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Preview: Community Festival 2018

The summer is just getting started and festival season is well underway! Sunday, July 1 will bring Community Festival to Finsbury Park in London, boasting an incredible line-up that’s bigger and better than it’s ever been before.

Two Door Cinema Club are the headliners for the day in what is a UK festival exclusive performance. The Northern Irish indie-rock outfit are just wrapping up the album cycle for 2016’s Game Show and will be soon heading into the studio to record their follow-up. They’re not to be missed at Community Festival as it’s expected to be one of their last shows for a while.

Joining them will be The Vaccines, who have just released their fourth studio album Combat Sports. The band played their biggest headline show to date at Alexandra Palace on April 14, and just last month they opened for The Rolling Stones at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton. Justin Young and co. are a staple in the indie scene already, but there’s no doubt that they will continue to rise.

Other performances throughout the day on the Main Stage will include Surrey rockers You Me At Six, who are reported to have just finished working on their upcoming sixth studio album; Circa Waves and Rat Boy.

Sundara Karma are also slated to play, and it will be interesting to see what they have up their sleeves as they have been on somewhat of a social media blackout since they finished touring in support of debut album Youth Is Only Ever Fun In Retrospect. Belako will then offer a taste of Spanish sun, and rock fans will find solace in a sweet little set from Marmozets.

Over on the N4 Stage, singer-songwriter Tom Grennan will be heading up the bill. Having just released his debut album, Lighting Matches, back in March, he’s certainly one not to be missed if you’re looking for a day of music that’s softer on your eardrums. Even Elton John is a fan of Grennan if you needed any more of a reason!

Goth-pop favorites Pale Waves have gone from zero to 100 in what seems like no time at all, and they’ve just announced they’ll be headlining O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in September. They’ve had a number of notable festivals conquered already since they shot to fame with hit single ‘There’s A Honey’, so they’ll no doubt deliver a slick and professional set at Community Festival.

Further names announced for the N4 Stage are Sam Fender, Bad Sounds, Yungblud, King Nun and Ten Tonnes – all brilliantly talented up-and-coming artists that you’ll be sure to find a favorite in. Community Festival seems to pride itself on supporting some of the smaller artists, so it’s touching to see so many invited to play.

Whatever your tastes, there’s no doubt that Community Festival will have you covered. It’s gearing up to be one of the best small festivals of the summer and so, naturally, we can’t wait for July 1 to roll around!

Tickets are available for purchase on the festival website – https://communityfestival.london.

You can check out our ultimate Community Festival playlist at this link – https://highwire-magazine.com/2018/05/30/community-festival-2018-the-ultimate-playlist.

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