Common People 2017: A Review

June 2, 2017 - Charlie Kelly

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With the sun coming out just in time for the first LMS festival of the season, we were very excited after seeing the Uncommon stage lineup including Black Honey, Balenavon and The Magic Gang.

For us Common People is fantastic because, it has the varied genres from the indie bands to big DJ’s such as Pete Tong and the Sunday headliner Sean Paul. We loved the People’s Front Room tent which was a small tent with vibrant decorations that had special local talents playing, including Lost Cat who blew us away with their chilled songs. Furthermore, The Joiners had gathered bands for the Uncommon tent through tough competitions which helped find the best local talent such as Submariner who are one of the best talents from the south and this helped give them some exposure they deserve.

There was a buzzing atmosphere throughout the day especially, when Loyle Carner absolutely stole the show with a packed main stage, as the crowd would sing along to every song while the Rapper finished his set superbly with one of our favourite songs No CD. We also went to see LST bringing a new sound to the Uncommon stage who later said it was the best show He’d ever done as the energy of the crowd was so good.

Next on the line up was Tom Odell who blew the crowd away with known classics such as: Another Love and Can’t Pretend which had Tom standing on top of his piano showing his experience as a show man. We later caught up with Black Honey who told us exclusively about their secret show they were doing at the festival and the after party at the Joiners.

Sunday came around and although the weather was not shining it did not stop the people bringing their sunglasses and wearing their Hawaiian shirts. The first act to catch our eyes was Amy McDonald, who had recently released an album that peaked at number 2 in the UK charts, with well known hits such as, This Is The Life and with her witty charm she’s raised the crowd energy with funny stories from her time in Glasgow her hometown.

LMS then went to see the fantastic line up on the Uncommon Stage where we spotted an unexpected star band in the making named Cassava, who had a packed tent of many fans wearing the bands merchandise.  We caught up with the band after their set and found out they have a really strong bond with the Southampton crowds after selling out the Joiners.

Next on was an LMS favourite which was Blaenavon. The local three piece had reached small fame through their debut album ‘That’s Your Lot.’ After seeing thousands of gigs in my time, they have honestly put on a performance like I have never seen before, the energy and crowd participation was uncanny and we couldn’t take our eyes off!

Straight after Blaenavon, there was another LMS favourite The Magic Gang who the crowd were eager to see, with catchy songs that give of a good feeling vibe it’s easy to see the huge potential of the band and why we enjoy listening to them.

To conclude, LMS would highly recommend Common people to kick off any festival season with day tickets starting form £35, it’s true is value for money as there is such a variety of artists for the whole family to enjoy. LMS will provide plenty of photography which can all be found on our website as well as exclusive interviews with: Loyle Carner, Becky Hill, Black Honey, LST, Cassava and Blaenavon.

Charlie Kelly

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