BEST OF THE FESTIVALS: COMMON PEOPLE

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Best for: Catching the Bestival vibes for those who either can’t make Rob Da Bank‘s original festival (now in it’s new August date, and fairly new Dorset site), or family friendly version, Camp Bestival. Or simply those we need an injection of boutique-on-a-grand-scale festivities before heading to either of those aforementioned events.

Location: Oxford and Southampton.

Date: 26th – 27th May

Age: 3. Duran Duran, Primal Scream and Craig David played the inaugral year, while last year Sean Paul and Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics topped the bill.

The music: In Oxford, The Jacksons top the bill on Saturday. Their set closes what is sure to be one of the biggest discos Oxford has ever seen, with Prince‘s legendary band The New Power Generation, Aswad and Boney M belting out funk-fulled anthems from the 70s and beyond. They’ve also got the Guinness World Record breaking largest mirror ball (which spun during Chic featuring Nile RodgersBestival headline slot). On the Sunday, it’s all about the indie, with James, Ride, Sparks and Maximo Park. Also, do NOT miss skiffle legends Terry & Gerry in Big Pig’s Ballroom. With fans in the form of the late John Peel, Morrissey, The Clash and The Pogues, their 50s-flavoured ditties are infectious little things. Over in Southampton, the discotheque takes place on the Sunday with The Jacksons, et al, while the Saturday is given a peppier, poppier makeover with a headline slot from Lily Allen, and All Saints also appearing.

The food: Le Rac Shack is sure to be one of the favourites for Oxfordians – two words: Potatoes and hotmelteddeliciouscheese. Anyone wanting a taste of tibet can do so with the help of Taste Tibet (see what they did there…), and for anyone travelling to Common People who likes churros in different area codes, try Los Churros Amigos. Down in Southampton, Goodness Gracious Healthy Foods does *the* best falafel and hummus pitta going, while The Tenth Hole does Mac N Cheese gourmet style – and if you need something to wash it down, head to The Great Solent Gin Festival.

The rest: As with anything Rob and Josie Da Bank put their minds to, there’s far more to Common People than music and food. Crazy golfers Junkyard Golf are bringing their clubs to Oxford, and in Southampton Portsmouth’s first batala band will be popping up throughout the weekend, providing Afro Brazilian Samba Reggae drumming to fill the gaps between the acts.

Tickets: Available here, and for £38.50 for a day (or £73.45 for a weekend) can you afford not to go? (These are phase 3 prices too, you could have had them for less if you’d booked your ideas up!) To put it into context, a ticket to see James‘ upcoming date in Llandudno would set you back £41.25.

Get in the mood with this playlist curated exclusively for you by TRASH:

Competition! Win 2 tickets to Common People (either Southampton or Oxford): There are 3 chances to win 2 tickets to Common People 2018.

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Competition T&Cs: The competition closes at midnight on Tuesday 22nd May 2018. The prize is two weekend tickets for Common People 2018, for either Southampton or Oxford. Travel is not included. Entries must be over 18. Please ensure your social media privacy settings allow your shared entries to be seen. The winner will be notified on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

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