Ensuring there really is something special for one and all, the Common People crew are super excited to announce two fantastic new additions to the line-up, joining The Jacksons, Ride, James, Sparks, Maximo Park and more for the spring bank holiday in South Park this 26th & 27th May.
Head on down to South Park and come to meet some real family favourites! The mischievous Peter Rabbit™ has also take time out from escaping Mr McGregor’s garden to see his little fans, when he joins us at Common People to appear at intervals throughout Saturday 26th May.
And that’s not all as 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.
The Common People team would like to say a huge thank you to all the Oxfordshire bands who have entered this year’s I Want to Play at Common People competition. As expected, the standard was very high, but following hours of listening and much deliberation, our judges have whittled down the entrants to a final five bands who will battle it out at O2 Academy Oxford on Friday 27th April to win a slot on the Common Stage at this year’s Common People festival in South Park on spring bank holiday 26th & 27th May.
The five bands who have made it through to the finals are AudacityLive, the house band of Oxford’s Audacity who promise raucous live riffs & rhythms, techno basslines and harmonious vocals. Breezewax, a solo act, purveyor of positive vibes and unique, euphoric, soulful electronic music blended with live instrumentation. Zurich, who have already been championed by BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Introducing and have toured the UK and abroad. Life Inc., a new band from Wantage who have recently supported Flamingods and Husky Loops. And Easter Island Statues a three-piece alt/indie rock band hailing, not unreasonably for this competition, from Oxford.
The five-way final, which is sure to be hotly contested, is open to the public for just a quid a band. Tickets will be available on the door but you don’t want to miss out on the best new bands around so grab your £5+bf tickets now and come to O2 Academy Oxford on Friday 27th April, support the local music scene and check out the hottest bands we could unearth!
Common People, in partnership with Oxford City Council and Oxford Preservation Trust.
Revealing even more musical treats for your dancing feet, the Common People team are very pleased to unveil a litany of movers, shakers and upstarts joining The Jacksons, Ride, James, Sparks, Maximo Park and more to keep the spring bank holiday rolling in South Park this 26th & 27th May.
Rob da Bank says: “With less than 60 days to go until we are in South Park, we are adding lots of fantastic new acts. From the enchanted beats of Morcheeba and all-girl alt rock from Honeyblood to lo-fi house and the full-on dancefloor madness of the Disco Shed crew, there’s tons of stuff to get stuck into. Come and join the party”.
Bringing their own distinctive brand of insouciant beats and serene excursions to the Common Stage we are delighted that Morcheeba are set to deliver what we can guarantee will be 100% bliss in musical form. While taking the diametrically opposed view, Glaswegian duo Honeyblood are poised to conquer the main stage and beyond with their fearsome alt-rock assault.
Keeping the dancefloors bumping, Ross from Friends will step behind the decks to get you reaching for the stars with some lo-fi house action on our brand new Carnival Stage. And just for good measure Oxford institution the Disco Shed is back by popular demand to up the ante with party favours courtesy of Nick & Nell’s Zodiac Discotheque, Dan Bossaphonik, Bam Bam Sound, Euan Booth, Peepshow Paddy, Tastes Like Chicken, Count Skylarkin’ Vs DJ Binge, Kerry & K-Tel, Del Gazeebo, Bustmasta Barrydark, Trol23 Vs Alex From Wigan, Disco Darrell Vs Steamin’ John Dash, Soul Sessions, The Hip Drop with Louche & Van Mule, Checkmate, Thematics and Lochie.
The Common People team are extremely pleased to announce The Great Oxfordshire Gin Festival – a brand new gin experience for Oxford set within its own garden space at Common People this coming spring bank holiday, 26 & 27 May in South Park.
Rob da Bank says: “I have a confession to make. I love gin… and it’s no secret that many of us are a bit partial to a tot of Mother’s Ruin of an evening, afternoon or sometimes even morning! This year Common People is really blossoming as a festival into a proper family-friendly music, food and culture fest and we’re very proud to add The Great Oxfordshire Gin Festival to that offering.
“We’ve had the onerous task of hand picking and tasting over 50 gins and have come up with an incredible array from UK home-grown flavours like Bathtub, Conker and Bulldog to American high-spirited gin, Aviation, and the amazing Malfy from Italy, and some cracking local gins. And we’re even blessed with our very ow gin distillery in South Park with the Oxford Artisan Distillery overlooking our beautiful Common People site. All this writing has got me a bit thirsty so I’m off to sample some more while you buy yourself a ticket and gin flight. What are you waiting for?!”
Presenting more than 50 gins, The Great Oxfordshire Gin Festival will feature a tempting collection of flavour profiles from citrus and herbaceous to fruity and floral, featuring delicious homegrown botanicals, global favourites and the finest selection of local handcrafted gins from renowned craft distillery The Oxford Artisan Distillery and The Cotswolds Distillery.
Occupying its own special area within Common People, featuring a luxuriantly dressed traditional pole tent with ample seating and dedicated garden area, for just £15 plus festival ticket, gin festival attendees will receive a gin flight of three expertly matched gin & tonics and full access to Common People festival including five stages of music, a new and improved kids garden, and a host of attractions.
The Great Oxfordshire Gin Festival will also feature masterclasses including a World Gin Day tasting with World Gin Day ambassador Emma Stokes aka Gin Monkey, a discussion and gin tasting with Tom Nicolson from The Oxford Artisan Distillery and a masterclass with Oliver Morris, Head Mixologist from The Cotswolds Distillery presenting summer cocktails & perfect serves, giving you the fantastic opportunity to learn the history of the UK’s favourite tipple from the real experts.
Plus, there will be an artisan food market featuring the most flavoursome locally sourced goods and entertainment from the Bollywood Brass Band and Rob da Bank, all located within the gin festival’s own garden setting.
The perfect chance to indulge in the exciting world of gin and discover Oxfordshire’s leading distillers join us at The Great Oxfordshire Gin Festival only at Common People.
Gin Festival – Gin Flight
£15.00 Face Value (must be purchased in conjunction with a Common People day ticket)
(Valid for 3 x Gin & Tonics)
The Common People team are very pleased to announce that we have teamed up with Nightshift and O2 Academy Oxford to launch the Oxford edition of I Want to Play at Common People. Is your band the most exciting around and can you wow the festival crowds? If you think you’ve got what it takes, then this is a gilt-edged chance to get on the line-up for this year’s Common People, held in South Park over the Spring Bank Holiday, 26th & 27th May.
To apply, you need to send one track to [email protected] with a maximum of 100 words telling us why you want to play at Common People by Friday 6th April, that’s not long, so you need to act fast. And don’t forget to include your act name, number of members, your location and your social media links. The competition is only open to acts who have not previously played at Common People.
We’ll listen to every submission and will notify successful artists by Monday 9th April. Finals will be held at the O2 Academy Oxford on Friday 27th April. If you’re not entering the competition but want to come and check out the cream of Oxfordshire’s band scene, entry is just £5.00 + booking fee. Don’t miss out on seeing some of the best new bands around.
The competition finals will be judged by the Nightshift’s Ronan Munro, O2 Academy Oxford’s Jake Pell, Common People head honcho, Rob da Bank, and a crack team of music experts. The winners will win a sought-after set at this year’s Common People on the Common Stage!
Don’t miss the chance to get on the festival circuit and fulfil your dreams! Good luck x
It’s the official world record holder for the World’s Largest Disco Ball and its coming to the heart of your city at Common People, appearing on Saturday 26 May in Oxford’s South Park this coming spring bank holiday.
But that’s not all, we want you to join in the scintillating fun. So grab your glad rags, breakout those gleaming hipsters, burnished bell bottoms, and glittering jumpsuits and dress up to the nines in your spangliest dancefloor finery – fancy dress is a must for everyone on Sequin Saturday.
As the sparkling centrepiece of Common People’s sequin-fuelled fancy dress days, the World’s Largest Disco Ball will radiate glimmering good vibes as Boney M., Snap!, Prince’s legendary backing band The New Power Generation and the disco dons themselves, The Jacksons take you to your dancing destiny at our hip-swaying, booty-shaking, fancy dressing, party heaven.
Not to be missed, our dazzling disco beauty is as high as a three-storey building, covered in 2,500 mirrored tiles that would stretch out for a kilometre laid end to end, and is filled with 350 cubic metres of air; equivalent to around a thousand beach balls, so getting it around won’t be easy. We’d have to roll it a staggering 10,358 times to get it from South Park to Southampton Common! But never fear we’ve got a very big truck and some expert disco wranglers to ensure both Common People’s luscious sites are dappled in its shimmering light.
So for just £30 for the day, what are you waiting for? Grab your Common People tickets now and bask in the record breaking brilliance.