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In Review: Community Festival 2018 at Finsbury Park, London

In Review: Community Festival 2018 at Finsbury Park, London

Stefan Gandhi | Reviews

Following the success of its inaugural debut in 2017 - with an eclectic lineup that included Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Wombats, Clean Cut Kid and many more - Community Festival returned on Sunday 1st July for another year at north London’s famous Finsbury Park. Upon arrival, festival-goers found themselves caught in the midst of a perfect heatwave that would set the positive vibes for this one-day event dedicated to showcasing some of the best in British indie, rock and alternative music. After grabbing a much-needed snap with friends at the Community Festival photo area, ticket holders are then welcomed to the sound of the Main Stage by the entrance of the festival entry point - which was one of two stages that could be found onsite for the lineup of acts featured on the festival schedule.

Circa Waves set things in motion with their set by starting with crowd favourite ‘Wake Up’, a track that had people roaring at the top of their lungs in the chorus section before the energy really took off with other indie anthems from their repertoire such as ‘Goodbye’ and ‘Fossils’. The quartet rockers blew things up with ‘T-Shirt Weather’ as their closer, which, alongside catchy guitar hooks and crowd singalongs throughout the song - saw singer and guitarist Keiran Shuddall also create a true festival highlight in the performance by encouraging audience participation in the bridge along to the words “it’s going to be ok” - the moment that revealed a born-to-be frontman in his comfort zone with thousands watching.

Photo Credit: Michelle Roberts

Ahead of their upcoming tour date at O2 Academy Brixton, You Me At Six were the second headliners on the bill for the evening and they showed no mercy with opener ‘Room to Breathe’. With huge mosh pits present in the front standing area for the carefree during the band’s plentiful guitar breakdowns, the head-banging songs like ‘Fast Forward’ and ‘Underdog’ from this pop punk Surrey band certainly appealed to the mass of attendees in the crowd - especially those in the teenage and twenty-something demographic that were loyal supporters of the group already. Similar to Shuddall’s technique of working the crowd, Josh Franceschi took things to the next level after ‘Lived a Lie’ and begun showing his love for football by creating a singalong for the renown chant “it’s coming home, it’s coming, footballs coming home…”

Photo Credit: Michelle Roberts

A band who need no introduction would be London’s very own indie rock outfit The Vaccines, who started things off with an explosive rendition of ‘Nightclub’ that saw lead singer Justin Young command the crowd with his incredible stage presence and world-class vocal performance. This theme continued until the band slowed things down mid set with the dramatic ‘Wetsuit’, which allowed festival-goers to take a brief moment to appreciate the band’s music in a more mellow atmosphere before speeding things up again with ‘Out on the Street’. In addition to other classic hits from the likes of ‘I Always Knew’, ‘If You Wanna’ and ‘I Can’t Quit’, the band also gave the Community Festival crowd an exclusive live debut of their exciting new track, ‘All My Friends’ - something the band had apparently only written in the week prior to the festival itself.

Photo Credit: Phoebe Fox

With the anticipation building and the sun beginning to set by this part of the late evening, the silence before the storm was something that definitely took everyone by surprise when Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club threw ‘Undercover Martyn’ spontaneously into the mix of the festival air, in combination with stage visuals in the form of a prop cannon that fired out a blue thin-like paper material - similar to a party popper but on a larger scale - on the first note of the famous guitar riff. The group followed this opening performance with an impressive setlist of indie pop classics over the duration of an hour, made up of the best tracks from the band’s three critically-acclaimed studio albums. Despite the endless supply of party anthems such as ‘What You Know’, ‘Something Good Can Work’ and ‘Are We Ready? (Wreck)’, the epic finale featured the trio’s second-album release single ‘Sun’, which played out to a host of endless fireworks and fans holding their drink cups high to the sky in celebration of what can only be described as the perfect day of indie music.

Photo Credit: Michelle Roberts

With so much talent over the span of the day’s programme and positive feedback from fans as they left the venue with cheers and smiles on their faces, it would appear that festival-goers have acknowledged that they would like Community Festival to return in 2019.

Main image courtesy of James Bridle. 

In Review: Community Festival 2018 at Finsbury Park, London

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