Thursday, 5 July 2018

Community Festival - London

Community Festival 2018 finsbury park

The first weekend of July in Finsbury Park, London, has been jam-packed with music, kicking off the month with Community Festival. With tickets costing a mere £40 for the day, it's an extremely affordable festival, especially for music fans on a budget. Headlined by Two Door Cinema Club and supported with performances from the likes of You Me At Six, The Vaccines, Circa Waves and Marmozets, this alternative music event was one not to miss. 

Opening the Main Stage at 1:20pm was Spanish Indie band Belako. With a similar sound to Neuman, their fresh Spanish dance vibe worked well as as a summer background beat. However despite their best efforts to get everyone moving, the atmosphere in the crowd was quite subdued and remained still throughout their set. This is likely due to the combination of being the first act on stage whilst the majority of festival-goers were still arriving, as well as lacking in both stage presence and popular hits, making singing along particularly difficult.  

Next up on the main stage after Belako was Marmozets, a female-fronted English alternative rock band channeling Don Broco, old-school Paramore vibes. Opening with Play, they received a notably better response from the crowd with the audience quickly growing. During their set, hits such as Why Do You Hate Me? and Major System Error were performed and the mathcore sound was able to keep pits active throughout every song. Vocalist Becca displayed impressive dance moves, engaging with fans alongside belting out breath-taking vocals, all coming together to establish an undeniably remarkable stage presence.

Yungblud community festival n4 stage

Over on the N4 stage, clashing with Rat Boy playing on the main stage, Yungblud performed with a unique energy and enthusiasm unlike anything I've seen before. Starting with upbeat tracks including I Love You, Will You Marry Me? and Anarchist, the angsty lyrics paired with light-hearted topics created an amazing festival atmosphere and a high-spirited crowd. Dominic then cleverly utilised this engagement to address the unfortunately common issue of sexual assault, providing insight with song Polygraph Eyes. After this witty attempt at raising awareness, his set smoothly transitioned to end with new song 21st Century Liability and California, which will be released on his new album on Friday. 

You Me At Six were one of the remaining 3 bands to play on the main stage and began with Josh Franceschi chanting "It's coming home!" in anticipation for the World Cup. Quickly uniting the crowd, the post-hardcore five-piece opened with Room To Breathe and set the tone for the entire performance. Alongside Underdog and Fresh Start Fever, the lads also incorporated songs 3AM and Fast Forward from their new album VI which is due for release in Autumn 2018.

The Vaccines community festival finsbury park

As the last act up on the main stage before the headlining Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines had some pretty high expectations to meet. Unable to disappoint, they opened with Nightclub, followed by some fan favourites including Teenage Icon and Post Breakup Sex. Their garage surf rock harmonies had the crowd ecstatic, building buzz for the final act. If that wasn't enough, the boys then performed a never heard before live debut of a song written during the week, All My Friends, which was a huge surprise for the audience. I Can't Quit was the last track performed before exiting the stage in time for the final act.

two door cinema club community festival finsbury park

Finally, exploding onto the stage to headline the festival were Indie pop post-punk band Two Door Cinema Club. Opening with hit Undercover Martyn, confetti cannons released thousands of bright blue streamers into the air whilst fans flocked around the main stage like moths to a flame. Generating an atmosphere similar to that of a packed-out nightclub, the crowd took the opportunity to let loose for the final time and use the remainder of their energy to dance. Other crowd favourites included What You Know and Changing of the Seasons, before a finale of fireworks exploded behind the stage. Community Festival is relatively new to the scene, yet certainly an experience which should be on the bucket list for all indie and alternative music lovers. 

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