Community Festival Review 2018 ~ Thalia Traynor

By Thalia Traynor

All photos owned by Sarah Bennett

On Sunday the 1st of July, thousands of music fans travelled from all over the country to Finsbury Park, London to attend this year’s highly anticipated Community Festival. The sun was shining bright, as was the glitter dusted across fans faces as they made their way into the festival to see some of their favourite indie bands. The lineup for this festival was unbelievable, from smaller bands such as Bad Sounds providing funky, contagious indie pop music and Pale Waves with their classic goth-pop tunes to the iconic headliners, Two door Cinema club.

The day began at the main stage where rock band Marmozets, who released their second album ‘Knowing What You Know at the beginning of the year, delivered an incredible set including songs such as ‘Play’ and ‘Why Do You Hate Me.’ The crowd was full of circle pits and fans singing along on their friend’s shoulders.

Straight after Marmozets were the unbeatable Sundara Karma, with front man Oscar Pollock displaying his classic eccentric fashion sense in large circle sunglasses and long striped shorts. They blessed the crowd with hits such as Flame’ and ‘She Said as the crowd sang the words back to them as loud as they could. They also treated the crowd to a brand new song called ‘One Last Night In The Sun’ that gave some new, groovy vibes but still had the essence of a classic Sundara Karma song.  

Surprisingly, there weren’t too many disappointing stage clashes which was amazing as it is not uncommon to have to miss a favourite band to see a different one. However, some Bad Sounds fans did have to miss Liverpool’s favourite indie four-piece Circa Waves due to a clash, but since the stages were so close together they had time after Bad Sounds to run over to catch Circa Waves’ ultimate feel-good summer anthem ‘Tshirt Weather.’

Then came Pale Waves on the N4 stage with their captivating stage presence – front woman Heather Baron-Gracie could be one of the most entertaining singers in the indie world right now, she almost enchants the crowd and it’s like they cannot take their eyes off of her. Fans went crazy to songs that make you want to dance but also break your heart, such as ‘Television Romance’ and The Tide.’  They also treated the crowd to a new song called ‘Noises’ that is dedicated to anyone who has insecurities and reminds them that they’re not alone. Pale Waves are sure to continue to grow and dominate the indie music world very soon and they set an excellent example for young girls wanting to get into the music industry.

Finally were the undeniably incredible indie icons Two Door Cinema Club. Their performance was truly magical – fan favourite ‘What You Know’ got the crowd jumping while blue confetti and streamers burst into the air as the chorus kicked in. This was Two Door’s biggest headline show ever and they certainly did not disappoint, it was obvious that they deserved to headline. As the festival drew to a close, Two Door wrapped up with the brilliant ‘Sun’ that gave the crowd one last chance for a dance before we had to pile out and onto a tube where the party was continued as fans joined together to sing a glorious rendition of Don’t Look Back In Anger.’

The day was overall just amazing, Community definitely lives up to it’s name as everyone is respectful and there to appreciate music together. It is a brilliant festival for everyone, from first time festival goers to festival lovers who attend huge events regularly – there’s something for everyone & attendees are already excited to hear the line up for next year.

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