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Rob da Bank announces new festival on Southampton Common

Rob da Bank
Image caption Rob da Bank already curates Bestival and Camp Bestival

A new music festival organised by DJ Rob da Bank is to be held on Southampton Common.

Common People is being staged in the city centre park on 23-24 May bank holiday weekend.

Rob da Bank has run Bestival on the Isle of Wight for 10 years and Camp Bestival in Dorset since 2008.

No acts have yet been confirmed, but organisers are promising "legendary stalwarts of the festival scene and guaranteed crowd pleasers".

Mr da Bank said he had been inundated with offers to stage a new festival.

"It wasn't until we found the beautiful site of the common that we felt it was right to start a new chapter in Bestival's history.

"This isn't a camping show, it's not a tents, wellies and car packed to the rafters experience. It's a metropolitan two-day show easy to access and open to all ages.

In 2013 the DJ, who was born in Portsmouth and grew up in Southampton fronted a joint bid by the two cities to become the UK City of Culture in 2017.

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