The UK is known for its amazing festivals, and this was no exception. The weekend before last, a couple of friends and I went down to South Park in Oxford for Common People Festival. The festival is now in its second year, and after success down at Southampton Common last year, the organisers decided to add a sister venue in Oxford. While it was tempting to go back to my university home, I decided I'd rather stay in my hometown; Oxford unfortunately doesn't have many events on this scale anymore!

The weather was gorgeous and warm, and everyone descended on the huge park just out of the main city centre. We queued for a bit before entering into the festival - unfortunately they ran out of wristbands before we got in :(


There was live music all day - Katy B and Duran Duran in particular were good - and plenty of food stalls and bars to get something to eat and drink: from paella and churros, to pies, chips, and pizza, there was a lot of choice! The prices weren't bad either!

There were 3 main music areas; the main stage, the 'uncommon' stage, where newcomers and up and coming artists performed, and a DJ tent which was absolutely packed! We made sure to check out each area, which were all pretty good!



There were also things to get involved in at the festival too; you could get your face painted, take part in various competitions, buy clothes, join in at the knitting tent, and even - as my friend and I did - go on the ferris wheel. This was something I'd always wanted to do and I finally did it; I'm not that great with heights either haha! Whilst it was pretty terrifying being suspended from the top when the wind blew the seat, the views were absolutely incredible!

(Photo taken by my friend Harriet!)

The night ended with a beautiful sunset and an amazing set from Duran Duran, who played some of their big hits (Wild Boys, Hungry Like The Wolf, anyone?) and the festival was packed out full of people!




I would absolutely go again next year! For £30 for the day, in my hometown, and a great way to spend the bank holiday weekend, it's definitely going on my festival list.