Updated: Aug 6, 2018
It may have been one of the hottest days of the year but that didn’t deter tens of thousands of music lovers and their faces of glitter descending on London's Iconic Finsbury park for Community festival, an event that launched only last year under the Festival Republic name.
The lineup sported some of the indie scenes biggest acts from headliners Two Door cinema club and You me at six as well as shedding light on fresh new talent on the N4 stage with the likes of Sam Fender, King Nun and The Van T’s who were there as a result of the rebalance project.
Kicking off our day with a welcome burst of energy from King Nun, an act that have very much been on our radar from the release of their
first single back in 2016, they knocked out all their classics including the gritty ‘Tulip’ before playing some unreleased tracks that are sounding BIG!
From this, we made the jump to the main stage to catch Ratboys set, and
I have to say that my expectations weren’t too high, I caught their set when they toured with big man LG back in December and just didn’t really feel it. However, to a crowd of their own they can put on a show, Jordan Cardy had the entire crowd in the palm of his hand, a truly encaptivating watch, and ‘REVOLUTION’ is a banger, found a new favourite there.
Undoubtedly the highlight of our day was Pale waves, the Manchester four-piece have just gone from strength to strength over the last year putting out tracks along the way to form their small yet mighty discography. The buzz they have the power to create in a crowd is electric. So electric that I thought I had the power to crowd surf, safe to say that my desire was not reciprocated by the hot and tired crowd, so that idea very much like myself went down like a lead balloon. Their set was obviously stunning, the new track ‘Noises’ can really hold itself live despite its slightly
downtempo feel in comparison to cuts like ‘New Years Eve’ and ‘Heavenly’.
We then caught a bit of both Circa Waves and The Vaccines sets, very solid
performances, with both creating balanced set lists of older material for the OG’s and newer stuff that’s been cropping up on the radio more recently. You me at six pulled out an all-star performance hitting us with childhood bangers with tracks like ‘Underdog' and 'Loverboy' giving us all the feels.
Pulling the night to a close on the N4 stage was rising star Tom Grennan, he smashed it was back to back bop worthy numbers from his previously released EPs as well as ones from his debut album 'Lighting Matches'. His raw vocals and bright personality went down a treat with the crowd. Everyone was sweaty, everyone was tired but Tom managed to revive the vibe, establishing himself as a true performer that we can expect to see on that main stage in no time.
The time had come, headliners Two door cinema club were ready to hit the stage, they did so with a Kanye track and the biggest load of confetti and streamers that I've ever seen, kicking off with the huge 'Undercover Martyn' before playing a massive 18 track extravaganza of a setlist made up of firm classics such as 'Do You want it all' and 'Cigarettes in the theatre' from their debut album 'Tourist History' as well as tracks from their 2016 release 'Gameshow'. The enthusiasm and energy that radiated from the almost 50,000 strong crowd was mental, sticking close to the festivals name with a real sense of Community. The tracks 'Something good can work' and 'sun' closed this monumental set alongside an impressive firework display ending a very special day in the best way possible.
Great lineup and a great vibe I'd like to say a massive thank you to Community for having us, until next year...
WORDS BY LUCY MCCOURT
PHOTOS BY MICHELLE ROBERTS