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The second instalment of Community Festival hit Finsbury Park in London on Sunday and the lineup was huge. For any fan of indie, specifically the Noughtie’s optimistic kind, it was a haven, bursting at the seams with figureheads of the scene throughout the packed out day. The mosh pit was in full swing from the start of the first act despite the 30 degree heat wave continuing on strong, verification that these festival-goers were in it for the love of the music and not much else. Except maybe a cheeky burrito in-between sets.  

But it wasn’t only the big names – Two Door Cinema Club, The Vaccines, You Me at Six and Circa Waves– that took the limelight, there were some more than pleasant discoveries along the way from the likes of the Marmozets, Sundara Karma and YungBlud to name a few.   

 Alt- rock get up Marmozets consist not only of a tight gang, but they are, quite literally family. All siblings harking from West Yorkshire, in their time together they have boasted Annie Mac’s attention with the accolade Hottest Record with their 2017 release ‘Play’.   

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Photo: James Bridle

Their set was nothing short of electric with lead singer Becca hitting us with her powerful vocals.  The lyrics celebrate growing up in the UK and being ‘different’, reverberating with the masses below. And from someone who hasn’t come across them before, the vigor in their unapologetic uproar created a firm new fan in me. Album added to playlist immediately.  

Matching the beautiful weather, softly spoken celestial indie/ pop quintet Sundara Karma took to the stage and brought sunshine of their own. They went straight in with their hits ‘Flame’, ‘She Said’ and ‘Explore’ and it was clear that although a spot on the main stage is fairly new to them they were very much at home and the audience couldn’t have agreed more.  

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Photo: Phoebe Fox

When they introduced a new song ‘Last Night on Earth’, they said ‘I’m going to put something in your hand that you’ve never held, a nice mannered new song’.  

I may have only caught the end of their set on the N4 stage but even with that, Yungblud are worth a mention. That their most- listened – to song on Spotify is called Anarchist speaks volumes about this startlingly bold young band. Mixing thoughtful poetry with strong guitar hooks and an explosion of energy, while smashing his guitar on stage might be slightly premature in terms of his fledgling rock star status, these Northern boys are making a new definition for Northern Soul. Worth a listen. 

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A quick burrito (if you cant beat them join them) and back to the main stage for the steady flow of headline acts to ensue.  

 Circa Waves kicked off their set with ‘Wake Up’ which did what it said on the tin. Bursting with  energy and always a firm festival favourite, the Scouse rockers lifted revellers with their palette cleansing catchy tunes and lived up to the innocent  feel good vibe of Community festival. I did hear someone next to me say that apart from their hits, the songs become a bit ‘same-y’ though and I would be inclined to agree.   

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Photo: Michelle Roberts

The Vaccines made a low-key entrance to the stage but that didn’t matter; it was clear they were the reason most people were here. Offering hit after hit, building the crowd into a frenzy with their perfect infusion of indie/ pop/ punk (not many bands could manage that ménage a trois so seamlessly) they then introduced to a new song they had written that week called ‘All My Friends’. Almost apologising, they reassured each other not to be scared about the sonic introduction but they needn’t have worried. It became an instant hit and marked a special moment for fans.

The main headline act of the night was Two Door Cinema Club. The set started with a confetti cannon explosion and crowd favourite ‘Undercover Martyn’ and the prolific sonic offerings continued. They are one of those bands that can play a one hour thirty minute set of hit after hit and it’s only then that you are reminded of how much you love them. 

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Photo: James Bridle

After they worked through their crowd pleasing back catalogue – a lot of which has been given permanent star status on the Inbetweeners – they brought the house down by finishing the set with a firework display.  

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Photo: Michelle Roberts

 ELSPETH PIERCE 

Photography as credited. https://community.festival.gallery/2017/gallery/

 

 

 

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