Insanity Radio’s Isobel Sheeran & Georgia Johnson took to Finsbury Park this past weekend to take in the sun and great student radio bands at the new Community Festival. Check out their review and podcast below:
The Community Festival, held in Finsbury Park, London, was made to celebrate some of the best new music acts on the scene. And it did just that. Starting from midday, and continuing into the night, the park had two stages (the Main Stage and the N4 Stage) with a long line up of varying styles of music. It attracted an overwhelmingly large crowd of young music enthusiasts, and at such an affordable price, the one day celebration was the perfect event to experience a festival without the fear of losing your tent, or losing your summer funds.
In terms of the performances, there was a lot of talent floating around the park. From Redfaces and The Hunna, to Nothing But Thieves and the greatly anticipated Catfish and The Bottlemen, every act was tight, professional, and with their own sound that the audience loved. Although ‘new’ on the scene, these bands are really making a name for themselves due to the pure talent and skill they have at their profession. And, most notably, all the acts sound just as incredible live as they do recorded, and that can be harder for some musicians to achieve than others.
Beginning with Redfaces, the four-piece band from Sheffield. The boys made a real impression with their strong performance, and despite only having three singles released, they were the perfect group to open up the celebration, livening up the audience with their energy. Following on from them, some new acts on the block such as Fickle Friends, Darlia and Rosborough took to the stage maintaining the crowds’ spirit.
Later into the afternoon, The Hunna ranked up the heat with their young, rocker style. Their heartfelt songs got the audience rowdy and passionately recited every lyric as if it were their own. And to continue this powerful lead, the soulful sound of Nothing But Thieves hit the stage. The lead singer Conor Mason brought a new kind of talent to the event. His stunningly skilled vocal range touched everyone in the audience, even blessing our ears with a new single from the band’s new album (yet to be released).
Slaves were next, and they were nothing short of a good time. The duo brought current and political discussions to the table, opening their simple, but to the point tracks with stories, where a laugh couldn’t go amiss. These guys seem to really appeal to the younger generation, giving voice to social situations just as much as relieving ones’ anger with their obnoxiously loud, punk-rocker sound.
The Wombats. This trio, being around for sometime, got the audience singing every line. And in actual fact, the festival came part of a 10-year celebration since their debut album, A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation. The setlist caused heads to bounce, alcohol to fly and a reminiscent singalong session. The Wombats perfectly presented a band who’d been around a few times, but had comeback with fresh, new music that illustrated just how this band became famous at the start.
And Catfish & The Bottlemen put in a headline performance worthy of that spot. It’s exciting to see one of our favourite bands rise and rise and we’re sure in no time at all, they will be headlining festivals in the UK all over.
Community Festival deserves all the recognition it can get. Take note for next year, it’s going to be big.