In London there are festivals over pretty much every weekend in the summer months and Community Festival fills that gap at the very start of July. 2017 saw the festival make it’s debut with Catfish and the Bottleman headlining alongside The Wombats, Slaves and Nothing But Thieves so it was home for a rock and indie music party.
Finsbury Park is host for the festival and the main stage in 2018 played host with a number of household names and the smaller N7 stage celebrated all things up and coming.
As the heaviest band on the bill Marmozets are there to try and attract some of the indie lovers into their heavier rock world. They opened with ‘Play’ coming from their recent second album ‘Knowing What You Know Now’ as front woman Becca screams out over the crowd. The five-piece family orientated band have been in the public eye of the rock scene for quite a long time since their spectacular debut ‘The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets’ but they look as fresh as they did back then, although a lot more composed on stage. As Becca bounds around the stage its evident that their music has evolved with less screaming and more hooks on the new album than ever before which for this indie loving crowd is a positive. The set is a mixture of early tracks like ‘Move Shake Hide’ and ‘Captivate You’ and newer tracks like ‘Lost in Translation’ and ‘Major System Error’ showing off Marmozets 2.0.
I’d heard of Sundara Karma before as they supported Bring Me The Horizon but I hadn’t really listened to their music and it seemed I was the only one as the crowd around my seemed to know every word to the tracks from opening track ‘A Young Understanding’ to closer ‘She Said’. The set was prodominantly from last years ‘Youth Is Only Ever Fun’ album although they did throw in a brand new song which excited everyone around. Thankfully front man Oscar “Lulu” Pollock was on the same level as me commenting on the horrible weather around us as in all honesty it was just a bit too warm. The whole set had the perfect summer festival vibes which everyone seemed to appreciate.
Next up was another indie summer success in the form of Circa Waves, again another band who I didn’t know much about before the show. The band played an intense set including loads of tracks from their second album ‘Different Creatures’ and it was the perfect back drop for the weather. ‘Wake Up’ was an energetic way to start the set and during ‘Stuck’ everyone was encouraged to jump around. The set came and went the blink of an eye as the band closed up with ‘Tshirt Weather’ a fitting finale for the incredibly hot and dry day in the city.
For me You Me At Six were the band I had primarily come to the festival for after a stellar performance at Download Festival. Being a shorter set than their aforementioned headline slot it was just hit after hit after hit starting with ‘Room to Breathe’ and moving through huge hits like ‘Underdog’ and ‘Reckless’ and their two new released tracks ‘Fast Forward’ and ‘3AM’ which a lot of the crowd already seem to know. With so many big tracks the crowd wasted no time in getting involved jumping, dancing and screaming till their hearts were content. Every band on the bill made football references singing “It’s coming home…” but none more so than front man Josh who is a self confessed football fanatic and it seemed his head was so full of football as he even forgot the lyrics to his own song when ‘No One Does It Better’ started for their penultimate track. Even though this might not have been the best time we’ve seen the band everything was fun and the crowd seemed to enjoy every second of it.
Headliners Two Door Cinema Club made their 2018 festival exclusive at Community testament to the festivals strength despite it’s infancy compared to more established festivals. Unlike a lot of more established band’s Two Door Cinema Club are not ashamed of their debut release and start with ‘Undercover Matryn’ as a flurry of confetti streams covers the audience continuing their set with tracks such as ‘Do You Want It All?’, ‘This Is Life’ and ‘Cigarettes In The Theatre’. Every track is indie-pop perfection and transports many of us to the summer of 2011 when ‘Tourist History’ first came out; simpler times.
Front man Alex Trimble is more a showman than ever before but doesn’t rely on over the top antics to create an atmosphere, their music alone does that. With the band’s last album out two years ago most people know pretty much every word to the tracks within the set and it’s an hour and a bit worth of feel-good summer perfect music. As the sun begins to set over Finsbury Park ‘Sun’ closes up the band’s set as fireworks are released over the park, a great end to a stellar second year at Community Festival.