Common People returned to
Daily Info headed down to the Saturday of the festival, where there was a nice split this year between the disco nostalgia of the main stage with the Oxford-centric Uncommon Stage and the folksy charm of Pig's Big Ballroom. Each had highlights. On the main stage it was the conquering royalty who produced the hits: Boney M. and their glorious trio of 'Daddy Cool', 'Sunny', and 'Rasputin'; The New Power Generation proving there is life in Prince's music even without the front man; and The Jacksons, who have enough hits to power them through some ill-judged documentary screening sections.
The best act I saw on the Uncommon Stage was The August List who brought melancholic folk to the stage, a nice alternative to the big names. Across the weekend this stage showed the current strength of the
But the stage I kept returning to, the one that offered a relaxed vibe and an enjoyably diverse silliness, was Pig's Big Ballroom who offered in one afternoon both the terrific Celtic folk of The Hooligans and an exceedingly good mariachi cover band in the from of Vote Pedro. This was an intimate stage, but one that juxtaposed a dance floor with a circle of sofas, making it a great spot to retreat to.
One of the elements I appreciated about Common People were the efforts to include all age groups. Away from the music there were games to be played by the Disco Shed, the world's largest bouncy castle, and a dedicated area to the younger attendees. As part of this area were activities run by Pegasus Theatre, the
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