Community Festival Comes Back For It’s Second Year For An Indie Rock Paradise

Community Festival Comes Back For It’s Second Year For An Indie Rock Paradise

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.

sundara karma

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.

two door cinema club

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.

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22 Comments

  1. Elizabeth O
    July 5, 2018 / 10:46 pm

    This looks and sounds like a great festival to attend. There sounds like there was some cracking bands to enjoy. I hope you had the best time

  2. Hannah
    July 6, 2018 / 11:35 pm

    This looks like a really good festival. Never heard of it before

  3. July 9, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    What a fantastic festival. Can you believe that I have never been to a festival before? Hopefully it will change this year!

  4. Kate
    July 10, 2018 / 11:53 am

    When I lived in London I loved that there were so many festivals to go to – and easy to get home from. This one sounds like loads of fun!

  5. July 10, 2018 / 5:36 pm

    I haven’t heard of this festival before but it sounds brilliant. There’s nothing better than a summer filled with festivals is there? Especially in this weather!

  6. July 10, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    I would love to see You Me at Six perform – sounds like a great atmosphere. I haven’t been to a festival in years!!

  7. July 10, 2018 / 10:40 pm

    What incredible weather everyone has been having for festival season. You are so knowledgeable about your bands!

  8. July 11, 2018 / 9:54 am

    This totally sounds like my kind of festival! I love indie and rock music.

  9. July 12, 2018 / 8:56 am

    Loving the look of this Indie festival, you always seem to be going to the best music events!! x

  10. July 12, 2018 / 8:33 pm

    This sounds like a great festival, I loved Indie music when I was younger!

  11. July 13, 2018 / 1:10 pm

    i truly love live music and this sounds like such a fun festival to attend! indie music is def one of my favorites !

  12. July 13, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    I have always wanted to go to an indie music festival. It seems like an entirely different vibe than the festivals I’m used to. Great read!

  13. July 13, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    I have to admit that I have not heard of any of these bands but sounds like you enjoyed it, the fireworks look spectacular too

  14. July 14, 2018 / 8:06 am

    I really really miss the time when I could go to festivals and listen to rock music! I can’t wait for my baby to grow up to take her with me there!

  15. July 14, 2018 / 10:45 am

    Not a huge music buff and never heard of the acts (2 Door Cinema Club sounds familiar though?) but Community Festival sounds like a good idea to me!

  16. July 14, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    This looks like a really fab festival. I really need to get myself to one within the next few years

  17. July 15, 2018 / 1:33 pm

    This sounds such an amazing festival to attend 🙂 would definitely love to visit once <3

  18. Michael Satterfield
    July 15, 2018 / 7:25 pm

    One thing I love about living in the South is we have a long festival season, pretty much all but just a few months of the year. This looks like an amazing music festival!

  19. July 15, 2018 / 11:21 pm

    I’m always up for the music festival and would have loved to attend this one! I’ll be attending a Taylor Swift concert next month and so excited about it!

  20. July 16, 2018 / 2:36 am

    Looks and sounds like a great community festival . I love the ones at the park. Makes me miss some of the local musical festivals around here. Wonder why I haven’t seen one this year.

  21. July 16, 2018 / 6:06 am

    Awesome music festival! It’s jampcked! And I lovet it that it is fireworks. I love fireworks in every event! Would love to attend this when I am around the area.

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