this 26 & 27 May on Southampton Common, and in South Park, Oxford.

Lily Allen and James headline Southampton’s Common Stage for a singalong Saturday featuring special guests All Saints, Sparks, The Sherlocks, Jaguar Skills, Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana and Plastic Mermaids.  Fancy dress is a must on Saturday in Oxford as we unleash disco legends, The Jacksons, basking in the dazzling reflection of the World’s Largest Disco Ball. Plus, delights from The New Power Generation, Morcheeba, Boney M, The Cuban Brothers, Aswad, Jungle Brothers, Hak Baker and Cut Capers.

Sunday is fancy dress in Southampton with The Jacksons, World’s Largest Disco Ball and boogie down beats from The New Power Generation, Boney M, Snap!, FooR, The Cuban Brothers,  Jungle Brothers and Hak Baker.  While in Oxford, Sunday sees headline sets from James, and hometown heroes Ride, plus Maximo Park, Sparks, The Sherlocks, London African Gospel Choir presents Paul Simon’s Graceland, Honeyblood, Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana, Low Island, and Chainska Brassika.

The mischievous Peter Rabbit™ has taken time out from escaping Mr McGregor’s garden to see his little fans, joining us at South Park to appear at intervals throughout Saturday 26th May and on Southampton Common at intervals throughout Sunday 27th May.

We’ll all be snorting with laughter as the lovable Peppa Pig joins us to make personal appearances at various intervals throughout the day in Southampton on Saturday 26th May. And our favourite marmalade sandwich-loving bear Paddington, will be in South Park to meet and greet Oxford’s finest, appearing at intervals throughout Sunday 27th May.

Our new Carnival Stage will jump to the sounds of DJ Yoda, a $hit Disco takeover with HAAi & more, Fred V & Grafix, Holy Goof, Barely Legal and more in Southampton. With laser guided love on the Oxford-based twin stage from General Levy, Fred V & Grafix, Craig Charles, and a Simple takeover with Willow, Em Williams, James Weston, Rodney P & Skitz and more.

As ever new music can be found on the Uncommon Stage hosted by The Joiners in Southampton with sets from Dream Wife, Demob Happy, Pale Seas, The Rising, Ben Goddard and many more. While Oxford’s Uncommon Stage hosted by Nightshift will see appearances from Deadbeat Apostles, Inner Peace Records, Tiger Mendoza, The August List, and many more

We’ll also have throbbing beats at Sugar Skulls in Southampton and the Disco Shed with a roster of soon-to-be-announced DJs and there will be family antics and festivities galore across our Common People wonderlands including the Kids Garden, BigTopMania, and a whole host of local, family entertainment.

 And brand new for this year we are pleased to announce The Great Solent Gin Festival and The Great Oxfordshire Gin Festival. For just £45, gin festivalgoers have access to Common People and our fantastic, new gin experiences for Southampton and Oxford. Set within their own garden spaces, we have over 50 gins with a tempting collection of flavour profiles from citrus and herbaceous to fruity and floral. There are delicious homegrown botanicals, global favourites and the finest selection of local handcrafted gins from the Isle of Wight Distillery and the Winchester Distillery in Southampton and The Oxford Artisan Distillery and The Cotswolds Distillery in Oxford, plus an Artisan Food Market, gin masterclasses tastings and more!


Reviews (1)

Claire, Andy, Amelia (12) and Charlie (9) Paye

Living it up with the Common People - 31st May, 2018

Common People Southampton was our first experience as a family of a ‘proper’ festival.  By the second day (of two) we knew what we were doing and had a better day as a result.




There were plenty of children at Common People, mainly to be found in the Kids Garden which had a number of laid back activities for them to take part in, such as circus skills, an inflatable obstacle course and Punch and Judy shows.  Charlie and Amelia’s absolute favourite, to which we returned repeatedly, was a catching activity put on by the Southern Vipers, the women’s Twenty20 cricket team based in Southampton, which involved one dedicated Vipers cricket player throwing balls at children (and adults) to catch on a bouncy castle.  Amelia was tempted by all the hair feathers/hair braiding/hair plaiting etc. going on but as her school doesn’t allow it we had to pass that by.




We discovered that the Kids Garden was not quite enough to keep children entertained for 12 hours.  We arrived as the festival opened at 10.30am on the Saturday and staggered off halfway through James at 8pm, not waiting to hear the one James song that we knew.  On the Sunday we rocked up at 2.30pm and made it through to The Jacksons, who were the last act, ending at 10.45pm.  On the Sunday we also took a tennis ball and a pack of cards to make it through the down time between acts and we brought even more water, having splashed out on drinks and dinner the day before.  And Amelia and I took up residence in the second row (the front row was populated by the true die hards) whilst Charlie and Andy hung out in the Nook Bar to the side of the stage.




The festival was an eye opener for Amelia and gave us as her parents an idea of what is to come in a few years’ time – fewer clothes, more glitter.  There was plenty to do for music lovers, with a range of stages and music styles over at least four different venues, including a couple of DJ zones – and a few fairground rides which were mainly used by the teenagers and young adults in between sets.  Common People had a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, helped by the scorching weather on both days, and there was no hint of tension or aggression (or drug taking) amongst the festival goers.  The live music seemed to be aimed largely at the older generation, and we were able to introduce Amelia and Charlie to the delights of Boney M, Snap! and, Charlie’s favourite due to the liberal use of swearing and questionable lyrics, all of which he seemed to understand, the Cuban Brothers. 


We were delighted to be able to use the Nook Bar which is in the VIP area.  I would definitely recommend it as you could get close to the stage but still have room to dance embarrassingly by your immobile children and, to Amelia’s particular delight, it had ‘proper’ toilets. 




Common People is not Camp Bestival, albeit run by the same people.  It is really set up for young (and old) adults, with things for the children to do rather than Camp Bestival which has a massive focus on children (Bestival is the adult version of the set).  There is no camping (our bed was very welcome at the end of the day, as was the shower).  It seems like a safe space to send teenagers experiencing their first festival as it is fairly compact and they can just go for one day.  I would recommend it for adults who like the look of the line up with children who are happy just to be listening to live music, or to be diving for tennis balls on a bouncy castle.


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