Southampton's Common People festival returns for the second year in a row, and boy - have the stepped up their name! Last year saw the likes of Grace Jones, Slaves and Fatboy Slim, but this year the line-up's got even better, giving the residents of Southampton even more variety for musical events this Summer.
There's names that jump out at you immediately on the lineup - Public Enemy are high up the bill on the 1st day, and to have a band of this importance play our humble common is nothing short of astonishing. Chuck D, Flavor and Terminator X were instrumental in making hip hop spread to the homes of the UK's musos at the beginning of their career, as they released what is officially the second best album of the eighties and rampaged across the world with their empowering cultural commentary on the plight of the oppressed people in the 20th century.
They're not the only classic hip-hop act on the bill though, as Sugarhill Gang also feature. You probably know them for their classic #3 single Rapper's Delight, which coming out in 1978 inspired a whole generation of people to make the music we now commonly know as hip-hop. Headlining that day also, is hometown hero Craig David. The greatest musical offspring of the city? These guys could contend that, but there's no denying that it's gonna be more than a crack to see Craig tear it up at the Common.
The rest of the bill is a joy, for lots of fans of small and upcoming guitar bands; Wales' Pretty Vicious' dirty indie garage rock will get the crowd going on the Sunday before London's pub rock hot shots Palma Violets bring noisy messy glory on the Sunday night. Primal Scream feature on the Saturday, and if there's a better soundtrack to get Loaded in the sun to, I'm yet to hear it.
Gaz Coombes (Supergrass) is a really talented solo musician, whose beautiful vocal tones we've seen in Southampton before, and the likes of The Magic Gang and Bel Esprit are among the most exciting, bright indie bands there is upcoming.
Common People is set to be among the best weekends the South sees all Summer, and you can catch so many legendary acts in what is practically your back garden, check the full line up here, and hopefully we'll see ya there.
Words: Calum Cashin