As the May Bank Holiday draws near, it means only one thing for Southampton – Common People is back! After a hugely successful first year, Southampton Common will once again transform from a luscious green landscape (where you can meet some great dogs, by the way) into a magnificent ground for music and good times for all.
As UTM gears up for Common People, we want to share with you the artists we are most looking forward to seeing this year. It’s gonna be a madness, so get your tickets now!
Craig David’s TS5
A Southampton native, Craig David is fondly remembered for his pioneering career in the heyday of garage. Back then, he brought the niche of garage to the masses.
Now with his TS5 venture, he returns to Southampton to headline Common People and undoubtedly, he’ll be greeted with a hero’s welcome as he spins the best in R&B, garage and old school anthems.
Be sure not to miss the legend in action in what will be the vibiest performance of the weekend.
Grime is currently having its time in the sun, but MCs like Lady Leshurr are making sure it’s not just a flash in the pan. Her success came from her ‘Queen’s Speech’ freestyles in which she flamboyantly licks off shots in every direction, keeping it very 0121, very tongue-in-cheek as she does so.
She definitely isn’t resting on her laurels either; her latest freestyle over Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ is a prime example of an MC that knows how to turn shit up. She’s bound to get Southampton’s Common People bouncing, so make sure you see her set… and don’t forget to “brush your teeth!”
Hold tight Common People, inside! You’ll undoubtedly hear garage shout outs galore when Kurupt FM take to the stage, because garage is all the Kurupt FM crew do. They eat, sleep (and snort, in Steve’s case) garage.
The best MC in the business Grindah and his selector Beats were the focus of the recent hit BBC Three show People Just Do Nothing, and their rise to fame has seen them perform to sold-out crowds across the UK.
NOTE: This is not for American weirdos or house lovers. Leave your Huaraches at home and come see Brentford’s biggest pirate radio station bring back the garage vibes.
Mercury Prize-nominated Ghostpoet is (as much of a cliché it is to say) an artist that is difficult to fit in one box. Obaro Ejimiwe is a part-rapper, part-spoken word genius whose music can be both misanthropic and hopeful at the same time.
Ejimiwe manages to make the mundane everyday greyness of life a tangible, relatable thing in his music. Whether it’s a slave-to-the-wage criticism or an anxious, alcohol-induced fear of getting out of bed, Ghostpoet can connect with people through his passionate live performances.
It’s refreshing to hear someone speak so candidly about such matters, so get yourself a spot as close as you can and feel your problems wash away – Ghostpoet is therapeutic.
The poster boys of the Southampton music scene return to Common People after smashing their set on the Uncommon Stage last year.
There’s a reason for Bel Esprit being one of the only bands that Common People just HAD to invite back – they clearly have the energy and the songs to bewitch a crowd. ‘Lose My Mind’ is anthemic and most importantly, incredibly danceable.
Don’t miss the opportunity to support this incredible local band, but make sure to bring your best indie shuffle for what will undoubtedly raise the roof off the Uncommon Stage.
Science of Eight Limbs
Incredibly, the sounds of Science of Eight Limbs are made by only two people. It’s a Southampton love story too; they met at The Joiners and bonded over their obsession with sound.
If not for The Joiners, maybe these two would not have met. It’s a sad thought, because Southampton is definitely richer having both the venue and this mind-boggling two-piece.
Chunky riffs and thumping beats will be taking to the Uncommon Stage on the 29th – you’d be a fool to miss out on such a mesmerising display of talent.
Tickets available from here.