Community Festival | Finsbury Park, London | 1 July 2017
We’re really pleased to be heading out to the Community Festival on Saturday.
Unlike the massive events that pepper the diary of UK gig-goers over the summer (Glastonbury, Leeds, Reading, Isle of Wight, Bestival, etc.), the Community Festival is unashamedly low-key. The whole event spans an afternoon and an evening in a North London park.
Finsbury Park has a place in my heart as I lived there for a few years when I relocated to London in 1988. I do remember Madness did an open air concert or two during that time, and the locals were either annoyed about it or tried to get in for free. Happy days….
More recently, Finsbury Park has been in the public eye for the wrong reasons, with the shocking news that people leaving a nearby mosque were attacked in a race-hate crime.
The local community showed great restraint that night, and I know that they will come to the Park in a spirit of togetherness to listen to some great indie bands on Saturday. The preview is below and at the very end there’s a Spotify playlist for your enjoyment.
Finsbury Park is going to be treated to headliners Catfish and the Bottlemen, Liverpool’s The Wombats (who featured in Dina’s pics of the year), and festival faves Slaves.
The big names will be supported by Nothing But Thieves, another band that has emerged from the vibrant Southend-on-Sea indie scene.
Earlier in the afternoon we’ll be enjoying The Hunna, who will also be at Leeds and Reading in August; rocky Darlia; poppy Fickle Friends, and the rabble-rousing Redfaces.
There’s a second stage, too
Second stages sometimes get overlooked. We hope to be diving into the photography pit over there as well to capture Clean Cut Kid, Anteros, Stereo Honey, Wild Front, Saint Phnx, and Rosborough. So if you’re a fan of any of those bands, come back next week to look for the results!
I asked Redfaces why they’re playing a relatively minor event on the festival calendar. They said, “We think the great thing about Community is that it has a lineup which has some great, well known bands playing as well as so many brilliant emerging and brand new musicians”. I suspect they are right.
Should be a good one (so long as the rain goes away). At £35 (about the price of a couple of burgers and beers at Glastonbury!), you really can’t go wrong.
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