Wow. This year was as much fun as the sign above! We loved it. Hats off – or wacky ears, sparkly head boppers or ear-guards or whatever you’re wearing, take them off and bow to the organisers for this years exceptional success.
Unlike last year, entry was as smooth as, despite all the extra security, and the polite and humorous staff at the door were a sign of things to come. Small things I know, but small things count and we’ve been to a few festivals where we truly do feel like we’re being treated as if we should have never been let on the park and ride.
So this year’s line up was not so small with Sean Paul and Pete Tong and Rag’n’Bone Man, all generating great enthusiasm.
On Saturday Sean Paul brought the high-energy Jamaican club sound “dancehall” to the masses of Common People.
Pumping the stage with classics like We Be Burnin’, Gimme Di Light and Baby Boy, Breathe, Rockabye, and Get Busy
The atmosphere at the Common People was lively. A DJ, standing behind a deck stand decorated with a Jamaican flag, punctuated songs with klaxon sounds and carnival whistles, while two female dancers performed acrobatic routines.
Sunday was the turn of Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra conducted by Jules Buckley. Everything about this concert was off the scales, how the orchestra can sound that good is just something everybody should experience just once in there lives (an orchestra mixing past top tunes from the 90’s, wow!). The energy and vibe was unbelievable. The talent and concept excelled. A definite must if you like your house and anthems.
Mind blowing set full of house anthems – the best end to a perfect day
To make a change, we headed of to the uncommon tent (feeling a bit bruised by the sign?). We weren’t disappointed. Little Red deserve a special mention, with some heart rending lyrics sung beautifully by Hayley Bell with a rocky/folky dark kind of feeling, lightened up by little kids weaving their way joyfully in and out of the crowd.
After that, it was the obligatory children’s area. This festival really has got the family feeling right can I say – enough free entertainment with paid for rides being actually reasonable, it feels like a great place for the family to go to. Hoolahoops galore, giant and I mean giant balls to tumble on top of if you can, plus the obligatory bouncy castle and bubbles. The arts and craft tent this year deserves a special mention with Penny at the creative station www.thecreationstation.co.uk. Getting the kids to make their own Hawaiian skirts from multi coloured ribbons, plus making beaded arm bands and head bands and we had two total festival queens on our hands. Great to do arts and craft with a difference, no wonder it’s been renamed creation station as opposed to err arts and craft…
Back to another musical highlight was seeing Amy Macdonald, who got a huge crowd going at the main stage, with due cause, an absolutely stunning sound from a stunning artist, all hail.
Common People – uncommonly good, we’d recommend it on a number of fronts and already looking forward to being back there next year.