With a huge and all-embracing line-up ranging from pop royalty and homecoming heroes, to must-see new acts and the very best local bands, Common People is already shaping up to be a corker this coming May spring bank holiday. But as ever we’ve got even more delights to deliver with a treasure trove of classic sounds from Pig’s Big Ballroom that will keep South Park jumping throughout the weekend.
A vintage emporium of inscrutable sonics Pig’s Big Ballroom hosted by The Shellac Collective will feature live music from off the beaten track courtesy of Terry and Gerry, Vote Pedro, The Cut Out Club, The Hooligans, Chloe and Gianni, Hipbone Slim! and Paul McCaffrey.
Plus, Johnny Louche, Greg’s Greats 78s, DJ GG, Tony Tunes, It’s a Wind up, Stuart Macbeth, DJ Reverend Turner, Mick Howson, Ms Chameleon’s Mechanical Melodies, Brother Graham, The Janitor & more will be spinning an array of priceless 78s and venerable vinyl that’s sure to have you boogie-woogying like there’s no tomorrow.
Set to bring you electrifying music, entertainment and arts in the heart of Oxford this spring bank holiday, Common People is back for 2018 with headliners The Jacksons on Saturday and James and Ride on Sunday. For just £57.50 for an Adult weekend ticket or £30 for an Adult day ticket, you can enjoy an amazing festival brimful of 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 in South Park.
Rob da Bank says: “It’s been quite some ride putting together the Common People line ups for 2018. We love South Park in Oxford a lot and it’s become one of our favourite places to throw a party… this year will be super special with legendary Oxford band Ride coming back to South Park. Co-headliners James are the cherry on the cake. Our Disco Day on Saturday 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 Oxford bands and DJs and a real focus on family fun and entertainment and I promise you a magical May weekend awaits”.
Councillor Dee Sinclair, Board Member for Culture and Communities, said “We are looking forward to welcoming Common People back to Oxford for a third year.
“Each year it is an extremely popular event and has quickly become embedded in the Oxford summer experience. The festival brings people together for a weekend of fun, and hopefully sun.
“I am excited to see both The Jacksons, and James perform this year. I am sure that both bands will give us unforgettable performances.”
Fancy dress is the order of the day on Saturday in South Park as we unleash disco kings, The Jacksons, basking in the dazzling reflection of the World’s Largest Disco Ball. Plus, you can fill your dancing boots with delights from The New Power Generation, Sparks, Boney M, The Cuban Brothers, Aswad, Jungle Brothers, Hak Baker, Cut Capers and Dancin Oxford.
Sunday’s singalong special comes courtesy of indie legends James, with hometown heroes Ride, plus Maximo Park, London African Gospel Choir presents Paul Simon’s Graceland, Elvana: Elvis Fronted Nirvana, Low Island and Chainska Brassika.
Our new Carnival Stage will jump to General Levy, Fred V & Grafix, and more on Saturday. While Sunday’s laser guided love features a Craig Charles, Simple takeover with Willow, Em Williams, James Weston, Rodney P & Skitz, and more.
As ever underground players and nascent rock action can be found on the Uncommon Stage hosted by Nightshift. Deadbeat Apostles, Inner Peace Records, Tiger Mendoza, The August List, and many more will blast through Saturday’s slots. And Brickwork Lizards, The Great Western Tears, Drore, Msry, Lucy Leave, Young Women’s Music Project, and more take on the Sunday crowds.
We’ll also have throbbing beats at the Disco Shed with a roster of soon-to-be-announced DJs and there will be family antics and festivities galore across our South Park wonderland including the Kids Garden with Gorilla Circus, The World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle, Oxford Playhouse presents ‘One Small Step’, The Story Museum presents ‘The Pumpkin’, Pegasus Play Place, BigTopMania with giant bubbles, mega balls, crazy inflatables, and have-a-go circus equipment including, diablos, juggling, slackline & poi and circus performances. And we’ll have Cowley Road Carnival Dance Workshops, Supersaurs Dinosaur, giant sandpit, swing boats* and Jingo Glitter.
Celebrating music, arts and community in the heart of the city for just £57.50 for an Adult Weekend Ticket, don’t miss out on the bank holiday shenanigans.
Featuring even more music, arts and fun for all the family, Common People is back for 2018! The multi-award-winning team who bring you Bestival, Camp Bestival and now Common People promise this year’s two-day spectacular in the park will be bigger, better and even more dazzling than ever. Celebrating music, arts and community in the heart of the city, our festival wonderland will return to South Park in Oxford on spring bank holiday weekend 26th & 27th May 2018.
“All of us at festival headquarters love kicking our year off with Common People – it’s such an easy formula, turn up for lunchtime, have a great day and evening listening to great bands and DJs and eating some of the best festi food around and then be in your own bed before midnight. Simple. We can’t wait to drop into Oxford again. See you very soon.” Rob da Bank
Early Bird tickets go on sale this Friday 17th November. This is your chance to buy an early ticket at a super special rate. But that’s not all, don’t miss out on our fantastic promotion. Grab your General Admission tickets before 9th December and kids go free!
Guaranteed to be yet another incredible year of music and cheer, don’t miss our glorious blockbuster of brilliant family entertainment, delicious food and a line-up that can’t fail to keep you dancing all day long. Mixing up musical legends with the hottest up and coming names, all sprinkled liberally with the very best local arts and acts, Common People is the very essence of community spirit.
So, what are you waiting for? Buy your General Admission tickets at Early Bird prices before 9th December and get your kids in for free. Keep your eyes peeled for line-up news coming very soon.