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Common People - Southampton is held at Southampton Common.


Common People will take place on the area known as The Flats on the Common in Southampton City Centre.



This year there will be two entrances into Common People:



The East Entrance is located on the pathway on to the Common from Northlands Road, just off The Avenue, for people coming from the Hackney Carriage Taxi Rank at The Cowherds Pub, shuttle bus from City Centre, Southampton Train Station or walking from the The Avenue.



The West Entrance is for people coming from Hill Lane and the official Pick-up / Drop-off Point at Richard Taunton College for Private Hire Taxis, family and friends.

Please do not attempt to enter by any other route as you will be asked to continue or turn back towards one of the two entrances. Take a nice stroll through the park if you are entering from the North of Southampton Common.



Important note. There is no car parking available at the festival so please use public transport or suggested town centre car parks, which are all 5 minutes walk from the City Centre shuttle bus route, if you are not walking or cycling to the event.

If you’re driving to the event and using one of the car parks, please ensure you have a designated driver.


Drink Driving

- the consequences of a drink drive conviction can ruin your life: a criminal record; a heavy fine; loss of your licence/freedom; potential job loss

- one pint may lose you your car for a whole year

- the only safe option is not to drink alcohol if you are planning to drive

- you don’t have to feel drunk to be a drink driver

- THINK! Don’t drink and drive



The nearest train station to Common People is Southampton Central, managed by South West Trains.

There will be regular shuttle buses operating to and from the Northlands Road entrance to Common People. Tickets can be purchased on the bus priced £5 per person (return). A Family Ticket is also available priced £10 (for 2 adults and up to 3 kids). Bluestar and Unlink season passes are both valid on shuttle buses.

The City Centre shuttle bus will run continuously from 9.45am to midnight, with frequent intervals at peak times from 10.15am to 3pm, and 9.30pm to midnight. Pick ups will be Town Quay Red Funnel / Red Jet Terminal 1, Castle Way, Southampton Central Station (South Side), Above Bar (Cenotaph) and London Road.

South West Trains offer Off-Peak Day Return tickets which must be purchased at least a day in advance from South West Trains, ticket offices or via 0345 6000 650.

Regular bus/coach services will be available to and from the areas surrounding the City of Southampton. Please check for routes, timetables and tickets.

Regular Bluestar buses will run from the following towns to Southampton city centre then change onto the shuttle bus to the Common:

Eastleigh & Fair Oak – Bluestar Route 2

Winchester & Chandlers Ford – Bluestar Route 1 (stops next to the Common)

Hedge End – Bluestar Route 3

Romsey – Bluestar Route 4

Salisbury – Salisbury Reds Route X7

Lymington, Brockenhurst & Lyndhurst – Bluestar Route 6


Uni-Link will also be operating a regular service servicing the areas around Southampton Common. Please check for the routes and timetables.


First Buses will be operating across Southampton on regular routes so please check local timetables for information on routes and timetables.



There will be a designated taxi rank at The Cowherds Pub each night, after the show has finished. This will STRICTLY be for Hackney Carriage Taxis only and not collections by pre-booked Private Hire Taxis or friends and family pick-ups.



All drop-offs or pick-ups by pre-booked Private Hire Taxi’s / family or friends should be arranged at the official Pick-up / Drop-off Point at Richard Taunton College: Richard Tanton College Car Park, Hill Lane, Southampton, SO15 5RL.



There is strictly no camping at Common People, or on Southampton Common so please book your accommodation in advance if you plan to enjoy the whole weekend with us, or even just a night. Booking in advance is highly recommended.

Southampton International Airport has a train station that has regular services to Southampton Central Station

South West Trains, Southern, Virgin and First Great Western trains have regular services to the City of Southampton so please check your transport options from your location.

Coach services are available to the City of Southampton from different companies including National Express.


Disabled Access Information

Common People is committed to making our festival as accessible as possible for our Deaf and disabled customers. In working with Attitude is Everything, we are always looking to make our Festival an inclusive space for everyone.


contact details

Our Access Officer Liam is responsible for all access-related enquiries and applications. If the information below does not answer your query, you may contact him on the following;

Email –

Phone – 020 3327 4810

Postal – Common People, 3 Loughborough Street, London, SE11 5RB

You should receive a response within roughly 5 working days. This may be longer when nearer the time of the festival, so please do try to be as patient as possible.


site description

Common People is an outdoor event utilising a park field, and this can pose some mobility problems, particularly in bad weather conditions. If it rains it may get muddy and access around the site (other than on paths) may be very difficult. Electric wheelchairs can tackle most areas without too much trouble but the ground can be uneven in places and is predominantly on grass.

There are some pathways which run through the festival entrance down the centre of the festival, but areas by the stages are on grass.

Common People do not offer any internal transport due to the limitations of moving around the site.

There are 3 major stages and performance areas. The mainstage is 190 metres from the entrance, the Uncontained Stage is 250 metres from the entrance and the Uncommon Stage is 170 metres from the entrance.

The festival site is very flat which should aide mobility around the park.

The Accessible carpark is located on Cemetery Road. Please note that you can only park here if you are a Blue Badge holder. Please note that this parking is only available when you arrive, and is subject to availability. If you arrive without this documentation you will be refused entry to the car parking area.


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