Preview: Common People Festival 2016

Landing at the doorstep of the city and the university over the May bank holiday weekend, Common People is a festival promising to bring summer cheer and big names to Oxford’s South Park. Set to headline on Saturday are 80s favourites Duran Duran, while Primal Scream are set to get their rocks off and top Sunday’s headline slot after a special set from Craig David’s TS5. Joining them are Katy B, Gaz Coombes, Ghostpoet, and Kurupt FM, along with local favourites Temple Funk Collective, Cameron AG, Esther Joy Lane, and Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band.

Having teamed up with Oxford City Council and Nightshift Magazine, the Common People brand hopes to match the success of its 2015 Southampton festival, in which Fatboy Slim, Clean Bandit and Grace Jones topped the bill. The festival’s curator, Rob da Bank, a DJ and the founder of the well-established Bestival, on the Isle of White, noted that Oxford’s “fantastic musical heritage and a thriving arts scene” made it an ideal place for a “festival wonderland”. The festival’s format enables it to devote attention to a wide variety of artists, from huge names in the Big Top stage, to up-and-coming acts on the Uncommon Stage.

Also promised among the eclectic side events are the world famous Cowley Road Carnival, the quirky Knitting Tent, and the delicious sounding Jam Jar Bar and Scrumptious Street Food. Let’s hope that the weather holds out for what promises to be a highlight in Oxford’s summer festival calendar.

Common People takes place from the 28th-29th of May. Tickets to Common People start at £27.50 for students and £29.50 for adults, and are available from Ticketline – visit www.oxford.commonpeople.net for further details.

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