Festival Review: Community Festival 2019
Community Festival 2019 was no different to any other year - an incredible day, showcasing the hottest indie bands of the moment, with even hotter weather to match.
Crowds of eager festival-goers swarmed through the gates of Finsbury Park, dressed head to toe in glittery festival fashion. Opening the day, Californian rockers SMWRS took to the Main Stage, performing their best hits such as ‘Lose It’ and ‘Trashbag Baby’. Their performance had the crowd screaming the lyrics and jumping to the beat, and this incredible atmosphere would continue for the entirety of the day. This festival is fantastic for not only providing the best artists of the music industry, but also providing indie fans with an opportunity to catch the freshest bands on the scene. This included Fuzzy Sun and Sea Girls, whose performances were watched by huge audiences. These bands are definitely ones to watch for 2020. Over on the Main Stage, we had absolute legend, Gerry Cinnamon, gracing the festival in a rather colourful attire. From the first strum of his guitar, his fans made their love for the artist clear - with an abundance of dancing, jumping and flares. Performing his most well known tracks such as ‘Belter’ and ‘Lullaby’, the atmosphere around the Finsbury Park was electric.
Girl power icon Kate Nash and up and coming indie band Bloxx were next to treat the festival goers. While Nash entertained the Main Stage, at the N4 Stage, Bloxx gained a well deserved crowd as they performed tracks such as ‘Coke’, ‘Novocain’ and ‘Monday’ to a sea of mosh pits and fans on shoulders. This band are only getting bigger and better at every gig, and a must-see act of any festival. Following this, indie favourites of The Hunna and Don Broco kept up the energy at the Main Stage, as each performance provided both the hottest tunes, and the best feel-good vibes.
Stockport based Blossoms were tipped as the ‘special guests’ of the line up, and they were nothing less. The band captured their audience in a truly ‘special’ performance, with a setlist of their best tracks and keeping the crowd on their toes with interludes of New Order being played on the keyboard between songs. ‘Charlemagne’, ‘There’s a Reason Why’ and ‘Honey Sweet’ had the crowd going wild, making this band wholly deserving of their popularity as one of the biggest indie bands at the moment. The huge names on the line up did not cease, as The Amazons were next to headline the N4 Stage. Fresh after the release of their second album, ‘Future Dust’, this band provides their fans with old hits as well as their newest tunes, from ‘Stay With Me’ to ‘Mother’. ‘Black Magic’ was a special moment as the entire crowd united to sing its riff, as band member Matt Homson removed his in-ears in awe.
Headliners The Kooks provided the perfect ending to the day, with a set of their most loved hits as well as old favourites such as ‘Jackie Big Tits’. Confetti filled the air as the band finished on ‘Naive’, a song known and loved by all. Until the very last moment of the festival, the crowd never stopped dancing or gracing each-others shoulders, meaning that those who attended Community Festival left in the happiest, most feel-good mood possible.
Words by Jess Foster and Photography by Ant Adams