Well, what can we say? It’s been a fantastic weekend of sunshine and good times for our second year in Oxford. With incredible headline sets, ace music all weekend long, carnival madness, amazing food and so much more it’s been another cracking weekend of music, arts and community in South Park. And it was an honour to share it with you all again! Thank you for making Common People so good.
“What a brilliant weekend. It’s been another year of mind-blowing music and fun for all the family. Thanks to all the people of Oxford for getting behind Common People and making it something really special. Summer is upon us and the festival season has truly begun. See you in a field again soon!” Rob da Bank
From epic headline sets from Pete Tong & the Heritage Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley, with special guest appearances including Becky Hill, Ella Eyre and Jamie Principle and Sean Paul, to brilliant music all weekend from the likes of Groove Armada, Rag’n’Bone Man, Saint Etienne, Goldie dropping a reggae set, Wild Beasts, The Selecter + The Beat, Nadia Rose, Elvana, My Nu Leng & M8s, Moxie presents On Loop, non-stop dancing at the Uncontained Stage, amazing new music on the UnCommon Stage curated by Nightshift, and lots and lots more, it really has been the perfect way to kick off the summer!
Thanks again to the Common People crowd and to the people of Oxford for supporting the event. See you again next year!
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With the spring bank holiday rapidly approaching, the Common People crew are very pleased indeed to be able to reveal the line-up for rave repository, The Disco Shed! Conceived in a moment of garden-based madness by Peepshow Paddy and Count Skylarkin and now a bona fide party legend, The Disco Shed will be a haven of soul, funk, reggae, house, techno, punk, breaks, electro, indie, rock & roll, rhythm & blues, latin, hip–hop, drum & bass, dancehall, dubstep, and of course, disco on South Park this 27th & 28th May!
Ensuring our sophomore session in South Park gets the good vibes throughout Saturday there will be dancefloor flavours from Bustmasta Barry Dark, DJ Shepdog, Count Skylarkin & DJ Wrongtom, Kerry & Casio V Harbet K-Tel, DJ Circles & Nelly B Page, DJ Dapper Dan, Reggae Bingo, Nick Moorbath and Alex from Wigan.
While on Sunday, delectable selectors will include Danny.Wav, Del Gazebo, Peepshow Paddy, Trol23, DJ Binge, Jason King, Dasher & Wazzy, Miss Splinters, and Ella Fantazia.
An indisputable seal of quality for the dancefloor, don’t miss out on some serious Disco Shed action at Common People for the May spring bank holiday!
Common People, the ultimate bank holiday bonanza is back in South Park for our second two-day metropolitan adventure on Oxford, uniting the community through music, art and good times. Produced with love by the creators of Bestival, Common People 2017 is set to kick off the festival seasonal with a proper party this* 27th & 28th May*. Don’t miss out.
“Common People is all about having some proper moments together as friends and family. Held with the help and support of Oxford City Council, Common People 2017 is gonna kick off the festival seasonal with a proper party! Our cast this year to make you dance, sing and generally lose your shizzle include none other than recent Number One album artist, Mr Pete Tong, a legend of the dance and Radio 1 for over quarter of a century now, and here with a rare outdoor performance of his orchestral wonder Ibiza Dance Classics. Also, stepping up is Sean Paul, a dancehall god with more bangers up his sleeve than a fireworks factory. Proving able support will be Rag’N’Bone Man and Groove Armada and loads more, so have a read, explore and see you in the fields my lovely Common People!” Common People curator Rob da Bank
We weren’t kidding, when we said it’ll be a proper party, with king of the dancehall, Sean Paul, topping the bill on Saturday and DJ legend Pete Tong, the Heritage Orchestra and conductor Jules Buckley’s number one album collaboration headlining The Common Stage on Sunday night.
“Performing Ibiza Classics with the Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley is one of the most exciting things I’ve ever been involved with, from stepping on stage at The Royal Albert Hall for the R1 proms through to performing to a packed to the rafters 02 in London, it’s been a non-stop thrill, now bringing the show to the great outdoors for our first festival appearance at Common People could be our biggest thrill yet!" Pete Tong
Sean Paul is back and bigger than ever. Fresh from ruling the charts with his Clean Bandit collaboration, and a jaw-dropping headline set at last year’s Bestival, when the man who single-handedly brought dancehall to the mainstream is involved, you know things are gonna get dutty. We can’t wait to bruk it down and get cool and deadly.
Bank holiday Sunday will be filled with White Isle vibes on a cultivated tip as BBC Radio 1’s dancefloor don Pete Tong present Ibiza Classics performed by The Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley. Not due to return to UK shores for his own shows until December, this is a gilt-edged opportunity to catch one of the most talked about shows of 2016 as the summer festival season kicks off. Proper classic house euphoria orchestrated to bring Common People 2017 to a legendary close, this has got historic written all over it.
But that’s not all, The Common Stage will see sublime dancefloor duo Groove Armada will be hitting the decks to provide their own inimitable brand of booty shaking brilliance on Saturday with appearances from Wild Beasts, Foals (DJ set), The Selecter + The Beat, Saint Etienne, Amy MacDonald, House Gospel Choir and Lucy Leave.
Sunday mainstage action will see BRITs Critics’ Choice winner 2017 Rag’n’Bone Man’s staggering vocals and gospel-powered grooves, plus music from Becky Hill, The Cuban Brothers, Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana and Coldredlight.
Filling your dancing boots throughout the weekend, the Uncontained Stage will be jumping with My Nu Leng & M8s and very special guest Goldie, Novelist, Redlight, GotSome and Klose One, all stepping up to the plates to drop bombs on Saturday, while on Sunday hands in the air behaviour will come courtesy of Moxie presents On Loop featuring sets from Joy Orbison, Midland, Kornél Kovács, Felix Dickinson and Or:la.
Discovering new music is what gets the man like da Bank out of bed in the morning, it’s the very the lifeblood of the Bestival team! So, we’ve teamed up with fellow new music evangelist and Oxford institution Nightshift once again to showcase the best new local bands alongside some of the most exciting acts around on the Uncommon Stage, including ShaoDow, Zaia, The Balkan Wanderers, Jess Hall & Barney Morse Brown, Kanadia, Vienna Ditto, Death of Hi-Fi, Leader, Young Women’s Music Project, Rhymeskeemz, The Shapes, Low Island, Desert Storm, The Epstein, Little Red, The Pink Diamond Revue, Catgod and Slate Hearts.
There will be universal dance adventures at the Pig’s Big Record Club, hosted by the Shellac Collective 78s DJs with gramophone magic from Redfoot, Sara Spade & the Noisy Boys, Schrödinger’s Strings, Datum Plane, The Henry Brothers, Molly Davies & more.
And ensuring the party always swings, DJs across the weekend will include, Shepdog (Nice Up!), Del Gazeebo, Count Skylarkin, Kerry & Casio vs Harvey K-Tel, DJ Binge, Peepshow Paddy, HouseWurk, Back For Good, Dapper Dan, danny.wav, Ella Fantazia, Trol23, Dasher + Wazzy, BustMasta BarryDark, DJ Circles vs Nelly B Page, Nick Moorbath, Reggae Bingo, Mick Swagger, Miss Splinters, Jason King, and Alex from Wigan.
With amazing music keeping your feet moving throughout the bank holiday weekend, we’ll be bringing a little taste of our legendary madness and mayhem to South Park ramping up the Bestival antics to transform Common People into an amazing festival wonderland, with plenty of our off-the-wall shenanigans including boss boogying at the Disco Shed, the old-time pleasures of Vintage Funfair Rides, surprising Pop-Up Performances, brass-powered Horns of Plenty, the savoury delights of Scrumptious Street Food, decadent drinkies from Cocktail Bars, a fantastic Kids Area with the gymnastic pageantry of Circus, Face Painting, Crazy Inflatables, and much more!
Common People is coming back to Oxford in 2017, and to celebrate the return of our festival wonderland we’ve got a very special Multicoloured Monday ticket offer to get you in a proper party mood. For one week only, (28th November- 4th December) when you grab yourself a general admission adult ticket, you can take four kids for free*. So why not join the fun and splash out at Early Bird prices for Christmas and treat your family and friends to a ticket for the festival season’s dazzling opener?
“We like a bit, well I should say a LOT of colour at our festies and Black Friday doesn’t really ring our bell. Multicoloured Monday however will be a right old ding dong in the Bestival office and to commemorate this historic day we are offering you some cool tickets deals to get in early on the Common People fun…Roll up, roll up.” Common People curator Rob da Bank
“In the light of what a great success last year’s event was, I am thrilled that Common People wants to return to Oxford, and I am sure it will be another fantastic event in Oxford’s calendar that we can all look forward to.” Councillor Christine Simm, Executive Board Member for Culture and Communities*
Returning to the glorious grounds of South Park on the 27th and 28th May, Common People is set to be a bonkers bank holiday bonanza with brilliant family entertainment, delicious food and a line up guaranteed to knock your socks off. The inaugural two-day music and arts festival from the makers of Bestival saw the likes of Duran Duran, Primal Scream, Craig David’s TS5, Katy B, Public Enemy, Soul II Soul, Gaz Coombes, Jamie Lawson and many more take to the Common Stage, along with a plethora of fantastic local acts gracing the Uncommon Stage, all topped off with a lavish helping of the Bestival team’s renowned magic, mayhem and merriment. Uniting party loving people across the heart of England and beyond, don’t miss our amazing Multicoloured Monday deal.
*Terms – Up to four kids aged 17 and under per adult ticket. All U17 tickets must be purchased in the same transaction as adult ticket. All U17 must have a ticket for entry. Multicoloured Monday not available on VIP Nook tickets.
After an incredible debut, Common People will return to the stunning greenery of Oxford’s South Park for a bonkers bank holiday bonanza on 27th and 28th May, 2017. Make sure you don’t miss out. Secure your place now!
The inaugural two-day music and arts festival saw the likes of Duran Duran, Primal Scream, Craig David’s TS5, Katy B, Public Enemy, Soul II Soul, Gaz Coombs, Jamie Lawson and many more take the helm of the Common Stage along with a plethora of local acts gracing the Uncommon Stage, all topped off with a lavish helping of the Bestival team’s renowned magic, mayhem and merriment. Uniting party lovers across the heart of England and beyond.
“Wow Common People. What an incredible weekend in Oxford! The sunshine, the crowd, the music, the food, the world’s biggest bouncy castle, the fun – Wow! Thanks for one of the best weekends so far this year. Can’t wait until next year” Rob da Bank
“We are delighted to have Common People return to Oxford next year bringing yet again world-class acts to the city. This year’s festival was a success and we are keen to work in partnership with the organisers to make next year’s event a remarkable one.” Councillor Christine Simm, Board Member for Culture and Communities
To celebrate Common People’s return, we are offering a Summer Special with adult tickets starting at only £22.50 for general admission and £45.00 for VIP access for a limited time only.
And there’s more good news. In 2016, Common People made a huge impact on the local economy generating an estimated £1 million through our policy of booking local bands and DJs, using local food and drink suppliers, partnering with local businesses and attracting 25.5% of the audience from outside of Oxford! That’s something we are very proud of.