The Common People team have been burning the midnight oil planning Oxford’s debut instalment of their two-day metropolitan adventure set in the stunning surrounds of South Park.
And now they are very excited to reveal the first wave of acts for our bank holiday bonanza (see below) featuring UK rock n roll legends, hip-hop royalty, sound system pioneers, and more, 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, don’t miss out on the festival season’s stunning opener this 28-29 May 2016.
28 & 29 MAY 2016, SOUTH PARK OXFORD
SATURDAY: SATURDAY HEADLINER COMING SOON / SOUL II SOUL /
JAMIE LAWSON / KURUPT FM /THE CUBAN BROTHERS / CHAS & DAVE /
MR MOTIVATOR / OXFORD CITY SINGERS
PLUS BIG TOP TAKEOVER: DAVID RODIGAN MBE PRESENTS RAM JAM
AND: HOUSEWURK / BACK FOR GOOD & MORE ACTS TO BE ANNOUNCED
SUNDAY: PRIMAL SCREAM / CRAIG DAVID’S TS5 /
PUBLIC ENEMY / GAZ COOMBES / GHOSTPOET / THE SUGARHILL GANG /
DON BROCO / WEST END KIDS / RAN KAN KAN
PLUS BIG TOP TAKEOVER: HOSPITALITY
AMAZING VENUES, BARS & FOOD:
SCRUMPTIOUS STREET FOOD / SUGAR SKULLS COCKTAIL BAR /
UNCOMMON STAGE PRESENTED BY NIGHTSHIFT / DISCO SHED / KNITTING TENT / BIGTOPMANIA CIRCUS / HORNS OF PLENTY (OXFORD COMMUNITY STREET BAND) / THE JAM JAR BAR / ARTS & CRAFTS / KIDS AREA / BOUNCY CASTLES & MORE
Common People curator Rob da Bank said: “Common People was one of my funnest weekends festivaling in 2015, and believe me there was some competition! We loved it so much we decided to share the love with Oxford, another beautiful city and site with a fantastic musical heritage and a thriving arts scene and diverse crowd of party people. I’m really excited to share our first announcement, with some corkers from Primal Scream and Craig David to one of my all-time faves Public Enemy, and up-and-coming acts Jamie Lawson and Kurupt FM. Hope you can come and sing along with the Common People!”
Oh yes, Saturday 28 May will see a headline set from a soon to be announced Saturday headliner, plus sets from sound system pioneers and dance music trailblazers Soul II Soul, Ed Sheeran protégé Jamie Lawson, Brentford pirate radio crew Kurupt FM, Los Hermanos Cubanos The Cuban Brothers, rockney big shots Chas & Dave, lycra’s leading light Mr Motivator and the Oxford City Singers, with more acts to be announced very soon. Plus there will be bogling Big Top behaviour courtesy of one of reggaes true greats, as David Rodigan MBE presents Ram Jam.
Ensuring that all the Common People come together on Sunday 29 May there will be a hit-packed headline set from rock n roll survivors and indie dance icons, Primal Scream. One of the greatest bands of the past 30 years, Primal Scream have shaped modern music as we know it. From their indie beginnings, through their era defining Screamadelica period to their most recent, incendiary long player, More Light, Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes and co have never been anything short of an incredible live force!
Sunday will also see a series of sublime sets from the likes of special guest and platinum album-selling, chart-topping, international superstar Craig David, who will be showcasing his acclaimed TS5 show, hip-hop powerhouse Public Enemy, erstwhile Supergrass frontman and burgeoning solo artiste Gaz Coombes, who commented on his appearance at Common People “Really excited to be playing at the first ‘Common People’ festival next May at South Park. Great it’s happening in my hometown Oxford too, means I can crawl home afterwards.”
And there will be even more music action with lyrical acrobat Ghostpoet, b-boy originators The Sugarhill Gang, glossy rockers Don Broco, super-talented theatre troupe West End Kids and Ran Kan Kan. Plus, we’ll have drum n bass big boys Hospitality taking over the Big Top for some sick beats and colossal bass action.
Adding a touch of outlandish adventure to the inaugural South Park outing there will be an amazing array of venues, bars and food including scrumptious Street Food, Sugar Skulls Cocktail Bar, the Uncommon Stage presented by Nightshift, The People’s Front Room, the Knitting Tent, crafty haven Spinney Hollow, the Bigtopmania Circus, brass-driven joy from Horns of Plenty (Oxford Community Street Band), cocktails galore from The Jam Jar Bar and fantastic arts & crafts, an ace kids area, bouncy castles and more!
Tickets go on sale at 11am Thursday 3rd December, head to http://commonpeople.net/ for more info.
Dates: Saturday 28 May 2015, Sunday 29 May 2016 (Spring Bank Holiday weekend)