Community Festival review

The best in indie pop turned out for a scorcher at Finsbury Park this weekend. Amy Williams tells us all about it.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 6th Jul 2018.
Originally published: 3rd Jul 2018

Image: Community Festival (source)

The festival vibes were real at Finsbury Park on Sunday 1st July as Community Festival commenced with a day full of the finest in indie pop. 

The sun beamed down onto faces of glitter, all of which constantly moved and grooved in the crowds. The two stages, Main Stage and N4 Stage were always full of applauses and cheers in celebration of good music that amplified around the park. 

Marmozets were the second act, following Belako, to step onto the main stage, and they attracted a sea of fans running across the field that were eager to watch every second of the set. Marmozets kicked off the day incredibly, setting the bar high for the rest of the acts. Sundara Karma were a perfect act to bring the summer vibes to Community Festival, a dreamy soundtrack to bask in the sun with a beer in hand. 

Circa Waves, finished their set with standout track 'T-Shirt Weather', which was relatable for the full capacity of Finsbury Park, as we all sat in the rising temperatures. No doubt, Circa Waves were a perfect act for a sunny Sunday afternoon, and everyone watching appreciated their massive efforts on stage.

When it was time for Rat Boy, there was a change of mood as everyone became more raucous and started to mosh to the grungy tunes. Energies were still high and there were frequent partings in the crowd to create mosh pits as songs climaxed to the heavy choruses which Rat Boy performed so well that you couldn’t help but join in with.

Both You Me At Six and The Vaccines treated an intrigued audience to exclusive previews of new songs. You Me at Six introduced 'Fast Forward' which was well received by fans, who were fixated on the stage as Josh Franceschi sang impeccably. The phrenetic energy was evident and you could tell that they put in a lot of effort to not only play great music, but to also interact with the audience.

Lead singer of The Vaccines, Justin Young, introduced a song called 'All My Friends' that they wrote that week; it was something no one had heard before, marking a special moment for fans of the band. They didn’t only bring a new song, but they also brought nostalgia to fans as they played songs as old as 15 years. Both old and new got a great reception and bodies were clashing from all the immense dancing from everyone who was in complete awe of the fantastic performance.

Now it was time for the act that everyone in Finsbury Park was anticipating; Two Door Cinema Club strolled on stage, opening with crowd favourite 'Undercover Martyn'. Just as the first beat sounded, blue streamers shot out of the top of the main stage, falling on the crowds who screamed with excitement. Fans were jumping in unison and simultaneously chanting the words to the popular 2010 tune whilst the band on stage revelled in the crowd’s enthusiasm.

Lead singer, Alex Trimble, was wearing a denim-studded jacket that he rocked around the stage in whilst performing to an incredible standard. It’s no doubt that the entirety of Community Festival was having the time of their lives as they sang and danced to every song that Two Door Cinema Club performed.

You couldn’t mistake the atmosphere with anything other than happy and energetic, and the good vibes were utterly contagious. What a day! What more could you want to end your weekend?

Festivals 2018