A young festival still only in its third year, Community Festival has established itself and built a reputation as a leader in its field. It has become a popular choice for music fans of all ages; to fans who live locally as well as those living further afield. Perfect sunny conditions were the backdrop as the north London festival hosted some of the best names in British indie music to a crowd of 35,000 on Sunday 30th June. Finsbury Park has an authentic vibe and a distinguished track record in facilitating iconic rock shows.
Headliners The Kooks gave the Community crowd an outstanding career spanning set. Creating singalongs to iconic tracks such 'She Moves In Her Own Way’, ‘Seaside’ and ‘Naive’, their show depicted a special moment that no one is likely to forget. It also represented the ideal soundtrack to the Summer Sunday by providing a suitably magnificent conclusion to the festival. Still flying high after playing a massive show in their hometown, the glittery boys from Stockport Blossoms delivered a special celebration of indie hits to an enthusiastic crowd. Having literally played hundreds of shows over the past couple of years, their live sets have been transformed beyond recognition. Slick, energetic and varied with the classic, contemporary songs to match, their set at Community made the crowd sing along to every track whilst applauding the energy of the band's performance. Teasing the crowd to a snippet of New Order's 'Blue Monday' and performing their much loved hits such as 'I Can't Stand It', 'Cool Like You', 'Honey Sweet', the latest 'Your Girlfriend' and 'Charlemagne' just made for the most flawless, engaging live experience. Equally fascinating was the undeniable phenomenon that is Gerry
Cinnamon who delivered an passionate main stage set to a crowd who sang back every word. Choosing to include songs such as 'Lullaby', 'Canter' and 'Belter' really made his Community set one to remember.
As the N4 Stage headliners The Amazons prepared to go on stage, keen festival goers followed and Reading's finest guitar champions gave a solid performance. Tactfully providing their fans with crowd pleasing numbers such as 'Mother', 'Fuzzy Tree' and 'Future Dust', made their set energising and fulfilling in equal measure.
The inspiring indie pop-rock goddess Kate Nash provided the most colourful and empowering set. With plenty of presence, she demonstrated just how it should be done. There was self-righteous energy and attitude in abundance as she performed the likes of 'D*ckhead', 'Hate You' and 'Life In Pink'. Scheduled for the main stage at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals as well as playing the main stage at Community, wererocky indie pop wonders The Hunna who gave an exuberant performance and they made the enormous crowd jump, mosh and sing along. It was clear that a big number of fans were present to witness the band's momentous set at Community and having a number of hits such as 'Y.D.W.I.W.M', 'Dare' and 'Don't Give a F*ck' definitely helped to ensure an unforgettably vivid show was delivered.
Community Festival is the most suitable destination for experiencing the best, current indie music, celebrating not only what's hot but pointing to what’s coming next. The prospect of what Festival Republic is going to come up with next year is no doubt thrilling and it will inevitably include a lineup fully reflective of the quality and innovation in British indie music. Here is to another exciting Community Festival at Finsbury Park in 2020!